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    $24,950 For A 2013 Buick Encore



    William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    September 20, 2012

    Buick has announced pricing for their new 2013 Encore crossover. When the Encore arrives at your local Buick dealership early next year, it will carry a base price of $24,950 (includes $750 destination charge).Standard equipment will include 18-inch wheels, a seven-inch color touch screen with Buick’s IntelliLink system, backup camera, and power driver’s seat.

    Buick will offer three different packages for the Encore. Those packages will include,

    • Convenience Group ($25,760): dual-zone automatic climate control, household power outlet, auto-dimming rearview mirror, remote start and fog lights.
    • Leather Group ($27,460): Includes Convenience group plus a power passenger seat, memory driver’s seat and heated leather upholstery.
    • Premium Group ($28,940): adds Leather group plus front and rear park assist, forward collision and lane-departure warning systems, rain-sensing wipers, Bose audio and some cargo accessories.

    There will be a few standalone options as well.

    • Navigation ($795)
    • Chrome Wheels ($995)
    • Moonroof ($800)
    • Bose Audio ($595)
    • All-wheel drive ($1,500)

    A fully-loaded Encore should be around $33,000.

    All Encores will come equipped with a 1.4L turbo-four producing 138 HP and goes through a six-speed automatic.

    Source: Buick

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

    Press Release is on Page 2


    2013 Buick Encore Priced at $24,950

    New luxury small crossover blends safety, versatility and efficiency

    DETROIT – The new 2013 Buick Encoresmall luxury crossover will arrive at dealers in the first quarter of 2013 with a suggested retail price of $24,950, including a $750 destination charge. Standard features include QuietTuning with Bose Active Noise Cancellation, 18-inch wheels, a rearview camera and a seven-inch, high-resolution, full-color display radio with IntelliLink connectivity.

    Four trim levels will be available, including a base model with all of the features listed above. An Encore with the Convenience Group adds dual-zone climate control, a 120-volt outlet, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, remote start and fog lights for $25,760.

    An Encore with the Leather Group costs $27,460 and includes all of the above features plus leather-trimmed upholstery, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a power passenger seat and driver's seat memory functions.

    Encore's Premium Group includes all content from the Leather and Convenience Packages, along with front and rear park assist, Forward Collision Alert with Lane Departure Warning, a seven-speaker Bose premium audio system with a subwoofer, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a cargo net and area cargo mat. The top of the line model costs $28,940.

    With Encore's optional Forward Collision Alert, the vehicle gives audible and visual warnings when a collision may be imminent at speeds above 25 mph. Lane Departure Warning alerts drivers when they may have crossed a detected lane marker without using a turn indicator when driving at speeds over 35 mph. This feature can be deactivated with the push of a button.

    All-wheel drive is available on all Encore models for $1,500. Standalone options available for Convenience, Leather or Premium Encore models include navigation ($795), 18-inch chrome-clad wheels ($995), a sunroof ($800) and a Bose premium audio system ($595, but standard on Premium Package).

    "Encore opens the Buick brand to new groups of customers with a compelling blend of luxury, utility and efficiency," said Tony DiSalle, vice president of Buick Marketing. "Its versatile shape, agile size and available all-wheel drive invite owners to live active lifestyles while enjoying Buick's signature style, comfort and refinement."

    Encore will be the most fuel-efficient crossover produced by a domestic automaker, with an EPA-estimated 25 mpg city and 33 mpg highway for front-drive models.

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    Verano is a better deal. If the Encore had some more motor I would say the price is worth it, but with some options you are looking at $30k for a 1.4 liter with 138 hp. If the Encore had more like 170 hp and make it not seem like you are getting a Chevy Sonic SUV with leather.

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    my sx4's are pretty much the exact same size and have more hp and are like 7-10 grand less. Although yes, i know they are not as nice nor new. Still, it's hard to ask that much premium over the 'commodity' level.

    I'd say Buick is a bit ballsy here. I would have started the pricing at 23 or so for these things or upped the hp.

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    Makes you wonder why GM didn't develop a 1.6 liter turbo with 160 hp for not only this, but an optional engine for the Cruze and other small cars. Ford has waythe better engines on the Focus.

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    Man, that thing is ugly!

    Styling is always subjective!! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder ;)

    I think my wife is attracted to the Buick Encore because it reminds her of two vehicles she wanted back when she bought her Pontiac G6 (2008) - the new-for-2009 Pontiac Vibe GT and the Saturn VUE.

