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2018 Buick Encore Premium Test Drive Review

Luxury comes in all shapes and sizes, and for the 2018 Buick Encore Premium, it’s in the form of a compact SUV.

Featuring a youthful exterior and high-quality craftsmanship, this Buick is ready to impress a new generation of car buyers.

See everything the Encore has to offer with a closer look at our 2018 Buick Encore Premium test model.

2018 Buick Encore

2018 Buick Encore Premium Exterior

Elegant lines and premium details immediately grab your attention when you first meet the 2018 Encore.

This luxury compact SUV boasts Buick’s next-generation design language that invokes a modern feeling, and also features popular technologies like LED headlamps, LED daytime running lamps, and rain sensing wipers.

Our test model came painted in Summit White, and was offset by black cladding along the lower edges of the vehicle, giving this 2018 Encore a look that’s ready for any adventure. The optional Experience Buick Package adds a power moonroof and 18-inch chrome aluminum wheels to our test model.

Other exterior highlights include front fog lamps, a roof rack, and heated power adjustable side mirrors.

2018 Buick Encore

2018 Buick Encore Premium Interior

Inside the 2018 Encore, occupants are treated to high-quality materials, robust construction, and the latest in advanced technology.

As part of the available Experience Buick Package, our test model came with an 8-inch Buick Infotainment/Navigation system that features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities. This intuitive system offers satellite radio, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth audio streaming, as well as a selection of connected apps via OnStar.

The spacious cabin is outfitted with leather appointed, 6-way adjustable seats, dual-zone climate control, and Bose Active Noise Cancellation technology to deliver one of the most comfortable and quiet on-road experiences. It’s so serene inside the Encore that when we made a phone call, the other party thought we were calling from an office!

Heated front seats are standard, and the rear seats fold down in a 60/40 split to provide up to 48.4 cubic feet of storage space.

Rounding out the long list of interior amenities are an ionizing air cleaner, heated steering wheel, driver seat memory, and voice-activated controls. With this many creature comforts, it’s tough to tell if the 2018 Encore is an SUV or luxury lounge on wheels.

2018 Buick Encore

2018 Buick Encore Premium Performance

Under the hood of every 2018 Encore is a 1.4-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Two different engine specifications are available this year, and our test model came equipped with the more powerful Spark Ignition Direct Injection (SIDI) variant that produces 153 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque.

This optimized powertrain along with a performance-inspired suspension setup delivers confident acceleration and balanced vehicle dynamics for an effortless driving experience. For those whose adventures may take them to unpaved paths, an active on-demand all-wheel drive system is offered on the Preferred trim and higher.

Engine start-stop technology as well as variable valve timing help the 2018 Buick Encore Premium achieve an EPA estimated fuel economy of 27 mpg city and 33 mpg highway**.

2018 Buick Encore

2018 Buick Encore Premium Safety

For the 2018 model year, the Encore’s Premium trim comes standard with the best in preventative and active safety features, like forward collision alert, lane departure warning, side blind zone alert, and rear cross traffic alert.

StabiliTrak stability control with traction control helps the Encore maintain its course on non-ideal surfaces, and in the event of an accident, up to 10 airbags for the front and rear passengers can deploy to lessen the severity of impact.

2018 Buick Encore

2018 Buick Encore Premium Overall

With a sleek design and luxurious interior, it’s no wonder the Encore is Buick’s best-selling vehicle.

Starting MSRP for the 2018 Buick Encore Premium is $30,515, and our test model came well-equipped for $34,425*.

Treat yourself to everything the Encore has to offer by visiting your local AutoNation Buick dealership.

*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

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