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2015 5-Year Cost to Own Awards: Best Luxury Compact SUV/Crossover

2015 Buick Encore

Best Luxury Compact SUV/Crossover:
2015 Buick Encore

Stylish, well-appointed and capable with loads of upscale character, the 2015 Buick Encore reprises its role as the 5-Year Cost to Own winner in our Luxury Compact SUV/Crossover category. Available in four trims and front- or all-wheel drive, the Encore offers room for five and a healthy 48.4 cubic feet of cargo space with its 60/40-split rear seat folded. While the base Encore starts just under $25,000 and the range-topping Premium opens closer to $32,000, the KBB Fair Purchase Price is roughly $1,000 below those figures across the entire range, which makes them even more appealing.

Inside, the Encore has a quality look and feel duly complemented by Buick's signature QuietTuning package that includes additional insulation and focused changes to its well-tuned suspension that better isolate the passenger compartment along with Bose Active Noise Cancellation technology. All Encore variants also feature a Buick IntelliLink infotainment system with a 7.0-inch touchscreen as well as new OnStar with 4G LTE connectivity and a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot.

Stepping up through the Encore's Convenience, Leather and Premium grades adds even more standards/options ranging from GPS navigation and Bose audio to forward collision alert and lane departure warning. Efficient motivation for all Encores comes from a 138-horsepower/1.4-liter turbocharged Ecotec 4-cylinder engine backed by a 6-speed automatic transmission -- a combo that earns impressive 25/33-mpg EPA city/highway stats on front-drive models.

In a talent-rich segment, Buick's Encore continues to burnish its reputation, delivering solid value up front as well as in the long run.

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5-Year Cost to Own:

$40,266
as of December 31, 2014

2nd Place Finisher
2015 Acura RDX

2015 Acura RDX

Unchanged for 2015, the Acura RDX remains a solid performer that features a standard V6 engine in both front- and all-wheel drive configurations.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$47,654
as of December 31, 2014

3rd Place Finisher
2015 BMW X3

2015 BMW X3

With an emphasis on sport but still offering plenty of real utility, the BMW X3 introduces rear-wheel drive and adds a new turbodiesel option for 2015.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$52,779
as of December 31, 2014

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See the previous Winners of these Awards: 2014 | 2013 | 2012

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