Buick has been making its presence felt since the 1900s be it in a good way or a bad way. In recent years, the Buick hasn’t been in the news for anything spectacular or worth mentioning; however, it’s all set to change perspectives with its 2021 Encore. The small-sized crossover is not only practical for your day-to-day travels but also gives you a comfortable and relaxing driving experience.
The 2021 Buick Encore, with an expected range of $23,200 – $26,100, offers two trim levels namely 1SV and Preferred trim. The crossover has been out for bookings since June 2020. The Encore, though slightly shorter than the regular SUVs, comes bundled with plenty of specifications, especially those of Buick Enclave. Some of these specs and features include StabiliTrak, advanced infotainment system, Quiet-tuning technology, remote starting, and many others. Plus, the Buick Encore would be fearlessly standing in competition with the 2021 Hyundai Kona, the 2021 Mazda CX-3, and the 2021 Honda HR-V.
What’s new for the 2021 Buick Encore?
The Buick Encore’s most notable change for the year 2021 model will be its simplified trim lineup, as the American automobile manufacturer has downsized the available trims to just two options: 1SV and Prefered trim levels. Besides this, some minor adjustments have been made with the driver aids and safety features. Check them out below:
- Enhanced suite for driver safety aids
- Simple trim lineup
- Belongs to the 2013 first-generation Encore lineup
2021 Buick Encore performance
Each Encore has been powered with a 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine, which is capable of producing 138 hp @ 4900 rpm of power and 148 lb-ft @ 1850 rpm of torque mated to a 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission system. At the same time, the base trim level comes in a front-wheel drivetrain (FWD) setup as a standard. The Preferred trim level is also provided with an optional all-wheel drivetrain (AWD) setup. The provided engine performance figures are quite competitive for the 2021 Buick Encore as its rivals also share almost the same performance figures but are slightly better. However, the 2019 year model of the Encore’s 1.4-liter engine could produce a better power output of 157 hp, but for providing more fuel-efficiency and MPG figures, this trade has been made.
The 2021 Encore’s 1.4-Litre turbocharged engine gives the car the feel of a sporty drive. Even with such highly powerful and sporty performance figures, the Encore amuses its users with its frugal nature driving it on any terrain. The car has a nimble and fast-paced radius which aids in better performance, whether you are on a bumpy road or a straight road. Additionally, you can drive the Buick Encore with confidence on any kind of wet road, icy road, and uneven road.
Buick Encore has also decided to offer the ‘Stabilitrak’ that will help you keep control even when the road is highly slippery. There are also various handling features like front suspension setup, steering, and stabilizer bar. It’s also believed that the steering wheels will get a revamp and these will be more sleek, classy, and more responsive.
With a minor sacrifice of its engine’s power, the 2021 Buick Encore with its FWD setup provides an estimated EPA gas mileage of 25 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway, and 27 mpg as a combined. But, if you opt for an AWD setup, then there would be a minor drop in the mileage by 1-2 mpg throughout all the figures. Overall, the MPG figures offered by the 2021 Buick Encore are quite impressive for a sub-compact SUV. With a fuel tank capacity of 14-gallons, an Encore can cruise for a unique combined range of 420 miles at max.
2021 Buick Encore trims & features
Unlike its previous year models, the 2021 Buick Encore will be available in only two trims. Yet, those are the most simplified trims, namely 1SV and Preferred. The price range has a starting MSRP of $23,200 for its base price going all the way up to $26,100 for its top-end trim level. The 2021 Buick Encore offers all the latest tech and features in both of its trims. While all the 2021 Buick Encore comes equipped with a 1.4L turbocharged engine and a 6-speed automatic transmission as a standard. The only difference you will get on to its Drivetrain configurations between Front Wheel Drive and All Wheel Drive.
|Key Features||18-inch alloy wheels||All 1SV features included|
|8-inch advanced infotainment touchscreen||Available Sunroof|
|LED daytime running lights||Leatherette upholstery|
|Keyless entry with push-button ignition||Remote Start|
|Cruise control||Blind Spot Monitoring|
|Apple CarPlay and Android Auto||120-volt power outlet|
|4G LTE Wi-FI hotspot||Rear View Camera|
Besides the optional Drivetrain configurations, the Preferred trim level also offers additional safety features and some driver assistance features. There is a striking resemblance of its trims to its previous trims, boasting its outstanding ergonomics. There are no vital details of the trims available yet; we can be sure of the fact that the upper trim of the Buick Encore will have excellent safety tech and interiors.
How safe is the 2021 Buick Encore?
If there is one thing in which the American manufacturer has been precise while engineering the Buick Encore, it is its safety measures. The 2021 Encore comes equipped with the most advanced and best-in-class safety features. Although there are not as many active safety features as its rivals are offering as a standard, the Buick Encore is still considered a reliable sub-compact SUV in the segment. And just like its previous year models, the 2021 Buick Encore has achieved a full 5-star rating by the NHTSA for its crashworthiness. Though the IIHS has yet to rate the 2021 year model of the Buick Encore, for the 2020 year model it has been rated mostly ‘Good’ in all the parameters. The standard safety features provided by the 2021 Buick Encore are given below:
- Anti-lock Braking System
- Rear View Camera
- Ten airbags: dual front, front knee, front side, backside, and head curtain airbags
- Tire pressure monitoring system
- Rain sensing wipers
Besides the above-mentioned standard safety features in the 2021 Buick Encore, two additional safety packages are available only on the Preferred trim with optional driver-assistance features like:
- Safety Package
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Safety Package II
- Lane departure warning
- Forward collision alert
- Rain-sensing wipers
- Front and rear parking sensors
Is 2021 Buick Encore a good choice?
Although not much has yet been revealed about the Buick Encore, we can speculate a couple of things with its previous models and the reputation it has in the automotive sector. According to the reported specifications, one can be sure that the 2021 Buick Encore would be elegant and extremely attractive. It’ll be a delight to watch this crossover run on the roads. However, one can’t ignore the cons of the Encore, especially when you compare it with its rivals. There are various safety features outfitted in the 2021 Encore that makes it a reliable catch. But before considering the Buick Encore, check out other options in the segment.