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Buick Encore : Current Models

Smaller than the soon-to-arrive Audi Q3—as well as the BMW X1, which has been delayed multiple times from reaching U.S. showrooms—the Encore is slightly larger in every direction than the compact Chevrolet Sonic with which it shares its GM's small-vehicle architecture. The wheelbase (100.6 inches) is 1.2 inches longer, the overall length (168.4) spans another 9.4 inches, east-west space is up 1.5 inches, and the 64.8-inch-tall Encore is 5.1 inches loftier than Chevy’s small hatchback. At 18.8 cubic feet, cargo space with the Encore’s rear seat up nearly matches that of the Sonic five-door, but the Buick’s 48.5 cubes with the seat folded eclipse the Chevy’s total by 17 cubic feet. The Encore has five seatbelts, but we wouldn’t want to be the unlucky guy in the middle of the second row.

The Encore’s swoopy lines (and portholes!) are right at home in the Buick family; it pulls off the baby-Enclave look fairly convincingly. Still, we can’t help but find something off with the design. Maybe it’s the enormous gap between the fender arches and tires, which gives it an extreme rake, or possibly it’s the brushed front and rear skid plates that aren’t brand-appropriate and fail to correlate to any other piece of chrome or colored trim.

What we do know for sure is that the Encore will be powered by the same turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder that’s optional in the Sonic—and that it’s going to be slow. Given the estimated engine output of 140 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque, the six-speed automatic transmission is going to have to work to maximize available power: Buick claims weight of 3190 pounds for the front-wheel-drive version and 3309 pounds when equipped with available all-wheel drive. We’re estimating a 0-to-60 time in the high-nine-second range. Buick expects an EPA highway rating above 30 mpg.

But the Encore is clearly not about getting anywhere quickly; instead, it aims to get you there safely and quietly. Ten airbags come standard, and available safety tech includes forward-collision alert, lane-departure warning, front and rear park assist, and a rearview camera. Engineers have seemingly maximized cabin-silencing features. Most notably, the Encore is the first Buick to use the Bose active-noise-cancellation system. The headliner and windshield have been acoustically treated, the doors are triple-sealed, and cavity-filling foam and other sound-absorbing materials are used inside and out.

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Sources : 2013 Buick Encore Photo | 2013 Buick Encore Article


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