Those who find the standard Encore to be too cramped may want to investigate the 2022 Buick Encore GX, which is both roomier and more up-to-date. Both a 1.2-liter and 1.3-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine are available for the Encore GX. Both have sufficient acceleration, but those with a lighter foot won’t be happy with either.
The ride is comfortable and reliable in its handling. The Encore GX can go up against the likes of the Mazda CX-30 and the Hyundai Kona, two popular subcompact SUVs, or it can take on the likes of the BMW X1 and the Mercedes-Benz GLA-class, two small luxury crossovers. With its spacious and well-appointed cabin, it can compete with mainstream SUVs, but it lacks the flair of German pickup trucks.
2023 Buick Encore Price
2023 Buick Encore GX Preferred – MSRP From $25,595
2023 Buick Encore GX Select – MSRP From $26,995
2023 Buick Encore GX Essence – MSRP From $30,195
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Two three-cylinder turbocharged engines provide the Encore GX with propulsion. The 1.2-liter engine produces 137 horsepower, while a 1.3-liter engine producing 155 horsepower is available as an upgrade. The former is paired with a CVT and front-wheel drive. The more potent engine is optional on more luxurious front-drive models, but standard on every Encore GX with all-wheel drive. The similar nine-speed automatic is used alone with the significantly larger engine. Our all-wheel-drive Encore GX with the larger 1.3-liter four-cylinder and the nine-speed automatic took 9.3 seconds to reach 60 mph on the test track. The Audi Q3, BMW X1, and Volvo XC40, all premium alternatives to the Encore GX, have more potent engines and significantly quicker acceleration rates. Its little turbocharged engine provides decent low-end torque, making the Encore GX seem more nimble than its acceleration numbers indicate. The Buick has a comfortable and well-controlled ride quality, but it lacks engaging handling.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The EPA gives higher fuel economy ratings to the larger of the two three-cylinder engines. The turbocharged 1.3-liter can get up to 32 mpg on the highway when paired with front-wheel drive and the CVT. If you go for the smaller 1.2-liter engine, you’ll get 30 mpg, and if you go with all-wheel drive and the nine-speed automated, you’ll get 29 mpg. The Encore GX with the bigger engine, all-wheel drive, and nine-speed automatic achieved 30 mpg, which is 1 mpg better than the EPA’s estimate for highway driving.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Leather upholstery, heated seats, and extra space for passengers distinguish the quiet inside of the Encore GX from that of the standard Encore. Given its middle-of-the-road price point, the Buick has more standard features than the entry-level versions of competitors like the Nissan Kicks and Subaru Crosstrek, but it falls short in terms of quality of construction when compared to premium brands like Audi, BMW, and Volvo.
We anticipate the rear cargo room to be more spacious than that of the smaller Encore, and the folding front passenger seat will make it easier to transport longer items. There is room for five luggage behind the GX’s rear seats and sixteen with the rear seats folded, which is only a few less than the slightly bigger Cadillac XT4.
Infotainment and Connectivity
It has standard amenities like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, all controlled by a neatly integrated touchscreen infotainment system. The Encore GX has the most recent version of GM’s infotainment software interface, which is responsive and easy to navigate. The possibility of a head-up display and a 360-degree camera system in high resolution are also on the table for potential consumers.
For the price, the Buick Encore GX features a very good and luxurious cabin. It lacks the high quality of an SUV from a luxury manufacturer yet is more affordable than one. The decor is lovely, albeit the quality of the furnishings varies. Even while the materials the driver interacts with are mostly pleasant, there are a few instances where the use of hard plastics is unexpected.
For a compact SUV, the cabin is surprisingly roomy. Most people will find the back seats comfortable, and children will have plenty of legroom. Even with all seats in place, the cargo hold is relatively spacious, measuring 23.5 cubic feet, and expanding to 50.2 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. You may also fold down the front passenger seat to make room for even longer goods.
2020 Buick Encore GX AWD
front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon
PRICE AS TESTED
$35,720 (base price: $27,095)
turbocharged and intercooled DOHC inline-3, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
82 in3, 1338 cm3
155 hp @ 5600 rpm
174 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm
Suspension (F/R): struts/torsion beam
Brakes (F/R): 11.8-in vented disc/10.4-in disc
Tires: Hankook Kinergy GT, 225/55R-18 98H M+S TPC SPEC 3139 MS
Wheelbase: 102.2 in
Length: 171.4 in
Width: 71.4 in
Height: 64.1 in
Passenger volume: 92 ft3
Cargo volume: 24 ft3
Curb weight: 3335 lb
60 mph: 9.3 sec
100 mph: 31.2 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 10.1 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 4.8 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 7.0 sec
1/4 mile: 17.0 sec @ 80 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 174 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.84 g
Standing-start accel times omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.
Observed: 22 mpg
75-mph highway driving: 30 mpg
Highway range: 390 miles
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 28/26/29 mpg