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2021 Buick Encore

2021 Buick Encore

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$23,200 — $25,220 MSRP
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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?
(4.9) 8 reviews

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
2021 Buick Encore exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2021 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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2021 Buick Encore Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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

What drivers are saying

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

Excellent for our family needs

by Victoria grandmother from Naperville on April 22, 2021

This car meets all our good ride good gas mileage ease of parking it has a good looking style and a smooth ride. The family enjoys it Read full review

(5.0)

Love this car my second one.

by Charlene from Richland on April 15, 2021

This car has plenty of room for a small family or for ab few grandchildren. The ride is smooth, easy to handle, quiet. Great in winter and we get plenty of snow up here. This is my 2nd encore. Love ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2021 Buick Encore currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2021 Buick Encore has not been tested.

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

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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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