2013 Buick Encore

Rating8.1

Ranked #1 in Subcompact Suv

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$25,010 - $29,690

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Key Spec of 2013 Buick Encore
fuel economy

25/29/33

fuel type

Regular Unleaded

horsepower

138 hp @ 4900 rpm

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

ProsConsWhat's New

Great combination of refinement and comfort

Less sporty than the competition

All-new model

Outstanding fuel economy

Tight backseat

Quiet Cabin

A generous list of standard features

2013 Buick Encore Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Buick Encore is a new compact crossover that marks the entry of the brand into an entirely new market segment. This vehicle is targeted towards young urban buyers as well as parents who no longer need a full-scale SUV. The five-passenger Encore is built on the same platform as the Chevrolet Sonic and brings premium character at an attractive price.

2013 Buick Encore Latest Updates

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Over All Rating

8.1

Out of 10

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8.90
6.00
Notable Rankings

#1 in Subcompact Suv

#6 in Suv


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Trims

Convenience$25,010 onwards

  • Dual zone automatic front air conditioning
  • Front Fog/driving lights

Base$25,700 onwards

  • 18-inch silver aluminum Wheels
  • 1St row LCD monitor
  • ABS and driveline Traction control
  • Cloth/Leatherette Seat trim
  • Driver Lumbar support
  • Front manual air conditioning
  • Heated mirrors
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Seek-Scan Radio
  • Siriusxm AM/FM/Satellite

Leather$26,710 onwards

  • Front passenger Lumbar support
  • Front passengers heated-cushion
  • Leather Seat trim

Premium$28,190 onwards

  • Rainsense Windshield wipers
  • Ultrasonic Parking assist

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2013 Buick Encore
14
Price Drop, $114
Previous Price: $1199512 Aug 2021

2013 Buick Encore Leather

Leather 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

$11,881
Est. $161/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,234 Below market
RMV: $14,115
Columbia, SC
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2014 Buick Encore
18
Price Drop, $1000
Previous Price: $999507 Jun 2022

2014 Buick Encore

4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

$8,995
Est. $122/mo
Excellent Deal
$1,488 Below market
RMV: $10,483
Eastpointe, MI
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2013 Buick Encore
3
Price Drop, $500
Previous Price: $1149915 Jun 2022

2013 Buick Encore Convenience

Convenience 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

$10,999
Est. $149/mo
Excellent Deal
$1,780 Below market
RMV: $12,779
Hermitage, TN
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2014 Buick Encore
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2014 Buick Encore Leather

Leather 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

$11,695
Est. $158/mo
Excellent Deal
$1,846 Below market
RMV: $13,541
Endicott, NY
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2013 Buick Encore Convenience

Convenience 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

$7,999
Est. $108/mo
Excellent Deal
$1,261 Below market
RMV: $9,260
Virginia Beach, VA
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2014 Buick Encore
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Price Drop, $1175
Previous Price: $1303022 Jun 2022

2014 Buick Encore Convenience

Convenience 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

$11,855
Est. $160/mo
Excellent Deal
$1,686 Below market
RMV: $13,541
Smithville, MO
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2014 Buick Encore Convenience

Convenience 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

$11,980
Est. $162/mo
Excellent Deal
$1,705 Below market
RMV: $13,685
Campbellsville, KY
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2013 Buick Encore Convenience

Convenience 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

$9,495
Est. $128/mo
Excellent Deal
$1,267 Below market
RMV: $10,762
Henrico, VA
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2014 Buick Encore Leather

Leather 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

$12,950
Est. $175/mo
Excellent Deal
$1,695 Below market
RMV: $14,645
Hudsonville, MI
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Colors and Styles

2013 Buick Encore in Brilliant Blue Metallic color
Brilliant Blue Metallic

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

Powered by a 1.4L turbocharged engine the 2013 Buick Encore delivers good fuel economy for the class on both FWD and AWD drivetrains. These admirable qualities make it an attractive choice for a compact crossover. But the power output outmatches the weight of the ride and further optimizations for fuel efficiency hurts the performance of the Encore. The SUV competes with the likes of Volkswagen Tiguan, Mini Countryman, and the Mazda CX-5.


Features
8.5/10

The 2013 Buick Encore is available in four trims with the choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The trims are Base, Convenience, Leather, and Premium. All trims come with the same 1.4L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers 138 hp power. The base Encore at $24,200 offers 18-inch alloy wheels, heated side mirrors, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, a six-way power driver seat, and more. At $25,010 and $26,710, the Convenience and Leather trim offers more premium features. The top-tier trim, the Premium, is priced at $28,190 and provides the latest features like parking sensors and an improved sound system.

