In a move toward becoming virtually a crossover-only automaker, Buick released an all-new subcompact people hauler with a familiar name. The 2020 Buick Encore GX may share a name with the smallest of the automaker’s crossovers, but it is actually an all-new model. With this new model entering only its second model year, we expect the 2021 Encore GX to roll in as a carryover model.
The 2020 Buick Encore GX looks similar to the smaller Encore at first glance, but a closer look will expose its key differences, as the GX model is slightly larger, boasts more aggressive body and character lines, sharper lighting, a wider grille, new 18-inch wheels, and more. Buyers seeking more sportiness can opt for the Sport Touring model that adds exclusive wheels, body-color surrounds, and a black mesh grille with red accents. We expect this more modern and sporty look to remain the same in the 2021 Encore GX.
Inside, the Encore GX continues its more modern ways with a thinner dash that enhances front-seat knee room and adds style with its more flush-looking infotainment screen, contrasting colors, a new steering wheel, and much more. This cabin also boasts loads of desirable standard features, including a 120-volt power outlet, a 4.2-inch color driver-information center, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, power front seats, an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, dual-zone climate control, remote charge-only USB ports, and more. We expect the look and features inside the 2021 Encore GX to remain the same.
The 2020 Buick Encore GX comes standard with a 1.2-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine that delivers 137 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque through a continuously variable transmission and out to the front wheels. Optionally, buyers can add a 1.3-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine that produces 155 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque. This engine also pairs with a standard CVT and front-wheel drive. Buyers can opt for all-wheel drive, which drops the CVT in favor of a nine-speed automatic transmission.
One area the older Encore lacks is standard safety gear, but the 2020 Encore GX doesn’t suffer the same fate. This new subcompact crossover comes standard with automatic emergency braking, forward-collision alert, front pedestrian braking, lane-change alert, blind-spot monitors, lane-keep assist, lane-departure warning, OnStar, rear cross-traffic alert, Teen Driver, and a rearview camera. Buyers can also opt for automatic parking assist, an HD 360-degree camera, and more. The Encore GX has not been through IIHS testing yet, so stay tuned for updates. We expect the 2021 Encore GX’s standard and optional safety gear to remain the same.