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2018 Buick Encore
Select a Different Model (11 Available): 1SV
Fair Market Price $ 24282
MPG (EPA) 27 CTY /33 HWY
Cargo (Std/Max) 19/48 cu.ft.
Seating (Std/Max) 5/5
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2018 Buick Encore MODEL OVERVIEW

You'll Like

  • Plenty of standard features
  • Comfortable and quiet interior
  • Affordable starting price for a premium brand

You Won't Like

  • Not fun to drive
  • Small rear seat
  • Some non-premium features

New for 2018

Changes to the 2018 Buick Encore include an available ionizing interior air cleaner, HD radio, a standard capless fuel filler, and a new exterior color - Coppertino Metallic.

Vehicle Summary

The Encore is the smallest crossover in Buick's lineup, positioned before the large and more expensive Envision and Enclave and is the automaker's most affordable vehicle.

Overview

The 2018 Buick Encore utilizes a 1.4-liter turbocharged I-4 with two different power outputs. The standard multi-port injection version makes 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque and has an EPA-rating of 25/33 mpg city/highway with front-wheel drive and 24/30 mpg with all-wheel drive (AWD). The optional direct-port injection version churns out 153 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque and delivers 27/33 mpg with front-wheel drive and 26/31 mpg with AWD. A six-speed automatic is the only available transmission. In Motor Trend testing, a 2017 Buick Encore Sport Touring with front-wheel drive hit 60 mph in 8.5 seconds and stopped from 60 mph in a respectable 119 feet.

Standard equipment includes an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, a 4.3-inch driver's display, 2 USB ports, Quiet Tuning with active noise cancellation, OnStar with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, a six-way power driver's seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, LED daytime running lights, and 18-inch wheels. Available features include dual-zone automatic air conditioning, a seven-speaker Bose audio system, heated leather-appointed front seats, a heated steering wheel, LED headlights, Buick's IntelliLink infotainment system with navigation, and a power moonroof.

Safety

The 2017 Buick Encore performed well in IIHS crash test evaluations by scoring the highest rating of Good in all five crash tests. The lowest rating of Basic was given for the front crash prevention evaluation due to the crossover's ability to warn the driver of a possible collision, but the Encore does not have tech that will automatically brake for the driver. The NHTSA issued the 2017 Encore the highest five-star rating for the crossover's overall score. A rearview camera is standard and available driver assist safety features include rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot warning, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision alert, and lane departure warning.

What We Think

In our First Drive review of the refreshed 2017 Buick Encore, we liked the power increase from the standard engine and said, "The Encore no longer saunters off the line from a stop but instead eagerly zips forward to plug a gap in traffic like a good city car ought to." Ride and body control are good and steering is nice, but at high rpms, things start to vibrate in the cabin.

The interior has been improved, is quiet, and offers a good infotainment system: "The new Buick Intellilink infotainment system (which is identical to GMC's Intellilink and Chevy's MyLink) is among the most intuitive in the industry, and it really allowed Buick's designer's to reduce clutter in the cabin by eliminating all of the old infotainment system's buttons."

"Not many in the segment save for maybe the Mazda CX-3 can rival the Encore's balance of luxury and performance," we said near the end of our review. "With value like that, it's easy to envision the Encore continuing to lead Buick's sales charts."

In our First Test review of the 2017 Buick Encore Sport Touring, we were impressed with the standard features of the affordable crossover but not on "some not-so-premium qualities that include partially powered front seats (manual recline), lack of a front passenger armrest (driver gets one), an intrusive and annoying automatic start/stop that can't be turned off, a rough-shifting transmission, and moaning engine. Not to mention the tiny rear seat that practically makes it a four-seater with adults as passengers."

We enjoyed the ride and the quiet interior the crossover provided but not the lack of fun driving dynamics. The Encore received good crash safety scores, but we wish it had automatic emergency braking. At the end of our review we liked the Encore but felt the Buick was not a true premium vehicle but instead a tweener and said: "The Encore's fast and intuitive IntelliLink infotainment system, two USB ports, very quiet interior, good fuel economy, comfortable ride quality, nice outward visibility, urban-friendly dimensions, OnStar, and affordable price tag results in a very appealing package for the A-to-B driver that prefers a high-riding cute-ute with premium qualities. So if the Mercedes-Benz is too much and the HR-V's luxury just doesn't cut it, go for the Buick tweener."

Cool Fact

The Encore shares the same platform as the Chevrolet Trax, Spark, Sonic, and Europe's Opel Mokka.

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2018 BUICK ENCORE SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo 1.4 Liter Ecotec
Transmission Name
Transmission, Hydra-Matic 6 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode (6T40)
Trim
1SV
Class
Compact Utility
Horsepower
138@4900
Standard MPG
27/33
Body Style
SUV/Crossover
Drivetrain
FWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail

Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo 1.4 Liter Ecotec

Std Std

Transmission, Hydra-Matic 6 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode (6T40)

Std Std

Exterior Color, Coppertino Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Quicksilver Metallic

N/C N/C

Quicksilver Metallic

$359 $395

Exterior Color, Summit White

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Ebony Twilight Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Winterberry Red Metallic

N/C N/C

Black Cherry Metallic

$359 $395

Exterior Color, Black Cherry Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Graphite Gray Metallic

