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Buick Encore

steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 44,414
edited June 2014 in Buick
"Today's Buicks from the vastly underrated 2013 LaCrosse to the midsize 2013 Regal drive with a sort of relaxed, composed comfort. They'll sail over road imperfections, completely isolating the driver, but do so without the bobbing and buoying we used to associate with big cars. And while it's not a big car per se, the Encore has this same sense of on-road composure."

2013 Buick Encore First Drive


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  • I originally read that this model was envisioned as appealing to an upscale empty nester population. We were excited to see it. We've been wanting a smaller SUV or wagon, but other manufacturers always seem to envision these as low end starter cars that did not appeal to us at all. So this car was appealing in that it is about the only smaller car, especially in this price range, that offered such things as power passenger seats and rain sensing wipers. THE HUGE MISS on this car is that it does not have a power lift gate available even as an option or on the highest trim level. After all, we are older, often have to cart our elderly mother's walker around, and this is an important thing to us and, I would think, many in our population demographic. I find it just unbelievable that this car would not offer that. Also, I found that the rear cargo area with back seats up was kind of puny. It would work, but was minimal. The other thing that surprised me was the lack of memory and power tilt and telescoping steering wheel. Basically, what I REALLY want is a smaller car like this that has the same stuff my BMW X5 has, but in a smaller and more economic to drive package! I though this car was going to nail it and was disappointed. ( Actually, the BMW X 1 model makes the same lack of power tail gate mistake, and the dealer said most people complaint A LOT about that). I will wait until the 2014 model to see if maybe Buick will rethink these options.
  • Isn't this Buick Encore the twin of the Chevrolet Trax sold in Canada?
    Why does G.M sells the Buick Encore in the U.S. but not the Chevrolet Trax?

    Both vehicles are the same except one is a Buick and the other a Chevrolet.
  • Buick takes it up a few notches with lane departure, back up camera(standard), and Bose Noise Cancelation which works wonders. This little CUV is the most efficient of any CUV/SUV as many on the BuickForums are founding out.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 3,064
    How are the mileage figures? Hopefully they are close to 30 in the city and 36 on the highway. I like the looks of the vehicle but it looks to be a heavy one which would bring those mileage figures down. Having driven my first Verano yesterday at work, I was duly impressed with the lux of the vehicle and I drove the base model...very nice layout and appointments. We're going to the Miami Car show next weekend and hope they have a couple on the floor for us to really sit in and see if this could work for either one of us. I think it's a bit bigger than the Spark which was a tad too small for me but the wife wants that smaller size and since she has owned a Buick with her first vehicle, I am hoping she really likes it.
    Did you get the cloth or the leather like seats? Just curious what the price points are cause from what I've seen, the mid twenties seem to be the starting point which seems to be a lot. For some reason, I just like the looks of the vehicle and after yesterdays drive of the Verano, I think it could work for either of us and I would not be against buying a domestic really...I just want the best vehicle for the price, one that will last 10 years without too much going wrong as we keep our vehicles now since the prices have gone crazy...flipping every few years is just not our style at all.

    The Sandman

    2015 Audi A3 (wife) / 2015 Golf TSI (me) / 2009 Nissan Versa SL Hatch (daughter #1) / 2008 Hyundai Accent GLS (daughter #2)

  • larry51klarry51k Posts: 35

    I'm close to buying an Encore with chrome wheels. My concern is that they may rust sooner than later. I park along the side of the road and the snow plow splashes slush, salt, etc during it's frequent passes. Has anyone with the 2013 model with chrome wheels noticed any rust?

  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,597

    Just keep them clean and you should have no problem.

  • cmhj2000cmhj2000 Posts: 261

    Pretty quiet here!!!

    Been looking at this model but won't buy until the third production year comes into play. If by chance they chance the 15s, I'll look at something else. Not interested in being a guinea pig.

  • bwiabwia Boston Posts: 1,442
    edited June 2014
    Why wait, the Encore is elegant inside and out with most of the creature comforts we crave. Just bought the Saddle leather trim with AWD, sunroof, and navigation.

    With only 158 miles on the odo it is too early to tell. But the car is responsive, quiet, and handsome. The intellilink system looks complicated but with voice recognition no need to fiddle with the many buttons.

    One change I would recommend is to add directional and distance grid lines to the back-up camera. More HP would be nice but not necessary
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 3,064

    Almost bought one of these in December so curious about your likes and dislikes. Ended up with the Tuscon and am happy with it but not 100% sure I made the right choice here. Don't get me wrong, it has all the goodies I wanted, and then some but like most folks, there's always that lingering doubt about my choice. Do see more Tuscons on the roads down here in South Florida but the Encore hasn't been out as long. The turbo engine was the big unknown for me and the reason why I didn't get the 2014 cpo'd Escape with 1818 miles on the clock...had read some really bad things about the 1.6 econo boost engine and it was a bit bigger in every dimension with it just fitting on my side of the garage...just fitting! Besides these two issues, I really did like the rig even though it was a Ford!

    The Sandman :) B)

    2015 Audi A3 (wife) / 2015 Golf TSI (me) / 2009 Nissan Versa SL Hatch (daughter #1) / 2008 Hyundai Accent GLS (daughter #2)

  • cmhj2000cmhj2000 Posts: 261

    @bwia said:
    Why wait,<

    As I said, I won't be a genuea pig. Many times there are many issues that need to be ironed out during the first 1-3 years of a new production model. While this model is a bit of cross breed between different models that have worked fine, I'll still wait until this winter and again, if the 15s are redone, I'll go somewhere else.

  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 44,414
    edited July 2014

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  • I would be interested in this model if they made a 100% electric version (Think a Spark EV on steroids) , if GM could make it get 100 to 150 miles on a charge. Pricing wise, they would need to keep it at around 40K . I currently have a Ford Focus Electric and am hooked on the no oil lifestyle and around town performance.

  • Has anyone experienced a clunking sound from the front end when going over speed bumps or small bumps in the road

  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,235

    Hi Dennis,

    Are you experiencing these concerns with a clunking noise with your Encore? We'd be glad to further discuss this with you and assist you in any way we can. You are welcome to send an email to with your VIN and contact information if our assistance is needed.

    GM Customer Care

  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 3,064

    Spoke with a customer who owns one and so far, he likes it...especially the turbo. And that's a major reason why I passed, the turbo so maybe it isn't such a big deal. I did like the interior, typical Buick which to say is very nice but something just held me back to be honest. But if I were going to purchase today, that 0% financing would've been a real pro for me. It did feel a bit cramped inside but on a 5 minute or so test drive, many things that seemed big could really be non issues. That's why renting the vehicles that make the final short list ain't such a bad idea...keep them for a few days and see if they fit into ones lifestyle...wish I had done that or had been working at Hertz when I did outcome might've been different. I've driven so many different vehicles since mid-January that my short list would've been different now!

    The Sandman :) B)

    2015 Audi A3 (wife) / 2015 Golf TSI (me) / 2009 Nissan Versa SL Hatch (daughter #1) / 2008 Hyundai Accent GLS (daughter #2)

  • bwiabwia Boston Posts: 1,442

    @denniss87 said:
    Has anyone experienced a clunking sound from the front end when going over speed bumps or small bumps in the road

    Speaking from experience, perhaps the hood is not properly closed. Try that I am almost sure your problems will be solved.

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