2015 Buick Encore

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$24,065-$30,935
$23,102-$29,698
24 CITY / 31 HWY
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Overview

What's New for 2015:
  • OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity is standard

Introduction
The 2015 Buick Encore is a compact crossover SUV with upscale design and features. Competitors include vehicles such as the Audi Q3, BMW X1, Infiniti QX50, and Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class.

Models and Features
Buick offers the 2015 Encore with standard equipment and a choice between three upgraded equipment groups named Convenience, Leather, and Premium.

Choose the Convenience group for dual-zone automatic climate control, auto-dimming rearview mirror, 120-volt power outlet for rear-seat passengers to use, remote engine starting, and a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert. Front fog lights are included with Convenience equipment, too.

The Leather group includes leather seats plus memory for the driver's settings, power front passenger's seat, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel. The Premium group installs a premium audio system, cargo mat, cargo net, rain-sensing wipers, front and rear park-assist sensors, forward-collision warning system, and a lane-departure warning system.

Under the Hood
Every 2015 Encore is equipped with a turbocharged, 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine and a 6-speed automatic transmission with Driver Shift Control. The engine makes 138 horsepower and 148 lb.-ft. of torque, the latter starting at just 1,850 rpm. Front-wheel drive is standard with all-wheel drive (AWD) optional.

Fuel Economy
In standard format, the 2015 Encore is rated to get 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. Add the optional AWD system and the crossover SUV is rated to return 23 mpg city/30 mpg highway.

Safety and Technology
OnStar service is standard for the 2015 Encore, and Automatic Crash Response, Crisis Assist, roadside assistance, and FamilyLink location monitoring are among its many features. Service is free for the first 6 months of ownership, and is thereafter available via subscription.

New for 2015, OnStar offers 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity, turning the Encore into a rolling Internet hotspot. This service is free for 3 months or until 3GB of data is used, whichever comes first. As with the standard suite of OnStar services, the Wi-Fi connection is thereafter offered as a subscription.

Standard equipment includes Buick IntelliLink technology, accessed through a 7-in. color touch screen. Bluetooth, satellite radio, an auxiliary audio input jack, and a reversing camera are included, and IntelliLink can be upgraded with navigation.

Buick includes its side blind-zone alert and rear cross-traffic alert systems as standard on all versions of the 2015 Encore except the base model. For front and rear park-assist sensors, forward-collision alert, and lane-departure warning, buyers must choose the Encore Premium model.

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  • Name FWD 4dr Transmission Automatic MSRP 24065.00 Engine 1.4/83 City/Hwy MPG 25/33
  • Name Convenience (FWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 26155.00 Engine 1.4/83 City/Hwy MPG 25/33
  • Name Leather (FWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 27950.00 Engine 1.4/83 City/Hwy MPG 25/33
  • Name Premium (FWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 29435.00 Engine 1.4/83 City/Hwy MPG 25/33
  • Name AWD 4dr Transmission Automatic MSRP 25565.00 Engine 1.4/83 City/Hwy MPG 23/30
  • Name Convenience (AWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 27655.00 Engine 1.4/83 City/Hwy MPG 23/30
  • Name Leather (AWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 29450.00 Engine 1.4/83 City/Hwy MPG 23/30
  • Name Premium (AWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 30935.00 Engine 1.4/83 City/Hwy MPG 23/30
INTERIOR
  • Seats, front bucket
  • 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
  • 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
  • Memory seat, driver side presets for seat position
  • Steering wheel, heated
  • Cargo mat, carpeted rear
  • Cargo net, rear
EXTERIOR
  • Wheels, 18" (45.7 cm) 5-spoke 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
  • 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 windshield
  • 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
  • Antenna, roof-mounted
  • Fog lamps, front
  • Wipers, front intermittent, Rainsense
MECHANICAL
  • 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, electric
  • 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.)
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • 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.)
    • OnStar with 4G LTE provides a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot to connect to the internet at 4G LTE speeds (Visit www.onstar.com for vehicle availability, details and system limitations. Services and connectivity may vary by model and conditions. 4G LTE service available in select markets. 4G LTE performance based on industry averages and vehicle systems design. Some services require data plan.)
    • Rearview camera system
    • Door locks, child security rear, manual
    • Tire Pressure Monitor, manual learn
    • Horn, dual note tone
    • Side Blind Zone Alert
    • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
    • Forward Collision Alert
    • Front and Rear Park Assist, Ultrasonic
    • Lane Departure Warning
    ENTERTAINMENT
    • 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
    • Audio system feature, 6-speaker system
    • Audio system feature, color display, 7" diagonal
    • SiriusXM Satellite Radio is standard on nearly all 2015 GM models. Enjoy a 3-month All Access trial subscription with over 150 channels including commercial-free music, plus sports, news and entertainment. Plus you can listen to SiriusXM Internet Radio everywhere on your computer, smartphone or tablet. Welcome to the world of SiriusXM. (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 apply
    • 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
    • Audio system feature, Bose premium 7-speaker system with amplifier

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