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2022 Buick Encore GX

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2022 Preferred Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $24,400
2022 Select Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $25,800
2022 Preferred All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $26,400
2022 Select All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $27,800
2022 Essence Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $29,000
2022 Essence All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $30,600

Overview

What's New

Beyond a few new colors, the 2022 Buick Encore GX enters the new model year without any major changes. That’s not a bad thing, as the Encore GX arrived as an all-new model in 2020 and still feels fresh.

The subcompact SUV class may be packed with tons of competition, but the Encore GX has what it takes to stand out. It has lots of space on the inside, a good amount of tech features, and a comfortable ride that doesn’t dull handling. Then, there’s the Encore GX’s sharp styling. While the Encore GX shares a name with Buick’s entry-level Encore crossover, it’s hard to see how the two are related, as the Encore GX feels like it belongs in a different league.

Choosing Your Buick Encore GX

The Encore GX is available in three trims: Select, Preferred, and Essence. Pricing starts at $27,190 (with destination) and goes up to $29,995.

Engine Choices

Buick offers two turbocharged three-cylinder engines with the Encore GX. The standard engine is a turbocharged 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine, while a turbocharged 1.3-liter motor is available.

However, Buick has stopped building the Encore GX with a 1.2L turbocharged engine due to the ongoing semiconductor shortage, and it's been confirmed that the engine will be temporarily unavailable until further notice.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
1.2L Turbo 3-Cylinder137 hp162 lb-ft30 mpg
1.3L Turbo 3-Cylinder155 hp174 lb-ft30 mpg (FWD) / 27 mpg (AWD)

Front-wheel drive is standard and the only available configuration available for the standard 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine. The larger 1.3-liter turbo engine is available with all-wheel drive, but comes with front-wheel drive as standard. Front-wheel-drive models come with a continuously variable automatic transmission, while all-wheel-drive models are equipped with a nine-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is standard on the Preferred trim.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The subcompact Encore GX has seating for up to five people. When it comes to cargo space, the Encore GX has up to 23.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 50.2 cubic feet in total. These figures are average for the subcompact class.

Buick Encore GX

Safety Features

The Encore GX comes well equipped with safety features as standard. Lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane-keeping assist, pedestrian detection, and Buick’s Teen Driver system are all included.

On the Select, the $200 Safety Package II adds rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring. The available Advanced Technology Package includes adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera, rear parking sensors, and a head-up display for $1,935.

These packages are also available on the Essence trim with front-wheel drive. The trim is available with the Convenience Package that adds a rear camera mirror, front and rear parking sensors, and automatic parking assist. It costs $770.

Connectivity

Every Encore comes with a standard 8-inch touchscreen that includes wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Other standard features include six audio speakers, satellite radio, two rear USB ports, two front USB ports, and Wi-Fi hot spot.

On the Select and Essence trims, the available Advanced Technology Package brings a few more features for $1,935. It includes SiriusXM with 360L and navigation. The Convenience Package on the Essence costs $700 and includes a wireless smartphone charger.

Buick Encore GX

Encore Select — MSRP From $27,190

For 2022, the Select trim is the most affordable Encore GX in the lineup. It comes with 18-inch wheels, automatic headlights, LED fog lights, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, cloth upholstery with leatherette trim, heated front seats, a 4.2-inch driver information center, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, remote keyless entry, dual-zone climate control, and remote start.

The Experience Buick Package brings a panoramic moonroof and 18-inch wheels for $1,500. A hands-free power liftgate is available for $595.

Buick offers a sporty body kit with the Encore GX with the Sport Touring Package. It costs $695 and brings body-color rocker moldings, a custom grille, special 18-inch wheels, updated front and rear bumpers, and red accents.

Encore Preferred — MSRP From $27,395

The Preferred trim is only available with all-wheel drive. Compared to the Select trim, it actually loses some features, despite the higher price tag. Manually adjustable front seats, single-zone climate control, 18-inch wheels, and heated exterior mirrors are standard.

The Cold Weather Comfort Package costs $995 and adds heated front seats, remote start, a 10-way power driver’s seat, and remote start. The Preferred trim can also be fitted with the Sport Touring Package, but it’s priced at $1,100.

Encore Essence — MSRP From $29,995

The range-topping Essence trim includes leather upholstery, LED headlights and taillights, a heated steering wheel, an air ionizer, and a power-adjustable passenger’s seat.

The Essence is available with a lot of the same packages as lower trims. The $770 Convenience Package is unique to the Essence. It includes rain-sensing windshield wipers, a rear camera mirror, and a wireless smartphone charger.

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CarsDirect Tip

Unless you're looking to get all-wheel drive on a budget, the 2022 Buick Encore GX Select is the best choice in the lineup. It may be the most affordable way to get into an Encore GX, but it’s packed with features. And if you do need all-wheel drive, it’s still worth spending the extra money to go for the Select trim. The two major safety packages are the only ones worth getting, as the others don’t bring a lot for the money.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Good looks
  • Perfect size for city traffic
  • Peppy optional engine
  • Quiet ride
Cons
  • Narrow front seats
  • Limited rear leg room
  • Wheezy base engine
  • More luxurious Essence trim is pricey
Expert Rating
3 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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An upgrade, but still clearly value-oriented. The Buick Encore GX's refreshed look is sharp with slim LED headlights, deeply sculpted body panels, and other upgrades. Plus, the cabin boasts some sharp interior upgrades, but it still has plenty o hard plastic to remind you of its crammed in the no man's land between mainstream and luxury.

Making matters worse, its key mainstream rival, the Hyundai Tucson, boasts a bolder look that stands out in a crowd. Plus, its cabin feels more exciting, though it does not lack in hard plastic either. However, for those who find the Tucson a little too stylish, the Encore GX is a great middle ground.

Good top-range performance, but we question the base setup. For less than $500, you can upgrade to the 2022 Buick Encore GX's 1.3-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine. This injects 155 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque into this lightweight crossover for an eight-second 0-60 time. In the corners, the Encore GX is surprisingly agile, while it remains well-muted on rough roads. Sure, it's not BMW X1 levels of handling and quietness, but it's a step up from mainstream.

We have serious questions about the standard 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine, though. We've not tested it yet, but a 137-hp paired to a CVT and front-wheel drive doesn't sound too appealing. Even the Tucson's base 2.5-liter musters up 187 horses. The Encore's entire engine lineup has no match for either the Audi Q3's or BMW X1's 228-hp base engines.


Buick Encore GX

Bigger but still small. The 2022 Buick Encore GX gave the tiny people hauler a much-needed growth spurt. It now offers up to 36 inches of second-row leg room and 50.2 cubic feet of cargo room with the rear seats folded.

That's a definite upgrade, but the seats are still too narrow for larger adults, and the rear leg room falls short of the competition. The Tucson offers up to 41.3 inches of rear legroom, and the X1 offers up to 37 inches.

The X1 and Tucson edge out the Encore GX again with up to 59 cubes and 74.8 cubes of cargo space, respectively.

Final thoughts. The 2022 Buick Encore GX offers shoppers a great upgrade from the smaller and much older looking Encore, but it lags in the face of its competition. Sure, the Encore GX delivers a sharp balance of soft ride and handling, and its looks are fresh, but its rear seats are too tight for a growing family, and its cargo room is just average.

Buyers looking for more size and value will find it in the Tucson. For those seeking more roominess, the X1 and Tucson are good options.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.2L I-3 / 137 HP / 162 ft.lbs.
Transmission
2-spd sequential shift control CVT w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
29 / 31 / 30 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.2L I-3 / 137 HP / 162 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
29 / 31 / 30 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Semi-independent Torsion Beam Beam
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
13.2 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$50
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
50.2 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
171.4 "
Exterior Width
71.4 "
Exterior Height
64.1 "
Front Headroom
39.7 "
Rear Headroom
38.1 "
Front Legroom
40.9 "
Rear Legroom
36.0 "
Front Shoulder Room
55.4 "
Rear Shoulder Room
53.6 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
Wheel Base
102 "
Turning Radius
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
18.0 " Silver Aluminum / 18.0 " Silver W/painted Accents Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Clearcoat Two-tone / Clearcoat Monotone With Badging / Metallic Monotone / Tri-coat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated, Convex Spotter Passenger
Bumpers
Body-colored With Metal-look Insert / Body-colored With Colored Insert / Front Body-colored With Metal-look Insert
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Accents / Colored / Black W/body-color Surround
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Cloth/leatherette
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way / (8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
6-way / (8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
1
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Forward Collision Alert With Automatic Emergency Braking Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Change Alert With Side Blind Zone Alert Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Keep Assist With Lane Departure Warning Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Front Pedestrian Braking Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Intellibeam Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Rear Park Assist Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles

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