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2020 Buick Encore GX

2020 Buick Encore GX

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2020 Buick Encore GX Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

The 2020 Buick Encore GX, Buick's fourth SUV, slots in between its Encore and Envision. We took a first look at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show. Watch the video for our impressions.

By Fred Meier

Buick has given its new Encore GX small SUV a starting price of $25,095, including a $995 destination charge, for the base Preferred trim level with front-wheel drive. But you’ll need to get the more powerful engine option if you want the highest gas mileage.

Related: 2020 Buick Encore GX: Big Surprise in a Small Package

The GX will offer three trim levels, with Select and Essence above the base Preferred. The Select starts at $26,695 and the Essence at $29,495. All-wheel drive is a $2,000 option for all trim levels. Front-wheel-drive versions have standard a 137-horsepower, turbocharged 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission. Optional with FWD is a 155-hp, turbocharged 1.3-liter three-cylinder, also with a CVT. The 1.3-liter is standard — with a nine-speed automatic instead of the base CVT — on AWD models.

But it’s also the more powerful 1.3-liter engine with the front-drive/CVT combo that delivers the highest EPA mileage rating at 30/32/31 mpg city/highway/combined. The 1.2-liter and the 1.3-liter with AWD both deliver 28 mpg combined.

As Buick builds out its lineup with SUVs, the GX is a “tweener,” a larger subcompact that fits in size and starting price between the subcompact Encore and the compact Envision. The Encore starts at $24,195 with $995 destination, while the Envision starts at $33,190 with $1,195 destination. You can compare their pricing and features with the Encore GX on Cars.com here.

The Encore GX, due on sale...

Buick has given its new Encore GX small SUV a starting price of $25,095, including a $995 destination charge, for the base Preferred trim level with front-wheel drive. But you’ll need to get the more powerful engine option if you want the highest gas mileage.

Related: 2020 Buick Encore GX: Big Surprise in a Small Package

The GX will offer  three trim levels, with Select and Essence above the base Preferred. The Select starts at $26,695 and the Essence at $29,495. All-wheel drive is a $2,000 option for all trim levels. Front-wheel-drive versions have standard a 137-horsepower, turbocharged 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission. Optional with FWD is a 155-hp, turbocharged 1.3-liter three-cylinder, also with a CVT. The 1.3-liter is standard — with a nine-speed automatic instead of the base CVT — on AWD models.

But it’s also the more powerful 1.3-liter engine with the front-drive/CVT combo that delivers the highest EPA mileage rating at 30/32/31 mpg city/highway/combined. The 1.2-liter and the 1.3-liter with AWD both deliver 28 mpg combined.

As Buick builds out its lineup with SUVs, the GX is a “tweener,” a larger subcompact that fits in size and starting price between the subcompact Encore and the compact Envision. The Encore starts at $24,195 with $995 destination, while the Envision starts at $33,190 with $1,195 destination. You can compare their pricing and features with the Encore GX on Cars.com here.

The Encore GX, due on sale early in 2020, is a more upscale, less rugged-looking SUV that shares some of its DNA with the coming 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer subcompact SUV that Chevy says will start around $20,000. GX pricing, which can run up to the mid-30s for an optioned-up Essence, positions the model as a premium but less expensive alternative to small SUVs from full luxury brands such as the Mercedes-Benz GLA, BMW X1 and Volvo XC40 — but it also will compete with similar-size mainstream SUVs, including the new Mazda CX-30. In gas mileage, the Encore GX’s best of 31 mpg combined compares to EPA bests of 28 mpg for the GLA and CX-30, and 27 mpg for the X1 and XC40.

Standard safety gear for all trim levels includes a forward collision warning with automatic braking and pedestrian detection, lane keep assist with lane departure warning and automatic high beams.

Option packages include a Sport Touring Package with dark wheels, more aggressive bumpers and red exterior accents. The base Preferred trim level requires a $345 Safety Package if you want rear parking warning and a blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert. A $950 Cold Weather Package adds heated front seats, a power driver’s seat and satellite radio. A power liftgate is $520.

Select and Essence trim levels offer additional options, including a power moonroof, in-car navigation, adaptive cruise control, wireless charging, rear parking sensors, a head-up display, a 360-degree camera system, and automatic parking system with braking and a video rear camera mirror.

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.2
36 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

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(5.0)

Second Buick Encore we have owned

by Paul and Sally from Bellefonte, Pa on November 9, 2020

This car is greatly improved over the 2014 Encore that we traded. The styling, features and performance are well worth the price of this vehicle. Read full review

(5.0)

Love the vehicle

by Tammy Murray from Zeigler Illinois on November 5, 2020

This vehicle will be perfect for me going to and from work plus when I retire next year thank you Cody Murray for great customer service Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2020 Buick Encore GX currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2020 Buick Encore GX 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

  • 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 GX 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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