The small SUV market has been boiling over for a decade or so now and everyone has jumped on the band wagon trying to catch segment leaders like the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4.
Buick, that small upstart that is reinventing its own image before our eyes, has brought something new to the table in Encore. It’s a “cute ute” fit for breaking the hearts of those who didn’t choose it.
Cute is the word for Encore with its curvy body and pleasing demeanor. It starts up front with the now-familiar Buick grill and flows outward from there into the arched wheel wells and contoured body ending is an attractive rear end with rounded rump, sunken liftgate and faux metallic skid plate.
Like most SUVs, Encore’s strength is in the various configurations the seats can be put in to maximize people and cargo carrying.
Encore gets around with a 138 horsepower inline four cylinder 1.4-liter turbocharged Ecotec engine that generates 148 lb.-ft. of torque and is coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission that promises 25 city and 33 highway miles per gallon.
Encore is on sale now with prices starting at $24,950.