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2019 Buick Encore Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


CARHP Editorial Updated on: November 13, 2019


Compact is the latest trend. Buick- a GM's premium car marque has been the race with its sweet little Encore. It is a pocket size SUV with traits of the bigger Buick like the Enclave. Well laid interior with high quality material looks upscale than most of its rivals. Every Encore receives Buick's QuietTuning treatment, which include different sound deadening measures.

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Pros

Smooth ride on high speed

Compact Size

Attractive interior

Generous standard safety tech

Cons

Tepid performance

Languid acceleration

Uninspiring handling

Higher price than rivals

What's New?

TBD


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$23200

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

83 cu.in.

horsepower

138 hp @ 4900 rpm

torque

148 lbs.-ft @ 1850 rpm

transmission

6-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

front independent suspension

suspension rear

Semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

60.65/60.6

dimensions

wheelbase

100.6 in.

length

168.4 in.

width

69.9 in.

height

65.3 in.

curb weight

3237 lbs.

ground clearance

6.2 in.

capacity

passenger volume

35.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

48.4 cu ft.

payload capacity

1018 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

10.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

25/28/30 mpg

highway range

434 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr. / 70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

72 months. / 70000

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / 100000 mi.

roadside assistance

6 yr. / 70000 mi.


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Styles

 2019 Buick Encore in Ebony Twilight Metallic color  2019 Buick Encore in Quicksilver Metallic color  2019 Buick Encore in Summit White color  2019 Buick Encore in White Frost Tricoat color
Ebony Twilight Metallic

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Ratings

Features

7.0

Engine And Performance

7.7

Interior

7.5

7.3

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Buick Encore 1SV

1SV

power
138 hp @ 4900 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
28 combined

$23,200


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
1SV 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $23,200 MSRP (25/28/30) 138 hp @ 4900 rpm, 1.4 L, I-4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5   Satin Steel Gray Metallic/Black Carbon Metallic
  Deep Azure Metallic/Black Carbon Metallic
  Ebony Twilight Metallic/Black Carbon Metallic
  Summit White/Black Carbon Metallic

 2019 Buick Encore Preferred

Preferred

power
138 hp @ 4900 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
28 combined

$24,600 - $26,100


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Preferred 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $24,600 MSRP (25/28/30) 138 hp @ 4900 rpm, 1.4 L, I-4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
Preferred 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $26,100 MSRP (24/27/29) 138 hp @ 4900 rpm, 1.4 L, I-4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2019 Buick Encore Sport Touring

Sport Touring

power
138 hp @ 4900 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
28 combined

$25,800 - $27,300


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport Touring 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $25,800 MSRP (25/28/30) 138 hp @ 4900 rpm, 1.4 L, I-4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
Sport Touring 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $27,300 MSRP (24/27/29) 138 hp @ 4900 rpm, 1.4 L, I-4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2019 Buick Encore Essence

Essence

power
138 hp @ 4900 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
28 combined

$29,300 - $30,800


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Essence 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $30,800 MSRP (24/27/29) 138 hp @ 4900 rpm, 1.4 L, I-4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5
Essence 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $29,300 MSRP (25/28/30) 138 hp @ 4900 rpm, 1.4 L, I-4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.3

Overall Rating


The Encore's performance is however disappointing. Acceleration is slow due to the sluggish 134 -horsepower four-cylinder engine. Buick's optional 153 hp engine is a substantial improvement.

2019 Buick Encore Three Quarter View
2019 Buick Encore Three Quarter View
2019 Buick Encore Rear View
2019 Buick Encore Rear View

7.0/10
Features

 

7.7/10
Engine and Performance

 
 

7.5/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 Buick Encore Features

7.0/10

Trims and Pricing

The Buick Encore is a compact crossover which is offered in four trim levels. 1 SV or the base, Preferred, Sport Touring and Essence. The base 1.4 liter turbocharger engine producing 138 hp is offered in 1 SV and the Preferred variant while the more powerful 153 hp engine is equipped in Sport Touring and Essence trim. All of the variants come well equipped with features while individuals who desire safety and can go with more expensive trims. Buick covers the Encore with a four-year/50,000-mile warranty and a six-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty. 

