2014 Buick Encore

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What's New for 2014:
  • IntelliLink adds text-messaging capability and Siri Eyes Free technology
  • Rear cross-traffic alert and side blind-zone alert standard for Convenience Group

The 2014 Buick Encore is a compact crossover SUV designed to deliver a combination of style, practicality, luxury, and fuel economy in a small and affordable package. It has no direct competitors in terms of size, price and positioning, but is among the members of a new group of compact but upscale SUVs that includes the BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class.

Models and Features
Buick sells the 2014 Encore in a standard level of specification that can be enhanced with Convenience, Leather, and Premium option groups in addition to a smattering of extra-cost upgrades.

Standard equipment includes a power driver's seat, fold-flat front passenger's seatback, storage under the front passenger's seat, dual glove boxes, ambient interior lighting, QuietTuning to help hush the cabin, and Active Noise Cancellation to help quiet the engine. The Encore also includes power windows with express-down operation, power door locks, remote keyless entry, cruise control, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, exterior temperature and average fuel economy displays, and floor mats.

On the outside, the Encore is equipped with 18-inch aluminum wheels, power heated exterior mirrors, dark-tinted rear privacy glass, and a reversing camera, while on the inside there's an IntelliLink infotainment system with a 7-inch color touch screen, Bluetooth connectivity with music streaming, satellite radio, and OnStar services.

Options and Packages
Upgrade to the Convenience Group, and the Encore adds dual-zone automatic climate control, side blind-zone alert blind-spot monitoring, a rear cross-traffic alert system, remote engine starting, auto-dimming interior mirror, 120-volt power outlet, and fog lights. The Leather Group adds leather seats plus memory for the driver's settings, a power front passenger's seat, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel.

At the top of the lineup, the Premium Group includes rain-sensing wipers, front and rear park-assist sensors, forward-collision alert system, lane-departure warning system, premium audio system, cargo net, and a cargo mat.

Additional options for all Encore trim levels include all-wheel drive (AWD) and roof-rack crossbars. Versions with one of the option groups can be fitted with a power sunroof and chrome wheels, and the Premium Group's upgraded audio system is also available for Encores with the Convenience and Leather option groups. A smattering of dealer-installed extras is also available.

Under the Hood
A turbocharged, 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard for all Encores. It generates 138 horsepower and 148 lb.-ft. of torque, with the torque available starting at a low 1,850 rpm. A 6-speed automatic transmission feeds the power to the Encore's front wheels, and an AWD system is optional.

Fuel Economy
According to the EPA, the 2014 Buick Encore is rated to get between 23 mpg in the city with AWD and 33 mpg on the highway with FWD. In combined driving, the front-driver is rated 28 mpg while the AWD model returns 26 mpg.

Safety Ratings and Technology
Based on crash-test results from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2014 Encore gets a 4-star (out of 5 stars) overall rating when equipped with FWD, and a 5-star overall rating when the optional AWD system is present. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not rated the 2014 Encore for crash protection as this overview is written.

For 2014, Buick adds several safety-related features to the Encore. The IntelliLink infotainment system gains text-messaging capability as well as Siri Eyes Free technology, each of which is designed to reduce driver distraction. All Encores except for the base version also get standard side blind-zone alert blind-spot monitoring and a rear cross-traffic alert system.

These upgrades join standard safety features including 10 air bags, a reversing camera, and OnStar services. OnStar is free for the first 6 months of ownership, and includes Automatic Crash Response, which helps to summon emergency rescuers following an air bag deployment.

The Encore's Premium Group package contains several safety-related upgrades, including rain-sensing wipers, parking sensors, a lane-departure warning system, and a forward-collision warning system.


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  • Name FWD 4dr Transmission Automatic MSRP 24160.00 Engine 1.4/83 City/Hwy MPG 25/33
  • Name Convenience (FWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 25785.00 Engine 1.4/83 City/Hwy MPG 25/33
  • Name Leather (FWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 27485.00 Engine 1.4/83 City/Hwy MPG 25/33
  • Name Premium (FWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 28965.00 Engine 1.4/83 City/Hwy MPG 25/33
  • Name AWD 4dr Transmission Automatic MSRP 25660.00 Engine 1.4/83 City/Hwy MPG 23/30
  • Name Convenience (AWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 27285.00 Engine 1.4/83 City/Hwy MPG 23/30
  • Name Leather (AWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 28985.00 Engine 1.4/83 City/Hwy MPG 23/30
  • Name Premium (AWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 30465.00 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
  • Side Blind Zone Alert
  • Memory Package driver side "presets" for seat position
  • 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 with turn signal indicators
  • 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.)
    • 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, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Roadside Assistance and Turn-by-Turn Navigation (Visit onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations. Services vary by model and conditions.)
    • Rear Vision Camera
    • Door locks, child security, rear, electrical
    • Tire Pressure Monitor, manual learn
    • Horn, dual note tone
    • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
    • 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 2014 GM models. Enjoy a 3-month trial to the XM All Access package, with over 150 channels including commercial-free music, all your favorite sports, exclusive talk and entertainment. With All Access, listen to everything, everywhere, in your car and on your computer, smartphone or tablet. (IMPORTANT: The SiriusXM Satellite Radio trial package is not provided on vehicles that are ordered for Fleet Daily Rental ("FDR") use. If you decide to continue your service at the end of your trial subscription, the plan you choose will automatically renew and bill at then-current rates until you call 1-866-635-2349 to cancel. See SiriusXM Customer Agreement for complete terms at siriusxm.com. Other fees and taxes will a
    • Bluetooth for phone and music, personal cell phone connectivity to vehicle audio system, phonebook access, voice recognition for audio, phone, phonebook and music selection, Pandora and Stitcher Smartphone compatible, SiriusXM weather and data services, and software Bluetooth and Smartphone interface upgradeable
    • 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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