2013 Buick Encore Review
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.
Reviewers say that the Encore offers an attractively designed cabin that’s built with premium materials. Despite its small size, many say that the front seats are spacious and comfortable, though some think that the back seats could be a bit more spacious. While SUVs like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 have a lot more cargo space, critics still comment that the Encore has a decent-sized cargo hold. The Encore also comes with more standard features than most affordable compact SUVs. Every Encore comes with a backup camera and Buick’s IntelliLink infotainment system, which includes a 7-inch color display, Bluetooth, satellite radio and a USB port. Options and features available on higher trims include a sunroof, forward collision and lane departure warning systems, navigation and dual-zone automatic climate control.
- "The Buick Encore's impressive driving manners are a powerful endorsement, but this compact crossover's strongest selling point is actually its value. If you can afford to sacrifice some interior space compared to a Ford Escape, the Encore will reward you with a more opulent interior and more convenience features for a similar price." -- Automobile Magazine
- "By blending new tech with old philosophy and adding a dash of styling and sportiness, plus a heavy hand of practicality and relative affordability (base prices start just south of 25K), Buick may finally have the recipe to conquer the younger generation of luxury CUV buyers while snaring a fair amount of empty-nesters as well." -- Motor Trend
- "While making a successful entrance into one of the world's most hotly contested market segments will be no easy challenge, it appears the new Buick Encore is set to hit the showrooms fairly well prepared to do battle in this realm." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "At the end of the day, we're left with a smartly accoutered and serene little shoe of a crossover that offers good daily manners for urban living." -- Autoblog
Other SUVs to Consider
If you need an SUV with more cargo space, consider the GMC Terrain. Like the Encore, the Terrain comes loaded with standard features, and reviewers appreciate its high-quality interior and spacious back seat.
The Mazda CX-5 earns slightly better fuel economy than the Encore, and it also has more cargo space. Additionally, test drivers say that the CX-5’s upscale interior and athletic handling make it stand out in the class.
Details: 2013 Buick Encore
The 2013 Buick Encore seats five and has standard front-wheel drive. A 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission are standard, while all-wheel drive is optional. The Encore is available with base, Convenience, Leather and Premium equipment groups. Each group adds to the Encore’s list of interior features and upgrades some interior materials. The Encore is an all-new model for 2013.