2014 Buick Encore Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Color:  Carbon Black Metallic
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$11,811 - $16,447
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
Crash Test
MPG (up to)
23 City / 30 HWY
Horsepower
138
Seats
5

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Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

3.3 Overall Score
Performance 3.4Comfort 3.2Styling 3.2Value 3.2

Editor's Overview

If Buick is hoping to rekindle its relationship with younger buyers, then the 2014 Encore compact crossover SUV looks to be a fine first attempt. The Encore is nimble, powered by a fuel-efficient 4-cylinder turbocharged engine, and offers the option of all-wheel drive. Yet, it is also loaded with features and styling inherent to the Buick brand and uncommon in this price range.

Buick Encore Models & Trims

Base $11,811 - $13,698
Horsepower: 138 hp
Engine Type: Turbocharged I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 x 7.0 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Convenience $13,313 - $15,260
Horsepower: 138 hp
Engine Type: Turbocharged I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 x 7.0 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Leather $13,646 - $15,613
Horsepower: 138 hp
Engine Type: Turbocharged I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 x 7.0 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Premium $14,440 - $16,447
Horsepower: 138 hp
Engine Type: Turbocharged I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 x 7.0 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning

Owner Reviews

4.52
2 star
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1 star
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Buick encore very reliable vehicle.

I have been driving my 2014 Buick encore for a year now and I love it! Buick is a very reliable brand and I have not had any problems with my vehicle since I purchased it. Living in Minnesota I was looking for a good reliable vehicle that would perform well in the snow and road conditions. The interior of the vehicle is very nice with leather seats and heated seats and steering wheel work very nice in the cold. Overall the Buick encore is a very good vehicle and I am happy with this purchase.

Savannah M
Helpful

Luxurious yet affordable for the middle class, blue collar families such as ours.

It's perfect for our family of four, being a smaller SUV its roomy enough for longer trips yet compact enough so that its sleek and trendy nonetheless. Safety features are elite, from AWD transmission for gripping the road to flashing blind spot sensors built into each of the side mirrors. Buick really hit the pavement running with their competitors when they designed the encore, needless to say it will definitely garner our first look when we go to buy another new car in the next 4 years.

James S
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Reliable, comfortable, durable, and good gas mileage. Worth the investment.

The car and seats are very comfortable. I have had it for 4 years and have been very happy with the performance. It runs great, the only issues I've had with performance was needing an engine cleaning and ongoing issues with the radio screen shutting off occasionally. It has been in 4 accidents and held up very well with minimal damages compared to other vehicles involved. There is a lot of room and has great gas mileage. I'm very pleased with the purchase of this car.

Katelyn C
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Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$11,811 - $13,698
$13,313 - $15,260

Horsepower

Horsepower
138 (hp)
138 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Standard
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Standard
Standard

Engine Type

Engine Type
ECOTEC Turbo 1.4L Variable Valve Timing DOHC 4, ECOTEC TURBO 1.4L VARIABLE VALVE TIMING DOHC 4
ECOTEC Turbo 1.4L Variable Valve Timing DOHC 4, ECOTEC TURBO 1.4L VARIABLE VALVE TIMING DOHC 4
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Alarm

Alarm
Standard
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Standard
Standard

HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Standard
Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Rain Sensing Wipers

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
Standard
Standard

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Standard
Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
Standard
Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
Standard
Standard

Privacy Glass

Privacy Glass
Standard
Standard

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
Standard
Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
40.8 (in.)
40.8 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
39.6 (in.)
39.6 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
35.7 (in.)
35.7 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
38.8 (in.)
38.8 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Standard
Standard

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Standard
Standard

Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Standard
Standard

WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

AUX Input

AUX Input
Standard
Standard

CD Player

CD Player
Standard
Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
Not Available
Standard

AC

Dual Zone

Dual Zone
Not Available
Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
Standard
Standard

Power Passenger Seat

Heated Front Seats

Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Standard
Standard

Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Standard
Standard
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Running Boards

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P215/55R18
P215/55R18

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
100.6 (in.)
100.6 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
36.7 (ft.)
36.7 (ft.)

