The Buick Encore has been a major hit for the automaker since
its debut. The current model has been on sale since 2012.The
vehicle was overly successful last year making the automaker
opt not to fix too much of what isn’t even broken. As
such, the 2016 model comes with minimal touches.
However, Buick has added a new trim dubbed the “Sport Touring
trim”. The new lineup is as follows; Base Encore, Convenience
Group, Sport Touring Group, Leather Group and Premium Group.
2016 Buick Encore Exterior
The 2016 Buick Encore features just some minor improvements to
its exterior profile compared to the outgoing models. The
vehicle still comes with its signature waterfall grille with
chrome surrounds and accents. Its hood still retains portholes
while the rear panels are painted just like the current models.
The grille is flanked by a pair of halogen composite projector
On the sides, the Encore features heated body-color side
mirrors which are manually folded and are integrated with turn
signals. The sides also feature chromed body-color handles. The
vehicle’s front intermittent wiper also features pulse washers.
Other features include a solar absorbing windshield and a
roof-mounted luggage rack. The vehicle will ride on a set of
five-spoke, 18-inch painted cast aluminum wheels.
The 2016 Buick Encore is available in nine different
colors: The Convenience trim adds fog lamps while the
Sport Touring trim adds a Sport rear spoiler and 18-inch
Midnight Silver accented aluminum alloy wheels.
2016 Buick Encore Interior
The interior of the new Buick Encore 2016 has received
mild updates. Lower trim levels will be upholstered in quality
cloth while top trims will feature leather upholstery.
Its interior is availed in a light/dark or all-ebony
color scheme which is enhanced by ice-blue ambient lighting.
You will also find doses chrome and wood-grain trim in this
The cabin accommodates 5 passengers comfortably. Many will love
the car’s standard 7-inch IntelliLink infotainment system which
integrates 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity and OnStar telematics with
a Bluetooth interface. This system gives the driver access to
the rearview camera, SiriusXM Satellite Radio and GPS
The cabin also features 8 beverage holders and offers a cargo
capacity of 18.7 cubic feet when the rear seats are up and
expands to 48.4 cubic feet upon folding the rear seats. To
further increase the space, the front passenger seat can also
be folded down.
For entertainment, all trims except the Premium trim will
feature a 6-speaker CD/MP3 player integrated with satellite
radio and auxiliary audio input. The Premium trim will feature
a 7-speaker Bose premium sound system. The vehicle will also
feature GPS navigation and a power sunroof. Higher trims will
feature heated and power-adjustable front seats, heated and
leather wrapped steering wheel and a dual-zone climate control
(manual air conditioning for the base trim).
On safety matters, the Encore features traction and stability
control, 4-wheel antilock brakes, OnStar emergency alerts, a
post collision safety system, and a package of airbags all as
standard. The convenience and higher trims add remote antitheft
system and fog lights while the Premium trim adds lane
departure warning with forward collision alert.
Engine Specs and Performance
For 2016, all trim levels are equipped with the same
power-train except for the new Sport Touring trim which
features the same engine but tweaked to produce more power.
The standard engine is a turbocharged 1.4 L, 4-cylinder engine.
The engine comes good with 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. The
engine is paired to a 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission
system that channels power to either the front wheels or all
wheels. In terms of fuel economy, the engine is estimated to
return similar numbers as the outgoing models. These are 25 mpg
in city, 33 mpg on highway and 28 mpg on combined drives for
FWD models and 23 mpg city, 30 mpg highway and 26 mpg on
combined drives for AWD models.
The automaker has been criticized in the past for not offering
enough power to the Encore. In response to the critics, the
automaker has decided to introduce the Sport Touring trim with
a more powerful engine. The trim retains the base engine but it
is tweaked to produce 153 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. This
engine is expected to improve the standard engine’s uninspiring
9.8 seconds acceleration from 0-60 mph.
Price and release date
To get your hands on the wheels of the 2016 Buick Encore you
will have to pay $ 24,065 MSRP for the base model with FWD and
$ 25,565 for the base AWD. Moving up, the convenience trim will
set you back $ 26,355 for an FWD model and $ 27,855 for an AWD
Further up, a Sport Touring with FWD has a $ 27, 350 price tag
and $ 28,850 for an AWD while the Leather trim with FWD sells
at $ 28,300 and $ 29,800 for AWD. The top-of-the-range Premium
trim with FWD has a $ 29,785 price tag while its AWD variants
go for as much as $ 31, 285.
The model is expected to make a debut at the New York Auto Show
in April. However, its European-market twin the Opel Mokka X
will make an early debut at the Geneva Motor Show.