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2018 Buick Encore

2018 Buick Encore

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$12,361 — $20,585 USED
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SUV
5 Seats
27-28 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Small size makes it city-friendly
  • Seating position offers great visibility
  • Android Auto, Apple CarPlay standard
  • Front passenger seat folds down for longer cargo
  • Good headroom

The Bad

  • Performance from either engine
  • Stop-start system not smooth
  • Front seats uncomfortable, lack support
  • Expensive despite lack of premium features
  • No armrest for front passenger
  • Backseat legroom
2018 Buick Encore exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2018 Buick Encore
  • Five-seat subcompact SUV
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Two turbo four-cylinder engines
  • 8-inch touchscreen standard
  • Forward collision warning available

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2018 Buick Encore Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team


What it is: The Buick Encore is a subcompact SUV that seats five and is available with front- or all-wheel drive.  It competes with the BMW X1 and Audi Q3.

New for 2018


There are no significant changes.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
172 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

Read reviews that mention:

(4.0)

Great Electronics; So-So Ride Quality

by jws2005s from Milwaukee on May 29, 2020

I bought the car, new, from a dealer in north suburban Milwaukee. (That dealer obtained it from another dealer near Lansing, Mich., because this a rare Encore Preferred II model that does NOT have ... Read full review

(5.0)

A taste of Buick Luxury

by JohnyBeGood from Orlando, Florida on April 22, 2020

Luxury in a car. Smooth quite rude. Economical gas mileage. Just keep the maintenance schedule which is oil and filter change every five months and never needs servicing. Great. Thanks. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2018 Buick Encore currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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.*
* 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

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