One of the many trends in the automotive industry is toward smaller vehicles. That usually means cars, too, not SUVs or crossovers. But Buick decided to go the miniaturization route with a crossover/SUV — enter the 2014 Buick Encore.
At 168 inches long, and weighing in at about 3,200 pounds, the 2014 Buick Encore crossover/SUV creates a dainty footprint which made our garage feel positively massive. This is not necessarily a vehicle we?d suggest for some families, but for couples or a family with younger children, the sizing might be just right.
Not wanting to make ?small? the exclusive characteristic, the 2014 Buick Encore is also very much a ?luxury? vehicle too. That makes the Encore something buyers feel comfortable downsizing to, or something that?s aspirational for shoppers moving up. The crossover configuration also means less compromise in cargo capacity and all-wheel drive for those that need more traction.
Nearly three feet shorter and 1,500 pounds lighter, the Buick Encore brings the opulence of the Enclave to a much smaller size. With styling cues inspired by the popular Enclave, the Encore too, has nicely sculptured lines, the trademark chrome waterfall grille and large 18-inch wheels. Tasteful chrome accents include Buick?s signature portholes mounted on the hood. The overall look has a racy raked-out look that gives an in-motion look even at a standstill.
One very notable feature of the Buick Encore is the quiet interior. Buick is noted for their ?quiet? engineering and it?s more than a slogan. To achieve the quiet for the Encore, quiet engineers used abundant sound deadening materials and technologies to keep the unwanted sounds from occurring. Engineers have also integrated the same active Bose technology used in the headsets many airline passengers use. The system uses ceiling-mounted microphones to detect noises and identify the frequencies. It then broadcasts counteracting sound waves to mask the unwanted sounds. It sounds like magic, and it works.
Barbara is obsessed with organization and the Encore is a great example of what she likes, with four storage compartments in the dash, seat back pockets, multiple door compartments and even bins under the front passenger?s seat and the rear load floor. The interior space is also larger than it would appear looking at the petite exterior. Two adults comfortably fit on the rear bench seat, but three will be tight. Cargo space is nearly 19 cubic feet and expands to more than 48 cubic feet when the rear seat back is folded flat.
Encore pricing starts at a low $24,944, including the destination charge, for the FWD base model and peaks at $32,315 for the Premium Group AWD version.