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2013 Buick Encore


Buick today introduced their new compact crossover due to be on sale in 12 - 13 months. The Encore comes standard with a 1.4 liter turbo charged 4-cylinder engine good for 140 horsepower and 148 ft-lb of torque. The standard 6-speed auto has a steep first gear and and a tall final gear to allow for a wide spread of gear ratios. The wider spread gears allow for better around town acceleration while still providing fuel efficient highway cruising. Front wheel drive is standard with all wheel drive optional.

On the inside, it is all Buick with lots of soft touch materials and Buick's quiet tuning. On the Encore, QuietTuning gets a boost with active noise cancellation. The system uses 3 ceiling mounted microphones attached to the Encore's audio system to direct the sub-woofer to send out noise cancellation sound pulses.

Encore rides on the same Gama platform that underpins the Chevrolet Sonic. The Sonic recently achieved a 5 star crash test rating from the NHTSA, so we expect the Encore will match that.

After sitting in the Encore, I was surprised how roomy it feels inside for such a compact vehicle outside. If feels roomier than both the Juke and Clubman, two compact SUVs I expect might be cross shopped with the I found that with the front seat adjusted for my 5 foot 10 inch frame, I was still able to sit very comfortably in the rear seat with more than enough knee room. Additionally, none of the pictures, the press picture or my own, do the car justice. Quiet, comfortable, and fuel efficient, the Encore isn't a car for gearheads, but it will be perfect for their wives. I think that marketed correctly, Buick could have a big hit on their hands.






Press release on page 2






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Don't like it. Looks like a Korean Murano with Regal detailing.
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Not really my thing, too stubby, but kudos to Buick for going after an untapped segment, since the X1 and Q3 aren't sold here...yet. Hopefully its successful for them.
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Think about the target market for this car and then think about the other offerings in the US right now (very few) and you'll see the potential Buick has here.
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I just said that.
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My Wife will LOVE THIS!!!! Woman who want a small AWD CUV with a bit of Luxury and quite interior will love this CUV!

I personally like the look, but would be interested in how cramped my 6'6" body will be in it. I know my 5'8" wife will fit.
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I would think Lincoln and maybe Acura will do something like this eventually..
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Isn't Mercedes bringing the B-class over?
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Isn't Mercedes bringing the B-class over?

I think so..and Audi already has the A3 here, which is a similar 5dr hatch configuration...and Ford's B-Max is likely coming as well...
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Just more to the party of small AWD CUV Options. At least GM will have it here earlier than later and that should help them grab a good share of the market. :P

Rock ON GM with Buick. :metal:
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All I can say about this is that I look forward to the day when CUVs fall out of favor.
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similar dimensions to an outlander sport with about 6 inches less wheelbase.....
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I was a vocal critic over at Buick's FB page during the tile reveal adventure lead-up, but now that I've seen it in whole, I do like it. It certainly blazes a new trail in the market. GM is more often than not behind in new market segments... this time it's different.
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I don't get the point of it @ this size as a Buick. No thank you.
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I don't get the point of it @ this size as a Buick. No thank you.

2015 CAFE standards. World vehicle. Future growth niche. Lots of reasons. I am surprised to see a Buick Gamma CUV before a Chevy version, though.
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Just get your oil change ramps and drive it into the trunk of your B59. It could be your dinghy.

It is a bit of new-think as far as what Buick has always been defined as... but I think it will work out fine.
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This car gets the grade of: MEH...
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This car taps into the female segment all the way. It has all the things they like or want.

It sits high
It has AWD
It has a lot of cargo room
It will be easy to drive and park
It carries many of the traits of a Minivan and SUV in one small package.
It will have luxury of a larger SUV but not the bulk.

My wife wants a SUV like vehicle but she does not want a Tahoe or Enclave. She said they are a lot bigger than she needs or wants to drive daily. The Nox or Terrain are what she likes sizewise. But even those are larger than many females want or like to drive. Keep in mind many of them can't drive vehicles that are not easy to see out of. The size and visiability of this one will play to those who want the comfort but without the bulk. This untapped market will take off with the Encore and I expect others will soon follow.

Lets face it the Escape and Honda are not much for comfort.

If a guy here got to the point where he would say I have got to have one of these I would think he is already stranded in a Minivan already. This is not a car that I would expect anyone here to buy. But with that said we here no longer are the main focus of the market anymore.
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Wow, I surprisingly like this car. It's a personal pseudo-luxury crossover that provides both agility and isolation for urban environments.
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I wish Buick would sell a Verano wagon instead of this.
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There's certainly not going to be "lots" of cargo space in a vehicle the size of a Sonic.
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Can we see this going against loaded subarus, which by the way are KILLING in sales.
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More generic boringness for Buick. Should be perfect for the type of person that used to buy Lexus.
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I wonder when Lexus will have a similar model, based on the xB or XD....
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More generic boringness for Buick. Should be perfect for the type of person that used to buy Lexus.


The shame is some of the most profitable cars are the most boring or lest fun.
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More generic boringness for Buick. Should be perfect for the type of person that used to buy Lexus.


The shame is some of the most profitable cars are the most boring or lest fun.


Hopefully growth in profit of appliances will lead to a continued supply of fun vehicles for enthusiasts (V-series models, SS models, Corvettes, etc)..
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