For a third straight year the Buick Encore reigns as the 5-Year Cost to Own champ among entry-level luxury SUVs. Moreover, with a starting price of around $25,000, Buick's smallest vehicle continues to prove you don't have to spend a fortune to get into a premium crossover.
The Encore is one of the latest Buicks to embody the brand's goal of reaching younger buyers with premium yet approachable vehicles, and its booming sales show the strategy is working. Beyond its value-oriented price tag, the 2016 Encore attracts with standard features like a power driver's seat, 7-inch color display with backup camera and built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi connection. In the offering are upscale options like blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, moonroof and Bose premium audio system.
New for 2016 is the Encore Sport Touring model, which uses a more powerful 1.4-liter turbocharged engine than the one used in other models. With 153 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque, this model gives a welcome boost in power output.
No matter which Encore you choose, you'll get a premium compact SUV that's quiet, easy to drive and fits just about anywhere. Great fuel economy is another plus: Front-wheel-drive models earn up to 33 mpg on the highway, while traction-enhancing all-wheel-drive versions still return a respectable 30 mpg.
The formula is clearly paying off for the Encore, and with a cost that's low up front and in the years ahead, it's one that can do the same for you, too.