2015 Buick Encore

MSRP $24,065 - $29,435

Ranked #13 in Suv

7.3

Overall Rating

2015 Buick Encore Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 29, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2015 Buick Encore sits on the Gamma II platform jointly manufactured by GM and Opel. It was designed as a contender in the subcompact SUV segment since its launch in 2013. The Buick Encore is currently in its first generation and offers a value for money package with its standard features and numerous options with its trim levels. 

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Pros

Optional AWD system

Frugal fuel economy

Practical cabin space

Premium interior quality

Cons

Single engine option

Sluggish acceleration

Cramped cargo area

What's New?

OnStar 4G LTE

Standard WiFi hotspot


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$24065

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

120 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

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

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

92.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

48.4 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

payload capacity

1018 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

10.2 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

17.5 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$24,065 onwards

Convenience$26,155 onwards

Leather$27,950 onwards

Premium$29,435 onwards

Colors and Styles

2015 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

8.0

Engine and Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

6.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

7.0

7.3

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.3

Overall Rating


The 2015 Buick Encore has a starting price of $24,065 which goes all the way up to $29,435 for the top-end Premium trim. To give off-road capabilities, Buick has equipped the Encore with an optional AWD system. The Encore lives up to the name of Buick with its premium features and a quiet ride. To give you the best small SUV experience, the Encore rivals the Mini Cooper Countryman, Kia Soul, and the Chevrolet Trax.


8.0/10
Features

6.0/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

6.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety


2015 Buick Encore Features

8.0/10

The new Encore is available in four distinct trim levels for you. With various standard features onboard, the base trim is smartly priced. All the trims are available in AWD versions as well. The new OnStar 4G LTE WiFi hotspot is standard across all the trims. As we move up the lineup, the cabin gets better comfort and convenience features. However, the exterior design configurations are limited.

Trims

Base

Convenience

Leather

Premium

MSRP (FWD)

$24,065

$26,155

$27,950

$29,435

MSRP (AWD)

$25,565

$27,655

$29,950

$30,935

Key Features

18-inch 5-spoke painted cast-aluminum wheels

Adds features to the base trim

Adds features to the convenience trim

Adds features to the Leather trim

 

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Deep tinted windows

Heated front seats

Passenger flat-folding seatback

 

Buick Intellilink infotainment with a 7.0-inch display

Front fog lamps

Heated steering wheel

Power sunroof

 

Cruise control

Dual-zone automatic air-conditioning

Power driver seat with memory settings

Bose premium speakers

 

Roof rails

Auto-dimming rearview mirror

Leather interior

Navigation system

 

QuietTuning acoustic windshield and side glasses

Rearview camera

Blind zone alert and rear cross-traffic alert

Front and rear park assist

We Recommend

The Convenience trim makes more sense in the lineup than any other trim. With the standard features from the base trim, you have various features that are available from the convenience trim onwards. You can opt for the driver assistance features at a fair value. For $26,155, the Convenience trim of the Buick Encore can be your loaded subcompact SUV.

2015 Buick Encore Engine and Performance

6.0/10

The 2015 Buick Encore is powered by an ECOTEC engine. It is a 1.4L 4 cylinder DOHC motor that outputs 138hp of peak power at a low RPM torque of 148lb-ft. The humble powertrain is mated to a 6-Speed automatic transmission. With an optional AWD system, the Encore gets mild off-road capabilities.

Unfortunately, this is the only engine option with the four trims. You can figure how a 138hp motor would accelerate. This one takes 9.7 seconds to sprint from 0-60 MPH with a quarter-mile run of 17.8 seconds. With that, the Buick Encore can attain a top speed of 118 MPH which is good enough for an entry-level subcompact SUV.

Models

2015 Buick Encore

2015 Mini Cooper Countryman

2015 Kia Soul

2015 Chevrolet Trax

MSRP

$24,065

$22,750

$15,190

$20,120

Engine

1.4L ECOTEC DOHC I-4 Regular

1.6L DOHC I-4 Regular

1.6L Gamma GDI I-4 Regular

1.4L ECOTEC DOHC I-4 Regular

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-Speed automatic w/od

6-Speed manual w/od

6-Speed manual w/od

6-Speed automatic w/od

Power

138hp @ 4,900 RPM

121hp @ 6,000 RPM

130hp @ 6,300 RPM

138hp @ 4,900 RPM

Torque

148lb-ft @ 1,850 RPM

118lb-ft @4,250 RPM

118lb-ft @ 4,850 RPM

148lb-ft @ 1,850 RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds)

9.7

10.1

9.6

9.1

Quarter mile (seconds)

17.8

17.9

17.2

16.9

Top Speed (MPH)

118

112

115

110

In its segment, the Buick Encore gets the highest price tag, even higher than the Mini Cooper Countryman. All the cars offer 4 cylinder engines where the Encore and Trax output the maximum power, thanks to GM. Yet the Chevrolet Trax is comparatively faster as it is far lighter than the Encore. In terms of the top speed, the Buick Encore is the winner.

2015 Buick Encore Fuel Economy

6.0/10

With its ECOTEC 4 cylinder engine, the Buick Encore has great mileage. You get 25 mpg in the city, 33 mpg on the highway, and a combined 28 mpg. The 14.0-gallon tank works in its favor as you have a highway mileage of 462 miles which can take you the way and beyond to your favorite destinations outside the city.

Models

2015 Buick Encore

2015 Mini Cooper Countryman

2015 Kia Soul

2015 Chevrolet Trax

MPG City

25

27

24

26

MPG Highway

33

34

30

34

MPG Combined

28

30

26

29

Fuel Capacity

14.0 gal

12.4 gal

14.2 gal

14.0 gal

Range (City/ Highway/ Combined)

350/462/392

334.8/421.6/372

340.8/426/369.2

364/476/406

As compared with the rivals, the Buick Encore is not the most fuel-efficient subcompact SUV. The underpowered Mini Cooper Countryman delivers the best fuel economy, however, the small tank affects its range. The Kia Soul is the only SUV behind the Encore. Even its counterpart, the Chevrolet Trax offers better mileage.

2015 Buick Encore Interior

6.0/10

In the whole segment, the Buick Encore has the most appealing cabin design. You have great road visibility ahead of you with the huge windshield and thin A-pillars. With the opulent cabin, you have 3 color options with chrome accents across the whole dashboard and the center console. There's a leather-wrapped 3-spoke steering wheel placed past the analog-digital gauge cluster. 7.0-inch infotainment sits atop the dashboard. However, too many controls can confuse the driver.

We have bucket seats at the front, for the driver, you have a 6-way power adjustable seat with power lumbar support where the passenger side is limited to 2-way manual adjustments. The top-end premium trim does justice with the passenger seat with 6-way power adjustments and lumbar support. Also, the passenger seat is way more practical with its under-seat storage and flat fold seatback. You can avail the heating function for the front seats too. The rear row gets a 60-40 split-fold bench seat.

With a standard cargo capacity of 18.8 cubic feet, the foldable bench and front passenger seat further enhance the cargo space so that you have 48.4 cubic feet of maximum space. The standard convenience features include Quiet Tuning for noise insulation of the windshield and the side glasses, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, adjustable headrests, and cruise control. As we climb up the trims, we get a heated steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and dual-zone automatic air-conditioning.

Models

2015 Buick Encore

2015 Mini Cooper Countryman

2015 Kia Soul

2015 Chevrolet Trax

Seating capacity

5

5

5

5

Front row (Headroom/ Shoulder room/ Legroom) inches

39.5/54.1/40.8

39.9/52.8/40.4

39.6/55.5/40.9

39.6/54.1/40.8

Rear row (Headroom/ Shoulder room/ Legroom) inches

38.7/52.5/35.7

37.5/52.1/33.8

39.5/54.7/39.1

38.8/52.8/35.7

Cargo capacity (cubic feet)

18.8

16.5

24.2

18.7

The Buick Encore has the most upscale cabin as compared with the rivals. The Mini Cooper Countryman gives it a close call with its design and quality. The standard interior and convenience package of the 2015 Buick Encore is much better than any other SUV. The whole dashboard is lit up with ice blue lighting that looks cool.

When it's about space and comfort, the Encore won't disappoint you with its decent front and rear seating space. After the Kia Soul, the Encore is the most practical and spacious subcompact SUV. The Chevrolet Trax is neck to neck with its friendly competition. Highlight Interior features:

  • Practical cargo space
  • 6-way power front seats with lumbar support
  • Heated seats and steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped 3-spoke steering
  • Dual-zone automatic air-conditioning
  • Ice blue interior lighting

How intuitive is the 2015 Buick Encore's Infotainment?

