We’ll confess that we didn’t have high expectations for the 2013 Buick Encore. Oh, it would be well put together with Buick quality materials. But we didn’t expect the, well, moving experience we did with our recent week-long foray with a 2013 Buick Encore Premium Edition.
And small it is, not one notch down from the Buick Enclave but two. That’s immediate recognizable from the outside, where it looks like a scaled-down Enclave, not only shorter but noticeably narrower as well. That repeats on the inside as well. Driver and passenger will get know each other better as a result.
All in the car will, in fact. As we noted before, the decreased length means rear seat leg room is at a premium, but more importantly, the Buick Quiet Tuning technology of keeping noise out of the cabin and the Bose noise cancelling technology for eliminating any that gets in makes conversation between front and back seat impressively easier. We caught ourselves several times saying, wow, this vehicle is really quiet.
Driving impressions from this tester were that the car handled well on twisty roads but the steering was overboosted, i.e., it felt too light. Perhaps Buick market mavens think that’s how Buick drivers want steering to feel. The around-town agility and parking lot gymnastic ability get high marks.
Power? Yes, more power from the turbo 1.4-liter would be nice, but impressive for the size of the engine. The Encore has adequate grunt for highway cruising but merging can be a bit breathless.
And has been noted, fuel mileage is probably more important to the prospective Encore owner. The official EPA fuel mileage is 23/30 city/highway. We recorded 24.5 mpg in mixed driving, but our loan was during cold winter weather in a mileage-sapping hilly area. You mileage will vary.
The 2013 Buick Encore is a feature-packed vehicle. Join us for a photographic walkaround and click to enlarge for a better look at the details.