Length

Length
168.4 (in.)
168.4 (in.)

Width

Width
69.9 (in.)
69.9 (in.)
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3309 (.lbs)
3190 - 3309 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
138 (hp)
138 (hp)

Torque

Torque
148 (ft. lbs.)
148 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

Turbocharged
Standard
Standard

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
Standard
Standard

Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Standard
Standard

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
14 (gal.)
14 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
27 (mpg)
28 (mpg)

City

City
23 (mpg)
24 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
30 (mpg)
32 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
Standard
Standard

Overdrive

CTV Transmission

Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
Standard
Standard

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
Standard
Standard

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
Standard
Standard

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
Standard
Standard

Stability Control

Stability Control
Standard
Standard

Traction Control

Traction Control
Standard
Standard

HID Headlights

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Rear Parking Sensors

Adaptive Cruise Control

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Blind Spot Monitor

Blind Spot Monitor
Not Available
Standard

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

Cross Traffic Alert
Not Available
Standard

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Side Airbag

Rear Side Airbag
Standard
Standard

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
Standard
Standard

Knee Airbag

Knee Airbag
Standard
Standard

Seatbelt Airbag

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides consumers with information about crash protection and rollover safety.

Overall
Front
Side
Rollover

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a non-profit group which conducts safety testing beyond federal regulations. "Good" is the highest rating.

Moderate Overlap Front
G
Side
G
Roof Strength
G
Driver-side Overlap Front
P
G
Good
A
Acceptable
M
Marginal
P
Poor

Safety Features

  • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
  • StabiliTrak, stability control system
  • Daytime Running Lamps, reduced intensity low beam
  • Air bags, frontal and knee for driver and front passenger, side-impact seat-mounted and roof rail for front and rear outboard seating positions (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
  • Air bag, Passenger Sensing System, sensor indicator inflatable restraint, front passenger/child presence detector
  • Safety belts, 3-point, driver and front passenger height-adjustable with load limiters
  • Safety belts, 3-point rear, all seating positions
  • Restraint provisions, child, Isofix 2 point only, point/latch includes 3 top tether points
  • OnStar, 6 months of Directions and Connections plan includes Automatic Crash Response, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Roadside Assistance and Turn-by-Turn Navigation (Visit onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations. Services vary by model and conditions.) *
  • Rear Vision Camera
  • Door locks, child security, rear, electrical
  • Tire Pressure Monitor, manual learn
  • Horn, dual note tone
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Front and Rear Park Assist, Ultrasonic
  • Lane Departure Warning

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

J.D. Power Ratings

JD Power's Initial Quality Study measures issues with a vehicle the first 90 days after purchase.

‌Overall
Mechanical
Powertrain Quality
Body & Interior Design
‌Features
Among the best
Among the best
Among the best
Among the best

Safety Recalls (5)

