2015 Buick Encore Owners Manual – The 2015 Buick Encore succeeds by having wonderful visibility and a handy and classy measurement, nevertheless, it’s let down by lacking the sort of standout luxurious options its sticker value suggests it ought to have.
Available on the market for the reason that 2013 mannequin yr, the Buick Encore is the veteran statesman of a rising car class: subcompact SUVs. The autos on this class are tiny for SUVs, and so they drive patrons to sacrifice house — if not additionally energy and efficiency. However the greatest problem the Encore faces is attempting to be a luxurious automobile on this section.
The rising area of very small SUVs with which the Encore competes for consists of the Honda HR-V, the Mazda CX-3, the Fiat 500X, and an associated spinoff — the brand new 2015 Chevrolet Trax.
The Buick Encore’s trim ranges, which Buick calls Teams, embody Base, Comfort, Leather-based, and Premium, all of which supply front- or all-wheel drive. We examined an AWD Encore Leather-based Group, which incorporates leather-trimmed seats, heated entrance seats, a heated steering wheel, a power-adjustable passenger seat, and a power-adjustable driver’s seat with reminiscence. Lastly, our check mannequin included a navigation system with an upgraded multimedia system together with Buick’s IntelliLink system.
For 2015 fashions, the addition of a 4G LTE web hotspot is the main new addition.
Exterior & Styling
The Buick Encore is tiny, nevertheless, it’s nonetheless formed like an SUV, not a hatchback. It’s tall for a car with a brief wheelbase, nevertheless, it seems to be broad sufficient that the peak is proportional. It doesn’t appear like it’ll blow over on its facet in a heavy wind. All in all, it has the rounded options and squat stance of a cute, chubby child crawling throughout the ground.
Increased Encore trim ranges function fog lights within the decrease bumper space, however, in any other case, the Encore seems to be comparable throughout all trims. Buick purists might be joyful to notice the presence of Ventiports (or portholes) within the hood.
How It Drives
Round city, the engine, and transmission are high quality. Our all-wheel-drive Encore moved away from stoplights nicely, if not blindingly quick. We had been additionally impressed with the AWD system as soon as the snow began piling up.
On the freeway, nonetheless, the engine runs out of steam. You actually discover the dearth of energy once you pull out of a line of automobiles to make a go; the Encore simply can’t make that go rapidly. It’s important to anticipate your strikes and, even nonetheless, issues take a very long time to get going though the transmission kicks down rapidly. There’s additionally lots of engine noise when the engine is pushed.
That is the primary space the place I discovered myself evaluating the Encore with compact SUVs. I’d been driving a Ford Escape and Mazda CX-5 across the time I examined the Buick Encore, and each responded faster. Sure, each has extra highly effective engines, however, they’re each aggressive on value with the Encore, so it’s a sound comparison. With these two, notably the Escape, there was each extra accelerative energy and less noise.
The Encore’s steering is nice and goes a good distance towards making it pleasurable to drive. There’s not a lot of play within the steering, and it’s boosted sufficiently to make tight strikes.
The experience consists and never too agency for such a small automobile.
Regardless of the Encore’s tiny measurement, the inside is pretty roomy. I by no means felt like I used to be brushing shoulders with somebody sitting within the passenger seat, and I had loads of legroom and headroom.
Within the again, it’s satisfactory. I’m about 6 ft 2 inches tall, and I wouldn’t be comfy again there on a protracted journey. For a brief jaunt throughout the city, although, it’d be high quality.
Nonetheless, the Buick Encore is a subcompact car. It’s merely not going to supply the room of its bigger opponents.
By way of luxury and refinement, the inside has its highs and lows. Additionally, the controls are laid out fairly nicely, and all the things is simple.
Ergonomics & Electronics
The Buick Encore stumbled on this space for me. Our check mannequin had a navigation system and satellite tv for pc radio, each of which I used extensively. There’s no possibility of utilizing a touch-screen, both: The system permits inputs solely by way of the knob interface.
Additionally, there aren’t any USB ports in both the cut-up glove field or the middle storage console. Is that the tip of the world? No, however many autos — particularly from luxurious manufacturers — do that higher. A knowledge plan price is required after a free trial interval.
Cargo & Storage
The cargo space is deceptively giant for such a tiny automobile. With the backseat in place, I’d estimate there’s sufficient room for a couple of individuals to have a weekend getaway. There’s additionally a typical folding backseat and a folding entrance passenger seat to extend the cargo room.
However, as I say, it’s deceptively giant — which isn’t identical to being really giant. The compacts talked about are roomier. On a day-to-day foundation, assuming you’re not carrying a ton of stuff, the Encore is livable.
The 2015 Buick Encore acquired the best ranking of fine in all Insurance coverage Institute for Freeway Security exams to which it was subjected, together with average overlap entrance, facet, roof energy, and head restraint and seat exams.
The Encore we examined got here with a blind-spot warning system and rear cross-traffic alert, together with the backup digicam that’s customary on all Buick Encores.
Worth in Its Class
However, the Buick Encore is let down by its value and a failure to set itself aside as a sort of luxurious providing.
That’s additionally setting apart the newer autos coming from Honda and Mazda. Will their late begin out there afford them the chance to actually nail all of the little particulars? Additionally, there are different, compact physique kind SUVs — Escape, CR-V, and CX-5 — which have greater cargo areas and are aggressive on value.