A pint size luxury package should also mean that this vehicle sips less fuel. According to fueleconomy.gov, the Encore is outfitted with just one engine, a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine. The engine produces 25 miles in the city and 33 miles on the highway.
This five-passenger utility vehicle offers 48.4-cubic feet of storage space, with the rear seat folded, making this one spacious vehicle. And when the rear seat is in use, the cargo space drops to 18.4 cubic feet.
While we are impressed with this cozy compact luxury crossover, there are a few interior items Buick should consider reworking. For instance, the driver’s seat and the front passenger seat, when applicable, should be a fully functionally power seat. Currently, the seat is a hybrid, making up both a manual and power seat. Furthermore, the slender front center armrest is designed for the driver only. Buick engineers should consider adding an armrest attachment to the passenger or either a fully integrated a center armrest to substitute for the driver’s armrest.
Lastly, the Encore’s lacks a push-button keyless starter system. A traditional key is still need to start the vehicle.
Buick offers the typical new car luxury warranty: 4 years or 50,000 miles.
We only spent a few hours behind the wheel of the Encore. Look out for a more extensive review in the future, when we spend at least a week in the vehicle.
Jeff Fortson is an auto analyst and editor of a car-buying website for women and minorities. To learn more about his popular car-buying workshop and/or to price a new-vehicle, drive on over to JeffCars.com. Follow him http://twitter.com/#!/JeffCars/.