2018 Buick Encore

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$22,990

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2018 Buick Encore
2018 Buick Encore

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

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

6 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2018 Buick Encore trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

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

2018 Buick Encore review: Our expert's take


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.


There are no significant changes.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior design 4.8
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews

4.7

Ritchey Cadillac daytona Beach

I bought my car from Ritchey Cadillac. The service was great. I was treated like family. Bruce the service manager to Larry Kelly GM, has the best team. They always handles all my issues with the best customer service.

2.7

Do Not Buy

Absolutely hate this car. Got it used with only 50k miles on it in Oct 2021. (2018 pref model). We have had over $2,000 in repairs on the engine. Multiple different parts broken in 8 months of having the car. 0 Acceleration. I am not a race car driver, but this car has no power whatsoever, so forget about if you are in danger and need to speed up, this car will not do it. Not to mention the awful gas mileage that is less than the reported amount. The inside is all techy and pretty, but the car itself is a no. The trunk is so small you are better off getting a sedan with twice the storage space. This car pretends to be a nice crossover but there are much better cars on the market for the same price.

5.0

Love this suv

I purchased this vehicle used with only 17,000 miles on it. It is by far the best vehicle I have ever owed. It is a compact SUV but that's what I wanted so it's perfect for me. The only complaint I have is the mileage. My Chevy Malibu got much better gas mileage but this Buick is everything I ever wanted with all the gadgets and things it has.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Buick
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
48 months/50,000 miles
Corrosion
48 months/50,000 miles
Powertrain
72 months/70,000 miles
Maintenance
24 months/24,000 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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