The 2023 Buick Encore GX continues without change. The subcompact crossover debuted in 2020 as an all-new model.
Choosing Your Buick Encore GX
Buick offers the Encore GX in three trim levels: Preferred, Select, and Essence. Pricing starts at $25,595 including destination and climbs to $30,195 for the Essence.
The standard engine for front-wheel drive versions of Preferred and Select is a 1.2-liter turbocharged three-cylinder. A more powerful 1.3-liter turbo is available on the Select ($1,895) and standard on the Essence.
The 1.3-liter is included with the optional all-wheel drive system ($2,000) on the Preferred and Select. AWD costs $1,600 on the Essence because the larger engine is already standard.
Front-drive models carry a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), while AWD versions use a nine-speed automatic.
|Engine Type||Horsepower||Torque||Fuel Economy (Combined)|
|1.2L Turbo 3-Cylinder||137 hp||162 lb-ft||30 mpg|
|1.3L Turbo 3-Cylinder||155 hp||174 lb-ft||30/27 mpg (FWD/AWD)|
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The Encore GX is a subcompact crossover with room for five, along with 23.5 cubic feet of cargo behind the rear seat. With it folded, load space increases to 50.2 cubic feet. We consider the overall interior room to be above average for the smallest class of crossovers.
Every Encore GX comes with lane-keeping assist, road departure warning, automatic headlights, and automatic emergency braking. The Safety Package II for the Select and Essence adds blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert for just $200.
Exclusive to the Essence trim is the $1,935 Advanced Technology Package, which includes surround-view cameras, adaptive cruise control, rear parking sensors, and a head-up display. To this, buyers can add a Convenience Package ($770) with an automated parking system, a rearview camera mirror, a rear camera washer, and automatic wipers.
The infotainment system for every trim provides an 8-inch touchscreen, six speakers, four USB ports, satellite radio, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
Navigation is only available on the Essence in the Advanced Technology Package, which also furnishes HD radio, SiriusXM with 360L, and an SD card reader. Wireless phone charging is part of Essence's available Convenience Package.
The Preferred comes equipped with manual climate control, cloth seats with leatherette trim, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a cargo cover, proximity keyless access, LED fog lights, and 18-inch silver aluminum wheels. The $995 Cold Weather Package adds heated front seats, remote start, and a 10-way power driver seat.
The Cold Weather Package is standard on the Select, along with dual-zone automatic climate control and machined-finish wheels. A hands-free power liftgate is available for $595.
The Essence gains a leather interior with an eight-way power passenger seat, a heated steering wheel, a cabin air purifier, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a universal home remote, and a household-style power outlet. The exterior receives LED headlights and taillights.
The power liftgate is included in the available Convenience Package. Buyers can top off the Essence with the $1,500 Buick Experience Package, which adds a panoramic sunroof and high-gloss wheels with chrome inserts.
The 2023 Buick Encore GX in Select trim is clearly the best value. We consider it a lot of small crossover for the money. A fully loaded Essence provides an unusually high level of luxury and convenience for this class, although you pay for every bit of it.