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2014 Buick Encore

$10,832 — $20,152 USED
Sport Utility
5 Seats
26-28 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Well-packaged cabin
  • Interior materials
  • Gas mileage
  • Decent acceleration
  • Responsive all-wheel drive

The Bad

  • Handling
  • Cumbersome backseat folding
  • Modest cargo room
  • Spongy brakes
  • Complicated center controls
2014 Buick Encore exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2014 Buick Encore
  • Small crossover slots below Enclave
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Turbo four-cylinder, automatic transmission
  • Seats five
  • Available heated steering wheel

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays describes the Buick Encore's exterior styling as traditional Buick in front, forgettable beyond that. What will stick in people's minds, however, are a commanding seating position and premium interior touches.

Vehicle Overview

The five-seat Buick Encore stretches the limits of entry-luxury crossovers, taking on models such as the BMW X1 and Audi Q3. Shoppers might also compare it to premium models from non-luxury brands like the Volkswagen Tiguan or Mazda CX-5. Front-wheel drive, a small turbo four-cylinder engine and an automatic transmission are standard. All-wheel drive is optional.

New for 2014
A blind spot warning system and rear cross-traffic alert are now available.
Exterior Highlights

  • The Encore is 168 inches long and 70 inches wide, which is nearly three feet shorter and about nine inches narrower than a Buick Enclave
  • 18-inch aluminum wheels  
  • Automatic halogen headlights with blue accent rings
  • Heated side mirrors with turn-signal indicators
  • Roof rails
  • Available rain-sensing windshield wipers

Interior Highlights

  • IntelliLink multimedia system with 7-inch screen, USB connectivity and MP3 jack
  • Air conditioning; available dual-zone automatic air conditioning
  • Cloth and simulated leather upholstery; real leather available
  • Available heated front seats
  • Available heated steering wheel
  • 18.8 cubic feet of cargo room behind rear seats; 48.4 cubic feet with backseat folded
  • Front passenger seat folds flat

Under the Hood

  • 138-horsepower, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Engine runs on regular gas
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Front- or all-wheel drive

Safety Features

  • Front knee airbags
  • Side-impact airbags for front and rear seats
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Antilock b...
Vehicle Overview

The five-seat Buick Encore stretches the limits of entry-luxury crossovers, taking on models such as the BMW X1 and Audi Q3. Shoppers might also compare it to premium models from non-luxury brands like the Volkswagen Tiguan or Mazda CX-5. Front-wheel drive, a small turbo four-cylinder engine and an automatic transmission are standard. All-wheel drive is optional.

New for 2014
A blind spot warning system and rear cross-traffic alert are now available.
Exterior Highlights

  • The Encore is 168 inches long and 70 inches wide, which is nearly three feet shorter and about nine inches narrower than a Buick Enclave
  • 18-inch aluminum wheels  
  • Automatic halogen headlights with blue accent rings
  • Heated side mirrors with turn-signal indicators
  • Roof rails
  • Available rain-sensing windshield wipers

Interior Highlights

  • IntelliLink multimedia system with 7-inch screen, USB connectivity and MP3 jack
  • Air conditioning; available dual-zone automatic air conditioning
  • Cloth and simulated leather upholstery; real leather available
  • Available heated front seats
  • Available heated steering wheel
  • 18.8 cubic feet of cargo room behind rear seats; 48.4 cubic feet with backseat folded
  • Front passenger seat folds flat

Under the Hood

  • 138-horsepower, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Engine runs on regular gas
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Front- or all-wheel drive

Safety Features

  • Front knee airbags
  • Side-impact airbags for front and rear seats
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Backup camera
  • Available forward collision warning
  • Available lane departure warning
  • Available blind spot warning system
  • Available rear cross-traffic alert

 

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.5
103 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

Read reviews that mention:

(4.0)

All the bells and whistles

by AnneG from Elizabethtown PA on November 9, 2018

I wish the wheel base were not quite so narrow. It makes for a jolting ride sometimes. But I do enjoy the bells and whistles! Read full review

(5.0)

Love my Buick Encore

by Rtrent from Alliance, Ohio on October 31, 2018

This car is awesome on gas mileage. When I bought it it had 43,000 miles on it I've had it for a year and it now has 50,000 miles in it runs great just perfect for me!! Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2014 Buick Encore currently has 4 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2014 Buick Encore Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
acceptable
Lower leg/foot
poor
Overall evaluation
poor
Retraints and dummy kinematics
poor
Structure and safety cage
poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Buick

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    72 months / 70,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)

  • Powertrain

    6 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

  • View All CPO Program Details

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Encore received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Third-row access

N/A

Infant seat

B

Booster

(second row)

B

Booster

(third row)

N/A

Latch or Latch system

A

Forward-facing convertible

(third row)

N/A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

A

Rear-facing convertible

B
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker