STATUS: A longer GX model with more room is added for 2020 - This small and tall wagon proves that luxury is not in proportion to the size of the vehicle. The Encore uses the same basic architecture as the Chevrolet Sonic sub-compact, although the Buick is about seven inches longer and five inches taller. The front passenger seat folds flat so that ladders and building materials can be more easily accommodated. The interior is quite fashionable and smacks of quality. Standard active-noise cancellation uses ceiling-mounted microphones to detect engine sounds, at which point counteracting sound waves are issued through the audio-system speakers. A 138-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder is standard, but the optional 153 horsepower turbo I-4 is no longer available. For 2020, Buick is selling the Encore GX, which is larger than the basic Encore and sports a different design. There's no official word as to pricing or powertrain details, but the rumor is that a turbocharged three-cylinder will be standard.
Base price (incl. destination): $24,200
Type: Compact utility vehicle
Engine (h.p.): 1.4-liter I-4, turbocharged (138); 1.3-liter I-3, turbocharged (155, est., GX)
Transmission: Six-speed automatic
Drivetrain: Front- /all-wheel-drive
Base mpg (city/highway/combined): 25/30/27 (FWD)
Base weight (lb.): 3,240