The 2023 Buick Encore GX will get a modest refresh for 2023. Introduced for 2020, the subcompact crossover SUV has seen few changes since its introduction. Current trends at Buick, however, show that an update is due, especially since the regular Buick Encore is expected to be discontinued at the end of 2022, making the Encore GX its least-expensive vehicle.
The current Encore GX is available in three trims: Preferred, Select and Essence. Top-level Essence models are also available as the Encore GX Sport Touring, which adds different wheels and two-tone paint, along with other trim changes. All trim levels differ mostly on features and minor trim.
While the larger Envision and Enclave SUVs offer a more upscale Avenir trim level, the Encore GX does not. It's unclear if that will change for 2023. Nor is it certain the Encore GX will get a lower-priced trim level to make up for the loss of the Encore.
A 137-horsepower, turbocharged 1.2-liter three-cylinder, and continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) powers front-wheel-drive Select and Essence models, while the Preferred and all models with all-wheel drive get a 155-horsepower, turbo 1.3-liter three-cylinder, and 9-speed automatic. That arrangement is unlikely to change.
The 2022 Encore GX was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, with Good scores in all major categories and standard automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection. However, only the headlights on the Essence were up to the IIHS' par. That could change with a styling update.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2022 Encore GX its highest rating, five stars, in all categories.
All Encore GX models now get lane departure warning and lane-keep assist. Preferred and Essence cars also get automatic high beam assist.