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2015 Buick Encore
Fuel Economy
Est - City:
23
Fuel Ecomony
Est-Hwy:
30
Engine Type: Turbocharged I4
Type of Vehicle: 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle

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Model News

Buick has introduced a new trim level for 2016, the Sport Touring. Motivated by a more powerful version of the 1.4L turbocharged 4-cylinder and features unique exterior styling cues. Slotting right into the middle of the lineup, the Encore Sport Touring offers a little more styling, speed and convenience at a price that won't break the bank.

Model Highlights

The Encore is a premium small car with SUV styling. Buick is betting that a small car can be practical, fun and luxurious while getting excellent fuel economy. The mileage starts with the engine, a 1.4L turbocharged 4-cylinder. It makes 138 horsepower and comes mated to a 6-speed automatic. This combination is good for up to 33 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg in the city. The Encore is front-wheel drive, though all-wheel drive is also available. While the outside of the Encore features thoroughly modern styling, it's the interior that really shines. A large, 7-inch full color display is set in the dashboard and houses the standard IntelliLink voice-activated infotainment system, while a touch of blue ambient lighting and a wood- and chrome-trimmed dashboard lend the Buick an air of sophistication. The Encore's coolest trick however might be its QuietTuning system, which uses noise cancellation technology to give the small crossover an exceptionally quiet interior. Buick has included a long list of standard features to go with its modern interior. On the base model those include a 6-way power-adjustable driver's seat, power windows and doors, a leather wrapped steering wheel, cruise control, a rearview camera, heated mirrors, 18-inch aluminum wheels and a 6-speaker AM/FM/satellite radio stereo with a CD player, auxiliary input jack and USB port. The stereo is also Bluetooth-compatible for selected phones. There are four levels of Encore above the base trim. Convenience trim adds an electronically auto-dimming rearview mirror, remote start, fog lamps and dual-zone automatic climate control. Leather adds leather seating surfaces, a power passenger seat, heated seats, a heated steering wheel and a memory feature for the driver's seat. Premium includes rain sensing wipers, a premium Bose sound system, front and rear park assist, forward collision alert, a lane departure warning system and a cargo net. Options include navigation, a sunroof, chrome wheels and cross-traffic with blind-zone alert. The Sport Touring trim is new for 2016 and features a 153 hp version of the 1.4L engine powering other Encores. The difference in power is mainly due to direct injection which has been added exclusively to the Sport Touring. Exterior details include 18-inch aluminum wheels, body colored door handles and a rear spoiler Safety is enhanced by a total of ten airbags. This includes front and side impact airbags, knee airbags, thorax airbags and side curtain airbags. A rearview camera is standard and several radar based safety features are available on the lower models, but come standard with the Premium trim.

Pros

The Buick Encore competes with other small SUVs and crossovers as well as with some of the more premium small cars available on the market. It offers buyers an appealing blend of small size, luxury and SUV-like practicality. All-wheel drive is available, but the Buick is less about off-roading and more about cruising safely in comfort. Luxury-oriented touches abound that usually are reserved for cars costing much more. The Encore is a great value, with base prices starting under $25,000.

Value Writeup

Quiet; refined; great fuel economy; spacious; lots of standard features; available all-wheel drive

Exterior

  • Door handles, body-color with chrome strips
  • Fascias, front and rear accent color includes rocker moldings
  • Glass, acoustic, laminated windshield
  • Glass, deep-tinted
  • Headlamps, halogen composite projector beam with blue translucent ring and automatic exterior lamp control
  • Lamp, center high-mounted stop/brake (CHMSL)
  • Luggage rack, side rails, roof-mounted
  • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, body-color, manual-folding with turn signal indicators
  • Tire, compact spare 16" (40.6 cm), located under cargo floor
  • Tires, P215/55R18 all-season, blackwall
  • Vehicle protection, corrosion preventative
  • Wheels, 18" (45.7 cm) 5-spoke cast aluminum
  • Windshield, solar absorbing
  • Wiper, rear intermittent
  • Wipers, front intermittent with pulse washers

Safety

  • Door handles, body-color with chrome strips
  • Fascias, front and rear accent color includes rocker moldings
  • Glass, acoustic, laminated windshield
  • Glass, deep-tinted
  • Headlamps, halogen composite projector beam with blue translucent ring and automatic exterior lamp control
  • Lamp, center high-mounted stop/brake (CHMSL)
  • Luggage rack, side rails, roof-mounted
  • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, body-color, manual-folding with turn signal indicators
  • Tire, compact spare 16" (40.6 cm), located under cargo floor
  • Tires, P215/55R18 all-season, blackwall
  • Vehicle protection, corrosion preventative
  • Wheels, 18" (45.7 cm) 5-spoke cast aluminum
  • Windshield, solar absorbing
  • Wiper, rear intermittent
  • Wipers, front intermittent with pulse washers
   

Paint

InvoiceMSRP
SUMMIT WHITE (Includes (BT3) Dark Argent Metallic lower accent color.) --
CARBON BLACK METALLIC Includes (BT3) Dark Argent Metallic lower accent color.) (Additional charge - premium paint. $359$395
COASTAL BLUE METALLIC Includes (BT3) Dark Argent Metallic lower accent color.) (Additional charge - premium paint. $359$395
GRAPHITE GRAY METALLIC Includes (BT3) Dark Argent Metallic lower accent color.) (Additional charge - premium paint. $359$395
QUICKSILVER METALLIC Includes (BT3) Dark Argent Metallic lower accent color.) (Additional charge - premium paint. $359$395
RIVER ROCK METALLIC Includes (BQU) Dark Cocoa Ash lower accent color.) (Additional charge - premium paint. $359$395
ROSEWOOD METALLIC Includes (BQU) Dark Cocoa Ash lower accent color.) (Additional charge - premium paint. $359$395
WINTERBERRY RED METALLIC Includes (BT3) Dark Argent Metallic lower accent color.) (Additional charge - premium paint. $359$395
WHITE PEARL TRICOAT Includes (BQX) Satin Nickel Metallic lower accent color.) (Additional charge - premium paint. $905$995
  


Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)3358

Suspension

Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)N/A
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)- TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 
Suspension Type - FrontIndependent MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - RearTorsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)w/Coil Springs

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)6.9

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)30
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (N/A)26

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0? F (Primary)- TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)130

Transmission

Clutch Size (in) 
DrivetrainAll Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)1.00
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)3.53
First Gear Ratio (:1)4.58
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)1.45
Reverse Ratio (:1)2.94
Second Gear Ratio (:1)2.96
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)0.75
Third Gear Ratio (:1)1.91
Trans Description Cont.Automatic
Trans Description Cont. Again 
Trans Order CodeMNK
Trans Type6
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High 
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low 

Brakes

Brake ABS System4-Wheel
Brake TypePwr
Disc - Front (Yes or )Yes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )Yes
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) 
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)11.8 x 1.0
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)10.6 x 0.5
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) 

Vehicle

EPA Classification4WD Sport Utility Vehicle

Engine

Displacement1.4/83
Engine Order CodeLUV
Engine TypeTurbocharged I4
Fuel SystemElectronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM138 @ 4900
SAE Net Torque @ RPM148 @ 1850
  

Warranty

Basic:4 Years/50,000 Miles/km Corrosion:4 Years/6 Years/50,000 Miles/km/Unlimited Miles/km


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