2019 Buick Encore

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2019 Buick Encore
2019 Buick Encore

Key specs

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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

4 trims

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Notable features

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

2019 Buick Encore review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2019 Buick Encore?

The Encore is a subcompact SUV that can seat up to five. It’s powered by a standard 138-horsepower, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. A 153-hp, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder is also available. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel-drive versions are available. Its competitors include the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class.

What's New on the 2019 Buick Encore?

The Encore’s lineup has been simplified to four trim levels. A Safety Package II for Essence trims includes rain-sensing windshield wipers, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning and lane departure warning.

What Features in the 2019 Buick Encore Are Most Important?

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity is standard, as well as keyless access and push-button start. If you need to pack something large, the front passenger seat folds flat to accommodate cargo up to 8-feet long.

Should I Buy the 2019 Buick Encore?

If you’re a city dweller willing to sacrifice some comfort for a subcompact SUV with connectivity and good visibility, the Encore might be a good fit. If you prioritize comfort over tech for you and your passengers, you may want to consider another premium SUV.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 4.6
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews


Nice small suv

The interior is spacious, Beautifully styled interior. The exterior is nicely styled. The middle console is small. The infotainment center is easy to use once you learn how.


Most comfortable car I've ever own. And most featu

Love this SUV just big enough for a grandma. Wanted different color but it's all good. I'll have to take a course on all features. I'm willing!


Airbags and brakes failed in accident !

I was in an accident with this vehicle and the air bags never came out. The brakes, I believe failed to work but the dealership told me that if the pedal goes down to the floor, they are still working. Problem is, having to push pedal to the floor caused me to slide down my seat. This caused my body such pain. To this day, I believe my brakes and airbags failed to work.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Buick
New car program benefits
48 months/50,000 miles
48 months/50,000 miles
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)
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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