2020 Buick Encore Dropping Optional Turbo With Start/Stop

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, Senior Pricing Analyst - May 17, 2019

Buick's most popular model, the Encore, is poised to lose the more powerful of two engines for 2020. Order guides reveal that while the model is largely a carryover, the optional 1.4-liter turbo with start/stop will no longer be offered. That will leave just one engine, a 1.4-liter turbo making 138 hp with 148 lb-ft of torque.

Currently, Encores offer the optional engine in pricier Sport Touring and Essence trims, with output rated at 153 hp and 177-ft. Although it's more powerful than the 138 hp base engine, the optional mill adds a mere $250 and is more efficient, with an EPA rating of 28 mpg overall versus just 27 with the base engine.

Although our review found the base engine struggled under load, buyers have apparently been choosing the lesser engine in droves. While confirming the coming change, Buick spokesperson Renee Ketels added that the optional turbo was ordered on less than 12% of 2019 Encores.

Buick EncoreAccording to GM, last year's sales of the Encore topped 93,000 units, nearly topping that of the Regal, Envision, and Enclave combined. Based on our analysis, the Encore has often been eligible for the brand's most aggressive incentives for buying & leasing.

The move to focus on more popular configurations is shaping up to be a theme for GM this year.

Apart from a major shift away from passenger cars, other notable changes include the elimination of all-wheel-drive diesel Equinoxes and Terrains, the demise of the turbocharged Chevy Traverse RS, and the addition of a front-wheel-drive version of the Traverse High Country.

For now, shoppers looking to buy the most potent version of the Encore will probably want to buy a 2019 model. As we've come to expect, Buick is offering aggressive promotions ahead of Memorial Day like a choice between 19% off MSRP or 0% financing for 72 months plus $500 bonus cash.

Learn about the current Encore on sale now »

Note: 2019 Encore pictured

, Senior Pricing Analyst

As CarsDirect’s resident pricing analyst, Alex offers must-know analysis of pricing & incentives to those looking to buy or lease a car. His consumer-oriented coverage of the latest trends and breaking news has been featured in publications such as Car and Driver, Motor Trend, Automobile Magazine and Autoblog.

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