The 2013 Buick Encore crossover delivers Buick’s signature style, interior acoustic refinement and luxury amenities in a maneuverable, versatile and efficient package designed to appeal to a new audience of buyers.
With room for five and up to 48.4 cubic feet (1,371 liters) of storage space with the rear seat folded, Encore offers substantial cargo capacity along with its confident, higher driving position, available all-wheel drive and contemporary crossover styling. Buick’s exclusive QuietTuning is standard, and features Buick’s first use of Bose Active Noise Cancellation technology.
Additional standard features include 10 air bags, StabiliTrak stability enhancement and a 138-horsepower (102 kW) Ecotec 1.4L turbo four-cylinder/six-speed automatic powertrain, along with technologies such as Buick’s voice-activated IntelliLink. It uses Bluetooth or a USB to connect the driver’s smartphone to a seven-inch, high-resolution, full-color display radio.
The introduction of Encore gives Buick four models with turbocharged four-cylinder engines and six models with EPA-estimated highway fuel economy of 30 mpg or more. It joins Verano – Buick’s third all-new sedan in three years – to expand the brand’s lineup and continue the momentum the Enclave crossover began almost five years ago.
In the U.S., sales of compact crossovers are expected to grow more than 500,000 units by 2015 as buyers’ needs and priorities evolve. While many luxury brands offer similarly sized vehicles in other countries, Buick is one of the first to offer one to U.S. consumers.
When it goes on sale early in 2013, Encore will offer the highest fuel economy of any crossover from a domestic automaker, use regular gasoline, and will save customers an estimated $2,100 in fuel costs over five years compared to the average new vehicle.
Encore achieves higher fuel economy than direct competitors such as the Mini Countryman S (EPA-estimated 25 city / 32 highway with the automatic transmission) and the Volkswagen Tiguan (EPA-estimated 21 / 26). It also beats the combined EPA fuel economy of Ford’s most efficient version of the Escape crossover (26), as well as the Jeep Compass (24).
Encore is offered in front-wheel and available all-wheel-drive configurations in four trim levels: Encore (1SB), Encore Convenience (1SD), Encore Leather (1SL) and Encore Premium (1SN).