2018 Buick Encore Review

25/33  CITY/HWY
EPA-Estimated MPG
7.8  Sec.
0-60 MPH
18.8-48.4  cu ft
Cargo Space

What's New for the 2018 Buick Encore?

The Buick Encore goes beyond the typical subcompact SUV maneuverability and fuel efficiency to offer a quieter cabin and a wider list of standard and optional features than its peers. It is attractively styled - both inside and out - and provides a comfortable ride and intuitive controls. Buick adds a new Coppertino Metallic exterior color and a few features including a standard capless fuel filler, and optional HD radio and ionizing interior air cleaner.

Trim Differences

Buick serves the 2018 Encore in five flavors: the 1SV, the Preferred, the Sports Touring, the Preferred II, the Essence, and the Premium. The entry 1SV and Preferred models are almost similarly equipped. They both provide LED running lights, heated mirrors, 18-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, automatic headlights, rear privacy glass, cruise control, keyless ignition and entry, air-conditioning, and a power driver seat. Standard tech equipment on both models includes OnStar communication with incorporated Wi-Fi hotspot and 4G LTE, Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, satellite radio, a six-speaker sound system, a rear-view camera, and two USB ports. A standard Buick's IntelliLink electronics interface adds smartphone integration and an 8-inch touchscreen. A cargo cover and floor mats are extras on the Preferred.

Drivers gain access to fog lights, remote start, and a rear spoiler on top of the mentioned features when they opt for the Sports Touring model. A blind-spot monitoring system and a seven-speaker Bose sound system are options on this trim. The Preferred II builds on the Sports Touring model's equipment with an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear cross-traffic alert, and a 120-volt household power outlet, Blind-spot monitoring is standard on the Preferred II. Stepping up to the Essence adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, LED headlights, driver-seat memory function, and a heated steering wheel. The trim also gets a manually-reclining six-way power passenger seat with power lumbar. The range-topping Premium trim benefits from rear and front parking sensors, a lane departure warning system, a forward collision warning system, and seven-speaker Bose sound system together with all the items on lower trims. The Experience Buick package (available on the Preferred II, Essence, and Premium trims) installs 18-inch chromed alloy wheels, a navigation system, and a sunroof. The latter two items are stand-alone features on all but the 1SV.

Buick Encore Engine & Transmission

2018 Buick EncoreA 1.4-liter turbocharged I-4 unit with two varying power outputs drives the 2018 Buick Encore. The standard multi-port injection version manufactures 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. EPA estimates place it at 25/33 mpg city/highway when hooked to a front-wheel drivetrain and 24/30 mpg with the available all-wheel drive (AWD).

The second version is an optional direct-port injection system that harnesses 153 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque from the engine. With this configuration, the engine delivers 27/33 mpg with FWD and 26/31 mpg with AWD. Both versions employ a six-speed automatic transmission. A 2018 Buick Encore Sport Touring with front-wheel drive makes a zero to 60 mph sprint in 8.5 seconds and comes to a complete stop from 60 mph in an impressive 119 feet.

Excellent Safety Features

2018 Buick EncoreThe 2018 Buick Encore managed to impress both the IIHS and the NHTSA. The former regulator awarded it the highest rating of "Good" in all five crash tests. The crossover's ability to detect and warn of imminent collisions earned it the IIHS's recognition. The NHTSA gave the latest Encore its highest five-star rating for overall protection. Available driver assists safety features are a blind-spot warning system, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, forward collision alert, and front and rear parking sensors. A rear-view camera and a full complement of airbags are standard.

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