The 2018 Buick Encore comes with same design as its predecessor without changes in its trim lineup. Its body is available in same nine colors. Under the hood is only one engine, but with two outputs with different specifications.
The Buick’s Encore is a compact SUV that is made for younger buyers that want style and luxury in one. Despite the fact, that the Encore shares platform with the Chevy Trax it ranks with Jeep Renegade Limited, Mazda CX-3 and Mini Coutryman. Interior space is tight, but it also offers luxury with high-tech features.
2018 Buick Encore reviews
The Buick’s Encore look was refreshed with 20177 – year model, and the new Buick Encore 2018 will skip redesign for this time. When you see this compact crossover SUV you can notice a thick, unpainted plastic, which runs over the lower side of the Encore. It finishes above its rear wheels. Halogen headlights and LED daytime running lights are standard, while higher trims are available with LED headligths. All models are also equipped with roof luggage rack mounted on side rails. Nine exterior colors are available for 2018 Encore: Black Cherry Metallic, Coastal Blue Metallic, Ebony Twilight Metallic, Graphite Gray Metallic, Quicksilver Metallic, River Rock Metallic, Summit White, White Frost Tricoat and Winterberry Red Metallic.
|2018 BUICK ENCORE DIMENSIONS|
|Length||168.4 in. (4,277 mm)|
|Width||69.9 in. (1,775 mm)|
|Height||65.2 in. (1,656 mm)|
|Wheelbase||100.6 in. (2,555 mm)|
|Fuel tank capacity||14.0 gal. (53 L)|
|Colors||Black Cherry Metallic, Coastal Blue Metallic, Ebony Twilight Metallic, Graphite Gray Metallic, Quicksilver Metallic, River Rock Metallic, Summit White, White Frost Tricoat and Winterberry Red Metallic|
The 2018 Buick Encore is available in three six levels: base Encore, Preferred, Sport Touring, Preferred II, Essence and Premium. Its refined interior is also attractive, and also pretty loaded for its price, even with base model. On the center stack is mounted large 8-inch color touch screen with integrated Buick IntelliLink Radio and connectivity for smartphones – Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Standard for all models is SiriusXM Satellite Radio and OnStar 4G LTE connectivity. This system features Turn-by-turn Navigation, Automatic Crash Response, Roadside Assistance and Advanced Diagnostic.
All Encores come with ten air bags and rear – vision camera as standard safety equipment. There are also some active safety features available. This list includes Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Park Assist. There are some flaws about this list. There are no Active Lane Control or Adaptive Cruise Control systems. For better stopping there are all disc brakes with Anti-lock brake system and Electronic brake force distribution, Brake assist and Cornering brake control.
Buick Encore 2018 specs
As we said before, the new Buick Encore 2018 comes with only one engine. This 1.4-liter turbocharged engine comes with two power outputs. The base models come with 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque version and this power is quite enough for vehicle of this size. But, only when the car is empty. When you fill it with luggage and with passengers you can feel that Encore needs more power. For this reason there is version of this engine with higher output. In this variant it produces 153 horses and 177 lb-ft of torque. It is available only as an option, and fuel ratings come with lower figures for mpg.
|2018 BUICK ENCORE SPECIFICATIONS|
|Engine type||1.4-liter turbocharged Inline-4|
|Horsepower||138 HP @ 4,900 rpm||153 HP @ 5,600 rpm|
|Torque||148 lb-ft @ 1,850 – 4,900 rpm||177 lb-ft @ 2,000 – 4,000 rpm|
|Transmission type||Hydra – Matic 6-speed automatic|
|Fuel economy (mpg)|
(city / hwy / comb)
|27 / 33 / 30 (FWD)|
26 / 31 / 28 (AWD)
|25 / 33 / 28 (FWD)|
24 / 30 / 27 (AWD)
Drivetrain and fuel economy
All models come with FWD as standard but all of them are available with AWD as an option. There is only one transmission available for all Encores. 6-speed automatic gearbox is only option and it is also available with manual style shifting. When it comes to fuel economy, the weaker engine is rated at 27 / 33 / 30 mpg for the FWD and 26 / 31 / 28 mpg for the AWD. Stronger engine lowers these numbers to 24 / 30 / 27 for FWD and 25 / 33 / 28 for AWD Encore.
What is cost of the 2018 Buick Encore
The base 2018 Buick Encore starts around $33,000 while Preferred comes with cost over $24,000. The top, Premium trim bumps over $30,000 without any additional option. These prices are not the cheapest, but it fits with competition. Its resale value is lower than most of the competition, on par with the Chevy Trax.
|2018 Buick Encore MSRP prices|
|Encore 1SV||$23,915 (FWD)|
|Sport Touring||$26,490 (FWD)|
|Preferred II||$27,790 (FWD)|