2022 Buick Encore

MSRP $24,345 Est.

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2022 Buick Encore Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: May 25, 2021

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The 2022 Buick Encore will be the subject of a massive overhaul as the SUV enters the second generation. The upcoming Encore will be all-new with a Buick Envision-inspired design and an updated interior and infotainment system. 2022 Encore SUV will be built on an all-new platform that will be larger than the current one. Set to be on sale in autumn 2021, the all-new 2022 Buick Encore is expected to be available at the price of $25,000. The company offers both FWD and AWD variants; an added advantage over its rivals, which includes Honda HR-V, Hyundai Kona, and the Mazda CX-3. Buick has dropped the base trim of the Encore and will offer the single Preferred trim.

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Pros

Dimensionally bigger (More space on offer).

1.5-liter turbo 4 pot engine (expected).

Decent fuel economy.

Cons

Average interior space

No trim options

What's New?

Improved interior and exterior styling with generation upgrade

Updated in-car technology and driver aids

A powerful turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$24345

bodystyle

4dr SUV

engine type

displacement

83 cu.in.

horsepower

138 hp @ 4900 rpm

torque

148 lbs.-ft. @ 1850 rpm

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures


Trims

Base $24,345 Est. onwards

138 hp @ 4900 rpm | 1.4L | Inline 4 |

Colors and Styles

2022 Buick Encore in Dark Moon Blue Metallic color
Dark Moon Blue Metallic

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The 2022 Buick Encore will be built on a new platform, which is now larger than the 2021 model year. From the spy shots, the headlamps now look slimmer and sharp with the thick LED DRLs. It has sharp cuts and creases and a fully renovated front. While looking at the Encore's side profile, the broad body cladding looks rugged while the short rear overhang and chrome trim surrounding the window stands out. The taillights are now placed horizontally with L-shaped LEDs that enhance its beauty more at night. Coming to its interior, a minimal renovation in the dashboard along with an updated infotainment system will be part of the upcoming Encore. We assume that the 2022 model would bring more room inside the cabin.

2022 Buick Encore Features

The Buick Encore will be offered in single trim i.e Preferred trim. The starting MSRP would be around $25,000. Under the hood, the 2022 encore will get an upgraded 1.4-liter turbocharged engine. As a part of the generation upgrade, the second generation Encore will bet fresh exterior and interior design.

Trim

Preferred

MSRP (Expected)

$25,000

Key Features

Bucket seats

 

Leather steering wheel

 

Steering wheel audio controls

 

Power mirrors

 

Keyless entry

 

Keyless start

 

Telematics

 

Stability control

 

Cruise control

 

Tire Pressure Monitor 

The 2022 Buick Encore will offer some dealer-installed packages like Buick Interior Protection Package and Road Trip package. These packages include features such as All-weather floor mats, Roof rack cross rails, cargo area tray, and Accessory Carrier Hitch. 

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We were skeptical when Buick downsized the trim levels of the Encore last year. For, 2022 the Buick Encore is limited to Preferred trim and few additional packages like the Road Trip package and Interior protection package. Priced around $25,000, the 2022 Buick Encore is now a complete value-for-money car. You can add features like roof rack cross rails, cargo area tray, and much more.

2022 Buick Encore Price

2022 Encore likely to appear in only one trim option which is ‘Preferred’; to be priced at $25,000.

2022 Buick Encore Release date

Production of the next line-up is now underway and is expected to go on sale in the autumn of 2021.

2022 Buick Encore Engine and Performance

Though the SUV might enter an all-new generation, the powertrain is expected to remain the same. The current line-up of Encore is powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder motor coupled with a 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission that churns out 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. However, the rumors say a 1.5 liter turbocharged inline 4 engine is likely to replace the outgoing 1.4L Turbo 4 motor, which is borrowed from Chevrolet Malibu. The new 1.5-liter motor will generate 163 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque; definitely an added plus point.

Some speculations suggest that the 2022 Encore will come with an upgraded 1.4-liter turbocharged engine that propels 155 horsepower and 177 lb-ft. of torque. With a front independent suspension and a stabilization bar, Buick Encore ensures a comfy ride with minimal body roll but passing over the bumpy roads might be a tough task since the ground clearance is limited to 6.2 inches.

