2020 Buick Encore GX Review | Wait, that’s a Buick?!

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Consider the Buick Encore GX the biggest surprise of 2020. With few compromises, this subcompact crossover delivers the goods.

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Buick has been fighting against a reputation of numb, floaty vehicles for years. With the Encore GX, we expected more of the same. But with terrific ride quality, good insulation, terrific tech, and a curious little engine, we walked away from the Encore GX pleasantly surprised.

The engine in this little Buick is a 1.3-liter three-cylinder making 155 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. And that’s the upgraded engine! The standard unit is a 1.2-liter three-cylinder with 137 hp and 162 lb-ft. While it’s good around town, revving the three-cylinder results in a buzzy, noisy note.

Inside, most of the materials above the waistline are of good quality. The greenhouse is big and bright and easy to see out of. However, below the waistline, you’ll find plenty of cheap, hard plastic. In the rear, the seats are comfortable and supportive, with enough legroom for an adult.

Buick’s infotainment system, like most GM units, is terrific. Easy to understand and use, it features big icons and crisp graphics. Navigation works well, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both supported.

The kicker with the Encore GX is its price tag. Very little comes standard, and when kitted out like our test car, you can expect to pay over $35,000. That’s too much for a car of this size. Especially when you look at the competition: the Mazda CX-30, Kia Seltos, Hyundai Kona, and Jeep Compass all over similar dimensions and features at thousands of dollars less.

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Presenter: Matt Smith
Cinematography: Elliot Haney

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0:00 Introducing the 2020 Buick Encore GX
1:18 Driving Impressions
2:30 Engine Options and Impressions
4:02 Front-Wheel Drive vs. All-Wheel Drive
5:05 Infotainment Walkthrough
6:07 Safety Offerings
7:28 Exterior Impressions
7:58 Legroom and Interior Thoughts
8:37 Cargo Space and the Encore’s Party Trick
9:32 Conclusion and Final Thoughts


Peter Karahalios says:

Got mine in September of 2020. Never looked back. Reviews are just someone's opinion, and people give themselves a lot of license in their opinion.

Tom Taylor says:

Do I like the look of the Encore GX? It is possibly the best looking CUV that I've seen . . . seriously!

Joe2929 K says:

Gosh, i hate those product’s review, where the screen time focus predominantly of the host’s face while talking than the actual product.

classic287 says:

I would never buy that car at that price tag. That's ridiculous…

James Dingell says:

I just finished up my week with a GX and agree with all your points! Having owned a standard Encore, the GX really takes it to the next level with all the refined elements and tech.

Vdood says:

…would make a great small truck…

Zore Zmith says:

tiny engine for a suv will it hold up over time? at least, they should make 2.0t 4 banger

Kim Ammerman says:

I have this car in the AWD Essence model and it's fantastic. It's super peppy, fun and has great tech and safety features. This review does not do it justice. It's my first Buick after owning a BMW 328x then a Lincoln MKC. I prefer the GX. I leased it but, plan to buy if it makes sense in 36 months. I've gotten many positive comments on the styling and quiet ride. The red grill and black roof package are home runs. Love it!

K T says:

I am one of those who tests drive and loves it, got it 2 weeks ago.👏👏👍👍👍

Gerri Miller says:

Excellent detailed opinion….much appreciated

Sally Duke says:

Have this Buick I love ❤️ it this guy don't do it justice it's a great car

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