2013 Buick Encore Premium Edition followup review and photos: An encore for the Encore

2013 Buick Encore Premium Edition

2013 Buick Encore Premium Edition

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.

We’ve reported on the Encore twice before (here and here), and we’re not inclined to repeat all the facts and figures again. But wow, this is one impressive little vehicle.

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.

2013 Buick Encore Premium Edition

2013 Buick Encore Premium Edition (click to enlarge)

2013 Buick Encore grille

Tjhe grille of the 2013 Buick Encore is pure Buick. Note closed-off are of the grille for aerodynamics. (Click to enlarge)

2013 Buick Encore Premium Edition ventiports

The “ventiports” on the hood of the 2013 Buick Encore are a Buick trademark but look like cheap add-ons. (click to enlarge)

2013 Buick Encore Premium Edition wheel

Chromed aluminum wheels are a $995eye-candy  option on the 2013 Buick Encore Premium Edition. (click to enlarge)

2013 Buick Encore instrument pane

The instrument panel of the 2013 Buick Encore has a soft turquoise glow around the perimeter of the dials. (click to enlarge)

2013 Buick Encore Premium Edition front seat

The front seats of the 2013 Buick Encore Premium Edition are comfortable but do not have large bolsters. (click to enlarge)