2014 Buick Encore

MSRP $24,160

Ranked #8 in Suv

7.7

Overall Rating

2014 Buick Encore Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 3, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Encore is a decent-looking crossover with a premium cabin and is equipped with advanced safety features. The 2014 Buick Encore features four trim levels and a single-engine option, which is quite sluggish in terms of performance. For 2014 MY, you get an optional blind-spot monitoring system with a rear cross-traffic alert. That’s about it. 

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Pros

Well insulated and quiet cabin

Plush and premium-looking interior

Impressive mpg figures

Cons

Limited boot space

Underpowered engine

What's New?

Blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert added to its safety features list


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$24160

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

116 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

83 cu.in.

horsepower

138 hp @ 4900 rpm

torque

148 lb.-ft. @ 1850 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

MacPherson strut front suspension

suspension rear

Semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

100.6 in.

length

168.4 in.

width

69.9 in.

height

65.2 in.

curb weight

3190 lbs.

ground clearance

6.2 in.

capacity

passenger volume

92.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

48.4 cu ft.

towing capacity

4500 lbs.

payload capacity

1065 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

10.1 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

17.4 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

165 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

25/29/33 mpg

highway range

462 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

6 yr./ 70,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$24,160 onwards

Colors and Styles

2014 Buick Encore in Brilliant Blue Metallic color
Brilliant Blue Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

7.0

Features

9.0

Engine and Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

6.0

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.7

Overall Rating


It is practically unchanged and carries forward from its previous model year. Pricing starts from $24,000 for the standard variant and goes up to $29,000 for the Premium variant. The 2014 Encore competes strongly with the likes of Mini Cooper Countryman S, Subaru XV Crosstrek, and the Mazda CX-5. Continue with the article to know how it performs in front of its rivals in the segment.


9.0/10
Features

6.0/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety


2014 Buick Encore Features

9.0/10

The 2014 Buick Encore is offered in a total of four trim levels- Standard, Convenience, Leather, and Premium, where all are available in both FWD as well as AWD options. However, the 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-4 motor is standard among all, which is quite underpowered. The Standard trim starts from $24,160 and offers pretty decent features like a StabiliTrak stability control system, leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bose active noise cancellation system, and single-zone manual AC. However, as you go on higher trim levels, features like dual-zone automatic AC, remote engine start, Bose premium audio system, heated steering wheel, seats with memory function, and some advanced safety systems are added to it.

Trim

Standard

Convenience

Leather

Premium

MSRP (FWD)

$24,160

$25,785

$27,485

$28,965

MSRP (AWD)

$25,660

$27,285

$28,985

$30,465

Key Features

StabiliTrak stability control system

In addition to Standard trim:

In addition to Convenience trim:

In addition to Leather trim:

 

Seat Trim - Cloth with leatherette accents

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

Leather-Appointed Seating

Front and Rear Park Assist

 

Bose active noise cancellation

Side Blind Zone Alert

Heated Steering Wheel

Forward Collision Alert

 

Single-zone Manual Climate Control

Remote Vehicle Start

6-Way Power Passenger Seat With manual recline and power lumbar

Lane Departure Warning

 

Leather-wrapped 3-spoke steering wheel color-keyed with theft-deterrent locking

Dual-zone automatic Climate Control

Heated Seats Driver and front passenger

Rear Carpeted Cargo Mat

 

Full range Traction Control

Available Power tilt-sliding sunroof

Memory Seat For driver seat position


 
 

 

Available Bose Premium audio system with 7-speaker with an amplifier

 

 

 

 

 

Available 18" chromed aluminum wheels

 

We Recommend

We definitely recommend you to go for its top-end Premium trim with its AWD configuration as it provides a true value-for-money package. In this trim, you’ll get plenty of luxurious features and a premium-looking cabin. The features like dual-zone automatic AC, Bose premium audio system, leather upholstery, and heated front seats with memory function will definitely provide you a comfortable ride. And the most important aspect of this trim is its safety features. It features lots of advanced safety features which gives you confidence while driving and ensures the total safety of the occupants.

