2013 Buick Encore

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What's New for 2013:
  • 5-passenger crossover SUV
  • Turbocharged 4-cylinder engine
  • Optional all-wheel drive
  • 10 standard air bags
  • Optional forward collision warning system
  • Optional lane-departure warning system

Exterior Features
The 2013 Buick Encore is a compact 5-passenger crossover SUV equipped with traditional Buick styling features, such as a chrome waterfall grille and trim details, \"portholes\" on the hood, and projector beam headlights with blue translucent accent rings. The new Encore is equipped with standard 18-inch aluminum wheels. Rain-sensing windshield wipers are available.

Interior Features
The 2013 Buick Encore seats 5 passengers and includes fabric and leatherette seats. The rear seat is a 60/40 split-folding design, and the front passenger seat also folds in half to accommodate longer cargo. The Encore offers 18.8 cubic feet of luggage space with the rear seat upright, and up to 48.4 cubic feet with the rear seat folded.

Buick IntelliLink smartphone connectivity is standard, and includes Bluetooth calling and streaming audio, satellite radio, Internet radio, and a 7-inch color touch screen. The driver's seat is 6-way power adjustable, and the Encore employs Buick's QuietTuning technology designed to reduce interior noise.

Also standard are dual-zone automatic climate control, remote engine starting, and a memory system for the driver's seat and outside mirrors.

Optional Features
Encore buyers can choose such optional features as chrome wheels, leather upholstery, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, Bose premium audio system, and a navigation system.

Under the Hood
The 2013 Buick Encore is equipped with a turbocharged, 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine generating 140 horsepower and 148 lb.-ft. of torque. Peak torque is generated between 1,850 and 4,900 rpm. A deceleration fuel cut-off system is designed to improve fuel economy, Buick says.

A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard, driving power to the front wheels. All-wheel drive is optional.

Buick equips the 2013 Encore with active noise cancellation technology to eliminate unwanted engine noise. This is Buick's first use of active noise cancellation.

Fuel Economy
As this overview was written, the EPA had provided fuel-economy estimates only for the 2013 Buick Encore with front-wheel drive (FWD). Ratings had not been provided for the all-wheel-drive (AWD) model:
  • Encore FWD: 25/33/28 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • Encore AWD: To be determined

The 2013 Buick Encore is equipped with 10 standard air bags, traction and stability control, 4-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes with brake assist, and OnStar telematics with Automatic Crash Response, which automatically contacts a live operator in the event of an air bag deployment. Rescue personnel are sent to the Encore's location, even if the occupants are unable to respond to the operator.

Optional safety features for the 2013 Encore include a reversing camera, front and rear park-assist sensors, forward collision alert system, and a lane-departure warning system.

As this overview was written, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) had performed crash tests on the 2013 Encore.

