If you’ve been wondering whether there’s room for another crossover in Buick’s lineup, the automaker answers the question in the affirmative with the 2020 Buick Encore GX. This small crossover is larger than the subcompact Encore and smaller than the compact Envision. While you might think the Buick Encore GX is a new trim level for the Encore, it’s really a different model altogether. Buyers at the Black Mountain Buick dealership tell us they like the Encore GX’s head-turning exterior styling, as well as its attractive interior.
Encore GX buyers can choose between two turbocharged three-cylinder powerplants. The 2020 Buick Encore GX comes with a nice set of standard features, including an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. According to the Buick dealership in Black Mountain, the 2020 Encore GX gets the Buick Driver Confidence system as standard equipment. This suite of driver-assist technologies features forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking.
Autotrader gave the 2020 Buick Encore GX high marks, writing: “While most of its rivals cater to younger buyers with outlandish styling, funky details and a quasi-sporty driving experience, the Encore is comparatively grown up. Its sophisticated design and classy cabin are consistent with the rest of the Buick brand, and the vehicle comes with abundant standard tech. Then there's how it drives. Even the priciest versions of the competitors can't match the base Encore's quiet comfort and overall refinement.”
The 2020 Buick Encore GX is offered in three trim levels: Preferred, Select and Essence. The Encore GX’s base engine is a turbocharged 1.2-liter three-cylinder unit that puts out 137 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. This engine is teamed to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). All-wheel-drive models employ a turbocharged 1.3-liter three-cylinder engine that makes 155 hp and 174 lb-ft. This powerplant is connected to a nine-speed automatic gearbox and is available on front-wheel-drive Encore GX models.
The Preferred trim comes with keyless ignition and entry, faux leather seats, an 8-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a stereo system with six speakers, Buick's Driver Confidence safety system and OnStar connected services.
The Select trim starts with all the features of the Preferred trim and adds a power-adjustable driver's seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a blind-spot monitor and roof rails.
The top-line GX trim gets all the features that come with the Preferred and Select trims, plus LED headlights, leather upholstery, an in-cabin air ionizer and a heated steering wheel.
Option packages include the Sport Touring package (an appearance package) and the Advanced Technology package. The latter includes an integrated navigation system, a surround-view camera, a head-up display and adaptive cruise control.
Safety and driver-assist features that come standard include automatically adjusting high beams, front pedestrian braking, forward collision alert, lane keep assist with lane departure warning and automatic emergency braking. Optional safety gear includes automatic parking assist with braking, side blind zone alert, lane change alert, a rear camera mirror and rear cross traffic alert.