2021 Buick Encore

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Buick Encore highlights

Customer rating


  • Quiet cabin at highway speeds
  • Maneuverable size for easy handling
  • Several standard high-tech features


  • Tepid acceleration
  • Subpar fuel economy
  • Small cargo area

Mileage (EPA estimate)

23 city, 29 highway, 26 combined

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Quietly efficient and enjoyably sporty.

The 2021 Buick Encore has a firm hold on the features that elevate passenger comfort, as well as the dimensions and performance expected from a practical, subcompact SUV. A simplified trim selection for 2021, some eye-catching new paint options, and a pleasing set of interior features confirm for an enjoyable everyday drive. The turbocharged engine and spacious dimensions ensure its credentials as a road-responsive and capable utility vehicle. Buick has delivered, once again. While we currently do not have many 2021 Buick Encores on our lots, we look forward to selling more in the future. If you love the 2021 model, you should also consider prior model years of the Buick Encore with similar features.

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What is new for the 2021 Buick Encore?

  • The Essence and Sport Touring trims have been discontinued for 2021.
  • Encore trims have been upgraded with Parking Sensors and CD Audio as standard equipment this year.

2021 Buick Encore trims

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  • Comes with Summit white exterior paint, keyless entry and push-button ignition, seven-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, privacy glass, backup camera, cruise control, 10 airbags, leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated power mirrors, 60/40 split rear bench seat, electronic stability control, and more.


  • Adds interior cargo cover, carpeted floor mats, five exterior paint choices, and more. It also opens up optional features and packages including remote start,

     Rainsense automatic wipers, all-wheel drive, park assist, lane departure warning, moonroof, 120-volt power outlet, road trip package, driver assistance packages, and more.

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5 reasons to buy the 2021 Buick Encore

1. A quiet ride

2021 Buick Encore Review: Exterior | CarMax

Buick has taken on the challenge of creating a peaceful in-cabin experience, by applying their own QuietTuning technology. Reducing the intrusions that could disturb the Encore's peaceful interior are triple-edged door seals and acoustic laminated glass in the front windshield and side windows, which combine to block out, reduce or absorb unwanted audible intrusions. What can you do with that cool and calm atmosphere? Enjoy the Encore's standard six-speaker sound system of course.

2. Driver-Assistance package options

2021 Buick Encore Review: Dashboard | CarMax

In addition to such standard features as daytime running lights, child seat anchors, and traction control, the 2021 Buick Encore's upper-level trim has two optional driver assistance packages, full of useful tools for any Encore driver. The Preferred trim's first driver-assistance package adds blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, while the second optional package adds forward collision alert, lane departure warning, parking sensors, and rain-sensing wipers. For drivers stepping up to a larger vehicle for the first time, these could be a welcome option, and worth considering as you decide on the features you are looking for.

3. StabiliTrak® technology

2021 Buick Encore Review: Front seats | CarMax

The 2021 Encore has plenty of behind-the-scenes technology. This includes StabiliTrak, a computer-controlled stability assistance system that comes into its own when your vehicle is faced with challenging driving conditions such as ice-covered, wet, or uneven roads. StabiliTrak intervenes when it detects a loss of traction, assisting with selective braking and torque adjustment to maintain your road position.

4. Impressive infotainment features

2021 Buick Encore Review: Cell | CarMax

On longer trips or your daily commute, the Encore's available entertainment tech can make or break your journey. Once its service is activated, the available 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot is a passenger pleaser - simply sign in via the seven-inch infotainment touchscreen and allow your passengers to get online with their compatible devices.

Want some company on a solo trip? Enjoy an audiobook, or listen to your favorite podcast via the standard Apple CarPlay or Android Auto integration.

5. Subcompact sizing with a twist

2021 Buick Encore Review: Trunk | CarMax

If you've got a full set of passengers, the 2021 Encore can still provide 18.8 cu-ft of cargo storage, enough for everyone's weekend-away luggage. Trip for two? Flip the rear seats down for 48.4 cu-ft of storage that lets you pack for a cross-country adventure, including your golf clubs. There's one more twist to the 2021 Encore - the front passenger seat flips down to allow cargo up to eight-feet long.

Similar vehicles

If you're interested in the 2021 Buick Encore, you should also check out these similar vehicles from Previous generation years.

Image of Hyundai Kona

A spirited subcompact with a choice of trims and powertrains, the Hyundai Kona is a must-see SUV. The 2018–2021 Kona has two gasoline engine options; the 147-horsepower 2.0L four-cylinder base engine, or an available 175-horsepower turbocharged 1.6L four-cylinder, found on the Kona's higher trims. From 2019 a fully electric Kona also joined the line-up.

Generous trim levels add tech, passenger comforts and driver assistance aids in clear incremental steps. The 2018–2021 Kona has a sensible amount of storage for a subcompact, from 19.3 cu-ft behind the second row, increasing to 45.8 cu-ft when the rear seats are folded away.

Standard features for the 2018–2021 Hyundai Kona base trim SE model include:

  • Rearview camera

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration

  • Seven-inch infotainment touchscreen

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

Above Average

RepairPal gave the Buick Encore an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Buick Encore 7th out of 8 among Subcompact SUVs.

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Buick Encore features and specs

Preferred 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cruise Control
  • Leatherette & Cloth
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Alloy Wheels
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leatherette & Cloth
  • Parking Sensors
  • Remote Start
  • Running Boards
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 40.8"/R 35.7"

Head room

F 39.6"/R 38.78"

Front tires


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2021 Buick Encore FAQ

More about the 2021 Buick Encore

Color options

Exterior colors:

  • Cinnabar Metallic (Preferred trim only)

  • Dark Moon Blue Metallic (Preferred trim only)

  • Ebony Twilight Metallic (Preferred trim only)

  • Quicksilver Metallic (Preferred trim only)

  • Summit White

  • White Frost Tricoat (Preferred trim only)

Interior details

  • 18.8 cu-ft of cargo space

  • Seating for five passengers

  • 60/40 split-folding rear bench seat

  • Flat-folding front passenger seatback

  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with mounted cruise control

NHTSA Safety Ratings

The 2021 Buick Encore received an overall 5/5 rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Find out more about this rating and how NHTSA’s 5-Star Safety Ratings program evaluates the crash protection and rollover safety of new vehicles.

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