2018 Buick Encore

#2 in Small SUV
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2018 Buick Encore Ratings
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Consumer Rating

The J.D. Power 100-Point Score is based on hundreds of thousands of independent and unbiased opinions of verified car owners.
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Out of 100

Quality & Reliability

Measures the level of defects, malfunctions, and design flaws experienced by vehicle owners. Covers the entire vehicle from engine to infotainment system. A higher rating means fewer problems.

Driving Experience

Owners' evaluation of the vehicle's design, performance, comfort, functionality, safety, and technology, comprise this rating. Newer and recently-redesigned vehicles tend to score better.


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Dealership Experience

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Best Small SUV of 2018

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Owners Like

Measured owner satisfaction with 2018 Buick Encore after 90-days of ownership.
  • Quietness of the vehicle interior
  • Sound of the engine/exhaust
  • Feel of the seat material

Owners Don't Like

The problems experienced by owners of the 2018 Buick Encore during the first 90-days of ownership.
  • Amount of trunk/hatch space
  • Rear visibility
  • The vehicle's heating and air conditioning

Performance Specs

MPG City

24 - 25


30 - 33


138 - 153


6 speed, Automatic


Turbocharged I4


All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive

Available Trims

2018 Buick Encore Review

When the first luxury-compact SUV hit the market nobody knew how important the occasion was. Now it’s the vehicle of choice for a growing majority of car buyers. Drive a Buick Encore and see why. Choose from six models starting with the Base Encore and moving through the top-of-the-line Premium. The Encore is a Buick so you expect it to be refined. Active noise cancellation and Buick’s QuietTuning system work together to keep the world’s everyday commotion where it belongs—outside. Inside you’ll simply find…tranquility. But just because you can’t hear the outside world that doesn’t mean it’s not there. You’ll stay connected in your Encore thanks to OnStar 4G LTE and available built-in Wi-Fi hotspot and Buick’s infotainment system which features integration for Apple CarPlay Android Auto Bluetooth and more. Your Encore uses cameras and radar technology to look out for you with available features like rear cross-traffic alert side blind-zone alert and forward collision alert. Choose from a variety of colors options and accessories and build an Encore that’s all yours. The Buick Encore. All you’d expect—and more.
Your Buick Encore is loaded with technology. All you have to do is walk up to it with the key fob in your pocket and your Encore unlocks the doors for you. Your Encore comes with an available built-in W-Fi hotspot that supports up to seven devices so everybody can surf post stream and more. And your Encore’s infotainment system comes with integration for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and comes with Sirius XM satellite radio. Navigation is available. The Buick Encore. It’s the smart choice.
Your Buick Encore is always looking out for you. A comprehensive set of airbags and a rear-vision camera are standard equipment on all Encores. Something catches your attention and you don’t see the car in front of you stopping. But available Forward Collision Alert does and lets you know. We’ve all drifted out of our lane now and then. When it happens in your Encore available Lane Departure Warning gives you visual and audible alerts. The Buick Encore. Fun and safe
Enjoy every twist and turn the road brings in the Buick Encore. An available 1.4-liter turbocharged engine makes merging and passing easy—and it gets up to 33 miles per gallon. Available all-wheel drive comes in handy when the weather turns ugly. Raining or snowing? Don’t worry; confidence is coming along for the ride. And with a tight 36.7-foot turning diameter on most FWD models darting around town is easy. Crowded city streets tight parking lots and narrow alleys are no problem. The Buick Encore. It’s a fun little car.

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