2019 Buick Encore Price and Review

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The Encore has been first revealed back in 2012 and went on sale shortly after as a 2013 model. The car is basically an Opel Mokka with slight differences to its design. Even though many expected it to fail, the car was quite successful, and it looks like sales are not going to stop anytime soon. In fact, the car received an update a short while ago with the new 2019 Buick Encore. This brings very few changes over the older model, but even so, it should be well worth the money for those who were looking for a new car anyway.

2019 Buick Encore Price

As we said, the car is based on a modular architecture meant for hatchbacks. This means that even though it is technically a crossover, it doesn’t really drive like one. This is actually great because it makes the Encore one of the better car in its class. It has a smooth suspension system which is great for any type of driving. Thanks to it the car is comfortable even on uneven roads, and it will easily hold its own through corners. The only real drawback of the Encore has to be its steering system.

This has been one of its weak points ever since it was released more than four years ago and it, unfortunately, didn’t change with the latest update. While the car is relatively precise, the steering is numb, so it won’t give the driver the confidence it should give. The 2019 Buick Encore is already available for sale, and it costs roughly the same as before. The base model now starts at just under $23,000 which also makes it one of the more affordable luxury compact crossovers on the US market.

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Design

The 2019 Encore is not that different from the original model. In fact, there have been very few updates to the car’s design which were mostly meant to bring it closer to Buick’s other vehicles. In the front, the Encore gets a hexagonal grille with vertical slats, and the Buick-logo flanked by two horizontal chrome inserts. The result is quite impressive and definitely better than that of its sibling.

The headlights use wraparound LED daytime running lights and Xenon main and high-beams which make the car seem quite aggressive to look at. The bumper is quite smooth with only a lower intake and protective shield which makes the car look a bit taller than it is. From the profile, the Encore is basically identical to its sibling while the rear is very similar as well.

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Inside the Cabin

Here the 2019 Buick Encore manages to deliver a truly premium experience which is otherwise not possible at this price point. Even the most basic model is very well equipped for its price. The car gets, as standard, things like automatic climate control, a central infotainment system or even a color driver’s display are standard. The car can also be had with a better infotainment system, leather upholstery, sports seats with larger side bolsters as well as front and rear armrests. In fact, the front seats get individual armrests which are not usually the case with a car this small.

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2019 Buick Encore Specs and Engine

The base model of the 2019 Buick Encore comes as standard with a 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-four gasoline engine. This delivers 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque which is not all that great. However, the engine has an iron block and multi-point fuel injection, meaning it is one of the more reliable units in its class. Thanks to that there are still quite a few around, and it looks like GM will keep it alive for at least a couple more years. The upgrade comes in the form of a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine which may seem identical at first glance.

However, it really isn’t. This has around 50cc of extra displacement, and it has an aluminum block and direct fuel injection. It also features a larger turbocharger, a better cooling system, and a few other upgrades. The result is 153 horsepower and a rather impressive 177 lb-ft of torque. Both engines come mated to a six-speed automatic which is just adequate at this point. An all-wheel-drive system is available with both which is quite impressive to see in its class.

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Competitors:

  • Audi Q3
  • Mazda CX-3
  • Chevrolet Trax
  • Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class

2019 Buick Encore Price FWD

Trim Level  MSRP
Base $22,990
Preferred $24,365
Sport Touring $25,565
Preferred II $26,865
Essence $29,065
Premium $30,515

AWD

Trim Level MSRP
Base $25,865
Sport Touring $27,065
Preferred II $28,365
Essence $30,565
Premium $32,015
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