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2018 Buick Encore Reviews Changes

2018 Buick Encore Reviews Changes

This is the best subcompact crossover for you if it’s like a Chevrolet Trax-sized vehicle, Honda HR-V, and Mazda CX-3 too mainstream – and Audi Q3, BMW X1, and Mercedes-Benz GLA are too expensive.
Buick’s best-selling vehicle is an attractive tweener, more luxurious than a subcompact crossover like HR-V, but not as expensive as a rival like Q3. That is the key to his success. Encore helped pioneer the premium subcompact crossover segment when it was launched for the 2013 model year. The chic style, its quiet cabin, and the city-friendly maneuvering are fresh ideas for US buyers, while the value of the price relative to the competitive premium crossover makes it instant. hit.

Encore 2018 saw only a few updates after a significant refresh of the 2017 model year that revised interior and exterior styling, enhanced connectivity, and added standard equipment. The update helped keep the sales momentum of Encore, with demand rising by more than 16 percent through the first half of 2017, making it the top seller in the field of premium subcompact crossover that also includes the Infiniti QX30 (Mercedes GLA but with different styling) and Lexus NX. Note this South Korean Buick is using underskin and drivetrain techniques for Chevrolet Trax.

2018 Buick Encore Reviews Changes

2018 Buick Encore Reviews Changes

 

2018 Buick Encore Styling

“Coppertino Metallic” replaces River Rock Metallic in a paint palette, but the Encore 2018 is a duplicate of 2017. It brings the changes that come with a ’17 refresh, including new grille, updated rear end with LED back lights, and a re-interior with new instrumentation and an 8-inch-touchscreen infotainment system with support for Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto.

Encore is just 14 feet from the stem to the stern, making it one of the shortest vehicles you can buy. With a height of nearly 5-1 / 2 feet, the headroom is very surprising. The front leg room is pretty good too. And while the seat with seat height makes the rear seat more spacious than expected, higher passengers will want more knee space. The cargo volume is below the grade average, only 18.8 cubic feet behind the rear seat and 48.4 with rear foisted backs. But the folding flat passenger front seats help you stuff up to 8 feet.

2018 Buick Encore Reviews Changes

2018 Buick Encore Reviews Changes

2018 Buick Encore Engine

All the Encores team perform turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine with six-speed automatic transmission. The standard output is 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. Included with the Sport Touring model and the options for Preferred II, Essence, and Premium trims are engine versions with 153 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. We recommend ponying up for a more powerful engine because it produces a fast acceleration with minimal penalty in fuel economy. With the same version, however, the transmission sometimes reduces the shift and can be reluctant to downshift when it takes power to merge into fast-moving traffic.

There are no quibbles with Encore’s excellent maneuverability in tight spaces. All models have 18-inch alloy wheels and tires and share tuning suspensions. It will not carve a curvy rear way like the BMW X1, but with low speed, Encore showcases a well-stabbed grip.
Although it has a short wheelbase (the distance between the front and rear axle), Buick this hero is very good. It’s smooth and quiet, even in pockmarked city streets. The cabin is impressive free from wind and road noise, thanks a lot of sound insulation and standard noise active cancellation.

2018 Buick Encore Reviews Changes

2018 Buick Encore Reviews Changes

2018 Buick Encore Features

All trim levels get a naked fuzzy charger that’s easy to use but standard features carry on almost any model. Base trim again includes a range of decent facilities, including active noise cancellation, keyless access with start of pushbutton engine, power driver seat, dual glovebox, CarPlay and Android Auto, and Wi-Fi-hotspot capability via GM OnStar telematics. Move to Preferred version for better cab trim, cargo cover, and AWD feasibility.

Sport Touring models get unique wheels, rear spoiler, integrated fog lights, and remote start engines. The selected Model II adds a blind spot mark with rear traffic cross detection and dual zone automatic climate control. Essence has full LED headlamps, leather seats, front seats with heated steering and steering wheel, front power front seats, and driver’s memory.

Premium top-topping improves the ionizing cabin drying system for 2018 and continues with the Bose branded audio system, front-and-rear-obstacle detection, and rainwater safety wipers. It is also the only Encore available with a departure warning path and a forward collision warning.

Other driver features, such as adaptive cruise control to keep a set distance from forward traffic, automatic lane steering rudder, and autonomous emergency braking are not available. The one leaving Encore does not qualify for the coveted Top Safety Pick status of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, although Buick scored well in the U.S. the US government and IIHS crash testing.

2018 Buick Encore Reviews Changes

2018 Buick Encore Reviews Changes

2018 Buick Encore Price

A low $ 50 base price increase is associated with a rise in Buick destination costs for 2018, to $ 975 from $ 925. We include destination costs at our base price.
With front-wheel drive, the 2018 Base Encore model starts at $ 23,965, Preferred at $ 25,340, Sport Touring for $ 26,540, and Preferred II for $ 27,840. The base price is $ 30,040 for Essence ’18 and $ 31,490 for Premium. All-wheel drive is a $ 1,500 option available on all except the Base model.

Buick has not released details of the price option in time for this review, but do not expect a lot of deviations from the model-year’17 option price. The standard 153-horsepower engine on the Sport Touring model should add $ 895 to the Preferred II, Essence, and Premium classes.

Expect paint colors other than basic whites for the price of $ 395 – $ 995. On Sport Touring, the blind spot marks with cross-traffic rear detection and embedded navigation should return for $ 495 each, with an additional two zone climate control $ 275 A power sunroof, GPS mapping, and custom wheels are again becoming part of the Buick Experience Package available on Preferred II, Essence, and Premium. At a price of $ 2,390 for 2017.

A little less than $ 30,000, AWD Sport Touring with navigation, extra safety equipment, and dual zone climate control is our favorite Encore. The sporty style signal gives a different look, and the extra power from the improved engine is very useful.
While Encore Essence and Premium have additional valuable comfort and security, their prices are somewhat hard to justify as similar money brings you to a full-fledged full-fledged crossover version of the Chevrolet Equinox, the Ford Escape, the Honda CR-V, the Mazda CX- 5, or Toyota RAV4.

2018 Buick Encore Reviews Changes

2018 Buick Encore Fuel Economy

The EPA fuel economy rating for Encore 2018 is not released just in time for this review but you can expect it to be unchanged from the 2017 ranking. That means Front-wheel-drive Encores with a 138-horsepower engine will again rate 27/33/30 mpg city / highway / combined and which has 153 horsepower will score 25/33/28 mpg. With AWD, it is expected to rank 26/31/28 mpg with 138 horsepower and 24/30/27 with 153 horsepower.

These ratings are worthy on their face, but given the small size of Encore, in fact they are a bit disappointing. At least Buick does not require, or even recommend, premium-grade gasoline – all using regular 87-octane fuel.