Trim

Base

Convenience

Leather

Premium

MSRP (FWD)

$24,200

$25,010

$26,710

$28,190

MSRP (AWD)

$25,700

$26,510

$28,210

$29,690

Key Features

6-way power-adjustable driver seat

Dual Zone automatic climate control

Leather-appointed steering

Bose premium 7 speaker audio system with amplifier

 

Driver Information Centre with Steering mounted controls

Auto-dimming rearview mirror

Heated steering wheel

Rain sense automatic wipers

 

10 Standard airbags

Remote vehicle start

6-way power passenger seat

Front and rear park assist

 

Tilt and telescopic leather-wrapped steering wheel

Power Tilt-sliding Sunroof (optional)

Dual Zone automatic climate control with memory features

Lane Departure warning

 

Cruise control

Navigational system

Driver seat memory

Forward collision alert

 

Noise control system with active noise cancellation

18-inch Chromed aluminum wheels

Heated front seats

Cargo net and rear carpeted cargo mat

We Recommend

All the trims offer a better upgrade over the previous trim with the Leather trim being a more luxury-oriented cosmetic change. The most expensive Premium trim offers the most features and the best value for money with the added safety features. We recommend the FWD option of the 2013 Buick Encore as it is the best value-for-money variant. With the all-wheel drive, it is adding more weight to the engine already short on power. Also, the FWD Premium trim is cheaper than the AWD Leather trim.

Engine and Performance
8.0/10

The 2013 Buick Encore motor remains the same irrespective of the trim you opt for. You get a 1.4L turbocharged engine that makes 138 hp of power and 148 lb.-ft of torque. The engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission that features manual style-shifting capabilities. 

The combination yields impressive fuel economy but the performance is substandard. The 3300-pound body is a bit too much for the small engine to handle. The 2013 Buick Encore always leaves the driver wanting more performance.

Models

2013 Buick Encore

2013 Mazda CX-5

2013 Volkswagen Tiguan

2013 Mini Countryman S

MSRP

$24,200

$22,395

$25,010

$25,600

Engine 

1.4L Turbo Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

2.0L Turbo Inline-4

1.6L Turbo Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Manual 

Power 

138hp @ 4900 rpm

155hp @ 6000 rpm

200hp @ 6000 rpm

181hp @5500 rpm

Torque

148lb-ft @ 1850 rpm

150lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

207lb-ft @ 1700 rpm

177lb-ft @ 1600 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

9.8

9.8

8.5

7.4

Quarter mile (sec)

17.5

17.2

16.2

15.8

Top Speed (MPH)

115

116

120

131

The Mini Countryman S offers the best performance among the rivals with impressive 0-60 and quarter-mile timings clocking 7.4 and 15.8 seconds. However, the Countryman S comes with a manual 6-speed transmission. In terms of raw performance numbers, the Volkswagen Tiguan produces the most power and torque at 200 hp and 207 lb-ft respectively. The 2.0L turbocharged engine on the Tiguan makes it a solid performer in the segment. The Mazda CX-5 might not have the horsepower and torque counts but it offers an excellent fun-to-drive nature clocking similar timings as the Buick of 9.8 seconds. 

Fuel Economy
7.0/10

The 2013 Buick Encore gas mileage is impressive for the crossover segment. The SUV returns an average of 25 MPG in the city and 33 MPG on the highways while yielding a combined mileage of 28 MPG. These are the figures for the lighter front-wheel-drive variant. The all-wheel-drive version also performs well in fuel efficiency at 23 MPG in the city and 30 mpg on the highways providing a combined 26 mpg. The 1.4L turbocharged four-cylinder engine combined with a rush to the top gear programming optimizes the fuel efficiency but reduces the responsiveness.

Models

2013 Buick Encore

2013 Mazda CX-5

2013 Volkswagen Tiguan

2013 Mini Countryman S

MPG (City)

25

26

21

26

MPG (Highway)

33

32

26

32

MPG (Combined)

28

29

23

29

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

14

14.8

16.8

12.4

Range (City/ Highway) (miles)

350/462

385/473.6

352/436

322/396

The Mazda CX-5 and the Mini Countryman S lead the competition with similar fuel economy figures. Both the cars offer 26 MPG in the city and an impressive 32 MPG on the highways. Moreover, the bigger fuel tank of the Mazda CX-5 provides a better range than the Mini. The Tiguan is the least fuel-efficient car among the rivals but its larger tank puts its driving range comparable to the rivals.

Interior
8.7/10

With the all-new Buick Encore, the brand is trying to replicate the comfortable and easy-to-use layout of the Verano. The 2013 Buick Encore interior build quality is praiseworthy. The interior spots soft-touch materials and wood tones with metallic accents that provide a luxury vibe. At the front, there is plenty of room with wide seats providing comfortable seating even for long rides. The seats are high with good visibility. 

The back row is where things turn against the Encore. The rear row has ample legroom for adult passengers but the shoulder and hip room are less due to the narrow cabin. With three adults on the rear row, long rides could be difficult and tiresome but not impossible. The cabin is free from all sounds and noises with Quiet tuning and a Noise control system with active noise cancellation.