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  • Name FWD 4dr Transmission Automatic MSRP 24200.00 Engine 1.4/83 City/Hwy MPG 25/33
  • Name Convenience (FWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 25010.00 Engine 1.4/83 City/Hwy MPG 25/33
  • Name Leather (FWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 26710.00 Engine 1.4/83 City/Hwy MPG 25/33
  • Name Premium (FWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 28190.00 Engine 1.4/83 City/Hwy MPG 25/33
  • Name AWD 4dr Transmission Automatic MSRP 25700.00 Engine 1.4/83 City/Hwy MPG 23/30
  • Name Convenience (AWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 26510.00 Engine 1.4/83 City/Hwy MPG 23/30
  • Name Leather (AWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 28210.00 Engine 1.4/83 City/Hwy MPG 23/30
  • Name Premium (AWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 29690.00 Engine 1.4/83 City/Hwy MPG 23/30
  • Seats, front bucket
  • Seat adjuster, driver 6-way power with manual recline and power lumbar adjustment
  • Seat adjuster, front passenger 2-way manual
  • Seatback, passenger flat-folding
  • Storage, front passenger underseat
  • Seat, rear 60/40 split-bench, folding
  • Headrests, 2-way adjustable, up/down
  • Floor mats, color-keyed and carpeted front
  • Floor mats, color-keyed and carpeted rear
  • Door sill plate cover, front
  • Steering column, tilt and telescopic, adjustable
  • Steering wheel, leather-wrapped 3-spoke, color-keyed with theft-deterrent locking feature
  • Steering wheel controls, mounted audio and phone interface controls
  • Driver Information Center includes tachometer, speedometer, fuel, coolant temperature, battery and compass
  • Instrumentation, outside temperature display, located on audio system
  • Instrumentation, analog with mpg speedometer and tachometer
  • Oil life monitoring system
  • Window, power with driver Express-Up/Down
  • Window, power with front passenger Express-Down
  • Windows, power, rear with Express-Down
  • Door locks, power with lockout protection
  • Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed
  • Remote Keyless Entry, standard-range with lock control and panic alarm
  • Theft-deterrent system, immobilizer, vehicle, PASSKey III
  • Theft-deterrent system, electrical, unauthorized entry
  • Air conditioning, single-zone manual
  • Air filter, particle
  • Defogger, rear-window electric
  • Shift knob, satin silver and chrome
  • Glovebox, dual
  • Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night with tilt
  • Visors, driver and front passenger illuminated vanity mirrors, covered
  • Lighting, interior, dimming instrument panel cluster
  • Lighting, interior, Ice Blue ambient, located on instrument panel
  • Lighting, interior, overhead courtesy lamp
  • Lighting, interior, rear cargo compartment lamp
  • Cargo storage, tray under rear floor
  • Cargo cover, rear, stowable and removable
  • Remote vehicle starter system includes Remote Keyless Entry
  • Air conditioning, dual-zone automatic climate control with individual climate settings for driver and right front passenger
  • Power outlet, 120-volt, located on the rear of center console
  • Mirror, inside rearview auto-dimming
  • Seats, heated driver and front passenger
  • Seat adjuster, front passenger 6-way power with manual recline and power lumbar adjustment
  • Steering wheel, heated
  • Floor mat, load floor, carpeted
  • Cargo net, rear
  • Wheels, 18" (45.7 cm) painted cast aluminum
  • Tires, P215/55R18 all-season, blackwall
  • Tire, compact spare 16" (40.6 cm), located under cargo floor
  • Luggage rack, side rails, roof-mounted, chromed
  • Fascias, front and rear accent color includes rocker moldings
  • Headlamps, halogen composite projector beam with blue translucent ring and automatic exterior lamp control
  • Lamp, center high-mounted stop/brake (CHMSL)
  • Glass, acoustic, laminated
  • Glass, deep-tinted
  • Windshield, solar absorbing
  • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, body-color, manual-folding
  • Door handles, body-color with chrome strips
  • Wipers, front intermittent with pulse washers
  • Wiper, rear intermittent
  • Vehicle protection, corrosion preventative
  • Fog lamps, front
  • Wipers, front intermittent, Rainsense
  • Engine, ECOTEC Turbo 1.4L Variable Valve Timing DOHC 4-cylinder sequential MFI (138 hp [102.9 kW] @ 4900 rpm, 148 lb-ft of torque [199.8 N-m] @ 1850 rpm)
  • Transmission, 6-speed automatic, electronically controlled with overdrive includes Driver Shift Control (FWD models only)
  • Axle, 3.53 final drive ratio
  • Drivetrain, front-wheel drive (FWD models only.)
  • Alternator, 130 amps
  • Suspension, Ride and Handling
  • Steering, power, variable effort, electronic
  • Exhaust system, rear exit
  • Exhaust tip, styled stainless-steel
  • Keys, ignition, foldable
  • Mechanical jack
  • Transmission, 6-speed automatic, electronically controlled with overdrive includes Driver Shift Control (AWD models only)
  • Drivetrain, all-wheel drive (AWD models only.)
  • Memory Package driver side "presets" for seat position
  • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
  • StabiliTrak, stability control system
  • Daytime Running Lamps, reduced intensity low beam
  • 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 belts, 3-point, driver and front passenger height-adjustable with load limiters
  • Safety belts, 3-point rear, all seating positions
  • Restraint provisions, child, Isofix 2 point only, point/latch includes 3 top tether points
  • OnStar, 6 months of Directions and Connections plan includes, Automatic Crash Response, Emergency Services, Crisis Assist, First Assist, Injury Severity Predictor, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Stolen Vehicle Slowdown, Remote Ignition Block, Remote Door Unlock, Roadside Assistance, Remote Horn and Lights, Turn-by-Turn Navigation with OnStar eNav, Destination Download (requires navigation radio), OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, Hands Free Calling and available OnStar RemoteLink mobile app. (Visit onstar.com for details and system limitations.)
  • Automatic Crash Response
  • Stolen Vehicle Assistance
  • OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation
  • Rear Vision Camera
  • Door locks, child security, rear, electrical
  • Tire Pressure Monitor, manual learn
  • Horn, dual note tone
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Front and Rear Park Assist, Ultrasonic
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Audio system, AM/FM/SiriusXM stereo with MP3 CD player IntelliLink with 7" diagonal color LCD display, USB port, Radio Data System (RDS) and auxiliary input jack
  • Antenna, roof-mounted
  • Audio system feature, 6-speaker system
  • Audio system feature, color display, 7" diagonal
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio is standard on nearly all 2013 GM models. Enjoy a 3-month trial to the XM Premier package, with over 140 channels including commercial-free music, all your favorite sports, exclusive talk and entertainment. And now add premium channels to your trial at no cost. Welcome to the world of satellite radio. (If you subscribe after your trial period, subscriptions are continuous until you call SiriusXM to cancel. See SiriusXM Customer Agreement for complete terms at www.siriusxm.com. Other fees and taxes will apply. All fees and programming subject to change)
  • Bluetooth for phone and music, personal cell
  • QuietTuning Buick exclusive process that consists of acoustically enhanced windshield and side glass, along with numerous noise canceling acoustic treatments to reduce, block and absorb noise and vibration to create a quiet interior cabin
  • Noise control system, active noise cancellation
  • Audio system feature, Bose premium 7-speaker system with amplifier

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