Models

2022 Buick Encore (expected)

2021 Mazda CX-3

2021 Honda HR-V

2022 Hyundai Kona

MSRP

$25,000 (est)

$21,685

$22,000

$20,400

Engine

1.4 liter turbocharged inline-4

2.0-Liter Inline-4

1.8-Liter Inline-4

2.0L GDI 4-cylinder

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed shiftable automatic

6-speed shiftable automatic

CVT

6-speed SHIFTRONIC automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

155hp @ 5600rpm

148 hp@ 6000rpm

141hp @ 6500rpm

147 hp @ 6200 RPM

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

177lb-ft @ 2000-4000 rpm

146lb-ft @ 2800 rpm

127lb-ft @ 4300rpm

132 lb-ft @ 4500 RPM

The outgoing 1.4-liter Turbo 4 engine is not the quickest in terms of acceleration but defeats the majority of its rivals. It achieved 0-60mph in just 9.0 seconds which makes it faster than Honda HR-V and the Hyundai Kona. And it covers the quarter-mile in 16.4 seconds which looks decent considering its bulky body. 

2022 Buick Encore Fuel Economy

Encore has always been a muscular and bulky-looking car not only in terms of its appearance but also in terms of physical weight. The body weighs more than 3200lbs which makes Encore the heaviest among the competitors and it plays a significant role in lowering its fuel economy.

The present line-up provides a 1.4 liter turbocharged 4 pot motor that will most likely be carried over to 2022. If so, then the fuel economy remains the same as on the outgoing model which delivers 26 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on highways. With regard to the 1.5L Turbo 4, it will offer 29 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, and the power figures also got boosted.

Models

2022 Buick Encore (expected)

2021 Mazda CX-3

2021 Honda HR-V

2022 Hyundai Kona

MPG (City)

26

29

26

27

MPG (Highway)

31

34

32

33

MPG (Combined)

28

31

28

30

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

14

12.7

13.2

13.2

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

350/420/378

368/431/393

356/435/369

369/422/392

The Encore’s fuel tank is the largest of the rivals which can drag the SUV on the highways for more than 400 miles. Analyzing the above table shows clearly that Encore is not the most economical amongst competitors, but we can hope for the 1.5L engine that increases mileage and performance definitely.

2022 Buick Encore Interior

The interior of the 2022 Buick Encore will be slightly renovated. We can expect to see a minor makeover in the dash with updated tech features. The current model has, however, a lot of tech features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto's connected driving experience, an optional Bose seven-speaker audio system, which is expected to be standard for the upcoming model. 

In addition, the integrated wireless high-speed 4G LTE hotspot never allows you to feel bored. The seats provide plenty of support up front, but the lack of space in the 2021 Encore's interior is quite noticeable. However, with the increase in body dimensions for the 2022 model, a large room can be anticipated.

Models

2022 Buick Encore (expected)

2021 Mazda CX-3

2021 Honda HR-V

2022 Hyundai Kona

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.6/54.2/40.8

38.4/53.5/41.7

39.5/56.8/38.3

39.6/55.5/41.5

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

38.8/52.5/35.8

37.2/50.4/35.0

38.3/54.5/39.3

37.8/54.5/34.6

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

19.0

17.8

24.3

19.2

The fit and finish of the materials are appreciable. The interior is surrounded by premium leather upholstery and the usage of soft-touch material on the dash enhances its rugged look. But the infotainment panel and the sensation and touch of physical buttons do not match something which is expected from a luxury brand.

Some notable interior features of the 2022 Buick Encore are:

  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Bluetooth
  • Wi-Fi hot spot
  • Voice recognition
  • Two USB ports

2022 Buick Encore Exterior

With the major up-gradation after the 2016th model, the design elements become sharp and bold. But now, few minor tweaks are visible in the exterior. The front-end of the car is clustered with sharp curves and the chrome treatment beneath the fog lamps looks appealing.

The robust body covering, shorter rear overhang, and chrome trim around the window stand out when looking at the Encore's side profile. In order to make it look a step forward, its 10-spoke alloys play a key role and now look amazing. The position of the tail lamps was maintained horizontally, reflecting L-shaped LEDs. The 2022 model is likely to borrow design cues from the recently updated Buick Envision.

