2016 Buick Encore

MSRP $24,065 - $31,285

Ranked #9 in Suv

8.1

Overall Rating

2016 Buick Encore Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 19, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2016 Buick Encore starts at $24,065, and offers immense value in terms of practicality, fuel economy, and usability. Offered in five different trims, the Encore offers a wide range of features and configurations, which can be opted for depending on requirement. 

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Pros

Great Fuel Economy. 

Excellent Safety Features. 

Compliant Ride.

Comfortable Interior. 

Cons

Cabin Lacks Room. 

Underpowered Engine. 

Underwhelming Infotainment.

Limited Engine Options.

What's New?

Newly-Introduced Sport Touring Trim.


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 shiftable automatic

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

8.9 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

25/28/33 mpg

highway range

472.7 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$26,355 onwards

Sport Touring$27,350 onwards

Leather$28,300 onwards

Premium$29,785 onwards

Colors and Styles

2016 Buick Encore in Carbon Black Metallic color
Carbon Black 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

Features

9.0

Engine and Performance

7.9

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

7.9

Exterior

7.0

Safety

9.2

8.1

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.1

Overall Rating


With its hushed-up cabin and true crossover-like design, the Encore seems to be a little modest on its performance and interior seating capacity but still stands as an appealing car. The 2016 Buick Encore faces competition from rivals such as the 2016 Acura RDX, the Mini Countryman S, and the BMW X1


9.0/10
Features

7.9/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.9/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

9.2/10
Safety


2016 Buick Encore Features

9.0/10

The 2016 Buick Encore is offered in 5 trims, Base, Convenience, Sport Touring, Leather, and Premium. Buick offers the Encore with a base price of $24,065 and goes up to $31,285 for the top variant. The Encore offers a choice to choose between the FWD or the AWD. The Encore comes equipped with a 1.4L Inline-4 engine that produces 138 hp along with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Trim

Base

Convenience

Sport Touring

Leather

Premium

MSRP (FWD)

$24,065

$26,355

$27,350

$28,300

$29,785

MSRP (AWD)

$25,565

$27,855

$28,850

$29,800

$31,285

Key features

Six-speaker sound system

Convenience adds to or replaces Base features -

Sports Touring adds to or replaces Convenience features -

Leather adds to or replaces Sport Touring features -

Premium adds to or replaces Leather features -

 

Automatic headlights

Fog lamps

Powerful engine

Leather upholstery

Rear parking sensors

 

Heated mirrors

Blind-spot warning system

Unique exterior styling

Heated front seats

Forward collision warning

 

Cloth and simulated leather upholstery

Rear cross-traffic alert

 

Heated steering wheels

Lane departure warning system

 

Adjustable steering column

Remote ignition

 

 

7-speaker Bose sound system

 

Rearview camera

Dual zone climate control

 

 

Automatic wipers

 

4G LTE WiFi hotspot

Auto-dimming rearview mirror

 

 

 

We recommend

To get the best value for the money spent, we recommend the Encore Premium trim with AWD as it offers the best interior experience that any Encore can offer. Also, it offers a great array of safety features that make this car a perfect family car.

2016 Buick Encore Engine and Performance

7.9/10

Under its hood, the Encore comes with a small 1.4L Inline-4 engine. The power unit comes mated to an 6-speed automatic transmission. The engine produces a fairly healthy 138 hp, along with 148 lb-ft of torque. The Sports Touring trim comes with a slightly tweaked up version of the same engine that produces a slightly higher 153 hp. 

The engine feels agile, refined and punchy. The powertrain feels responsive and offers sufficient acceleration. However, while hauling extra cargo on the highway, it gets a little taxing for its highway performance. The gearbox feels average, offering slightly odd gear ratios, but you always end up on the right gear at the right time. 

