2013 Buick Encore Overview
2013 Buick Encore Overview
The 2013 Buick Encore is a compact SUV, and the first of its kind. Desiring to compete within the compact SUV class, Buick served up a quality rookie automobile with Encore. The four-door vehicle possesses good looks, and easily passes as the Buick Enclave’s little brother. The 2013 Encore presents seating for five, and a cargo hold behind the rear seats. The exterior aesthetics of Encore suggest a sporty ride, and advanced vehicle technology.
Avoiding convention, Buick built the Encore around a 1.4-liter, four-cylinder, turbo-power chassis. While such a powertrain is relatively off the beaten path in regards to production implementation, it has been done before, and quite successfully. The Subaru Forrester XT is one example of a driver’s favorite in the small SUV category, providing plenty of zip and available power from four-cylinders.
New for 2013
The 2013 model year serves as the first year of Buick Encore production. A few notable features include:
- HID headlight technology, featuring translucent blue rings, and integrated LED
- Impressive in-class fuel economy
- Upscale interior, and optional technological features
- Robust look and feel for a compact SUV
At first glance, the 2013 Buick Encore doesn’t scream compact SUV. It possesses a robust look for a vehicle in its class. With its sport styling and turbo intakes, it is able to turn heads. The raked body lines are highlighted by stylish metal work in the hood. Of course, these models are stamped for mass production, yet the lines are no less impressive because they were done in rapid succession by modern machinery. The gradual incline of the hood gives way to the acute angle of the windshield, and nice roll out across the roof into the rear fascia. Side roof rails are built into the vehicle design, making it easily customizable for roof racks capable of hauling bikes, skis, cargo boxes, or additional luggage.
Interior & Cargo
The interior of the 2013 Buick Encore possesses several hits, and a few misses. Such is expected when a manufacturer enters a vehicle class for the first time. As exterior onlookers might imagine, the Buick Encore offers the driver and passengers ample space. The rear seat is capable of seating three, though it’s realistically built for two average size individuals, and a smaller center passenger. By offering head, shoulder, and leg room, Buick has sacrificed the available space of the standard cargo hold. However, for more space, the 60/40 rear seat configuration easily drops.
Standard interior features two-tone aesthetics, a six-speaker stereo set-up, the impressive Buick IntelliLink communications and entertainment system. The monitor also doubles as the rearview camera display. The base model is presented with cloth seats, yet there are options including leather and premium trims. Taken together, Buick offers eight trim levels to choose from.
Safety is a Buick production priority. The entire cabin is surrounded by an advanced airbag system, including front head, side curtain and rear head airbags, which greatly enhance the vehicle’s safety in the event of an accident. Other standard safety features include four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, traction control, electronic stability control, daytime running lights, available OnStar® technology, rearview camera, and child safety locks.
When a new car is introduced to the automotive market, every consumer wants to know how it drives. Exterior aesthetics will lure a potential buyer, or virtually push that buyer on down the line of available vehicles. In regards to the 2013 Buick Encore, consumers will likely be attracted to its looks. When sitting down into the first edition of the Encore, drivers and passengers will enjoy its comfort. Taking advantage of available technology, drivers and front seated passengers will also enjoy the ease of use, and the available entertainment. When driving city streets and highways, test drivers have loved its smooth handling and smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission. With so many positives, it is unfortunate the Encore has an obvious weakness during acceleration.
The 1.4-liter, four-cylinder turbo is a great idea, but it is severely lacking in power for a vehicle of this size and class. As previously mentioned, the 2013 Encore possesses a more robust frame and body than most vehicles in the compact SUV class. That robust nature equates to a heavier auto. In terms of fuel economy and overall efficiency, the engine scores high praise; however, when accelerating, especially from a standstill, the engine underachieves. In zero-to-60 mph tests, the Encore’s best times hovered around the nine second mark.
Aside from some sluggish acceleration, the 2013 Buick Encore is a great cruiser. At 25/33 mpg city/highway, Encore is definitely worth consideration for those who are looking to save at the pump.
Key Competitors of the 2013 Buick Encore
- Toyota RAV4
- Honda CR-V
- Subaru Forester
- Mazda CX-5
- Ford Escape