2018 Buick Encore Premium: A Little Bit Family, A Little Bit Go, Go, Go

Published: Monday, March 26, 2018 | 5:59 PM

2018buickencore475I took the Buick Encore on a week’s trip to the beach. It was packed to the rafters with supplies needed to comfortably enjoy a week’s vacation (actually more than I needed since I brought half of it home). There were also two passengers who rode comfortably on the two-hour trip.

The interior was well-appointed and the rideĀ  smooth and quiet. The finish was upscale and attractive.

A compact crossover, the 2018 Buick Encore comes in six trim levels: 1SV, Preferred, Sport Touring, Preferred II, Essence, and Premium. This review focuses on the top-of-the-line Premium.

2018buickencoredashWith front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, land departure warning, automatic wipers and an upgraded Bose sound system it’s a safe bet you’ll be styling. These features are in addition to all the other goodies included on baser models like automatic headlights, LED running lights, keyless ignition and entry, heated mirrors, roof rails, rear privacy glass, air-conditioning, cruise control, a power driver seat, a fold-flat front passenger seat, 60/40-split folding rear seats, and lots of other goodies.

Also offered as extras are the Experience Buick package that adds 18-inch chromed alloy wheels, sunroof, and a nav system. These extras were included on my test model.

A turbocharged 1.4-liter engine powers the Encore delivering 153 horses and 177 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with six-speed automatic transmission for easy shifts. Expect to get a respectable 27/city, 33/highway, and 30/combined mpg.

Even though the interior of the Encore is on the smaller side, passengers front and back will find the seating roomy and plenty comfortable. The dash is set up in a logical manner allowing easy access of frequently-used functions.

Trunk space is good at almost 19 cubic feet of cargo space behind the backseats and 48.3 when the seats are folded down.

Driving the Encore is a pleasure with a quiet cabin and smooth ride. Acceleration is good and steering is agile. You’ll find it easy driving around city streets and its smaller size makes it easy to park.

Need a small crossover with class and style? Give the 2018 Buick Encore Premium a test drive.