2016 Buick Encore

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Key Specs

of the 2016 Buick Encore. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Visibility
  • Interior materials
  • Responsive all-wheel drive
  • City driving experience

The Bad

  • Handling
  • Complicated center controls
  • Highway driving experience
  • Price for its utility

Notable Features of the 2016 Buick Encore

  • OnStar with 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hot spot
  • Five-seat subcompact crossover
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Turbo four-cylinder engine
  • Heated steering wheel available

What Is the 2016 Buick Encore?

The 2016 Buick Encore is a subcompact SUV with seating for five. It competes with the BMW X1, Audi Q3, Volkswagen Tiguan, Chevrolet Trax and Mazda CX-5. Trim levels include Base, Convenience, Sport Touring, Leather and Premium. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional on all trim levels.

What's New on the 2016 Buick Encore?

There are no significant changes to the Buick Encore for the 2016 model year.

How Does the 2016 Buick Encore Compare to Other Subcompact SUVs?

The Buick Encore is compact, trendy and more practical than expected for a vehicle of its size. However, there are a few larger compact SUVs like the Mazda CX-5, Ford Escape and Honda CR-V that are priced competitively and offer more cargo space.

What Features in the 2016 Buick Encore Are Most Important?

The 2016 Buick Encore is powered by a 138-horsepower, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Significant standard features include heated side mirrors, 18-inch alloy wheels, a fold-flat front passenger seat, IntelliLink and a backup camera. As required in all new vehicles for 2016, the Buick Encore is also equipped with front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability control system.

The Sport Touring trim level comes with a 153-hp, 1.4-liter four-cylinder with a six-speed automatic. Other significant available features include heated front seats, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a heated steering wheel, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, lane departure warning and a blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert.

Should I Buy the 2016 Buick Encore?

Its high-quality interior materials are noteworthy, its optional all-wheel drive is responsive. The Encore's compact size makes city driving a breeze. However, it's a bit pricey, and it may not be the most comfortable choice for highway driving.

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2016 Buick Encore Overview

by Cars.com Editors
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... Read More

Latest 2016 Encore Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

I love my Encore

by Ladybg101 from Branson , Mo on July 19, 2018

It is a pleasure to drive. I love the interior upgrades. Classy SUV! Smooth ride. The two toned seats with lumbar support are really comfortable. Read full review

(5.0)

So far very reliable car

by J m from Georgia on July 15, 2018

Very nice car very roomy a lot larger inside and I thought as a great ride good gas mileage I would recommend the car highly Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Buick Encore currently has 2 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 Buick Encore Base

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

Front

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

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

Small overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
good
Restraints and dummy kinematics
good
Small overlap front
good
Structure and safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    72 months / 70,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Buick

Program Benefits

Two Factory-Backed Warranties, CPO Scheduled Maintenance Program, Vehicle Inspection & Reconditioning, 3-Day/150-Mile Vehicle Exchange Program, 24/7 Roadside Assistance and Courtesy Transportation, OnStar & SiriusXM Satellite Radio Trial Offers, and a Carfax Vehicle History Report

  • Limited Warranty

    Two Factory-Backed Warranties

    6-Year/100,000-Mile, Powertrain Limited Warranty and a 12- Month/12,000-Miles, Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty, both with $0 deductible
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 172-Point Inspection & Reconditioning.

    See inspection 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

C

Booster

(third row)

N/A

Booster

(second row)

A

Latch or Latch system

A

Forward-facing convertible

(third row)

N/A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

A

Rear-facing convertible

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

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