2014 Buick Encore
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love my zippy classy encore

by from Atkinson, NH on May 17, 2014

only had my premium encore few weeks but wow do I love this car!! I have the carbon black so sharp. love that Buick grill! I don't get the reviews it's sluggish I don't find that to be the case at all...
only had my premium encore few weeks but wow do I love this car!! I have the carbon black so sharp. love that Buick grill! I don't get the reviews it's sluggish I don't find that to be the case at all. it has great pick up we zip all over the place. actually find I have to watch my speed! easy to park the side rear warning system is & blind spot alert is amazing. The size is perfect for me & my husband. sorry all you negative reviewers from other sources, you are so off the mark. I had more trouble with the Chevy equinox visibility issues than with this car, which I've read as a negative. also read review not great on the highway, this car is fine on the highway, but I have no issue with pickup changing lanes. Another review made fun of the styling, Really are you kidding me this car is sharp & cute all at the same time, that's a personal opinion shouldn't come into play when reviewing for a major source.comparing the size to mini cooper well that's just stupid. this car is loaded & leather interior. my only negative is everyone says how quiet it is, I don't feel it's as quiet as their saying so I am going to check into that & that was the only reason I gave it 4 overall stars instead of 5. we really thought long & hard before deciding on the encore, we wanted to downsize from the equinox, but with the encore I feel we upgraded not in size but with everything else!! Just love my encore.
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unbelievable value for the money!

by from Maricopa, Arizona on October 21, 2015

first, let me start by saying I have seven other vehicles in my garage, including two late model Cadillacs. when I bought my Encore in June of 2013, 93 days passed before I drove any of my other seven...
first, let me start by saying I have seven other vehicles in my garage, including two late model Cadillacs. when I bought my Encore in June of 2013, 93 days passed before I drove any of my other seven vehicles; that's how much I love my Encore. not a single thing has been a disappointment, and after less than a year and a half of ownership, I'm closing in on 40,000 trouble-free miles. this car gets so much attention everywhere I go, that I've started carrying my salesman's business cards in the car to hand out, and so far eleven people have purchased Encores from my recommendation. I'm a big guy (280 lbs, 6' 3"), and am supremely comfortable behind the wheel. I've taken it on three long trips (over 2000 mi. each), and I'm just as comfortable as I am driving one of my Cadillacs. two of the things that amaze me most are the smooth ride (unusual for a short wheelbase vehicle), and the tomb-like (or should I say, "Buick-like") silence inside on the road. the fuel economy is excellent; average sits at 32.8 mpg, and I've gotten up to 37 mpg on trips, all on regular fuel. I'm really confused by those who have complaints about power, as it feels like a V-6 under the hood to me. I drove up to Payson, Arizona from Phoenix a month ago, going from sea level to over 5,000 feet. the final uphill grade into Payson is a killer, and all vehicles were struggling up the hill in the right lane. I zoomed by in the left lane, cruise set at the speed limit (70mph), with the turbo doing its job, and the transmission never even shifted out of sixth gear. I'd love to tell you about the litany of issues I've had, but other than oil changes and tire rotations, I haven't been back to the dealer for anything; not one problem, not one squeak or rattle. I'm seriously thinking about buying a second new Encore, as at the rate I'm going, this one will hit 100,000 miles in another year and a half. its amazing to see the trades coming in on new Encores at my dealership; almost all Mercedes-Benz, BMWs, Lexus, and Cadillacs. do yourself a favor: DRIVE ONE, and you'll be driving it home!
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electrical problem

by from tell city in. on April 26, 2015

we love our 2015 encore. how ever ,' have an issue with the front parking assist and the radio-intelli-gent systems. (1) after the vehicle has been driven for a while and then when we come home," the ...
we love our 2015 encore. how ever ,' have an issue with the front parking assist and the radio-intelli-gent systems. (1) after the vehicle has been driven for a while and then when we come home," the front park assist will not activate unless you manually turn it on. according to the menu on the intelli-gent system it's on," but it won't work. (2) yesterday the radio and intell-gent system screen flashed--came back on--and flashed a couple of times and went blank. I called the dealer and they are going to squeeze me in to have these taken care of anf then serviceing it. the fule mileage is wonder ful for an all wheel drive.
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Just get it

by from Austin , TX on July 26, 2014

Smooth , quiet , plenty of power 33mpg around town . 35-38 mpg on the hi way depending on wind direction. This little car is awesome , plenty roomy and comfy seats. Don't let the price scare you. Shop...
Smooth , quiet , plenty of power 33mpg around town . 35-38 mpg on the hi way depending on wind direction. This little car is awesome , plenty roomy and comfy seats. Don't let the price scare you. Shop around and you can do way better than list. Handles great , stereo could have a little more power but sounds good. If you are thinking about this car , stop thinking and go try it. Do the research and compare with all the other similar type vehicles . Make sure you go drive it early enough to complete all the paperwork because you will not want to leave the dealership without it.
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hitting the bumps