Models

Buick Encore Premium AWD

Acura RDX Base AWD

Mini Countryman Cooper S ALL4

BMW X1 xDrive28i

MSRP

$31,285

$36,870

$27,850

$34,800

Engine

1.4L-i4

3.5L-V6

1.6L-i4

2L-i4

Transmission

6-speed A/T

6-speed A/T

6-speed M/T

8-speed A/T

Horsepower

138 hp

279 hp

181 hp

228 hp

Torque (lb-ft)

148

252

177

258

0-60 MPH

9.5 sec

6.2 sec

7.5 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter mile

N/A

14.8 sec

15.9 sec

14.9 sec

60-0 (ft.)

N/A

122

N/A

N/A

In terms of acceleration, the Acura RDX bags the first position as it sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds. The BMW X1 closely follows it with a time of 6.3 seconds. All in all, the Encore ends up at the lower end of the performance spectrum. While most competitors offer better performance and power, the Encore takes a mediocre stand.

2016 Buick Encore Fuel Economy

7.0/10

While the Encore doesn’t do well with performance, it manages to be a fairly fuel efficient vehicle. The 2016 Buick Encore returns 23 MPG in the city, and 30 MPG on the highway. The result is a combined EPA fuel economy of 26 MPG, which is pretty decent. Additionally, the Buick Encore comes fitted with a 14.0 gallon fuel tank, which enables the SUV to deliver respectable driving range. 

Models

Buick Encore Premium AWD

Acura RDX Base AWD

Mini Countryman Cooper S ALL4

BMW X1 xDrive28i

MPG (city)

23

19

25

22

MPG (hwy)

30

28

31

32

MPG (combined)

26

22

29

26

Fuel tank capacity (gal.)

14.0

16.0

12.4

16.1

The 2016 Mini Countryman bags the first place with the highest MPG value of 29, due to its less demanding engine. The Buick Encore, on the other hand, shares second place with the 2016 BMW X1, having a similar combined MPG value of 26. Lastly, the 2016 Acura RDX finishes in last place for having the least fuel efficiency of 22 MPG due to its big and demanding engine. If this is the key criterion for your purchase, the Mini Countryman stands as the clear winner. 

2016 Buick Encore Interior

7.9/10

Buick is known for its comfortable and luxurious interiors. Treading on the similar lines, the Encore offers a comfortable and well-built interior. The front seats feel comfortable and well-bolstered and offer a dominating view because of their high position. The rear seats are also fairly roomy, but due to its small exterior dimensions, the rear cabin feels a little cramped. 

With a number of little cubby spaces, the interior feels practical. With soft-touch materials and simulated wood trims that enhance the luxurious feel and look of the interior, the interior feels plush and classy. When cargo capacity is taken into account, the Encore offers nothing special as it only offers a mediocre 18.8 cu.ft of boot space which feels adequate for a car of its size.

Models

Buick Encore Premium AWD

Acura RDX Base AWD

Mini Countryman Cooper S ALL4

BMW X1 xDrive28i

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (head/shoulder/leg) (in.)

39.6/54.2/40.8

38.7/58.7/42.0

39.9/52.8/40.4

42.0/56.7/40.4

Second (head/shoulder/rear) (in.)

38.8/52.6/35.8

38.1/57.2/38.3

37.5/52.1/33.8

39.4/57.2/37.0

Cargo capacity with rear seats up(cu.ft.)

18.8

26.1

16.5

27.1

Cargo capacity with rear seats down(cu.ft.)

48.4

61.3

41.3

58.7

Comparing the competition, the BMW X1 offers the most headroom in the first row, while the Acura RDX has the most shoulder space and legroom on offer. At the back, the BMW X1 again offers the greatest headroom, while the shoulder space reaches a tie between the Acura RDX and the BMW X1. Additionally, the former offers the greatest legroom in the second row. The BMW X1 also offers the most cargo space behind the second row, comfortably taking the interior space crown. Some highlight interior features offered with the 2016 Buick Encore include:

  • Ambient Interior Lighting
  • Power-Adjustable Seats. 
  • Active Noise Cancellation
  • Leather Upholstery.
  • Heated Steering Wheel.
  • Heated Front Seats. 
  • Panoramic Sunroof. 

