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2020 Buick Encore Overview, Rankings, Specs, Costs, and Photographs – EAST AUTO NEWS

2020 Buick Encore Overview, Rankings, Specs, Costs, and Photographs


The 2020 Buick Encore was a sensible choice for metropolis slickers, but it surely’s displaying its age in all of the incorrect methods

The 2020 Buick Encore is a pint-sized crossover SUV that checks many packing containers for an city runabout however lacks the refinement, security options, and worth of some rivals. It’s additionally Buick’s strongest-selling mannequin, and although lengthy within the tooth, just a few adjustments for the 2020 mannequin yr hold it aggressive in opposition to the rising SUV onslaught, together with a bigger Encore GX due in 2020.

We give the Encore 5.Zero out of 10 with reward for its respectable dealing with and concrete usability regardless of a lackluster engine and restricted inside house. (Learn extra about how we price vehicles.)

The Encore enters its seventh mannequin yr within the U.S. with lowered trim ranges and one unlucky change: the disappearance of the extra {powerful} and environment friendly turbocharged engine. Previously, Encore consumers might select between a 138- or 153-horsepower model of a 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-4, however now solely the less-powerful model is on the market. Surprisingly, extra consumers opted for the bottom engine regardless of a big energy increase and a bump of 1 general mpg for simply $250 additional. Nevertheless, the extra {powerful} 1.Four engine might discover new life within the Encore GX, a bigger new crossover that slots between the tiny Encore and the midsize Envision.

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All trim ranges of the Encore come geared up with energy options, OnStar, and satellite tv for pc radio as customary, whereas increased trims add additional consolation and know-how choices like heated leather-based seats, lively security options, and an upgraded stereo.

The Encore is on the market in front- or all-wheel drive to go together with its 1.4-liter turbo-4, and a 6-speed automated transmission is the one possibility.

Security scores have been spectacular, with 5 stars from the federal authorities throughout the board minus a four-star rollover score and “Good” marks throughout from the IIHS minus an “Acceptable” rating for the small overlap entrance passenger check. Lively security options are elective, and even then they don’t seem to be as superior as what’s discovered on most rivals.

Gasoline financial system additionally has not been up to date for 2020, however the Encore managed 27 mpg general in front-wheel-drive configuration and 26 mpg for all-wheel drive.

With its extra {powerful} engine discontinued, the 2020 Buick Encore loses any semblance of powertrain efficiency.

The 2020 Buick Encore delivers on experience consolation and sound deadening, however these searching for efficiency ought to flip elsewhere. We give it Four out of 10 for a lackluster engine that’s nearly offset by its refined experience. (Learn extra about how we price vehicles.)

For 2020, the Encore is down to 1 engine, and sadly, it’s the less-powerful one. Solely the 138-horsepower base model of the 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-Four stays, and that’s a disgrace as a result of the previously elective 153-hp model was each extra {powerful} and extra environment friendly. The Encore comes customary with a 6-speed automated transmission and front-wheel-drive, whereas all-wheel-drive is elective. In any configuration, the bottom engine takes almost 10 seconds to achieve 60 mph, so don’t count on this Buick to be brisk.

Dealing with is about common for the section, however experience high quality and sound deadening stand out, which is a plus because the tiny inline-Four makes an disagreeable noise throughout arduous acceleration. Whereas the suspension can get busy over bumpy terrain or uneven highways, the Encore handles most driving conditions comfortably regardless of its small stature.

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The 2020 Buick Encore delivers on refinement at an attractive value however suffers by way of house.

The 2020 Buick Encore is one more instance of the model’s traditional formulation: a slightly-nicer Chevrolet for a slightly-higher value. As such, we give it 5 out of 10 for respectable inside trim and a quiet experience. (Learn extra about how we price vehicles.)

Unsurprisingly, the brief and slender Encore is brief and slender inside, with room sufficient for under two occupants comfortably and a small quantity of cargo. 4 adults can slot in a pinch however gained’t be blissful for longer than a fast journey. Regardless of the shortage of a middle armrest, the entrance seats are supportive and comfy sufficient for many, however the rear seats are cramped, flat, and comparatively arduous. Legroom and headroom are restricted again there too, and all however the smallest rear-facing automotive seats are off-limits for the Encore.

