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2016 Buick Encore Guide
Get the best online car shopping experience with expert reviews of the 2016 Buick Encore. Read more to learn about the most important features and important factors to consider when researching the 2016 Buick Encore.
Overview2016 BUICK ENCORE
Kelly Blue Book named the 2016 Buick Encore the best compact crossover in its 2015 "Five-Year Cost-to-Own" segment. A smaller vehicle by Buick's standards, the 2016 Encore compact SUV is still all-Buick, equipped with the brand's trademark painted low body panels, faux portholes and waterfall grille. It also boasts the classic Buick sharp, proud exterior filled with a plethora of standard and optional features for a reliable balance of safety, convenience, performance, and comfort. For 2016, Buick adds a fiercer turbocharged 1.4-liter V4 engine capable of 153 horsepower in the Sport Touring trim model.
Smooth, Quiet RideThe 2016 Buick Encore is built to keep out all extraneous noise, thanks to Quiet Tuning engineering, incorporating an array of tools and technologies to eliminate unwanted road, wind, and engine noises. They include materials employed for their sound-deadening characteristics and active noise-cancellation tech. Similarly, there's not a lot of vibration or bounce, thanks to a finely tuned suspension. With a tight turning radius, handling is nimble.
Fuel FriendlyThe 2016 Buick Encore gets great gas mileage, achieving 25 mpg in the city, 33 mpg on the highway, and 28 mpg combined in the standard base edition with front-wheel drive. The all-wheel drive base edition, by comparison, gets 23 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway, and 26 mpg combined.
Top Safety PickThe 2016 Buick Encore consistently receives high crash test scores from both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The 2016 Encore comes with OnStar standard as well as a rearview camera, front, rear side, front knee and full-length side curtain airbags, stability and traction control, and antilock disc brakes. Choose the Convenience trim or any trim higher and also get rear cross-traffic alert and blind-sport warning systems, and with the Encore Premium trim, you'll get lane-departure and forward-collision warning systems. The active, on-demand AWD improves safety by kicking in anytime the wheels slip and, when the vehicle halts completely, kicking back into front-wheel drive once grip is restored and normal driving resumes in order to provide optimum fuel efficiency.
Limited PerformanceThere's only so far you can push the 2016 Buick Encore. You get a choice of 1.4-liter turbocharged inline engines and either front-wheel, active or on-demand all-wheel drive, but either way, acceleration remains sluggish for its class. Performance and handling can also bog down with more than two people aboard. Higher trim levels get slightly more engine options, offering more horsepower and greater torque.
Restricted InteriorDespite decent headroom and legroom, the back seats are still quite snug, whether for an adult or a youth in a rear-facing child seat. That said, a 60/40-split rear bench can seat two adults with a child between them.
Limited CargoThe cargo space in the 2016 Encore is not worth raving about. The vehicle gets 48.4 cubic feet of cargo at the maximum when the seat backs are folded down and another 18.8 cubic feet behind the back seats.
2016 Buick Encore Reviews
4.8 OUT OF 5 (252 Reviews)
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