2013 Buick Encore


2013 Buick Encore: Flash drive review

By Staff of MSN Autos

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The 2013 Buick Encore is a noticeably ugly car. It looks far too short for the styling, a little like it has been squashed. I am not a fan. The short squat shape makes you pay a price in outward visibility, too. The blind spot across the car over the driver's right shoulder is very bad due to the shape of the car, the passenger headrest and more. Driving the Encore is just fine, however. I managed 18 mpg in commuter traffic on regular unleaded. But nothing can redeem the Encore in my eyes. It just doesn't look right. — Paul Hagger

The idea of a premium small SUV is nothing new, but I'm not sure Buick has pulled it off all that well. The 2013 Encore carries on the look of the Buick brand, and while the continued need to include the porthole vents in the hood seems a little silly, the Encore does look good. The interior feels a bit cheap, however, and the seats are too stiff. But there is decent leg room in the rear seat, and cargo space is good for a small SUV. The Ecotec engine is not terribly powerful, and it is a bit loud when pushed hard, but I averaged 24 mpg in the city, which is good for an all-wheel-drive crossover. The ride is smooth and handling is about what you'd expect from a Buick crossover. The Encore is priced considerably less than the similar offerings from other luxury brands, and it is one of the few small premium crossovers available from an American automaker. But a top-level Ford Escape or Hyundai Tucson offer interiors at least as nice, more power and similar fuel economy for about the same price. — Perry Stern


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BB04 - 9/18/2014 3:12:42 AM