2013 Buick Encore Rated at 33 MPG Highway

2013 Buick Encore

When Buick's new compact crossover, the 2013 Encore, goes on sale early next year, it will have an EPA fuel economy rating of 25/33/28 mpg city/highway/combined, according to GM.

That's the best fuel economy rating of any gas-only Buick; the Buick Regal and LaCrosse with eAssist outperform it, though. The Encore's rating is for the front-wheel-drive model. No word yet on figures for the all-wheel-drive model.

The Encore's gas mileage numbers are a little better than the 2012 Mini Cooper Countryman with an automatic transmission (25/30/27 mpg).

The Buick crossover is powered by a single powertrain: a 140-horsepower, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder with a six-speed automatic transmission.

2013 Buick Encore at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show
2013 Buick Encore Video
2013 Buick Encore: Photo Gallery



I really wanted to like this new Buick however I can't get over the squished design. The gas mileage seems impressive but considering a BMW X1 will have 100 more hp and come in at 24/33 it makes this Buick look like a porker. A 140hp engine moving a 3,300lb CUV is not ideal but we'll see how the test drive turns out. Right now the Mazda CX5 looks much more appealing.


You said that the Encore gets the best gas mileage of any naturally aspirated Buick, and then you say the sole engine offered is a TURBOCHARGED four-cylinder engine. Contradictory much?

As written that was factually correct, but I don't think the point was clearly made so we've edited the post above. Thanks!


The cx 5 is slow. It's not exactly made for drag racing. I doubt the Buick will be any slower.


It looks like a rebadged Saturn Vue only less attractive. I think Buick may have another sales dud on it's hands.


good call Pete.


I like it. It looks fun to drive as a daily driver. The turbo engine can be easily be tune to produce more hp & torque like around 30% increase like they did with the Chevy Sonic that has 1.4L turbo engine. http://trifectaperformance.com


The Buick Encore a Verano CUV or a dressed up larger Suzuki SX4? I think it is the next step in the right direction for Buick. Luxury automotive companies are trying to attract new younger customers by creating new younger styled vehicles. The Buick name stands for luxury and value, this certainly lives up to that but Buick has so far failed to attract young customers. They can't even get people buy the Regal sedan and I like that car. I believe Buick deserves a running start because they are a affordable alternative compared to the prestigious luxury companies including Audi, BMW, Cadillac and Mercedes Benz. .

Troy S.

I think better value can be found in a Hyundai Tucson or Santa Fe.


Just another MEV (Male Enhancement Vehicle) for those too insecure to buy a wagon or van.

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