2013 Buick Encore

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$24,200-$29,690
$23,232-$28,502
24 CITY / 31 HWY
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Overview

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

Safety
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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