With the rear seats up, there’s 19 cubic ft of cargo house, lower than a Toyota Prius. With them folded down, that quantity balloons to 48 cubes, so not sufficient to maneuver your house however sufficient to purchase a small dresser.

What the Encore lacks in house it makes up for in refinement, sporting premium-feeling supplies and quite a lot of coloration choices. Leather-based upholstery is on the market on the Essence trim and above, however even the entry-level material is good sufficient.

Sound deadening and acoustic glass are welcome additions over the Encore’s rivals, particularly its cheaper fraternal twin, the Chevrolet Trax.

 

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The 2020 Buick Encore lacks key security options.

The 2020 Buick Encore hasn’t been crash examined for the most recent mannequin yr, however no main adjustments to the mannequin give us the flexibility to make a judgement on security with out a rating. (Learn extra about how we price vehicles.)

Final yr, the Encore obtained 5 stars general from the federal authorities with just one star being misplaced to the rollover score. The IIHS provides the Encore equally excessive scores, with “Good” in each class besides an “Acceptable” for the passenger-side small influence check. Nevertheless, no automated emergency braking is on the market on any Encore, which makes it arduous for us to advocate this bite-sized Buick from a security perspective. A rearview digicam and full suite of airbags are customary, and lane-departure, rear cross-traffic, and forward-collision warnings may be geared up together with blind spot displays, however with no lively tech, the Encore nonetheless lags behind rivals.

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The 2020 Buick Encore may be had with a myriad of choices, however not sufficient to set it except for rivals.

With 4 trims and choices at each degree, the 2020 Buick Encore presents shocking customization for a subcompact crossover. Sadly, the house is extra crowded than ever so standing out is difficult. We give it 5 out of 10 for options. It will get a degree for its good infotainment software program however loses one as a result of it’s mild on security options. (Learn extra about how we price vehicles.)

The 2020 Encore lineup is simplified from six right down to 4 trims, together with base, Most well-liked, Sport Touring, and Essence. All-wheel-drive is on the market on the latter three, whereas front-wheel-drive is customary throughout the vary.

All Encores get a six-way energy driver’s seat, Bluetooth telephone and audio connectivity, OnStar with the choice for a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls. A wonderful 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system can also be customary, which comes with two USB ports and Apple CarPlay or Android Auto compatibility. The identical system will also be had with satellite tv for pc navigation and different tech on the Sport Touring and Essence trims as an possibility when geared up with a Bose audio system.

The highest-tier Premium mannequin is gone, however all of its customary options can be found at the very least on the Essence trim if not the Most well-liked and Sport Touring as effectively. The latter two trims may be geared up with blind spot displays and rear cross-traffic alert, whereas the Essence is the one trim that will get the choice for rain-sensing wipers, entrance and rear park help, and ahead collision and lane departure warnings.

Sadly, the extra {powerful} 1.4-liter turbo-Four can also be lacking from the 2020 Encore, so all fashions are saddled with the anemic base engine no matter trim. At over $30,000 fully-loaded, the Encore approaches premium subcompact SUV territory from the likes of Lexus, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz.

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The 2020 Buick Encore has not but been examined for gasoline financial system, however with its most effective and {powerful} engine gone, don’t count on an enchancment.

The 2020 Buick Encore does away with its strongest and environment friendly engine, and the one that is still manages solely common gasoline financial system. We price it a 5 out of 10 primarily based on final yr’s EPA estimates and can replace this house if something adjustments for the brand new yr.. (Learn extra about how we price vehicles.)

For 2019, the bottom 1.4-liter turbo-Four within the Encore managed 25 mpg metropolis, 30 freeway, and 27 mixed mpg with front-wheel-drive and 24/29/26 mpg with all-wheel-drive. These numbers are common if not barely beneath for the remainder of the section, and we don’t count on them to enhance or decline a lot if in any respect. Regardless of its turbocharged nature, the Encore takes common gasoline as an alternative of premium, which ought to assist save on the pump.

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