Trims

Encore 1SV

Preferred

Sport Touring

Essence

MSRP (FWD)

$22,990

$24,365

$25,565

$29,065

MSRP(AWD)

N/A

$25,865

$27,065

$30.565

Features

4G Wi-Fi hotspot

1SV+

Preferred +

Essence +

 

Enhanced 4.2" multi-color Driver Information Center

Rear Cargo Cover

Exclusive Rear, integrated Sport Spoiler

Bose Premium 7-speaker sound system

 

Keyless Open and Start

Front and rear color-keyed floor mats

Remote Vehicle Starter System

Rainsense Wipers

 

QuietTuning technology with Active Noise Cancellation

 

Fog lamps

Front and Rear Park Assist

 

Rear Vision Camera

   

Forward Collision Alert

 

6-way power adjustable driver sea

   

Lane Departure Warning

Cargo Net and Rear Carpeted Cargo Mat

2019 Buick Encore Engine and Performance

7.7/10

“With a refined ride and sound deadening in all the right places, the Encore is a pleasant, albeit slow-moving, place to spend time. The 2019 Buick Encore is have a sluggish acceleration.” -Carconnection

The Encore is offered in two engine options, both of them are different versions of the same turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder. One with a slightly smaller bore and less displacement (1364 cc vs 1399 cc) which produces 138 hp and 148-pound feet of torque. The bigger engine with a higher compression ratio (9.5:1 versus 10.0:1) and fuel injection rather than port, generates 153 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. Neither of the powertrains is lively, though the grunt is apt for city driving. Encore feels sluggish when all the seats are occupied.

2019 Buick Encore Engine
2019 Buick Encore

Both of the engines use the same 6- speed automatic transmission with a manual shifting function, operable by a switch atop the shift lever. A front-wheel-drive is available with an optional AWD. The more powerful engine is available on sport touring and Essence trim.

Models

Honda HR-V

Toyota C-HR

Hyundai Kona

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3

Subaru Crosstrek

Chevrolet Trax

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

MSRP

$20,520

$20,945

$19,500

$23,200

$20,390

$21,859

21,300

$20,945

Engine

1.8 Liter Inline-4

2.0 Liter Inline-4

2.0 Liter Inline-4

1.4 Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0 Liter Inline-4

2.0 Liter Boxer-4

1.4 Liter Inline-4

2.0 Liter Inline-4

Transmission

2-speed CVT with Overdrive

2-speed CVT with Overdrive and auto-manual

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic with Overdrive and auto-manual

2-speed CVT with Overdrive and Manual mode

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

2-speed CVT with Overdrive and Manual mode

Horsepower

141 hp @6500 rpm

144 hp @ 6100 rpm

147 hp @ 6200 rpm

138 hp @ 4900 rpm

148 hp @ 6000 rpm

152 hp @ 6000 rpm

138 hp @ 4900 rpm

148 hp @ 6,000 rpm

Torque

127 lb. ft. @ 4300 rpm

139 lb. ft. @ 3900 rpm

132 lb. ft. @ 4500 rpm

148 lb. ft. @ 1850 rpm

146 lb. ft. @ 2800 rpm

145 lb. ft. @ 4000 rpm

148 lb.-ft. @1850 rpm

145 lb.-ft. @ 4,200 rpm

There is no significant difference in the power outputs of all the rivals, however, the Subaru Crosstrek churns out the most amount of ponies. Chevrolet Trax is identical to the Buick while the Mazda produces the highest amount of horsepower among them.

Acceleration

You can say that the engine is “peppy” as it does 0 to 60 in 7.8 seconds with the more powerful engine option. The lower displacement motor takes 8 .4 seconds to reach 60 mph from a standstill. AWD option adds more weight to the car which in turn affects the performance.

2019 Buick Encore Acceleration
2019 Buick Encore Acceleration

Models

Honda HR-V

Toyota C-HR

Hyundai Kona

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3

Subaru Crosstrek

Chevrolet Trax

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

0-60 MPH (sec)

9.3*

11.0

10.0

8.4

8.6

9.0

9.3

8.9

Quarter mile (sec)

16.8*

18.4

17.3

16.2

16.3

16.9

16.8

16.6

Engine

1.8-L I-4

2.0-L I-4

2.0-L I-4

1.4-L I-4

2.0-L I-4

2.0-L H-4

1.4-L I-4

2.0-L I-4

Emission

(Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

6.3*

6.0

5.9

6.3

5.7

7.0

6.3

7.1

If compared to the rivals such as the Chevrolet Trax, Honda HR-v it is a second quicker in accomplishing the 0 to 60-mile mark.

Ride and Handling

The Encore is staggering as a daily driver. Buick like in its premium cars provides a comfortable ride even over rough patches, there is little body roll around corners. Crossover’s little size makes it agile and maneuverable, which is helpful in traffic and tight spaces. You will feel short on power for highway driving and handling is tactile but not sporty.

Encore's ride is smooth on a lower speed, it can get wallow over the uneven landscape on higher velocities. Buick has incorporated some energetic styling prompts like a thick-rimmed steering wheel, yet the Encore is considerably more suited as an urban cruiser than a lively crossover.

