Buick’s smallest crossover soldiers on without more important changes. Despite that the current generation has been around for years and that the new Encore GX has been introduced, the 2021 Buick Encore continues in the same way, without any significant change. The current generation has been around since 2013, but received a facelift three years ago. For the next year, the only novelties are those in terms of new color options.
On the other side, the overall layout remains the same. We are talking about a small crossover that walks on a fine line between mainstream and premium class. It offers a nice-looking interior, along with a decent list of standard equipment. However, it isn’t without flaws. Moreover, it offers just one, underpowered engine option, which isn’t particularly efficient either.
2021 Buick Encore Redesign
The 2021 Buick Encore without more significant changes, as we already mentioned. Practically, the only notable change is the addition of two new color options – Dark Moon Blue Metallic and Cinnabar Metallic. Other than that, things remained pretty much the same. We are talking about the model that has been around since 2013, which rides on a good old Gamma II platform and shares most of its parts with models like Chevrolet Trax. With 100.6 inches in wheelbase, it is a typical subcompact crossover, which is among the oldest in the class.
However, keep in mind that the styling has been updated and that this model definitely doesn’t look old. Moreover, the facelift from three years ago has brought a completely new front end, based on the brand’s latest design language. The styling definitely isn’t a weak point of this crossover.
On the inside, there aren’t many things to complain about. Simply, we are talking about a well-built cabin, which offers quality materials and solid build quality. Also, the sound insulation is pretty good for the segment. Despite we are talking about a subcompact crossover, both rows are quite decent in terms of leg and headroom and can accommodate adults with ease. The cargo area offers a typical volume for the class. You may count on about 18.8 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and a total of 48.4 cubic feet after folding down the rear seats.
The 2021 Buick Encore comes in just two variants. Base models are called 1SV and come with standard features like keyless entry and ignition, 8-inch touchscreen, Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto etc.
If you are up for something more luxurious, there is the Preferred trim, which adds things like remote start, sunroof, AWD system, 120-V power outlet etc. Additionally, there are two optional packages and both bring additional safety features.
2021 Buick Encore Engine
Under the hood, the 2021 Buick Encore continues with just one engine option in the offer. The more powerful version of a 1.4-liter turbo-four is no longer in the offer. So, you may also count on a version that is good for about 138 horsepower. Driving dynamics aren’t particularly great and this model feels underpowered in many situations, especially on the highway.
Besides lackluster acceleration, this crossover is also quite thirsty. You may count on about 25 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, which is notably lower compared to rivals like Nissan Kicks and Mazda CX-3.
2021 Buick Encore Pricing
When it comes to the price, base models go around $24.000, while the Preferred trim would cost you additional 1.500 dollars.