2014 Buick Encore Engine and Performance

6.0/10

The 2014 Buick Encore is quite a sluggish car in the segment. It is powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged motor irrespective of the trim level, which generates 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft. of torque. The engine comes mated with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The 2014 Encore comes with FWD as standard, although AWD is available for an extra premium of $1,500. Although the motor is turbocharged, it is quite underpowered as compared to its rivals.

The car will take almost 9.0 seconds to accelerate from 0-60 mph and more than 17.0 seconds to cover a quarter-mile distance. The top speed was recorded as 120 mph, which is pretty decent in the segment. But overall, this is not the performance offered in this segment and becomes a major bad mark for the Buick.

Models

2014 Buick Encore

2014 Mini Cooper Countryman S

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek

2014 Mazda CX-5

MSRP

$24,160

$25,700

$22,995

$22,795

Engine 

1.4L turbocharged inline-4

1.6-liter turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L Flat-4

2.0L inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

AWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

CVT

6-speed automatic

Power 

138 hp @ 4900 rpm

181 hp @ 5500 rpm

148 hp @ 6200 rpm

155 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque

148 lb-ft @ 1850 rpm

177 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm

145 lb-ft @ 4200 rpm

150 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

9.0

7.1

9.0

8.8

Quarter mile (sec)

17.1

14.7

15.2

15.7

Top Speed (MPH)

120

127

124

121

Although the Encore has a turbocharged motor, still it does not produce impressive power figures, whereas the Countryman S with the 1.6L turbocharged motor produces superior power in the segment. The Crosstrek and the CX-5 have decent power figures, while the Encore is quite sluggish both in terms of power figures and acceleration. The Countryman S with a quarter-mile completion time of 14.7 seconds is the fastest overall.

2014 Buick Encore Fuel Economy

9.0/10

You might not be impressed with the power figures and acceleration of the Encore, but you should definitely consider the car looking at its mpg figures. Its 1.4L motor is well refined and delivers a fuel economy of 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. Also, the tank capacity of 14.0 gallons can easily give you a driving range of 350 miles in the city and over 460 miles on the highways.

Models

2014 Buick Encore

2014 Mini Cooper Countryman S

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek

2014 Mazda CX-5

MPG (City)

25

26

25

26

MPG (Highway)

33

32

33

32

MPG (Combined)

28

29

28

26

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

14.0

12.4

15.9

14.8

Range (City/ Highway) (miles)

350/462

322/397

398/525

384.8/473

The Encore and the Crosstrek deliver the same fuel economy, which is pretty good, while the Countryman delivers a better economy in the city. The CX-5 has decent mpg figures, and with a tank capacity of 14.8 gallons, it has a significantly higher range as compared to Encore and Countryman S. The Crosstrek with the largest tank of 15.9 gallons delivers a class-leading driving range.

2014 Buick Encore Interior

8.0/10

The Encore offers one of the premium-looking cabins in the segment. Moreover, it is totally opposed to how it looks from the outside. The base trim, however, offers some basic amenities like fabric upholstery, manual adjustments for seats, single-zone manual AC, and a basic audio system. As you jump on higher trim levels, you’ll find features like full leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic AC, heated steering wheel, power-adjustable seats with memory function, and Bose premium audio system. 

The steering wheel is covered in leather, which features a heating function as well in the higher trims. The door panels also align with the dashboard design and have a premium wooden treatment on them. The seats are very comfortable and well-bolstered. At the front, you’ll get plenty of room, while at the rear, it has pretty decent room on offer. All the seats are leather-wrapped and are extremely comfortable for long rides as well. Also, you’ll get a decent trunk space behind the second row to hold some mid-sized bags.