    As long as she doesn't tell me she has to have a Toyota, I'm fine with the Encore. Her other two desires are the CTS Sedan and the LaCrosse.

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    A Kia Soul even has 164 hp, I can't see people buying paying near $30k when optioned up for the Encore. It doesn't look very good because of how short and tall it is, interior looks like it is a dressed up Sonic, and a weak engine.

    The Encore and Verano do give Buick two sub $25k cars though to try to attract buyers to the brand, or people that in the past would have looked to Saturn or Mercury. The Verano I think is a good idea, the Encore I however I do not.

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    Good Lord, it'd be $27,855 for the one I'd spec out. Convenience/AWD/Bose.

    This is a girl's car though, and I personally believe a good number of girls will like this.

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    Man, that thing is ugly!

    Buicks design language doesn't translate well here...

    Although I really like the Verano and Regal...they grow on me all of the time.

    But given the price of fuel...Passat TDI FTW!

    Good Lord, it'd be $27,855 for the one I'd spec out. Convenience/AWD/Bose.

    This is a girl's car though, and I personally believe a good number of girls will like this.

    You may well be right....

    Although at 24K, I'd rather have a base cooper S....

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    And if I was a chic, I would damn sure take a current gen Beetle over this thing.

    But seriously...quite a few successful young females I know buy the Focus....no reason to buy the buick over the Ford in this case IMHO.

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    I'd prefer Buick had a Verano wagon and Chevrolet got the Trax over this. But I look forward to the next generation Equinox which will be Delta based and hopefully as roomy as the current model and less chunky.

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    If the Encore were a Verano based crossover with the 2.4 liter and the same price point, it might sell.

    But did Buick notice that this has a higher base price (though slightly lower loaded price) than a Volkswagen Tiguan? And did they notice that the Tiguan even in base form has the award winning VW/Audi 2.0T engine with 200 hp and 207 lb-ft @1700 rpm. 138 hp vs 200 hp, really? And I think the Tiguan has a better interior also.

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    I find the Tiguan to be nice, but one can tell where the money was saved to try to keep the MSRP competitive in its size class... the interior. It's a rather plain looking CUV, inside and out, imo. Now, I want to be clear, I always celebrate the way VW makes function a higher percentage of the whole visible package than some other manufacturers, but the Encore's interior is the most attractive part of the vehicle, imo, and if it is put together as well as a Tiguan while looking and feeling more luxurious, they'll find some buyers who don't care as much as we think they should about power.

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    Albert likes it... we'll probably end up with one. I'm not concerned about the engine, we already have a 160hp 4-cylinder with 4-speed in the driveway. I like the way the Sonic drives, so I expect the Encore to be similar.

    GM does have a 1.6T coming (though I don't know what cars it will go in) that makes 200hp and 200 ft/lb of torque.