Models

2022 Buick Encore (expected)

2021 Mazda CX-3

2021 Honda HR-V

2022 Hyundai Kona

Curb Weight (lbs)

3237

2932

2906

3126

Length (inches)

168.4

168.3

170.4

164

Width (inches)

70.1

69.6

69.8

70.9

Height (inches)

65.3

60.7

63.2

61.6

Ground Clearance (inches)

6.2

6.1

7.3

6.7

Wheelbase (inches)

100.6

101.3

102.8

102.4

Since the 2022 Encore model has been shown to be bigger, cargo volume is probably larger than the one outbound. A volume of 19+ cu ft can be expected which is perfect to carry luggage for four. Some of the highlighted features of the exterior are:

  • Sharp LED headlights
  • LED piano key tail lamps
  • Matte black grille
  • Power folded side mirrors
  • Sharp edges.

2022 Buick Encore Safety

With its sweet-looking and appealing appearance, Encore also ensures the total safety of passengers. The second generation is based on the General Motors GEM platform which is also shared with Chevy. 2021 model equipped with a plethora of advanced safety features which are likely to be carried forward to its 2022 model. Its long list of features includes side blind zone alert, lane departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, StabiliTrak, tire pressure monitoring system, forward collision alert, which are some of the highlighted ones.

Encore got an overall safety rating of 5 stars from NHTSA and the roll-over risk found to be 19.8% for its FWD variant. The roll-over risk falls down to 17.9% for its AWD variant which is very minimal for a crossover like Encore. IIHS score of ‘Good’ proved its top-notch build and is likely to be much improved for the upcoming model. The Encore is overall a safe vehicle, packed with advanced technology features that at this price point were found to be uncommon.

2022 Buick Encore Competition

2022 Buick Encore VS 2021 Mazda CX-3

The Encore looks and appears voluminous, while the Mazda CX-3 looks slimmer and elegant. However, The Encore benefits from its optional AWD, which can really provide a fun-to-drive experience and great off-road skills, while the CX-3 is FWD only. Although the power figures for its 1.4L engine look lethargic, it certainly beats the CX-3 in terms of output. The engineers have definitely done an excellent job in terms of space management, even though both cars are nearly equal in size, but both cabin and cargo space in Encore are greater. But, an award of ‘Top Safety Pick+’ is a plus point for CX-3.

2022 Buick Encore VS 2021 Honda HR-V

With its modern design language, the Encore feels a step ahead. The CVT in Honda HR-V is lethargic, however, it has its own fuel-efficiency advantages, whereas the 6-speed shiftable transmission in Encore provides the fun-to-drive experience. The Buick might be a good off-roader with its AWD configuration. Encore’s ground clearance is almost an inch lower than the HR-V. As far as the interior is concerned, it will be a strong winner, but HR-V is much better with regard to cargo space. Both cars have an overall safety rating of five stars, showing their robustness.

2022 Buick Encore VS 2022 Hyundai Kona

The performance of both doesn’t make much difference but with a new engine in Encore, better performance can be expected. Kona's wide side body cover really improves its crossover appearance while the Encore wraps are sleek and elegant. Encore's interior feels more premium because of the maximum usage of soft-touch elements while Kona feels cheaper with all hard plastics. However, both the cars got equal safety ratings by NHTSA and IIHS, but the rollover risk in Kona is significantly lower than that of Encore, which makes the former much more dynamically stable. There is a price gap of almost $5000 but that is negligible with Encore looking at its advanced features on offer.

2022 Buick Encore Final Verdict

The 2022 Buick Encore, as it enters its second generation, is expected to be redesigned with a new exterior and an upgraded interior. As it is to be based on an all-new platform, bigger dimensions can be anticipated. The major upgrade from its leaks suggests that the Encore will be fitted with an all-new 1.5L four-cylinder turbocharged engine which not only enhances its performance but also proven to be fuel-efficient. Moreover, the Encore is expected to be launched in the fall of 2021 with only a single trim on offer. It is likely to be priced at $25,000 for its FWD and $27,000 for the AWD variant. With the significant upgrade, the new Encore will attract a lot of buyers who are looking for a compact SUV.

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