2022 Buick Encore: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

Joel Patel
Automotive Editor - March 1, 2021

Model Preview

The Buick Encore arrived in 2017 wearing updated exterior and interior styling, but hasn’t been an all-new model since the first generation of the SUV was introduced in 2013. Entering its 10th model year on sale out with a major redesign, we expect the 2022 Buick Encore to be a carryover model.

When the Buick Encore hit showrooms in 2017, it arrived with an upscale design and a tiny footprint. An oval grille with vertical slats sits in between round headlights and a ridged hood. Rugged body cladding, a short rear overhang, and chrome trim surrounding the window are standout elements when looking at the Encore’s silhouette. At the back, the Encore has vertically oriented taillights that hug the rear fenders. As a carryover model, we expect the 2022 Buick Encore to have the same design as the current model.

On the inside, the current Encore may not have the freshest design, but it manages to feel and look more upscale than most of its competitors. Without any major expected changes, the 2022 Buick Encore will have the same overall look as the current Encore on sale. The dashboard follows a gentle upward curve as it reaches the instrument cluster for a high-end look. The center console is split into two sections, separating the buttons for the HVAC and infotainment systems for ease of use.

On top of an 8-inch touchscreen, the current Encore comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi hot spot, voice recognition, Bluetooth, and two USB ports. Optional features include remote start, push-button start, and remote keyless entry. As a carryover model, the 2022 Encore should retain a lot of these tech features.

Buick Encore

Currently, Buick offers the Encore with one powertrain. The same engine will likely carry over unchanged for the 2022 model year. Power comes from a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 138 horsepower. The engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, which helps route power to the front wheels or through an available all-wheel-drive system.

The current Encore comes with a rearview camera as its sole standard safety features. Blind spot warning, front and rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning are all optional. The Encore earned “Good” ratings in five of the IIHS’ crash tests, but earned an “Acceptable” rating in the passenger-side small overlap front test. The NHTSA gave the Encore a five-star overall safety rating. These safety features and ratings should remain the same for the 2022 Encore.

Pricing & Release Date

Buick hasn’t announced when it will officially release the 2022 Encore. Based on previous years, we expect the subcompact SUV a summer 2021 arrival.

Pricing for the 2022 Buick Encore also remains unclear. Without any expected changes, pricing should remain close to the current model’s range of $24,195 to $25,595 (including destination).

This subcompact crossover will compete with the Kia Seltos, Mazda CX-30, and Honda HR-V.

Pictured: 2020 Buick Encore

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