Models

2014 Buick Encore

2014 Mini Cooper Countryman S

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek

2014 Mazda CX-5

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

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

39.6/54.1/40.8

39.9/52.8/40.4

39.8/55.6/43.5

40.1/57.5/41

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

38.8/52.5/35.7

37.5/52.1/33.8

37.7/54.2/35.4

39/55.5/39.3

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

18.8

16.5

22.3

34.1

The Encore has one of the premium-looking cabins among all, while the front room on offer is almost equal to that of the others. At the rear, it has decent headroom and legroom, while the CX-5 offers the maximum room among all. Coming to the cargo capacity, the CX-5 offers class-leading trunk space, while the Countryman S has the smallest trunk. Standout interior features include:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Driver seats with heating and memory function
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Wooden trims on dash and doors

How intuitive is the 2014 Buick Encore’s infotainment unit?

The infotainment unit of the 2014 Encore is a pretty decent one. It features a 7-inch LCD touchscreen display and has all the basic features like AM/FM, USB, AUX, Bluetooth connectivity, and many more. The display has a decent touch response and has crisp graphics. For your music needs, you get a six-speaker sound system with a CD Player, which can be upgraded to a Bose seven-speaker sound system. Standout infotainment features include:

  • 7-inch LCD touchscreen display
  • SiriusXM radio.
  • 7-speaker Bose premium sound system.
  • Active noise cancellation.
  • Voice activation.
  • Pandora and Stitcher smartphone compatibility.

2014 Buick Encore Exterior

8.0/10

From the outside, the 2014 Encore doesn’t look that attractive. It features more curvy edges and gives a stance of bulky crossover. In the front, it features decent-looking headlamps in a combination of projector and halogen along with DRLs. The bottom portion is covered in broader body cladding, incorporates fog lamps and air vents, and gives a bulky look from the front.

In the side profile as well, there is nothing special about this car that really attracts buyers. The rear windows are deep-tinted and have chrome highlights, and the body cladding continues here also. It features 18-inch aluminum alloys finished in grey accents which are standard in all the trim levels. In the rear, it has halogen tail lamps, and the bottom portion is with much broader body claddings.

Models

2014 Buick Encore

2014 Mini Cooper Countryman S

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek

2014 Mazda CX-5

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3190

3053

3098

3263

Length (in.)

168.4

161.8

175.2

178.7

Width (in.)

69.9

70.4

70.1

72.4

Height (in.)

65.2

61.5

63.6

65.7

Ground Clearance (in.)

6.2

5.9

8.7

9.0

Wheelbase (in.)

100.6

102.2

103.7

106.3

The Encore is quite bulky among all, but still, it manages its fuel economy quite well. And this might be a reason for its sluggish performance. On the other hand, it is taller than others in the segment, which provides plenty of headroom for the occupants. The Mazda CX-5 has class-leading ground clearance, while others also have decent clearance, but you don’t need to worry about the bumpy roads as they can be tackled very well. Standout exterior features include:

  • Projector headlamps with DRLs
  • 18-inch aluminum alloys
  • Automatic headlamps
  • Acoustic laminated windshield
  • Heated side-view mirrors

2014 Buick Encore Safety

8.0/10

The 2014 Encore is one of the safest options to consider at this price range. The crash test results show an excellent construction of its chassis. NHTSA has given 5 on 5 stars for its overall safety and the IIHS has rated it ‘Good’ in the majority of the domains. It is equipped with a wide range of active and passive safety features, especially its top-end trim is equipped with various advanced features. The car features 10 standard airbags, which provide extra safety to the occupants. Standout safety features include:

  • StabiliTrak stability control system
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Forward collision alert
  • Park assist
  • Lane departure warning
  • Tire pressure monitor

2014 Buick Encore Final Verdict

The 2014 Buick Encore suits best for someone searching for a decent family wagon that offers a premium and comfortable cabin and advanced safety features. Although the engine is quite sluggish in terms of acceleration, it delivers an impressive fuel economy. Its handling is not sporty, but it is nonetheless enjoyable to drive in the city. The cabin is one of the comfortable places to be in within the segment. At a price range of $25,000 to $29,000, the 2014 Buick Encore is a good option to buy.

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