Braking

The brake bite is enough for red light stops and city jaunts, pedal travel is small with high response. You will certainly hear a weird squeal from the pads after using it repetitively. No automatic emergency braking limits the 2019 Buick Encore's appeal.

2019 Buick Encore Wheel
2019 Buick Encore Wheel

Model

Honda HR-V

Toyota C-HR

Hyundai Kona

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3

Subaru Crosstrek

Chevrolet Trax

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Brake Front (in.)

11.5

11.8

11.8

11.8

11

11.6

11.8

11.6

Brake Rear (in.)

11.1

11.1

9.0 (Drum)

10.6

11.1

10.8

9.0

11.9

Curb Weight (lbs.)

2906

3300

2890

3237

2809

3113

2805

3,032

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

N/A

N/A

122

N/A

N/A

N/A

118

2019 Buick Encore Fuel Economy

The front-wheel-drive Encore returns 26 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. For all-wheel-drive models, reduce 1 mpg from both numbers. The combined MPG is slightly above the average for its class. The more powerful engine is actually efficient which is surprising.

Model

Honda HR-V

Toyota C-HR

Hyundai Kona

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3

Subaru Crosstrek

Chevrolet Trax

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

MPG (city)

28

27

27

26

29

27

25

24

MPG (highway)

34

31

33

31

34

33

33

30

MPG (combined)

30

29

30

28

31

25

28

27

The 2019 Mazda CX-3 returns even better fuel economy and will be lighter on your pocket, while the identical Chevrolet earns 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway which is slightly below average.

2019 Buick Encore Interior

7.5/10

“As long as space isn’t a priority, the 2019 Buick Encore delivers a refined experience and premium feel”. - Carconnection

Seating and Comfort

The Buick Encore may be branded entry-level crossover but don’t consider it an “econobox”. It can be equipped with different materials like fabric, leatherette or genuine cowhide, the cabin is well laid and refined. The front seats are comfortable, and drivers have great visibility due to a high seating position. The back seats have a fair measure of headroom and can fit two grown-ups without grumbling. There's more space than the outside impression would recommend, however it could get confined with three grown-ups toward the rear.

2019 Buick Encore Front Seat
2019 Buick Encore Seating

Model

Honda HR-V

Toyota C-HR

Hyundai Kona

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3

Subaru Crosstrek

Chevrolet Trax

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

Front (cu. ft)Headroom

 39.5

38.1

39.6

39.6

38.4

39.8

39.6

39.4

Shoulder room

56.8

49

55.5

54.2

53.5

56.7

54.1

56.2

Legroom

41.2

43.5

41.5

40.8

41.7

43.1

40.8

41.6

Rear (cu. ft)Headroom

38.3

38.3

37.8

38.8

37.2

38

38.8

37.9

Shoulder room

54.5

52.5

54.5

52.5

50.4

55.6

52.8

55.5

Legroom

39.3

31.7

34.6

35.8

35

36.5

35.7

36.3

Despite its small footprint, the Encore feels roomy inside because of its tall roof and a high seating position. It's less outright fun to drive than most of the rivals but there's good space inside for an average size individual, which is a squeeze in some of those competitors. The Honda HR-V offers the most amount of rear space in the subcompact crossover SUV class.

Interior Features

  • Available features inside of the 2019 Buick Encore includes:
  • Remote start
  • Moon roof
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Seven-speaker sound system
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Forward collision alert
  • Parking assist and lane departure warning

Infotainment System

The Encore comes with lots of tech goodies and an 8.0-inch infotainment screen. It is known by the name “IntelliLink” with the following features:

2019 Buick Encore Infotainment Display
2019 Buick Encore Infotainment Display
  • Android Auto & Apple Car Play
  • Onboard Wi-Fi
  • 4G LTE
  • Bluetooth audio and phone
  • Voice command
  • USB input

Cargo volume

U stands for utility in SUV, Encore despite its smaller size can hold a large amount of cargo than most of the bigger vehicles. The space behind the rear seats is large enough for moderate grocery loads and 7 to 8 carryon bags. It provides 18.8 feet of cubic feet of cargo and increases to 48.4 cubic feet with the rear seats down. A fold-flat front passenger seat allows you to carry very long items.

2019 Buick Encore Cargo
2019 Buick Encore Cargo Space

Model

Honda HR-V

Toyota C-HR

Hyundai Kona

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3

Subaru Crosstrek

Chevrolet Trax

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Trunk Volume (ft.3)

24.3

19

19.2

18.8

12.4

20.8

18.7

21.7

Cargo Volume with Rear seats folded (ft.3)

58.8

36.4

45.8

48.4

44.5

55.3

48.4

49.5

Most of the rivals provide a similar amount of cargo space like the Chevrolet Trax and Mazda Cx-3. The Honda HR-V is a class leader when it comes to capacity.

