2018 Buick Encore Reviews, Ratings & Specs

MSRP
$19,675 - $28,149
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
25 City / 33 HWY
Horsepower
138-153
Seats
5
Color:  Graphite Gray Metallic
MSRP
$19,675 - $28,149
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
25 City / 33 HWY
Horsepower
138-153
Seats
5

Ranks #18 By Owner Reviews

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

4.0 Overall Score
Performance 4.0 Comfort 4.1 Styling 4.2 Value 4.1

Editor's Overview

The 2018 Buick Encore delivers upscale features and style in a compact-crossover SUV as attractive to first-time buyers as it is longtime Buick devotees looking to downsize. Sharing its platform with the Chevrolet Trax, the Encore plays in the same segment as the Mini Countryman and Jeep Renegade Limited.

Buick Encore Models & Trims

Base $19,675 - $21,902
Horsepower: 138 hp
Engine Type: Turbocharged I4
Standard Seating: 5
Standard Wheels: 18" (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
Preferred $20,233 - $22,424
Horsepower: 138 hp
Engine Type: Turbocharged I4
Standard Seating: 5
Standard Wheels: 18" (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
Sport Touring $21,607 - $23,846
Horsepower: 138 hp - 153 hp
Engine Type: Turbocharged I4
Standard Seating: 5
Standard Wheels: 18" (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
Preferred II $22,608 - $24,901
Horsepower: 138 hp - 153 hp
Engine Type: Turbocharged I4
Standard Seating: 5
Standard Wheels: 18" (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
Essence $22,572 - $24,911
Horsepower: 138 hp - 153 hp
Engine Type: Turbocharged I4
Standard Seating: 5
Standard Wheels: 18" (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 $25,594 - $28,149
Horsepower: 138 hp - 153 hp
Engine Type: Turbocharged I4
Standard Seating: 5
Standard Wheels: 18" (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

4.64

118 Reviews

Owner reviews are verified by our team and cannot be altered or removed.

Reliable and fun to drive.

My 2018 Buick Encore is fun to drive and comfortable. It has a touch screen that is easy to operate and you can connect your smartphone to it. Drives easily. Gets great gas mileage. Has great pick up for a 4 cylinder. It sits up a little higher than a car for great visibility. It has not let me down in any way. I love the encore so much this is my second one. I had a 2015 that I just loved too and just got a newer model.

- Barb R

It has OnStar, sirius radio, Bluetooth, and I Heart Radio.

The car interior is very nice. Seats are comfortable. It has OnStar and sirius radio. Bluetooth. Personally I think the car is too small for a family of 4. Very little trunk space. The back seats do fold down but not easily. Good on gas mileage. When you drive in reverse it shows you behind you on the screen in the dashboard. It helps you navigate into a parking space if you are going in reverse. Back windshield wiper.

- Kristina S

Basic luxury, driver friendly.

I really love the way the car drives, smooth and easy to handle. I like the in dash screens and the apple carplay feature. I do wish that I had a little more control on some of the dash and screen settings. The driver seat is a little uncomfortable because of the shape. I would prefer all leather opposed to the leather fabric combo that come standard. My model is the basic model but it still feels very luxury!

- Cassie K

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Compare Models & Key Features

Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$19,675 - $21,902
$20,233 - $22,424

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

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

Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
Standard
Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
40.82 (in.)
40.82 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
39.58 (in.)
39.58 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
35.75 (in.)
35.75 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
38.78 (in.)
38.78 (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

WiFi Hotspot
Standard
Standard

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration
Standard
Standard

AUX Input

AUX Input
Standard
Standard

CD Player

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

AC

Dual Zone

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

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
168.41 (in.)
168.41 (in.)

Width

Width
69.85 (in.)
69.85 (in.)
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3237 (.lbs)
3237 - 3358 (.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
Front Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

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

Combined

Combined
29 (mpg)
29 (mpg)

City

City
25 (mpg)
25 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
33 (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

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

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

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

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Overall
  • Front
  • Side
  • Rollover
*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front
  • Side
  • Roof Strength
  • Driver-side Overlap Front
*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
JD Power Rating
  • ‌Overall
  • Mechanical
  • Powertrain Quality
  • Body & Interior Design
  • ‌Features
*JD Power Circle Ratings

Safety Recalls (0)

This vehicle has no recalls.

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