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.
You'll Like The 2018 Buick Encore If...
Looking to downsize but still want full-size luxury, comfort and amenities? The 2018 Buick Encore may be exactly what you're looking for. Excellent fuel-economy figures and loads of high-tech options further bolster a case for this little Buick.
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Though priced slightly higher than the Kia Soul, Hyundai Kona and Mazda CX-3, most will find the Encore delivers a lot of car for the money. Those needing maximum space in a small-crossover SUV will be happier shopping a Subaru Crosstrek, Honda CR-V or Jeep Compass.
Great car, but I other brands have the same features as OnStar (but for free).
The style, body, and interior are all beautiful. I love that my phone connects with my car so I can use google maps, my phone, and listen to my music; I can purchase a Wi-Fi hotspot for my car for traveling.
My only issue I have is that I have seen other vehicles with very similar features that do not require an OnStar subscription. This includes tire pressure, oil life, miles left on the tank, etc. I wish my car had these features without having to purchase a subscription. I realize that I get 5 years of free OnStar (their most basic package not for sale on their website) but after that these features will disappear.
I love being able to manage my messages and have them read back to me.
Buick encore is a perfect vehicle, great gas mileage, interior is easy to take care of, lots of perks. The only thing I wish I could change is the auto stop feature, this feature allows the car to stop once it is in drive but not moving, like at a red light. I find this an inconvenience, due to the fact that if I am driving and come to a complete stop because I am going to shut the car off, the car automatically shuts itself off, but then when you shift it to park it restarts - and this is every time. Seems needless, there ought to be a shut off for this feature.
Great to drive a building encore.
I love the way it drives. It is so easy to drive and back up, especially the rearview camera, this is the first one I have had.
Since I am short I do not like the front seat headrests. The passenger side front seat is in my site of vision when I turn to look out the back side door window. I like that the back seat headrests slide down over the backseat so they are out of the way of my vision when I look back. I really like the Bluetooth hook up for my phone, especially the handsfree when talking or receiving calls. The on star is really nice.
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Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
StabiliTrak, stability control system
Daytime Running Lamps, separate cavity, LED
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 belt, 3-point, driver with load limiter, height adjustable
Safety belt, 3-point, front passenger with load limiter, height adjustable
Safety belts, 3-point rear, all seating positions
Restraint provisions, child, Isofix 2 point only, point/latch includes 3 top tether points
OnStar and Buick connected services capable; EFFECTIVE WITH RETAIL SALES STARTING 5/1/2018. (Visit onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations. Services vary by model.)
Buick Connected Access with 10 years of standard connectivity which enables services such as, Vehicle Diagnostics, Dealer Maintenance Notification, Buick Smart Driver, Marketplace and more; EFFECTIVE WITH SALES STARTING 5/1/2018. (Limitations apply. Not transferable. Standard connectivity available to original purchaser for ten years from the date of initial vehicle purchase for model year 2018 or newer Buick vehicles. See onstar.com for details and further plan limitations. Connected Access does not include emergency or security services. Availability and additional services enabled by Connected Access are subject to change.)
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