2013 Buick Encore FWD 

  • $24k
  • 1.4L
  • 25 city 33 hwy
7.9 Out of 10
Its unique gambit is compact size, luxury accommodations, and excellent versatility offered at base prices ranging from $24,950 to $28,940 for its four trim levels.
by Car and Driver (Dec, 2012)
Fans of basic Buick panache will find plenty to favor in the new Encore, thanks to its combination of refinement and comfort complemented by a bounty of standard/available features, solid value orientation and outstanding fuel economy.
by KBB (Apr, 2013)

RideNerd Review Our evaluation of the Buick Encore


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Equinox 2LT

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Encore FWD
26 MPG
37 MPG
Equinox 2LT
24 MPG

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Reviews Word on the street for the Buick Encore

The Sonic donates its turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder and six-speed automatic to the effort, and effort is what you'll take away.


This enlightened chassis tuning delivers a smooth ride in cruise mode and keeps body roll well in check when negotiating corners while the Encore's generously proportioned 215/55 low-rolling-resistance tires – on 18-inch alloy wheels – serve up a surprisingly high level of grip.


7.8 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


Spun from GM's small global small-crossover platform, the Buick Encore's solid core structure, well-sorted suspension and electrically boosted power steering endow it with a confident and well-controlled feel that properly.
by KBB (Apr, 2013)
ACTIVE ON-DEMAND" ALL-WHEEL DRIVEAvailable on all Encore variants, this computer-controlled AWD system automatically engages the all-wheel drive as surface conditions dictate as well as each time the vehicle stops to ensure smoother off-the-line acceleration.
by KBB (Apr, 2013)
Powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, the Encore delivers exceptional fuel economy in both front-wheel-drive (FWD) and available all-wheel-drive (AWD) configurations.
by KBB (Apr, 2013)


Packages include a Convenience group with remote start, automatic climate control, and fog lamps; Leather, with hides plus a heated steering wheel and heated front seats, memory functions, and a power front passenger seat; and a Premium package with Bose audio, parking sensors, a lane-departure warning system and a forward-collision alert system-both camera-based.
by The Car Connection (Jan, 2013)
And at some point, the collection of buttons on the dash to run secondary controls clutters the Encore's tight visual space.
by The Car Connection (Jan, 2013)
Either that, or you'll stray off into interior treatments like the straight-outta-Starbucks two-tone brown that'll have you searching the cockpit for this month's special grind and a WiFi access code.
by The Car Connection (Jan, 2013)


The six-speed automatic helps out by providing full control over upshifts when the console lever is placed in the M position and a +/- rocker switch built into the knob is toggled.
by Car and Driver (Dec, 2012)
No previous product under the tri-shield insignia has been powered by an engine this small (1.4 liters).
by Car and Driver (Dec, 2012)
The engine has a rustic cast-iron cylinder block and uses port—instead of direct—fuel injection.
by Car and Driver (Dec, 2012)

Drivetrain type

All-wheel drive adds $1500; fully loaded with AWD and a few options, the Encore can top $33,000.
by Car and Driver (Dec, 2012)
The Encore handles as well as any short-wheelbase tall wagon can-and vexingly, the added weight of all-wheel drive seems to smooth out the occasional road chop even more.
by The Car Connection (Jan, 2013)
It's set up to engage the rear wheels with every launch, gradually releasing them from traction duties as it senses good road conditions, until it hits 37 mph-where an all-clear puts all the power to the front wheels.
by The Car Connection (Jan, 2013)


The Encore may be on the petite side, but it packs in most of GM's latest safety technologies, including ten airbags, stability control, and a standard rearview camera and standard Bluetooth connectivity.
by The Car Connection (Jan, 2013)
To support an upper-crust pricing strategy, Buick was generous with the Encore’s allotment of standard equipment and special features.
by Car and Driver (Dec, 2012)
Adjustment of the steering-wheel reach and rake and the front buckets’ backrest angle are handled by déclassé manual levers.
by Car and Driver (Dec, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Buick
Model year 2013
City range 350 miles
Highway range 462 miles
MSRP $24k
Annual cost $6,780

Manufacturing Emissions

Water per car made 4.62 m³
CO2 per car made 0.88 metric ton
Energy per car made 2,300 kWh/vehicle
Waste per car made 285 kg

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 1.4L
Air compressor None
Fuel Gas
Cylinders I4
Paddle shifters N/A
Gearing type Traditional
Transmission 6-speed Automatic 2WD

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic
Speakers 6 speakers
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes
Has a subwoofer No
Auxiliary input Yes
AM/FM radio Standard
CD player Standard
CD changer N/A
Satellite radio Standard
Entertainment system N/A


Cruise control Standard
Front A/C Standard
Front passenger A/C N/A
Keyless entry Standard
Keyless ignition N/A
Sun roof N/A
Navigation system N/A
Roof rails Optional, $245
Power locks Standard
Power mirrors Standard
Power outlets Standard
Power steering Standard
Power windows Standard


EPA smog score 6
EPA GHG score 7
Carbon monoxide/mile 0.7 g
Combined CO2/mile 317 g
Methane/mile 0.01 g
NMOG/mile 0.07 g
Nitrogen oxide/mile 0.02 g
Vapor canisters 1
Vapor canister capacity 95 g
Bleed canisters 0
Catalytic converters 2
Stops the engine instead of idling No
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No
Recirculates exhaust gas No
Lifetime CO2 emissions 48 tons

power & handling

Max torque 148 ft-lb @ 1,850 RPM
Max HP 138 HP @ 4,900 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 23.12 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.7 feet

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension Beam
Front brakes 11.81 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 10.59 in Disc
Front wheel width 215 mm
Front wheel diameter 18 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 55

safety features

Active head restraints No
  1. Head curtain
  2. Knee
  3. Rear side
  4. Driver
  5. Passenger
  6. Side
  7. Rear side w/head
Antilock brakes Standard
Child door locks Standard
Electronic stability control Standard
Traction control Standard
Rear camera Standard
Rear sensor N/A
Park assist system N/A
Communication system None

physical dimensions

Width 69.9 in
Front track width 60.6 in
Height 65.2 in
Ground clearance 6.2 in
Length 168.4 in
Wheelbase 100.6 in
Curb weight 3,190 lb
GVWR 4,255 pounds
Has a rear spoiler Yes
Seats 5 seats
Front seat room 51 ft³
Rear seat room 42 ft³
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