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Among the first of the modern subcompact SUVs, the five-passenger Buick Encore is aging fast. It still has a trick or two up its sleeve, though, including a fold-flat front passenger seat that allows the SUV to carry items up to 8 feet long. That helps make up for its otherwise skimpy 48.4 cubic feet of maximum cargo space. Buick offers the 2020 Encore in 1SV, Preferred, Sport Touring, and Essence trim levels. A turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder provides 138 horsepower, flowing to the front or all four wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. Encore gets up to 27 mpg in combined driving, but sadly, a more powerful engine option is no longer available. Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov. The Encore’s menu of driver-assistance systems is short, but the 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system’s list of features is long. Remote engine start is standard or available for most trims. With more and more small SUVs coming on the market, the Encore faces stiff competition, including from within Buick itself. The new-for-2020 Encore GX is cut from similar cloth but is better in every way.
Front Wheel Drive (2WD)
F 40.82"/R 35.75"
F 39.58"/R 38.78"
Easy to drive: It might not have much power, but the 2020 Buick Encore is easy to drive. Its small size, tall driving position, and excellent outward visibility contribute to the Encore’s nimble city-driving character. This little Buick whips into parking spaces with ease, too, and parking sensors are available to assist you.
Front seat comfort: It might be small, but the Encore supplies big comfort. It is easy to get into and out of the Encore, and once you’re situated in either of the front seats, you’ll find that it feels open and airy inside. Heated front seats and a heated steering wheel are available in the top trim level, and all versions of the SUV boast Buick QuietTuning™, which adds a hush to the interior when driving on the highway.
Impressive standard infotainment system: The Buick Encore’s infotainment system is easy to understand and use and offers numerous desirable features. Satellite radio, Apple CarPlay®, and Android Auto™ are standard, and you can subscribe to OnStar® connected services including access to a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot
Performance and efficiency: We’ve long noted the Encore’s lack of power, suggesting that it needs improvement. For 2020, Buick heads in the opposite direction, dropping the more powerful engine upgrade and leaving the standard 138-hp engine as your only choice. It’s not particularly efficient either. In real-world driving, the Encore’s engine works hard, producing disappointing fuel economy.
4.4 out of 59 customer reviews
RepairPal gave the Buick Encore an overall reliability rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Buick Encore 7th out of 8 among Subcompact SUVs.View RepairPal's full rating of the Buick Encore
The 2020 Buick Encore is available in multiple trims, each with its own estimated fuel economy, here are the EPA estimates for each trim:
The Buick Encore received a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from RepairPal, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks the Buick Encore as 6 out of 8 among Subcompact SUV
The 2020 Buick Encore has received an average 4.4 out of 5 stars from our customers. If you're in the market for a 2020 Buick Encore, check out reviews from customers just like you. 2020 Buick Encore Reviews.
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