If we don’t count the Regal, which is available in the TourX, Sportback, GS and Avenir grades, Buick’s lineup consists solely of high-riding vehicles, and sitting at the low end is the Encore.
A subcompact crossover based on the same platform as the Chevrolet Trax, it’s offered in four trim levels with an MSRP of $23,200. For only $900 more, you could get the Encore GX, a bigger and more premium offering that comes in three trim levels.
The base Preferred starts at $24,100 and includes 18-inch aluminum wheels, an 8-inch infotainment system with smartphone connectivity and a few other features. The Select can be had from $25,700 and adds remote engine start, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, rear cross traffic and lane change alert with side blind zone alert. The Essence will set you back at least $28,500 and brings LED front and rear lights, a heated and leather wrapped steering wheel, leather seats, an air ionizer and a 120-volt outlet.
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Pricing can be further bumped by choosing the multitude of optional extras available, from the all-wheel drive system to the Experience Buick, Sport Touring, Advanced Technology and Safety packages.
The Encore GX is offered with a 137 HP 1.2-liter or a 155 HP 1.3-liter engine, both with three cylinders and turbocharging. The former is mated to a CVT and the latter to a nine-speed automatic transmission.
So, what should one expect when going for such a model? A premium-like interior, decent room at the back, sufficient cargo area for a car in this segment and plenty of gear, as we already mentioned. On the downside, the ride needs more refining, as it’s not that comfortable for a small crossover that wants to compete in the premium niche, and the soundproofing isn’t great either.
You will have to decide on your own whether the Encore GX is worth the premium over the standard Encore, but if you made it this far, you may want to check out KBB’s review that follows.