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2016 Buick Encore

$13,250 — $23,074 USED
Sport Utility
5 Seats
26-30 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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
2016 Buick Encore exterior side view

What to Know

about 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

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
91 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

Read reviews that mention:

(4.0)

Nice Car, But...

by David from Lancaster, PA on November 9, 2018

Overall, my Buick encore all wheel drive is a nice ride. However, my general experience with the auto stop technology is not good. Within two years, the auto stop feature caused my brand new battery ... Read full review

(5.0)

Back To Buick

by CarolRich from Woodstock GA on November 4, 2018

Our Encore has all the features we were looking for in a (newer) car and we are pleased with the way it performs after 4 months of driving it. We are very comfortable with the extended "Certified" ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2016 Buick Encore currently has 2 recalls


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 - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
acceptable
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

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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

(second row)

A

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

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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker