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2020 Buick Encore

2020 Buick Encore

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$23,200 — $25,220 MSRP
26
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SUV
5 Seats
26-27 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 long cargo
  • Good headroom

The Bad

  • Engine performance
  • Stop-start system not smooth
  • Front seats uncomfortable, lack support
  • Expensive despite lack of premium features
  • No armrest for front passenger
  • Backseat legroom
2020 Buick Encore exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2020 Buick Encore
  • Five-seat subcompact SUV
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • 138-hp, turbo four-cylinder engine
  • 8-inch touchscreen standard
  • Forward collision warning available

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2020 Buick Encore Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What Is the 2020 Buick Encore?

The Encore is a subcompact SUV that seats five. It’s powered by a standard 138-horsepower, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available. Competitors include the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class

What’s New on the 2020 Buick Encore?

There are no significant changes this year. 

What Features in the 2020 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 2020 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 for you and your passengers, you may want to consider another SUV.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.9
13 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.9)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.9)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

I love the color and the security of it .

by Winterberry from Bay City, MI on August 29, 2020

My Buick Encore is so comfortable, quiet and feels very smooth on the bumpy roads. I love it!! It is all I had hoped for in a car. Read full review

(5.0)

Very Reliable car

by Hugo from Chicago Il on August 25, 2020

Car drive good it’s very good on gas, the cabin it’s very quiet it’s also convenient because I stay in the city easy to park Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2020 Buick Encore currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2020 Buick Encore Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
acceptable

Crash Avoidance and Mitigation

Front Crash Prevention
basic

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
acceptable

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side

Overall Evaluation
acceptable
Structure and Safety Cage
acceptable

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side - Driver Injury Measures

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
acceptable

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side - Passenger Injury Measures

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Buick

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 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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