(4.5) 51 reviews
MSRP: $11,933$21,497
Body Style: Sport Utility
Combined MPG: 26-28
Engine: 138-hp, 1.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
Seats: 5
2013 Buick Encore

Our Take on the 2013 Buick Encore

Our Take

Near-luxury crossovers, a segment that slots below entry-luxury models like the BMW X3 and Lexus RX, are still in their infancy, but Buick throws its hat in the ring with the Encore. Slotting far below the three-row Enclave, the Encore stretches the limits of entry-luxury crossovers, taking on m... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Handling
  • Cumbersome backseat folding
  • Modest cargo room
  • Spongy brakes
  • Complicated center controls

Notable Features

  • Small crossover slots below Enclave
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Turbo four-cylinder, automatic transmission
  • Seats five
  • Available heated steering wheel

8 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.


It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.