Over the last few years, Buick has made a concerted effort to sell vehicles to a younger demographic, and the changes the automaker has made to that end seem to be paying off. The 2019 Buick Encore appeals to young buyers, thanks to its long list of standard features and its competitive price tag. This subcompact crossover also remains very popular at dealerships like the Asheville Buick dealer because of its incredibly quiet interior, which isolates road noise from the cabin, even when the Encore is cruising at highway speeds. And although the Buick Encore is a small vehicle, there’s a surprising amount of room inside.
The 2019 Buick Encore is offered in four trim levels: base, Preferred, Sport Touring and Essence. Front-wheel drive is standard across the lineup, and all trims except the base model have available all-wheel drive. The Encore employs a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that puts out 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of twist, connected to a six-speed automatic transmission. According to Asheville Buick, the Sport Touring and Essence trim levels have an optional version of this engine that delivers a bit more power, providing a competitive 153 hp and 177 lb.-ft. of torque.
The Buick Encore’s Active On-Demand all-wheel-drive system provides outstanding traction, no matter what the weather brings. The system can detect when the wheels are slipping and then send power to the wheels with the most traction. When the system isn’t needed, the front-wheel-drive system kicks in, helping to increase fuel economy.
The Car Connection wrote: “Offered in six trims with various options available to add at each level, the 2019 Buick Encore allows a great degree of customization. We’ve assigned a score of 7 for features, based on the entry-level model’s generous equipment and the Encore’s great infotainment system.”
The base trim comes with alloy wheels, a front passenger seat that folds flat, a power driver seat, 60/40-split folding rear seats, keyless entry, push-button start, cruise control, automatic headlights, LED running lights, air-conditioning, rear privacy glass, heated mirrors and roof rails. Tech features that come standard include an infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hotspot, Buick Connected Services, OnStar, a stereo system with six speakers, two USB ports and satellite radio. Also standard is the QuietTuning and Active Noise Cancellation system, which keeps the cabin quiet as a whisper.
The Preferred trim comes with the features of the base and adds a cargo cover and floor mats. The Preferred trim can get available features that include remote start, a moonroof, rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring.
The Sport Touring trim adds remote start, fog lights and a rear spoiler. The Sport Touring also has an optional Bose audio system with seven speakers, as well as blind-spot monitoring.
The top-of-the-line The Essence trim includes a heated steering wheel, heated front seats and leather upholstery. Options include rain-sensing wipers and many advanced driver assist features. The optional Experience Buick package comes with a moonroof and a navigation system.