N/C N/C

Graphite Gray Metallic

$359 $395

Exterior Color, White Frost Tricoat

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Coastal Blue Metallic

N/C N/C

Brake Assist System

Std Std

Brakes, 4 Wheel Disc w/ABS

Std Std

Cornering Brake Control

Std Std

Electronic Brake Distribution

Std Std

Air Conditioning: Climate Control

Std Std

Apps Control

Std Std

Bluetooth®

Std Std

Built-In Apps

Std Std

Cargo Hooks

Std Std

Cargo Tray (Dealer)

$100 $110

Connection To External Entertainment Devices

Std Std

Cruise/Speed Control

Std Std

Cup Holders, Front and Rear

Std Std

Engine Start Button

Std Std

Navigaion Via Mobile Phone

Std Std

Navigation System, with Internet

Std Std

Power Locks

Std Std

Power Outlet, 12v

Std Std

Power Windows

Std Std

Storage Box

Std Std

Telematics

Std Std

Trip Computer

Std Std

Trunk/Hatch Release, Remote

Std Std

Ventilation System

Std Std

Voice Activating System, Intellilink, with Radio Settings, Phone, Navigation System

Std Std

Wi-Fi Network

Std Std

Multi-Function Display Screen, 8.0-Inch

Std Std

Axle Ratio, 3.530

Std Std

Compass

Std Std

External Temperature

Std Std

Fuel Tank, 14.0 Gallon

Std Std

Oil Pan Heater

$91 $100

Tachometer

Std Std

Traction Control, Electronic

Std Std

Drive: Front-Wheel Drive

Std Std

Bumpers, Front and Rear Toned

Std Std

Chrome/Bright Trim, Window Surround

Std Std

Door Handles (Exterior), Chrome

Std Std

Privacy Glass

Std Std

Roof Rails

Std Std

Front License Plate Bracket

N/C N/C

Window, Rear

Std Std

Windows, Laminated Side

Std Std

Windows, Rear Side

Std Std

Rear Door, Lifting Gate

Std Std

Doors, Front-Hinged Front ; Front-Hinged Rear Passenger

Std Std

Armrest, Front Seat Center

Std Std

Console

Std Std

Floor Covering, Carpet In Passenger And Load Area

Std Std

Light, Cargo Area

Std Std

Steering Wheel: Alloy & Leather-Trimmed, Tilt Telescoping Steering Wheel

Std Std

Storage, Below Seat

Std Std

Vanity Mirror: Illuminated Driver And Passenger Vanity Mirror

Std Std

Luxury Trim, Color High Gloss On Instrument Panel ; Alloy Look On Shift Knob

Std Std

LED Lights, Daytime Running Lights

Std Std

Reading Lights, Front

Std Std

Body-Color Heated Driver And Passenger Power Door Mirrors With Turn Signals

Std Std

Rear View Mirror

Std Std

Electronic Noise Reduction

Std Std

Warranty Full Service, 24 Months / Other Miles

Std Std

Coppertino Metallic

$359 $395

Ebony Twilight Metallic

$359 $395

Winterberry Red Metallic

$359 $395

White Frost Tricoat

$359 $395

Coastal Blue Metallic

$359 $395

Paint, Gloss Two-Tone

Std Std

Airbag, Front

Std Std

Airbag, Side Curtain

Std Std

Airbag, Side

Std Std

Airbags, 10

Std Std

Airbags, Knee

Std Std

Glass, Tinted

Std Std

Head Restraints

Std Std

Headlight Control, Dusk Sensor

Std Std

Headlights, Halogen

Std Std

Hill Holder

Std Std

Isofix Preparation

Std Std

Lights, Daytime Running

Std Std

Low Tire Pressure Indicator

Std Std

Parking Distance Sensors, Rear Vision Camera

Std Std

Passenger Assist Handles

Std Std

Seatbelts, Front

Std Std

Seatbelts, Rear

Std Std

Stabilitrak

Std Std

Theft Deterrent System

Std Std

Windshield Wipers, Variable Intermittent

Std Std

Driver Seat, 8-Way Power Bucket; Passenger Seat, Folding Bucket

Std Std

Rear Seats, Split Bench Split Folding

Std Std

Seat Upholstery, Upgraded Cloth/Velour/Synthetic Leather

Std Std

Seating, 5

Std Std

Seat Upholstery/Color, Ebony Upscale Cloth W/Leatherette Accents Upgraded Cloth/Velour/Synthetic Leather

N/C N/C

Antenna

Std Std

Remote Audio Controls

Std Std

Six Speakers

Std Std

Audio System, AM/FM Radio, MP3/CD Player, Satellite Radio with Color Touch Screen

Std Std

Power Steering

Std Std

Suspension, Front Strut/Rear Torsion Beam w/ Coil Springs

Std Std

Spare Tire, Limited Use w/Steel Rim

Std Std

Tires, P215/55HR18 All Season BSW

Std Std

Wheels, 18" Alloy

Std Std

Wheels, Single Rear

Std Std
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
100000
Maintenance Warranty Months
18
Corrosion Warranty Months
72
Powertrain Warranty Miles
70000
Full Warranty Miles
50000
Powertrain Warranty Months
72
Full Warranty Months
48
Roadside Assistance Miles
70000
Maintenance Warranty Miles
15000
Roadside Assistance Months
72
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
5
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
5
IIHS Front Small Overlap
Good
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Overall
5
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
IIHS Roof Strength
Good
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4