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2019 Buick Encore

$23,200 — $30,800 MSRP
SUV
5 Seats
26-27 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(4.9) 7 reviews

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
2019 Buick Encore exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2019 Buick Encore
  • Five-seat subcompact SUV
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Choice of two turbo four-cylinder engines
  • 8-inch touchscreen standard
  • Forward collision warning available

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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

What drivers are saying

4.9
7 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(4.9)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.9)
(5.0)

Crossover Buick Encore

by Papa from Birmingham on November 11, 2018

The Encore 's size is just right for me. The handling and size are just right for urban/suburban driving. The features on the Encore surpass its same class competition in my view. Read full review

(5.0)

Second time around

by Queenie from Rockford on November 10, 2018

This is my second Encore. Love the improvements. Really enjoying the new features such as Apple Play. The extra features such as heated seats and steering wheels can?t be beat Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2019 Buick Encore currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2019 Buick Encore has not been tested.

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.

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