The Encore comes standard with an Intellilink infotainment system that powers a 7.0-inch touchscreen display. The infotainment offers Bluetooth and USB audio with device connectivity and voice recognition, an AM/FM radio, a SiriusXM radio subscription, and an in-dash CD player for your old jams.

The infotainment gives access to OnStar 4G LTE internet with a WiFi hotspot for up to 7 devices. As standard, we get 6 surrounds sound speakers. With the top of the line Premium trim, you get a premium sound system with 7 Bose speakers with an amplifier. The display also works as a rearview camera display.

There's a driver information center inside the gauge cluster that shows safety alerts, driver assistance alerts, a trip computer, and a compass as well. The vehicle information is readily available around the display through 4 different gauges. Standout Infotainment features:

  • Intellilink infotainment system
  • Bluetooth and USB tethering
  • SiriusXM radio subscription
  • CD player
  • OnStar 4G LTE WiFi hotspot
  • Bose premium speakers

2015 Buick Encore Exterior

8.0/10

The Encore is the smallest SUV by Buick. It offers a small luxury package with its stylish and boxy design. As the subcompact SUV segment is booming, Buick took an opportunity to introduce its SUV with its signature premium touch. The elegant exterior of the 2015 Buick Encore is designed with attractive color options and chrome accents.

With a set of two projector headlamps, the Encore offers standard daytime running lights. The headlamps look unique with the ice blue treatment. The center stack is occupied by a sleek chrome grille with a chrome-plated Buick logo. Below we have a black bumper with a silver diffuser. From the convenience trim onwards, you get foglamps that are highlighted with chrome.

The sloping hood lines perfectly align themselves with the roof rails that blend in with the rear window spoiler. At the rear, we have a similar black bumper and huge liftgate that is separated from the taillamps. As standard, the Buick Encore has 18-inch cast-aluminum painted wheels which can be traded with all chrome wheels on the range-topping Premium trim.

Models

2015 Buick Encore

2015 Mini Cooper Countryman

2015 Kia Soul

2015 Chevrolet Trax

Curb weight (lbs)

3,237

2,954

2,714

3,048

Length (inches)

168.4

161.7

163.0

168.5

Width (inches)

69.8

70.4

70.9

69.9

Height (inches)

65.2

61.5

63.0

65.2

Ground clearance (inches)

6.2

5.8

5.9

6.2

Wheelbase (inches)

100.6

102.2

101.2

100.6

The Buick Encore is the biggest subcompact SUV as compared with the rivals. Even the Chevrolet Trax weighs 300 pounds less than the Encore. In terms of dimensions, both Encore and the Trax are longer than the other rivals. With its short wheelbase, the Encore can fit anywhere as it is really fun to drive even in the traffic. Exterior features in the 2015 Buick Encore include:

  • Chrome exterior accents
  • Blue projector headlamps
  • Chrome grille
  • Roof rails
  • Chrome wheels
  • Rear spoiler

2015 Buick Encore Safety

9.0/10

Buick is way ahead when it comes to safety and strength. Even if it is a small SUV, the Buick Encore gets its strength from its ultra-high-strength steel structure. That's why the 2015 Encore is rated 5 Stars by the NHTSA and has bagged the Top safety pick title by the IIHS.

For passive safety, the Buick Encore is equipped with 10 standard airbags with 3-point seatbelts and pretensioner. With the higher trims, you get active safety features such as a blind-spot monitor, lane departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision alert, ultrasonic parking sensors, and a rearview camera. Standout Safety features:

  • Ultra-high strength steel structure
  • 10 standard airbags
  • Blindspot monitor
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Forward collision warning

2015 Buick Encore Final Verdict

The 2015 Buick Encore is all set to take on the rivals once again. The package is getting better every year. It offers better safety, amazing comfort, numerous convenience options, and superior entertainment. The Premium trim takes the styling to another level with leather and chrome. For a starting price of $24,065, you are getting an SUV that is drivable both in the city and the highway with its refinement and a good enough fuel economy. If you have 25 grand and are looking for a subcompact SUV, the Buick Encore is worth your money.

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