While it’s not as powerful or spacious as some higher-ranking SUVs, the all-new Buick Encore pleases test drivers with controlled handling and an attractive, feature-packed interior.
Although it comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, most critics note that the 2013 Buick Encore could use more power. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, and most reviewers say that it operates smoothly. Still, one critic comments that the transmission doesn’t downshift as quickly as he’d like when more power is called for. The EPA reports that the 2013 Encore gets up to 25/33 mpg city/highway, which is better than most SUVs in the class. Additionally, the 2013 Encore offers a better reliability score than many SUVs in the class. Although test drivers don’t consider the Buick Encore sporty, most are impressed with its composed handling and quiet, comfortable ride. One critic also notes that the Encore’s small turning circle makes for excellent maneuverability.