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January 12, 2023
Posted by Chloe Taylor

Best Features Of 2023 Buick Encore

Relaxed, quiet, and attractively priced, the 2023 Buick Encore is everything we expect a junior Buick SUV to be. But its positioning in between the mainstream and luxury SUV segments leaves it lacking the traits to succeed in either one.

Like other rides in the Buick lineup, the Encore GX prioritizes comfort over driving satisfaction. Even the base model is reasonably well equipped, as it features a number of standard driver-assistance tech and desirable infotainment features.

It’s the luxury vibe that the Encore GX is lacking. If you need something more upscale, we’ll point you toward the Mercedes-Benz GLA-class or the BMW X1.

Engine & Performance

The Encore GX is powered by two turbocharged three-cylinder engines. The base version is a 1.2-liter that develops 137 horsepower. The optional 1.3-liter unit makes 155 ponies. The former pairs with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and front-wheel drive.

While the more powerful engine is available on fancier front-drive models, it’s included on every Encore with all-wheel drive. Likewise, the slightly bigger engine exclusively uses a nine-speed automatic transmission.

The Encore GX with all-wheel drive, the nine-speed automatic, and the larger 1.3-liter four-cylinder required a slothful 9.3 seconds to reach 60 mph. The Encore GX’s luxury-brand rivals offer more powerful engines and far quicker acceleration times.

On the road, the Encore feels better than its acceleration results suggest, particularly around town where the small turbo engine makes the most of its reasonable low-end grunt. The Buick’s ride is also agreeably smooth and controlled, but it doesn’t offer any handling thrills.

Fuel Economy

Ironically, the larger of the two three-cylinder engines receives the highest fuel-economy ratings from the EPA. With front-wheel drive and the CVT, the turbocharged 1.3-liter achieves up to 32 mpg highway. Going with the smaller 1.2-liter mill drops that figure to 30 mpg.

Opting for the 1.3-liter with all-wheel drive and the nine-speed automatic nets a highway rating of 29 mpg. However, on a 200-mile highway fuel-economy test route, the Encore GX with the larger engine, all-wheel drive, and nine-speed automatic can cover 30 mpg, beating the EPA’s estimate by 1 mpg.


Buick’s positioning in the market straddles the line between luxury and mainstream, so it’s better equipped than base-level versions of rivals such as the Nissan Kicks and Subaru Crosstrek, but it doesn’t provide the same level of fit and finish as an Audi, a BMW, or a Volvo.

The Encore GX’s front-passenger seat folds flat to aid in loading longer items. We fit five carry-on suitcases behind the GX’s rear seats and 16 with the rear seats folded, which is only a few less than the slightly larger Cadillac XT4.

Safety & Driver-Assistance Features

The Encore GX offers numerous standard driver-assistance technologies; a rearview camera mirror and 360-degree camera system will be optional.

Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keeping assists are the major features in the 2023 Buick Encore.

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