2023 Buick Encore: The Final Farewell of a Sub-Compact SUV – The 2023 Buick Encore is the last year of production for this sub-compact SUV, as Buick has decided to focus on the larger and more modern Encore GX. The Encore has been a popular choice for buyers who want a comfortable and upscale ride in a small package, but it faces tough competition from rivals like the Mazda CX-30, the Hyundai Kona, and the Honda HR-V. In this article, we will review the highlights of the 2023 Buick Encore and see what’s new for 2024.
Design: Exterior and Interior
The 2023 Buick Encore has a sleek and elegant exterior design, with a signature grille, LED headlights, chrome accents, and 18-inch alloy wheels. It is available in six colors: Summit White, Ebony Twilight Metallic, Quicksilver Metallic, Satin Steel Metallic, Dark Moon Blue Metallic, and Cinnabar Metallic.
The interior of the Encore is spacious and quiet, with leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a power driver’s seat. It also has a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and six speakers. The cargo space is decent for its size, with 18.8 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 48.4 cubic feet with them folded.
The Encore also offers optional features, such as a moonroof, remote start, roof rails, and a safety package that includes blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane departure warning.
A 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque powers the 2023 Buick Encore. It comes with a six-speed automatic transmission and front- or all-wheel drive. The performance is adequate for city driving but may need help on highways or hills.
The fuel economy rating of the Encore is 25 mpg city and 30 mpg highway for the front-wheel drive version and 24 mpg city and 29 mpg highway for the all-wheel drive version. These are average numbers for the segment, but some rivals offer better efficiency.
Release Date and Price
The 2023 Buick Encore is expected to hit the dealerships in late 2022 or early 2023. It has a single trim level with a starting price of $25,995. The all-wheel drive option adds $1,500 to the price tag. The optional features are also extra.