If you are in the market for a compact SUV that boasts a more old fashion style, then you may want to set your sights on the new 2021 Buick Encore. This petite model has everything you need for a wonderful cabin experience. You may have heard of the Encore GX, but the Encore is a different model entirely. This model has been around for longer, and it is still highly sought-after today for its compact style and performance.
With ample seating for up to five people, the 2021 Buick Encore is ideal for small families. However, singles and couples can utilize this vehicle as well. With all five seats in use, it offers 18.4 cubic feet of room in the back. You can stash groceries, backpacks, and even luggage in the rear. If you need more space for larger items and don’t require the use of the second row, you can fold the back seats down. This will give you access to the maximum cargo area, which measures 48.4 cubic feet. Easy to park and offering a quiet cabin experience, it’s hard to find something you won’t love about this compact crossover.
While the 2021 Buick Encore is available in two unique trims, both models are powered by the same engine. If you pop the hood, you will find a 1.4-liter 4-cylinder motor that pushes out 155 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. That amount of power is perfect for taking on the crowded city streets or cruising down the open road. Equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive or available all-wheel drive, you can expect a smooth, quiet cabin experience.
This little engine provides drivers with a stellar fuel economy. If you have the standard front-wheel drive, you can expect to get around 25 miles per gallon in the city and 30 miles per gallon on the highway for a combined 27 miles per gallon. With the available all-wheel drive, that economy drops to 24 miles per gallon in the city, 29 miles per gallon on the highway, and a combined 26 miles per gallon.
Now let’s look at some of the state-of-the-art safety systems that are available on the 2021 Buick Encore. Every model comes standard with 10 airbags that have been strategically placed throughout the cabin. These front and side multistage and supplemental units are designed to cushion all passengers in the event of an accident.
There are also two safety packages that you can also opt for when you get the Preferred trim. The first is known simply as the Safety Package. It comes with a Side-Blind Zone Alert to let you know when another car enters your blind spot. This will signal to you that it is not safe to change lanes. The other feature that is included on this trim level is the Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Adding sensors to the rearview camera, this feature will alert you when an obstacle moves behind you while you are traveling in reverse. Finally, this package will also give you a 120-volt power outlet.
The other suite that you can opt for is known as Safety Package II. This adds four new safety features starting from the outside with Rainsense Wipers. These windshield wipers activate immediately at the first drop of rain. Next, you will find the Front and Rear Park Assist to further aid with backing up. Then, there is also a Lane Departure Warning. This lets you know when the vehicle begins to drift outside the designated lines. You will be prompted to take corrective action. Finally, the last added element to this suite is the Forward Collision Alert. It uses sensors and cameras to detect oncoming obstacles, and you will be notified of the danger and prompted to take evasive action. As you can see, perfor
When looking at the interior features on the 2021 Buick Encore, you should go by trim level to see what each model gets. Starting with the base Encore trim, this version of the Encore comes with a few high-tech gadgets that you will love. First is a keyless entry system that lets you unlock the vehicle and get it going without ever touching your keys. The other main element of this entry-level trim is the infotainment system. Displayed on a large 8-inch touchscreen, this multimedia center works with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth for enhanced connectivity options. It also includes a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. You can stream your online playlist from Spotify through the 6-speaker stereo.
The driver’s seat is power-adjustable 6 ways, and the front passenger seat is manually adjustable two ways. Meanwhile, the 60/40 split-folding rear seats can be configured for more cargo room if needed. Cruise control is also standard, along with cloth and leatherette upholstery for a sophisticated look. The final touches are a leather-wrapped steering and chrome accents.
Now, let’s switch gears to the top trim known as the Preferred. If you want the available all-wheel drive, then this is the trim you need to get. Available remote start technology can also be installed. This means that you can get the SUV warmed up before going outside. A 120-volt power outlet has also been installed for enhanced connectivity. If you look up, you will notice the sunroof as well. If you like to ventilate the cabin occasionally, then this is the trim for you. All-weather floor mats are optional to protect the carpets from stains, and you can also opt for a cargo net and tray for better organization in the rear.
As for the interior dimension, riders in the front will enjoy 39.6-inches of headroom, 40.8-inches of legroom, 54.2-inches of shoulder room, and 51.6-inches of hip room. In the rear, riders have about 38.8-inches of headroom, 35.8-inches of legroom, 52.5-inches of shoulder room, and 50.1-inches of hip room. That’s plenty of space for a growing family. Everyone inside can relax comfortably whether you are headed to school or going off on a road trip.
For our final category, we will take a peek at the exterior features of the 2021 Buick Encore. Serving as both practical and cosmetic, this compact crossover exudes style from the inside-out. Let's check out some of the stand-out exterior features on each trim level.
The base model rides on 18-inch aluminum wheels with Technical Gray pockets. The body-colored door handles feature a chrome strip for a touch of elegance. Meanwhile, the front and back fascias are finished in an accent color, and roof rails have been added to the top for extra storage space. Rear privacy glass helps to prevent passersby from looking inside, and halogen headlamps provide clear visibility along with LED daytime running lights. Finally, a 16-inch spare tire is located under the floor of the cargo area, so you can quickly change out the flat if necessary.
As for the Preferred model, it can be fitted with 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with a 5-split-spoke design and a Midnight Silver finish. If you want this model to look different from the base, you can also opt for the Anthracite or Satin Nickel Metallic lower exterior accent colors. A wheel lock kit with four locks and one key can also be included.
Keep in mind that the 2021 Buick Encore is available in six unique shades. You can choose classic hues such as Ebony Twilight Metallic, Summit White, and Quicksilver Metallic. You may also choose the most exciting shades like White Frost Tricoat, Dark Moon Blue Metallic, and Cinnabar Metallic (red). The final exterior dimensions of this vehicle are also noteworthy. The overall length is 168.4-inches, and the wheelbase is 100.6-inches. With a ground clearance of 6.22-inches, it’s the perfect vehicle for daily driving throughout the city. It is practical, functional, and pretty to look at. You will have heads turning everywhere you go.