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Following a December 2012 dealer preview, the all-new 2013 Buick Encore is on its way to Buick-GMC retail outlets. The subcompact crossover SUV, a first for the Buick brand, is a 2013 model. It will retail from $24,950 and features standard front-wheel-drive and optional all-wheel-drive.
The 2013 Buick Encore expands the Buick line to five models joining it to the medium Enclave CUV and three sedans: Verano, Regal and LaCrosse. Since GM’s restructuring in 2009, the Buick brand has been completely overhauled with new and updated models across its entire spectrum.
Chief competition for the Buick Encore is the Volkswagen Tiguan and Mini Countryman with perhaps fully loaded models offering an option to select higher end models such as the BMW X1.
Engine and Transmission
Powering the Buick Encore is a 1.4-liter turbocharged four cylinder engine. This engine is of cast aluminum head and cast iron block construction. It comes equipped with 16 valves and makes use of direct injection. This engine measures 2.85 bore by 3.25 stroke and has a 9.5-to-1 compression ratio. It is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
EPA fuel ratings come in at 25 mpg around the city and 33 mpg on the highway with the front-wheel drive model. The Encore AWD is rated at 23 mpg around the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Buick says that the Encore offers the best SUV fuel economy among its US competitors and is outfitted with a 14-gallon fuel tank for a maximum driving range of 462 miles. That’s enough fuel to take you from Nashville to Memphis and back on one tank.
The 2013 Buick Encore upholds the brand’s design language with its chrome waterfall grille. Projector beam headlamps, crisp tail lamps and 18-inch painted aluminum wheels are among the model distinctives. Optionally, seven-spoke chrome wheels can be ordered.
Inside, the cabin offers a flowing instrument panel that spans from door to door and features a seven-inch color display for accessing the standard IntelliLink voice-activated infotainment system. This model is available in standard, convenience, leather and premium trim levels.
Standard equipment includes air-conditioning; a six-speaker audio system; SiriusXM satellite radio; cruise control; ambient lighting; a noise cancellation system; a rear vision camera and keyless entry. Also included is remote keyless entry; a tilt and telescopic steering column; power accessories; navigation; dual illuminated visors; and intermittent wipers.
Convenience features available include an upgraded audio package; a heated steering wheel; leather appointments; remote start; a 120-volt power outlet; a power front passenger seat; upgraded climate control and carpeted floor mats.
The Encore sits on a 100.6-inch wheelbase and is 168.5 inches long. This SUV measures 69.9 inches wide by 65.2 inches tall and has a ground clearance of 6.2 inches. Curb weight comes in from 3,190 pounds for the FWD model to 3,309 the AWD Encore. This model is built in South Korea.
Head room measures 39.6 inches in the front seat and 38.8 inches in the rear seat. Leg room comes in at 40.8 inches up front and 35.8 inches in the back. Shoulder room is 54.1 inches up front and 52.5 inches in the back. Hip room is 51.7 inches in the front seat and 50.1 inches in the back seat.
Standard cargo volume is 18.8 cubic feet. Fold down the second row seat and this SUV offers 48.4 cubic feet of storage capacity.
The Buick Encore comes equipped with 10 standard airbags including a driver’s knee air bag. Traction control, stability control, a tire pressure monitoring system and a theft-deterrent system are standard. Also available is forward collision alert, lane departure warning and front and rear park assist.
Photo courtesy of General Motors Company.