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2013 Buick Encore AWD Premium (Review)



by Philippa Lane

Buick has introduced a luxury compact crossover that is unlike any other on the road today with an incredible style, exquisite interior details, smooth on the road performance, and advanced technology. It combines the flexibility of a compact with the all-weather capability of a sport utility vehicle (SUV).

For years, many people thought that some Buicks were just too big and desired one with a compact size, luxurious features, and more versatility.  The new Buick Encore offers all of that and a lot more with a starting MSRP of $24,950 and the fully loaded Premium for about $32,000, it is quickly becoming a top choice among consumers that are looking for a stylish crossover for every day commuting and fun weekend excursions.

The 2013 Buick Encore comes equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission and a 1.4 liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that produces 138 horsepower and 148 lb. ft. of torque.  This may not seem like a lot of power, but the Encore surprisingly accelerates rapidly and provides quick on the road performance to tackle a wide range of driving conditions.  It also offers great fuel economy, yielding 25 MPG in the city and 33 MPG on the highway, which is a lot better than the majority of other vehicles in its class.  

Standard features include- six-way adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support, leather wrapped steering wheel, keyless entry,18-inch alloy wheels, noise cancelling system, chrome door handles, silver roof rails, satellite radio, audio streaming, IntelliLink Infotainment System with 7” color display, Bluetooth, USB port, and cloth/leatherette seats. Dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, navigation system, a power passenger seat, heated steering wheel, leather seats, and Bose Sound System are optional and available on the higher trim levels.

Safety features include- rearview camera, antilock brakes, 10 airbags, Dual front impact airbags, Rear side-impact impact airbag, panic alarm, overhead airbag, ABS brakes, immobilizer, brake assist, and an electronic stability system. A lane departure warning and forward collision alert are optional.

The 2013 Buick Encore has a variety of luxury options and attractive features such as faux chrome hood vents, soft touch materials overlaying the dashboard, fabric covered A-pillars, chrome accents, faux wood, easy to reach controls on the center stack, a seven inch LCD display, and an intricately designed silver metal grille, which makes the vehicle look elegant and classy with an upscale appearance.

Interior space and comfort is great with an attractive front and rear cabin, opulent materials, plush, ergonomic seats and ample head and legroom for taller passengers, however the center console is a little small a regular armrest. There is a flip-down armrest for the driver, but not for the front seat passenger. There is 18.8 cubic ft. of storage, which becomes 48.4 cubic ft. when the back seats are folded down. 

In my opinion, one of the best features of the Buick Encore Premium is the Bose Active Noise Cancellation system.  It is an intuitive system that listens for engine noise and mechanically transmits an out-of-phase signal through the sound system to quiet the interior and reduce background noise.

If you have been looking for a small, compact luxury crossover that is stylish, fuel efficient, fun to drive, comfortable, with technologically advanced features and smooth on the road performance, then I highly recommend that you check out the 2013 Buick Encore.

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Philippa Lane is an automotive writer, expert author for Ezine Articles, and staff writer for Cable Muse Network, LLC.