Models

2013 Buick Encore

2013 Mazda CX-5

2013 Volkswagen Tiguan

2013 Mini Countryman S

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.6/54.1/40.8

39/57.5/41

39.1/56.2/40.1

39.9/52.8/40.4

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.8/52.5/35.7

39/55.5/39.3

39/54.8/35.8

37.5/52.1/33.8

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

18.8

34.1

23.8

16.5

The Mini Countryman has the smallest cabin as well as the least cargo capacity. At the front, the 2013 Buick Encore has almost the same space as that of its competitors. The Mazda CX-5 is the most spacious on front and rear rows of seating and has the largest cargo capacity among the competition. The Volkswagen Tiguan has almost similar interior dimensions to the Mazda CX-5 and offers the second-best cargo capacity of 23.8 cubic feet among the rivals here. Standout interior features in the 2013 Buick Encore are:

  • Noise control system with active noise cancellation.
  • Heated driver and passenger seat with memory
  • Leather-appointed driver and passenger seats with 6-way power and memory
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheels with controls.
  • Particle Air filter
  • Power tilt-sliding sunroof

How intuitive is the 2013 Buick Encore’s infotainment system?

The infotainment system on the 2013 Encore comes with a 7-inch touch screen with satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity, a navigation system, and more. The system uses Buick’s IntelliLink feature that uses voice commands to run mobile functions. The vehicle is also equipped with OnStar and can stream audio from different sources like Bluetooth, Pandora, Satellite Radio, USB. The infotainment system is supported by a Bose 7 speaker audio system with an amplifier. Standout infotainment features in the 2013 Buick Encore include:

  • 7-inch touch screen
  • Buick IntelliLink with Smartphone control via voice commands
  • SiriusXM Satellite radio
  • Bose 7 speaker audio system with an amplifier
  • OnStar
  • USB port and iPod Support
Exterior
8.0/10

The 2013 Buick Encore exterior follows a new design language benchmarked by the Regal and Enclave models. The Encore puts out a spin on the contemporary design to create a package that is more appealing to the targeted youthful and progressive minds. The Encore’s highlighted body works and accents are well supported by the projector headlamps and the led tail lights. The 18-inch Chrome alloys provide an aggressive touch to the package. You also get options for upgrading to chrome wheels and adding a power sunroof.

Models

2013 Buick Encore

2013 Mazda CX-5

2013 Volkswagen Tiguan

2013 Mini Countryman S

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3190

3272

3433

3053

Length (in.)

168.4

179.3

174.3

161.8

Width (in.)

69.9

72.4

71.2

70.4

Height (in.)

65.2

67.3

66.3

61.5

Ground Clearance (in.)

6.2

8.5

6.9

5.9

Wheelbase (in.)

100.60

106.3

102.5

102.2

In terms of dimension, the Mini Countryman S is the closest rival to the 2013 Buick Encore. The Encore is longer and higher than the Mini Countryman while the Mini is wider and has a longer wheelbase. The Buick weighs 3309 pounds which is more than the Mini and the Mazda. In terms of dimension, the Mazda CX-5 is the biggest car and has the largest wheelbase with the most ground clearance. Standout exterior features in the 2013 Buick Encore include:

  • 18-inch chromed aluminum wheels
  • Halogen Composite projector beam with automatic exterior lamp control
  • Heated and power-adjustable outside mirrors
  • Daytime running lamps
  • Rain-sensing wipers(optional)
Safety
8.9/10

The 2013 Buick Encore might be small but it packs in most of the latest safety technology such as 10 airbags, stability control, rearview camera, and more. To supplement its safety features the vehicle receives great safety scores from both the IIHS and the NHTSA. The NHTSA provides a 4-star rating to the vehicle while the IIHS gives the best possible “Good” rating to the SUV. Standout safety features in the 2013 Buick Encore include:

  • Traction and Stability Control
  • Automatic crash response and on-demand roadside assistance with OnStar
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane departure warning
  • Theft-deterrent system with Engine immobilizer and content theft alarm
Final Verdict

Despite having a small engine and lacking an exciting nature, the 2013 Buick Encore emerges as a good choice for young buyers and other people who don’t need a full-size SUV. With an impressive fuel economy and a bold design, the 2013 Encore would be an attractive option to some people whose major requirement is not power. Overall, the Buick Encore is a safe and reliable car with impressive fuel economy and a well-built interior. 

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$26510

body style

4dr SUV

engine type
displacement

83 cu in

horse power

138 hp @ 4900 rpm

torque

148 lb.-ft. @ 1850 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

dimensions
length

168.4 in

wheelbase

100.6 in

width

69.9 in

curb weight

3309 lbs

Height

65.2 in

Ground Clearance

6 lbs

capacity
cargo volume

48.4 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

23/26/30 mpg

highway range

420.0 mi

warranty
basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.


Buick Encore 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$25,890
5 Year Cost To Own
$43,985
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $43,985
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$8,464$1,239$1,137$1,350$1,319$13,509
Insurance$1,182$1,210$1,327$1,353$1,350$6,422
Fuel$1,760$1,802$1,885$1,877$1,979$9,303
Maintenance$454$946$691$2,022$2,099$6,212
Repairs$-34$-42$118$394$515$951
Financing Interest$1,654$1,316$939$572$237$4,718
Taxes and Fees$2,234$151$127$189$169$2,870
Total Cost-To-Own$15,714$6,622$6,224$7,757$7,668$43,985
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