2016 Buick Encore Infotainment

The 2016 Buick Encore is offered with a fairly basic infotainment unit, which manages to keep you engaged and entertained throughout your trip. The Encore is offered with a 7.0-inch infotainment screen, featuring basic apps and settings to fiddle with. There’s Bluetooth Audio Streaming on offer, but you can also plug in your device via Aux and USB units. Buick also offered a Satellite Radio to further diversify your infotainment needs. Higher trims will fetch you OnStar services, along with 4G LTE WiFi hotspot. For music aficionados, the Encore comes with an optional 7-speaker Bose sound system. Some key infotainment features offered with the 2016 Buick Encore include:

  • 7-inch Infotainment Screen.
  • Bluetooth Audio Streaming. 
  • Satellite Radio Unit. 
  • USB and Aux Support. 
  • iPod and MP3 Playback.
  • OnStar with 4G LTE hotspot.
  • 7-speaker Bose Sound System (Optional)

2016 Buick Encore Exterior

7.0/10

With a bulbous look that pulls it away from a more aggressive and modern look that many of its rivals have, the Encore stands quite differently due to its tall and round shape. The car gives a tough look while standing on 18" wheels with its grille that looks like an angry beast showing its teeth. With some chrome touches at its exterior, the car tries to tone down the aggressiveness of the design by adding some luxury elements to it.

Models

Buick Encore Premium AWD

Acura RDX Base AWD

Mini Countryman Cooper S ALL4

BMW X1 xDrive28i

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3,358

3,902

3,208

3,660

Length (in.)

168.4

184.4

161.8

174.8

Width (in.)

69.9

73.7

70.4

71.7

Height (in.)

65.3

65.0

61.5

63.5

Ground clearance (in.)

6.2

5.4

N/A

7.2

Wheelbase (in)

100.6

105.7

102.2

105.1

Comparing the competition, the Acura RDX comes off as the heaviest vehicle in the lot. The RDX also measures the longest in the lot, while also being the widest. The Buick Encore stands the tallest among the rivals, while the BMW X1 offers the highest ground clearance. The Acura RDX also comes with the longest wheelbase on offer. Some highlight exterior features offered with the 2016 Buick Encore include:

  • Chrome Grille Surrounds. 
  • Chrome Door Handles. 
  • Body Side Cladding. 
  • 18-inch Alloy Wheels. 
  • Roof Rails. 
  • Rear Lip Spoiler. 
  • Rear Windshield Wiper. 

2016 Buick Encore Safety

9.2/10

The 2016 Buick Encore stands as an extremely safe vehicle for regular use. The Encore’s safety merit has been acknowledged by the NHTSA with an impressive 5-Star Safety Score. Additionally, the 2016 model year Encore managed to secure “Good” ratings in most of the IIHS’s safety tests. It was also nominated for the “Top Safety Pick” award by the IIHS. Some of the key safety features offered with the 2016 Buick Encore include: 

  • ABS and ESP.
  • Traction Control. 
  • 10-Airbag Arrangement. 
  • Dual-Stage Airbags.
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Rearview Camera. 
  • Blind Spot Monitoring.
  • LATCH Anchors. 

2016 Buick Encore Final Verdict

With a decently powered engine along with a luxurious interior that feels plush and rich, the 2016 Buick Encore stands as a vehicle that not only provides luxury but also offers practicality. With a good amount of boot space along with a fuel efficiency that makes this car hard to pass, the Buick Encore is definitely a car for the families who want a car with a purposeful and practical approach. Additionally, the 2016 model year Buick Encore starts at a fairly affordable starting price, and ends up being an excellent alternative to foreign vehicles such as the BMW X1 and the Acura MDX

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