2013 Buick Encore Owners Manual – If the 2013 Buick Encore is an indication of extra bite-sized premium crossovers to come back, automotive customers have loads to look ahead to.
The brand new section consists of the likes of a BMW X1 and the forthcoming Audi Q3 and Lincoln MKC. The precise parameters for this class are blurry: Base costs and options overlap with everyman crossovers just like the bigger Ford Escape and Volkswagen Tiguan, whereas well-equipped fashions encroach on Audi Q5 and Acura RDX territory.
That’s One Small SUV
Even in its undersized area, the Encore is the runt of the litter, with a general size lower than 169 inches. That’s greater than a foot shorter than Buick’s compact Verano sedan. The X1 and Q3 are longer and wider; heck, the Escape is almost 10 inches longer. The Encore bears no relation to the Chevrolet Equinox or GMC Terrain from its GM mother or father; in reality, it’s nearer to a Mini Countryman — which is about 7 inches shorter nonetheless — than both one. In contrast to the Countryman, the Encore combines city-friendly size and width with an SUV-like driving place; its general top, in reality, is simply 1.1 inches in need of the Escape. One editor discovered it somewhat too SUV-like, noting different automobiles sit extra beneath you then round you. The 36.7-foot turning circle additionally makes it extra like an SUV than a small automotive.
This time around, our take a look at automotive’s two-tone paint masked quite a lot of the busy decrease cladding. (Sadly, that two-tone therapy requires Buick’s $745 White Pearl Tricoat possibility.) Normal chrome door handles, silver roof rails and 18-inch alloy wheels add a premium contact, and Buick’s waterfall grille and blue-ringed gentle bezels evoke the bigger Enclave. The rear, against this, is forgettable.
All In regards to the Inside
A key battle amongst entry-level premium automobiles is cabin high quality, and the Encore delivers. Good-looking graining alongside the dashboard and doorways meets loads of upscale touches: fabric-wrapped A-pillars, actual metallic gearshift trim, bits of chrome, and decent-looking fake wooden. In Leather-based and Premium editions, high-grade leather-based wraps the chairs, which embrace six-way energy adjusters for each seat — not simply the driving force’s.
Buick’s customary IntelliLink system packages Bluetooth telephone and audio streaming with USB/iPod integration and some apps, like Pandora web radio, which stream off an enabled smartphone. Too many buttons crowd the middle controls, and IntelliLink’s dashboard display screen makes use of an unintuitive management knob and a number of other flanking buttons, all with tiny labels. It’s a low level.
House, nevertheless, is an excessive level. With 1 cubic foot much less passenger quantity than a Hyundai Elantra GT, the Encore appears an unlikely candidate for ample inside area, however, cabin packaging is great. The entrance seats observe far sufficient again for tall drivers, although one editor mentioned the middle console encroached a bit a lot on the passenger area. Most seat-height elevation, nevertheless, affords an excessive driving place with headroom to spare. (Caveat: Our take a look at automotive lacked a non-compulsory moonroof, which may knock off an inch or two.) The one deprivation comes within the minuscule middle console, which sits too low to accommodate an armrest. Drivers get a flip-down one; passengers get to complain.
The backseat has an excessive seating place with shocking legroom and headroom, plus consistent-quality cabin supplies — a space the place the Verano fails. The Encore’s 18.eight cubic ft behind the rear seats is first-rate, beating the German competitors, however small non-luxury SUVs just like the Escape, Honda CR-V, and Toyota RAV4 all have properly greater than 30 cubic ft. Folding the seats down is a laborious, outdated, multistep course, however, doing so provides you 48.Four cubic ft of cargo area, which matches different premium compact SUVs. A normal fold-flat entrance passenger seat accommodates ladders or different tall objects.
The EPA rankings are 25/33/28 mpg metropolis/freeway/mixed with front-wheel drive. All-wheel-drive fashions get 23/30/26 mpg, which one editor achieved (26.2 mpg mixed) on a 90-minute, 40-mile commute. Not unhealthy.
The Encore’s mixed rankings match the X1’s and evaluate to non-luxury compact SUVs, however, the X1 prefers premium gas; the Encore makes full energy on budget stuff. The steering wheel stays properly weighted on the freeway, although some would possibly discover it twitchy. Nonetheless, the Encore gives good steering suggestions heading into corners and good chassis management over the damaged pavement. Toss the automotive round, although, and its pitchy physique motions evoke a bigger, clumsier SUV. It leans, dives and squats; the tires give up traction too quickly, and the brakes have an inch of spongy pedal journey earlier than reporting for responsibility.
The Encore’s non-compulsory $1,500 all-wheel-drive, against this, shines. Our weeklong mortgage noticed loads of snow and ice — and in difficult partial-traction conditions, the Encore wasted little time transferring energy to the wheels that wanted it. It evoked Subaru’s glorious full-time system — one thing a lot pricier SUVs have didn’t do.
Security, Options & Pricing
The Encore has not but been crash-tested. Normal options embrace 10 airbags, a backup digital camera, and the required antilock brakes and digital stability system. Lane departure and ahead collision warning programs are non-compulsory.
Pile on all of the manufacturing unit choices and a loaded all-wheel-drive Encore Premium runs about $34,000. A daily keyless entry distance is customary, however, lacking from the record is keyless entry with push-button begin. The X1 has it customary, and — typical of BMW — that automotive spirals to greater than $50,000 when absolutely loaded.
Encore within the Market
The Encore realizes the promise of a small, premium SUV. Its drivability is the same as run-of-the-mill compact SUVs by automakers from Toyota to Ford, however, cabin high quality is a step above, and customers who need the driving top of an SUV with the parking dimensions of a compact have discovered their area of interest.
The unique wave of small luxurious SUVs has grown up, and now the likes of the BMW X3, Audi Q5, and Acura RDX have few entry-level traits left. Buick hopes to promote the Encore to younger professionals and empty nesters. It ought to attract to each team, and possibly too much more.