Air Bags, Seat Belts Sep 8, 2016
Report Receipt Date:
Sep 8, 2016
NHTSA Campaign:
16V651000
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2015-2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD, 3500 HD, Tahoe, Suburban, GMC Sierra 2500 HD and 3500 HD, GMC Yukon, GMC Yukon XL, Cadillac Escalade and Cadillac Escalade ESV vehicles and 2014-2017 Chevrolet Corvette, Silverado 1500, Trax, Caprice Police Pursuit Vehicle, GMC Sierra 1500, Buick Encore, and 2014-2016 Buick Lacrosse, Chevrolet Spark EV and SS vehicles. In the affected vehicles, certain driving conditions may cause the air bag sensing and diagnostic module (SDM) software to activate a diagnostic test. During this test, deployment of the frontal air bags and the seat belt pretensioners would not occur in the event of a crash.
Consequence:
A failure of the front air bags or seat belt pretensioners to deploy in the event of a crash necessitating deployment increases the risk of injury to the driver and front passenger.
Remedy:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will reflash the SDM software. Vehicles that have had a previous air bag deployment will have the SDM replaced. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall began on October 13, 2016. Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300, Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006, Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, or GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 16007.
Air Bags, Seat Belts Jul 10, 2017
Report Receipt Date:
Jul 10, 2017
NHTSA Campaign:
17V437000
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2014-2016 Buick Lacrosse and Chevrolet Spark EV, Caprice PPV and SS vehicles, 2014-2017 Buick Encore and Chevrolet Corvette, Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 vehicles, 2015-2016 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV, Chevrolet Tahoe, Trax, Suburban and Silverado 2500 and 3500 and GMC Yukon and Yukon XL vehicles, and 2015-2017 GMC Sierra HD 2500 and 3500 vehicles. While being previously remedied for recall 16V-651, the affected vehicles may not have received the complete software update necessary to remedy the recall condition. Without the update, certain driving conditions may cause the air bag sensing and diagnostic module (SDM) software to activate a diagnostic test. During this test, deployment of the frontal air bags and the seat belt pretensioners would not occur in the event of a crash.
Consequence:
A failure of the front air bags or seat belt pretensioners to deploy in the event of a crash necessitating deployment increases the risk of injury to the driver and front passenger.
Remedy:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will reflash the SDM software. Vehicles that have had a previous air bag deployment will have the SDM replaced. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300, Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006, Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, or GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 17287.
Recall Oct 1, 2014
Report Receipt Date:
Oct 1, 2014
NHTSA Campaign:
14V614000
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Cadillac CTS, Escalade, Escalade ESV, Chevrolet Suburban, Tahoe, GMC Yukon, and Yukon XL, and 2014 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Express, Impala, Silverado HD, Traverse, GMC Acadia, Savana, and Sierra HD vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the chassis electronic module may be internally contaminated, resulting in an electrical short.
Consequence:
If the module experiences an electrical short, the vehicle could stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the chassis electronic module, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-521-7300 (Buick), 1-800-458-8006 (Cadillac), 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), and 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM's number for this recall is 14515.
Equipment Jul 2, 2014
Report Receipt Date:
Jul 2, 2014
NHTSA Campaign:
14V417000
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Buick Encore all-wheel-drive vehicles manufactured August 23, 2012, to September 9, 2013; Verano vehicles manufactured August 8, 2012, to June 20, 2013; Chevrolet Cruze vehicles manufactured August 7, 2012, to August 16, 2013, and 2012-2014 Chevrolet Sonic vehicles manufactured May 10, 2011, to August 16, 2012 equipped with a Calix oil pan/block heater. In cold temperatures, the insulation on the engine block heater cord can become damaged, allowing the wires to be exposed.
Consequence:
Exposed wires increase the risk of electrical shock and personal injury if the cord is handled while it is plugged in.
Remedy:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the engine oil pan/block heater cord with a new cord that is rated for temperatures of minus 40 degree Celsius. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300 or Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 14257.
Seats Jul 23, 2014
Report Receipt Date:
Jul 23, 2014
NHTSA Campaign:
14V446000
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Buick Encore and Cadillac ATS; 2014 Cadillac CTS, ELR, Chevrolet Caprice and SS vehicles; and 2014-2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra Trucks. Due to an incomplete weld on the seat hook bracket assembly, the front seats in the affected vehicles may not stay secured in place during a high load condition such as a crash.
Consequence:
A seat that does not stay secured increases the risk of occupant injury in a vehicle crash.
Remedy:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the seat hook bracket assembly weld and replace the lower seat track, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began on August 15, 2014. Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-521-7300 (Buick), 1-800-458-8006 (Cadillac), 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), and 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM's number for this recall is 14340.

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