Size does matter, quite a lot actually if you ask car manufacturers. Just when you thought you had it all figured it out with your brand new enormous truck. Now there's a new trend takes over the motor world. And just like Arnold Schwarzenegger in Commando, it is unstoppable. Behold there is a new sheriff in town, the new 2018 Buick Encore. Featuring a stylish exterior, classy and quiet cabin and a turbocharged inline 4, the 2018 Buick Encore is obviously not here to play games.
What stands out in the 2018 Encore?
The 2018 Buick Encore for one has an aura that is a level above its competitors, especially when it comes to the inside. Whether it is luxurious or not is dependent on your definition of the term, but it is not your ordinary compact crossover. We can only describe the interior as premium which is a unique trait for a car in this segment. Also, the Encore treats its passengers to a tranquil and comfortable ride especially considering the short wheelbase it sits on.
What are the trim levels of the 2018 Buick Encore?
The 2018 Encore is available in six trim levels. They are offered in both front and all-wheel-drive configurations. There is the base Encore, Preferred, Preferred II, Sport Touring, Essence, and Premium. There are a number of trim-dependent features like LED headlights, passive entry/start, heated front seats and leather upholstery.
What are the available engine options of the 2018 Buick Encore?
Every new Encore is powered by one of the two available engines. One is the 1.4 liter Ecotec turbocharged four-cylinder pumping out 138 horses, and the other is the brawnier 153-hp 1.4 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder which comes with auto start/stop. Each of these engines is coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission.
What are the safety features available in the 2018 Buick Encore?
The standard safety features available on the 2018 Encore have not changed much since it received a refresh in 2016. Most of the features carry on unchanged for 2018. They include anti-lock brake discs with brake assist, Rear Cross-traffic alert, Forward collision alert, Side blind zone alert and Lane Departure Alert. There are also stability control systems, ten airbags, a rearview camera and OnStar in addition to the head-up display technology.
How does the 2018 Buick Encore perform?
Unfortunately, the 2018 Encore's powerplant is not quite the most powerful engine in this class. Recent tests have placed this little pony at 7.8 seconds from 0-60 mph, and it took 16.2 seconds to complete the quarter mile at 86 mph. The fact that Buick added all-wheel drive could only mean one thing, more mass. The all-wheel-drive Sport Touring, for instance, is 138 pounds heavier than the front-wheel-drive. The added mass slows the acceleration of the Encore to 8.4 seconds to go from 0-60 mph and 16.6 seconds for the quarter mile at 83 mph.
The Encore does make a good case for itself in some areas though. It boasts of an excellent steering response and a suspension that is good enough to take you over unpaved back roads comfortably.
How does the 2018 Buick Encore compare to its competitors?
The 2018 Encore's interior styling and comfort features may hold up against competition really well, but its performance is lacking. The Nissan Juke with 188 horsepower and the 201 hp Kia Soul Turbo provide a lot more punch making them faster cars than the Buick. The Chevrolet Trax which is also made by GM is a little more affordable than the Encore while the two are similar in terms of fuel economy. The only car in this class that totally beats the Encore in many ways is the Mazda CX-3 which delivers outstanding performance for a few thousand dollars less. Overall, the Encore is really about comfort than performance.