The 2020 Buick Encore GX is the latest crossover in the brand’s lineup, slotting between the subcompact Encore and the Envision. While the Encore GX may sound like a trim level of the Encore, it’s a different model altogether. The Encore GX gives small SUV buyers at dealerships like the Forest City Buick dealer even more choices. Sporty styling and efficient use of interior space make this new model even more rewarding.
Buick Encore GX Trim Levels According to the Buick dealer in Forest City, the 2020 Encore GX comes in three trim levels: Preferred, Select and Essence. Buyers can select one of two turbocharged engines. The base unit is a 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine that produces 137 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque, mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). All-wheel-drive models are equipped with a 1.3-liter three-cylinder engine that generates 155 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque, paired with a nine-speed automatic gearbox.
EPA-estimated fuel economy for the Encore GX with the base engine and front-wheel drive is rated at 26 mpg city/30 mpg highway.* The 1.3-liter engine returns 30 mpg city/32 mpg highway with front-wheel drive and 26 mpg city/29 mpg highway with all-wheel drive.
We’ll examine the different trim levels and see what each brings to the table.
Encore GX Preferred The base Preferred trim has a long list of standard features, including 16-inch steel wheels, climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, front bucket seats, fog lamps, halogen taillamps, a four-way manual fold-flat front passenger seat, a six-way manual driver seat, a rear bench seat that splits 40/60, heated power outside mirrors, cruise control, keyless ignition and door locks, and power door locks. Buyers also get a standard infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, a six-speaker stereo system, a 4.2-inch color driver information center, OnStar connected services, USB charge ports and a rear vision camera.
A standard active noise cancellation system keeps road noise out of the cabin, while younger drivers will stay safe, thanks to the Teen Driver system. Standard safety features include forward collision alert, IntelliBeam headlamps, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, a following distance indicator and front pedestrian braking.
Encore GX Select Step up to the Encore GX Select trim, and you’ll get 18-inch machined aluminum wheels with High Gloss Dark Android pockets, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable driver's seat with lumbar support, heated front seats, roof rails, a blind-spot monitor and a trial subscription to SiriusXM radio. The Select also comes with more driver-assist features, including lane change alert, rear cross traffic alert and side blind zone alert.
Encore GX Preferred The top-spec Encore GX Preferred comes with everything found on the Preferred and Select trims, plus LED headlights and taillamps, rear chrome bumper accents, an eight-way power fold-flat front passenger seat with power lumbar, leather upholstery, an inside rearview auto-dimming mirror, a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, a 120-volt power outlet and an in-cabin air ionizer.
* All vehicle mileage based on 2020 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.