Thanks to its truly compact size, quiet cabin, user-friendly features, and tons of technology equipment, the 2021 Buick Encore is worth a look. However, the Encore limited interior space and modest performance might work against it. Its release date should be expected during the 3rd Q of 2021.
Some of its highlights include a long list of safety and tech features, impressive fuel economy ratings, serene and moderately well-appointed cabin, and top crash test scores. For 2021, the Encore gains a four-cylinder 1.4L turbocharged engine good for 153 hp. Otherwise, the vehicle returns unchanged.
The new vehicle despite its radical departure from the brand’s reputation of building large luxury sedans still offers many elements that its brand is well known for. In fact, the Encore comes with a long list of upscale technologies and features such as a built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot interface, heated steering wheel, near-luxury trappings, and essential Buick-ness character.
The Sport Touring trim also returns for the 2021 model year. It features a sprightly powerful 1.4L turbocharged engine that cranks out a power bump of 15 hp and 29 pounds of torque over the base engine.
Sadly, the base engine has been carried over to the new model despite its lackluster acceleration and performance. Although, it tries to camouflage its shortcomings through the laudable fuel economy ratings.
The 2021 Buick Encore still comes with several eyesore features including a noticeable cramped backseat, snug interior, limited cargo volume, and a tepid performance. Hopefully, you are not hog-tied to the Encore as the segment offers exemplary choices worth considering. They include the 2021 Honda CR-V, 2021 Ford Escape, 2021 Mazda CX-3, and the 2021 Fiat 500X.
Buyers looking for a serene and comfortable ride will nevertheless find the Encore rather irresistible.
Available Trims – Buick Encore
The compact crossover 2021 Buick Encore SUV is offered in five trims: Base, Convenience, Sport Touring, Leather, and Premium Trims.
Interior Changes & Exterior Reviews – 2021 Buick Encore
Standard features available for the Base trim include a rearview camera, cloth and simulated leather upholstery, heated mirrors, automatic headlights, a cargo cover, a six-way power driver seats air-conditioning, a rear privacy glass, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, OnStar emergency communications, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a USB port, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity, a fold-flat manual front passenger seat, 18” alloy wheels, a CD player, auxiliary audio jack, a media player interface, and roof rails.
Others include a 7” smartphone and display integration, and Buick’s IntelliLink electronics interface. Opting for the Convenience package gets you automatic climate control (dual-zone), a blind-spot monitoring system, foglights, a 120-V power outlet, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, remote ignition, and a rear-cross traffic alert.
The Sport touring version adds unique exterior styling cues, a powerful four-cylinder engine, and LED interior ambience.
The luxury-themed Luxury trim adds heated front seats, driver memory settings, a six-way power passenger seat, heated exterior mirrors, a six-way power passenger seat, and leather upholstery.
The Premium model gets a lane-departure warning system, rear and front parking sensors, a seven-speaker Bose sound system, automatic wipers, and a forward collision warning system.
Finally, the Experience Buick package adds a navigation system, a sunroof, and 18” chromed alloy wheels.
2021 Buick Encore Engine Specs
Under the hood of the 2021 Buick Encore are two engines: a turbocharged 1.4L inline four-cylinder engine and a beefed up version of the same engine.
The former comes fitted under the hood of all the models except the Sport Touring trim which gets the tweaked engine version rated at 153 horsepower and 177 pounds of torque. The base 1.4L turbocharged four-cyl is rated at 138 hp and 148 pounds of torque.
Both outputs are transmitted to either the front or all-wheel-drive system via the six-speed automatic.
The EPA fuel economy ratings for the base engine stand at 25/33/28 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 23/30.26 mpg for the 4WD.
During our performance test drive, the Encore w/FWD sprinted from 0-60 mph in 9.8 seconds.
Price & Release Date – 2021 Buick Encore
Release date – According to the online Buick price catalogue, buyers should expect the 2021 Buick Encore SUV to cost them an MSRP starting from $24,065. Our mule reports that the vehicle should probably hit U.S dealerships during the 3rd Q of 2021.