by from oklahoma on September 26, 2014

I have had my encore for a month and it hits the bumps in the road a little to hard to be comfortable. I don't know how to improve my ride. any suggestions? I have seen my service manager two times an...
I have had my encore for a month and it hits the bumps in the road a little to hard to be comfortable. I don't know how to improve my ride. any suggestions? I have seen my service manager two times and he has none.
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over all

by from Illinois on July 30, 2014

1- hatch needs a release button inside the car 2-not for sure how short people close the hatch 2-needs to come with a better radio--with windows down radio is hard to hear. 3-needs a v6 for an engine....
1- hatch needs a release button inside the car 2-not for sure how short people close the hatch 2-needs to come with a better radio--with windows down radio is hard to hear. 3-needs a v6 for an engine. Has no pick up at all when the air conditioning is on and 4 peopel are in the car. 4-passenger seat needs a arm rest. 5-I would think with today's technology and the cost of this vehicle it would have come with a touch screen. Buick needs to get up with today's technology BUT ALL AND ALL THIS IS A FUN VEHICLE TO DRIVE , LOVE IT!
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most gas mileage i got from a car

by from hazle twp on August 13, 2014

I like the overall performance and comfort. only flaw, is they should have had an arm rest for the passenger side.
I like the overall performance and comfort. only flaw, is they should have had an arm rest for the passenger side.
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Back with GM after 30 years

by from Chicagoland on December 18, 2014

After owning a 2005 Lexus Rx330, a 2009 Lexus Rx 350, and leasing both a 2012 Acura MDX and a 2013 Acura RDX, the Buick Encore is by far the best value for the money. I am an SUV junkie as that is all...
After owning a 2005 Lexus Rx330, a 2009 Lexus Rx 350, and leasing both a 2012 Acura MDX and a 2013 Acura RDX, the Buick Encore is by far the best value for the money. I am an SUV junkie as that is all I owned since the kids started driving and I no longer needed a minivam. Compared to the Lexus and Acura vehicles, you just can't beat the value the Buick Encore offers. Although not quite as roomy as the Lexus RX 350, the Encore gets the job done - and for a lot less $$$. I actually rented one during a recent trip to Florida. Although the rental was not loaded with leather, sunroof, and AWD, it made an impression on me. I was codiering the Lincorn MKC, but test driving I was not impressed - it rode like a truck, had no power, the interior was less than I expected from Lincoln, and it was noisy. When I got back, I did some research and decidied to terminate a lease I currently had with Acura and check out the Buicks. The RDX was the 6-cylinder, but just didn't live up to the Acura reputation. I originally decided on the RDX as the MDX lease was expiring and gas mileage was terrible! The RDX wasn't much better and required premium fuel. The Encore leased is fully loaded AWD with navigation and sunroof. Buick actually offered several thousand off with the Acura trade - I saved over $300 / month and would'nt consider going back. Just as nice as the Lexus, just a little smaller and nimbler which works well for me. This is the first GM vehicle I or my husband has considered in over 30 years. The car is almost a year old and I just love it. GM is definately back!
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Great Car for the Price

by from Sacramento on September 1, 2014

I got the 2014 Buick Encore AWD and 900 miles down and can definitely say its a treat to drive. Beautiful interiors , very quiet while driving , Nice height gives you a good view of traffic. I am real...
I got the 2014 Buick Encore AWD and 900 miles down and can definitely say its a treat to drive. Beautiful interiors , very quiet while driving , Nice height gives you a good view of traffic. I am really impressed . The only thing is you feel the performance lacking because of the small engine in the Encore. Handling wise its great .Parks in small spots. Very confident on the drive. Stereo is OK. Air conditioning is good. I like the entertainment system. The screen adds a panache to it.
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No more Pontiacs,fell in love with Encore

by from Wisconsin on July 23, 2015

My Encore is bright blue, my favorite color. Had some issues getting it delivered from Korea or where ever it was made, but well worth the wait. I am madly in love with it and get compliments all the ...
My Encore is bright blue, my favorite color. Had some issues getting it delivered from Korea or where ever it was made, but well worth the wait. I am madly in love with it and get compliments all the time from strangers.Mileage,ease of handling, parking driving are great!! One issue has developed recently that the dealership can't figure out and i wonder if anyone else has the same problem. The left mirror shows that there is someone passing me when there is no one anywhere around. The computer shows nothing and it has them baffled. Anybody help??
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