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.
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.
|Fuel Economy (Combined)
|1.2L Turbo 3-Cylinder
|1.3L Turbo 3-Cylinder
|30 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.