2018 Buick Encore

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2018 Buick Encore
2018 Buick Encore

Key specs

Base trim shown


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


Great car for what I need

This car has everything I will need and than some ,a lot to learn so many gadets to learn what they are for and how to use them


Love the way it drives.

The exterior color and shape of the car. The inside color and all the options it has. I’m still getting use to the lack of room inside.


Purchased vehicle nearly 5 months ago, love it.

Owned Honda vehicles for many years and I am very impressed thus far with this vehicle. It is the perfect size for me. The mileage could be a bit better, but it is still pretty respectable. I like the ride and the styling of the vehicle.

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New car and certified pre-owned programs by Buick
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)
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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