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2021 Buick Encore

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Key specs

Base trim shown


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Seating capacity

168.35” x 65.25”


Front-wheel Drive



The good:

  • Small size makes it city-friendly
  • Seating position offers great visibility
  • Android Auto, Apple CarPlay standard
  • Onboard Wi-Fi hot spot 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
  • Automatic emergency braking not offered
  • No armrest for front passenger
  • Backseat legroom

2 trims

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Notable features

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

2021 Buick Encore review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2021 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 and 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 2021 Buick Encore?

There are no significant changes. 

What Features in the 2021 Buick Encore Are Most Important?

Standard features include:

  • 8-inch touchscreen multimedia system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot
  • Fold-flat front passenger seat
  • Power-adjustable driver’s seat

Available features include:

  • All-wheel drive
  • Blind spot warning
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Lane departure warning
  • Forward collision warning
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers

Should I Buy the 2021 Buick Encore?

If you’re a city-dweller willing to sacrifice some cabin space for a subcompact SUV with connectivity and good visibility, the Encore might be a good fit. The SUV’s lack of standard active safety features, however, is a demerit. 

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior 4.8
  • Performance 4.4
  • Value 4.7
  • Exterior 4.8
  • Reliability 4.7
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Most recent consumer reviews


We love this car.

We love this car. Drives well. interior has a luxury car feel. my husband and i are both tall and a little heavy and there is plenty of room in both front seats for us. you do need to have light weight, slightly shorter friends for the back seat. the only drawback i can even think of is there is not a ton of room for multiple suitcases if you are picking up another couple at the airport. other than that, this is a great auto. we have had it for 3 years and have not had one single problem with it!!!


Great Sub SUV

Reviews low engine power. I took this car across 2 mountain ranges and it did great. On real step inclines it would drop 1 mph starting up but regain it before we hit the top. I had no problems passing other vehicles. Handled well in heavy rain and windy conditions. I'm not sure what the top end speed is, but it's over a 110.


Affordable, Efficient, Reliable

Bought new and now have 29k miles on it in two years. Zero problems so far. Get 36 mpg on highway. Luxury interior. With back seat folded I can get a bicycle inside. Regular maintenance is minimal; basically change oil and filter and rotate tires every 7500 miles. At 60 k replace the spark plugs. Only downside is acceleration. It could be better but it’s fine around town. If you drive with a lead foot and kick the turbo in every time you accelerate, I would suspect you could have turbo problems eventually. This is not a performance car but it does get you from point a to b efficiently, comfortably and with a slice of luxury for a very fair price. It is also very easy to maneuver in the city and very easy to park withe backup camera.

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Based on the 2021 Buick Encore base trim.
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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Buick
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
36 months/36,000 miles
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)
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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