2019 Buick Encore Front Seat
2019 Buick Encore front seat
2019 Buick Encore cockpit area
2019 Buick Encore cockpit area
2019 Buick Encore front seat
2019 Buick Encore front seat
2019 Buick Encore rear seat
2019 Buick Encore rear seat
2019 Buick Encore instrumental cluster
2019 Buick Encore instrumental cluster
2019 Buick Encore center console
2019 Buick Encore center console

2019 Buick Encore Exterior

“For the 2019 model year, the Encore gets a visual refresh both inside and out, and gives prospective buyers more of the options they want to keep”–New York Daily

Design and styling

From its winged grille and sculpted hood to the classy 18-inch alloy wheels, the Encore looks athletic and designed to stand out. The dynamic outlook is to attract people of younger generations. The utility-vehicle's profoundly etched bodywork and a classy variety of brilliant emphasize bits are adequately set off by conspicuous LED-highlighted projector-pillar headlights and LED-mixed taillights. Brushed-aluminum fake back skid plates and a wide wheelbase bundle include more aggressive silhouette to the general blend.

2019 Buick Encore Side View
2019 Buick Encore Side View

Model

Honda HR-V

Toyota C-HR

Hyundai Kona

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3

Subaru Crosstrek

Chevrolet Trax

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Curb weight (lbs.)

2906

3300

2890

3237

2809

3157

2805

3,032

Length(in)

170.4

171.2

164.0

168.4

168.3

175.8

167.2

171.9

Width(in)

69.8

70.7

70.9

70.1

69.6

71

69.9

71.3

Height(in)

63.2

61.6

61

65.2

60.7

63.6

64.9

64.8

Ground clearance (in)

5.4

5.9

6.7

6.2

6.1

8.7

6.2

8.5

Wheelbase (in)

102.8

103.9

102.4

100.6

101.2

104.9

100.6

105.1

Track width (in) F/R

60.4/60.6

60.6/60.6

61.2/60.2/60.3

60.62/60.62

60/59.5

61/61.2/61.2

60.6/60.6

60.6/60.6

Exterior Features

  • Some of the exterior features include:
  • LED headlights in Essence and Premium
  • Halogen headlights in all trims except Essence and Premium
  • LED DRL
  • Fog lamps in Sport Touring and above
  • 18-inch alloy wheels on all trims
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2019 Buick Encore Safety

The Encore does not provide many safety features. The only standard feature is a rearview camera. The available safety features include:

2019 Buick Encore Safety
2019 Buick Encore Safety
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Forward collision alert
  • Parking assist
  • Lane departure warning

2019 Buick Encore Competition

Buick Encore Vs Mazda CX-3

The CX-3 is young and brimming with soul. Mazda mixes the CX-3 with excellent handling and balance with an addition of a solid motor that outpaces the Encore. The CX-3 additionally has one of the most pleasant cabins among rivals. Encore advantages lie in the rear seat, which is much more spacious than Mazda’s. Also, Encore has more standard and available features.According to the cost-to-feature ratio, the Mazda is a clear winner. It costs a few thousand dollars less than Encore and doesn’t compromise with comfort or performance.

2019 Mazda CX-3
2019 Mazda CX-3

Buick Encore Vs Honda HR-V

The HR-V is somewhat more versatile than the Buick. It's back seat overlaps to make an extensive floor-to-roof stack floor that is ideal for transporting bicycles or other tall articles. The HR-V is the ace of performance and utility in this rivalry. The Encore can't stand in front of the Honda overall, yet it beats the HR-V in the quality of its cabin materials.

2019 Honda HR-V
2019 Honda HR-V

Buick Encore Vs Chevrolet Trax

Mechanically, the Trax and Encore are about equivalent. They share similar dimensions, power outputs since they belong from the same parent organization. The Trax offers a rundown of standard highlights like the Encore and inside is entirely utilitarian. It takes care of business, yet it won't inspire you with the quality of its materials. This likewise makes it less expensive than the Encore by a couple of thousand dollars, so it's a savvy decision on the off chance that you simply require essential subcompact SUV utility.

2019 Chevrolet Trax
2019 Chevrolet Trax

 

2019 Buick Encore Final Verdict

The Buick Encore is possibly the company’s most successful effort. It has attracted numerous buyers in a younger demographic for a small upscale crossover. Ranking among the top subcompact SUVs, it has one of the nicest interiors in its class and an impressive list of standard features. The performance is not, though it has a comfortable ride and composed handling. There are many reasons to like the Encore when contrasted with other rivals.