2020 Buick Encore

MSRP $25,595 - $31,795

Ranked #8 in Subcompact Suv

2020 Buick Encore Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 13, 2021

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Karan Rawat 

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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

$30295

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

150 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

83 cu.in.

horsepower

138 hp @ 4900 rpm

torque

148 lbs.-ft. @ 1850 rpm

transmission

6 speed Automatic electronically controlled w/overdrive

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

11.8/10.6 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

100.6 in.

length

60.6 in.

width

70.1 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

1500 lbs.

payload capacity

1018 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

10 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

17.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

26/28/31 mpg

highway range

434.0 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./ 100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Preferred$25,595 onwards

Sport Touring$26,795 onwards

Essence$30,295 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Buick Encore in Ebony Twilight Metallic color
Ebony Twilight 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

8.0

Features

7.0

Engine and Performance

7.7

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

7.5

Exterior

7.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

7.0

7.1

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.1

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.

2020 Buick Encore SUV front view
2020 Buick Encore SUV rear view

7.0/10
Features

7.7/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.5/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety

7.0/10
Competition


2020 Buick Encore Features

7.0/10

"Pleasant ride, first-rate infotainment system, comfy interior." - Car and Driver

Trims and Pricing of the 2020 Buick Encore

The Buick Encore is a compact crossover that is offered in four trim levels. 1 SV or the base, Preferred, Sport Touring, and Essence. The base 1.4-liter turbocharged 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 seat

   

Lane Departure Warning

Cargo Net and Rear Carpeted Cargo Mat

We Recommend

At a fine price and offering several features, we would recommend you to go in for the Preferred Trim, which sits between $24,365 and $25,865. There are however two trims that come equipped with a couple more features, they are Sport Touring and Essence. However, they come at a slightly higher price and diminishes the virtue of value for money.

2020 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 2020 Buick Encore is have a sluggish acceleration.” -Carconnection

Engine specifications of the 2020 Buick Encore

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 SUV engine bay

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

2020 Buick Encore

2020 Honda HR-V

2020 Hyundai Kona

2020 Chevrolet Trax

MSRP

$23,200

$20,520

$19,500

21,300

Engine

1.4 Turbocharged Inline-4

1.8 Liter Inline-4

2.0 Liter Inline-4

1.4 Liter Inline-4

Transmission

6-speed automatic with Overdrive and auto-manual

2-speed CVT with Overdrive

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Horsepower

138 hp @ 4900 RPM

141 hp @6500 RPM

147 hp @ 6200 RPM

138 hp @ 4900 RPM

Torque

148 lb. ft. @ 1850 RPM

127 lb. ft. @ 4300 RPM

132 lb. ft. @ 4500 RPM

148 lb.-ft. @1850 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 of the 2020 Buick Encore

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 SUV driving view

In comparison, the 2020 Honda H-RV and the Chevrolet Trax go from 0-60 mph in 9.3 seconds almost one second later than the 2020 Buick Encore. The Buick not only records the fastest 0-60 mph timing but also performs the same in the quarter-mile dash, recording it in 16.2 seconds.

Models

2020 Buick Encore

2020 Honda HR-V

2020 Hyundai Kona

2020 Chevrolet Trax

0-60 MPH (sec)

8.4

9.3

10.0

9.3

Quarter mile (sec)

16.2

16.8*

17.3

16.8

Engine

1.4-L I-4

1.8-L I-4

2.0-L I-4

1.4-L I-4

Emission

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

6.3

6.3*

5.9

6.3

Ranking in the last position is the 2020 Hyundai Kona that takes 10 seconds to go from 0-60 mph. It further recorded the quarter-mile timing in 17.3 seconds. This is despite the fact that it gets the largest engine in the class, measuring 2.0L.

Ride and Handling of the 2020 Buick Encore

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 at 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 of the 2020 Buick Encore

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 2020 Buick Encore's appeal.

2020 Buick Encore Wheel rotor

The 2020 Buick Encore comes equipped with 11.8-inch rotors for the front wheels and a set of 10.6-inch rotors for the rear. With these rotors in place, it gets the capability of stopping its 3237 lbs of curb weight in just 122 feet, from a speed of 60 mph.

Models

2020 Buick Encore

2020 Honda HR-V

2020 Hyundai Kona

2020 Chevrolet Trax

Brake Front (in.)

11.8

11.5

11.8

11.8

Brake Rear (in.)

10.6

11.1

9.0 (Drum)

9.0

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3237

2906

2890

3125

60-0 MPH (ft.)