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      There was trouble, too, for one of the imports: Honda’s popular Civic model proved to have “much-worse-than-average” reliability due to problems with its power equipment and infotainment systems. The Civic was North American Car of the Year for 2016.
      Buick, General Motors’ near-luxury brand, has been hovering in the top 10 of CR’s brand reliability rankings for the past few years. But CR’s latest findings show Buick has joined Lexus and Toyota on the podium for the first time since the organization began tracking brand performance in the early 1980s. Chevrolet ranks as the second-best domestic brand and is in 15th place overall among the 29 brands covered.
      Consumer Reports—the world’s largest and most trusted consumer nonprofit—first published its annual brand reliability rankings in 2001. That initial analysis showed that domestic nameplate vehicles had been lagging behind Japanese and European imports for the previous 20 years. Factoring in that history makes Buick’s third-place finish the highest for any American brand in more than 35 years.
      “Buick’s achievement is commendable and sure to be a wake-up call to other manufacturers,” said Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports’ director of automotive testing. “One reason why the brand has been able to leapfrog others in the General Motors’ stable has been its limited vehicle lineup--with none of the pickups and truck-based SUVs that have negatively impacted Cadillac and Chevrolet.”
      All of the Asian nameplates scored among the top half of the 29 brands tested, accounting for seven of the top 10 spots. Lexus and Toyota continued their domination, finishing in first and second place for the fourth straight year. All nine Lexus models CR rated had better-than-average reliability, as would have Toyota, had it not been for the below average score of the redesigned 2016 Tacoma pickup truck.
      Among the other Asian brands, Infiniti made the biggest gain, while Acura was up six spots and Nissan moved up two. All Mazda models remained above average except for the new CX-3 small SUV, which came in at average. Kia and Hyundai continue to surge up the rankings, coming in at five and seven this year. No Kia or Hyundai models scored below average.
      Honda has continued with its erratic trajectory, making landfall at number 10 among all brands. Usually a top finisher known for reliability, the brand has been hurt by new introductions. In addition to the new Civic, the redesigned Pilot SUV was just average.
      Historically a strong performer, Subaru is an example of how smaller manufacturers can be helped—or hindered—by the performance of one or two models. Subaru fell out of the top 10, hurt by the 2016 Legacy and Outback falling to average, and the sporty WRX/STi dropping to below average.
      Reliability improvements helped some luxury brands move up. Infiniti jumped 16 spots to number eight, but the brand still runs hot and cold. The older QX50 SUV and Q70 sedan had top scores, but the newer QX60 SUV and Q50 sedan were below average. BMW also moved into the top 10, with the 5 Series, X5, and i3 improving to average.
      Audi has had several years of upward progress, and it continues to rank in the top five. The new Q7 and the Q3 SUVs were very reliable. Other European brands continue their inconsistency. Mercedes was one of the big movers, jumping four spots to number 17. The 2016 GLC, which replaced the reliable GLK, launched with well-above-average reliability, and the GLA and GLE SUVs were average. But the large GLS SUV was among the 20 most trouble-prone new cars in the survey, and the C- and S-Class sedans remained unreliable.
      Volkswagen and Volvo, however, tumbled. Aside from the Tiguan SUV, all other VW models had below average reliability. The redesigned XC90 was the big culprit in Volvo’s plunge to the bottom third ranking, with its touch-screen infotainment and climate systems being particularly problematic.
      Transmissions with more ratios and advanced drivetrains continue to be a challenge for a number of brands. While the Acura TLX and Jeep Cherokee have seen improvements in the reliability of their nine-speed automatics, earlier models are still problematic. Ford’s dual-clutch automatic transmission continues to afflict the Fiesta and Focus, which is one reason they are among the lowest-scoring models. Likewise, early versions of the current Nissan Pathfinder and similar Infiniti QX60 SUVs continue to suffer from problems with their continuously variable transmissions.
      Other GM marques did not fare as well as Buick. Chevrolet saw gains, moving up five spots since last year. It was helped in particular by the stellar reliability of the redesigned 2016 Cruze, which topped all compact cars, and the Corvette, which moved up to average. Cadillac has two models with below-average reliability—the Escalade and small ATS sedan—while the CTS and XTS sedans were average or better. GMC has dropped, hurt by its versions of the same large SUVs and pickup trucks that haunt Chevrolet.
      Consumer Reports requires at least two models with sufficient data in order to be included in its brand reliability rankings. With the introduction of the new Model X SUV, Tesla is now included and is ranked toward the bottom, at 25th. The Model X launched with abundant problems, including frequent malfunctions of the falcon-wing doors, water leaks, and infotainment and climate-control system problems. The Model S gained ground this year, improving to average reliability.
      Fiat-Chrysler continues its turbulent voyage. The Fiat 500L, the most trouble-prone new car for the past two years, is now only the seventh-most troublesome. No Fiat or Ram vehicle managed even an average reliability rating. Only the Chrysler 300 sedan, Dodge Grand Caravan minivan, and Jeep Patriot SUV managed an average or better score.

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    • By William Maley
      Usually, we don't report on wagons in our spying reports because there are no chances they are coming to the U.S. But with the recent rumors of the next-generation Buick Regal possibly getting a wagon variant. we tend to pay attention. Which brings us nicely to a set of spy photos of the 2017 Opel/Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer.
      Compared to the current Sports Tourer, the new one shown in these pictures looks to be slightly longer and wider. Up front, the nose looks to be more upright and there are new headlights. Opel has attached body panels behind the c-pillar to try and disguise the slope of the roof and window shape. 
      How does this connect to the Buick Regal? As we reported a couple of weeks ago in the rumorpile, Buick is possibly getting a version of the Insignia Sports Tourer. Wearing the Tourx nameplate, the wagon would get an increase in ride height, body cladding, and all-wheel drive. 
      Opel and Vauxhall are expected to reveal the new Insignia and Insignia Sports Tourer sometime next year. Hopefully then, we'll learn whether or not Buick will get the Sports Tourer or not.
      Source: Autoblog, Carscoops

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