122

N/A

N/A

N/A

The competitors' stopping distance measure is unknown to us. However, we can provide you with their curb weights and rotor sizes. According to the data we collected, we find that the 2020 Honda H-RV comes equipped with the largest rotors in class, measuring 11.5 inches for the front wheels and 11.1 inches for the rear wheels; moreover, it weighs just 2906 pounds so coming to a standstill shouldn't be an issue here. In terms of weight, the Chevrolet Trax ranks second at 3125 lbs. On the other hand, the 2020 Hyundai Kona proves to be the lightest measuring 2890 lbs.

2020 Buick Encore Fuel Economy

7.0/10

"The front-drive Encore has an EPA-estimated rating of 25 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway; the all-wheel-drive Encore's estimates are 24 mpg city and 29 mpg on the highway." - Car and Driver

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

2020 Buick Encore

2020 Honda HR-V

2020 Hyundai Kona

2020 Chevrolet Trax

MPG (city)

25

28

27

26

MPG (highway)

30

34

33

31

MPG (combined)

27

30

30

28

The 2020 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.

2020 Buick Encore Interior

7.5/10

“As long as space isn’t a priority, the 2020 Buick Encore delivers a refined experience and premium feel”. - Carconnection

Seating and Comfort of the 2020 Buick Encore

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 their 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.

2020 Buick Encore front seats

Model

2020 Buick Encore

2020 Honda HR-V

2020 Hyundai Kona

2020 Chevrolet Trax

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (cu. ft)Headroom/Shoulder/leg

39.6/54.2/40.8  39.5/56.8/41.2

39.6/55.5/41.5

39.6/54.1/40.8

Rear (cu. ft)Headroom/Shoulder/Legroom

38.8/52.5/35.8

38.3/54.5/39.3

37.8/54.5/34.6

38.8/52.8/35.7

Despite its small footprint, the Encore feels roomy inside because of its tall roof and 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 of the 2020 Buick Encore

  • Available features inside of the 2020 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 of the 2020 Buick Encore

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:

2020 Buick Encore Infotainment Display
  • Android Auto & Apple Car Play
  • Onboard Wi-Fi
  • 4G LTE
  • Bluetooth audio and phone
  • Voice command
  • USB input

Cargo volume of the 2020 Buick Encore

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 carry-on bags.

2020 Buick Encore Cargo Space

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. The Chevrolet Trax offers a similar cargo room to that of the 2020 Buick Encore.

Model

2020 Buick Encore 2020 Honda HR-V

2020 Hyundai Kona

2020 Chevrolet Trax

Trunk Volume (ft.3)

18.8

24.3

19.2

18.7

Cargo Volume with Rear seats folded (ft.3)

48.4

58.8

45.8

48.4

In terms of competition, it is the 2020 Honda HR-V that proves to be the best, offering as much as 24.3 cubic feet and 58.8 cubic feet. The 2020 Hyundai Kona ranks 19.2 cubic feet for its standard offering and has a maximum room of 45.8 cubic feet.

2020 Buick Encore Exterior

7.0/10

“For the 2020 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 of the 2020 Buick Encore

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 a more aggressive silhouette to the general blend.

Model

2020 Buick Encore

2020 Honda HR-V

2020 Hyundai Kona

2020 Chevrolet Trax

Curb weight (lbs.)

3569

3563

3276

3040

Length(in)

170

164

158

180

Width(in)

70.1

69.8

70.9

69.9

Height(in)

61

62.8

62.9

64.9

Ground clearance (in)

5.9

7.3

5.5

5.1

Wheelbase (in)

106.3

102.4

101.2

106.3

Track width (in) F/R

60.62/60.62

60.4/60.6

61.2/60.2/60.3

60.6/60.6

The four cars in the competition have significant differences in their exterior dimensions. While the 2020 Honda H-RV proves to be the longest at 170.4 inches, it does get the longest wheelbase measuring 102.8 inches. On the other hand, the 2020 Hyundai Kona proves to be the widest while the Buick Encore proves to be the tallest. Having just an average height of 63.2 inches, the Honda H-RV records the largest ground clearance of 7.3 inches.

Exterior Features of the 2020 Buick Encore

  • 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

2020 Buick Encore Safety

6.0/10

"Mixed reviews from the two U.S. crash-test agencies and a dearth of driver-assistance tech make the Encore a disappointing choice for buyers focused on safety." - Car and Driver

The safety rating of the 2020 Buick Encore

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

2020 Buick Encore Safety

Safety features of the 2020 Buick Encore

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

2020 Buick Encore Competition

7.0/10

2020 Buick Encore Vs 2020 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.

2020 Mazda CX-3

2020 Buick Encore Vs 2020 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.

2020 Honda HR-V

2020 Buick Encore Vs 2020 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.

2020 Chevrolet Trax

 

2020 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.

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