2014 Buick Encore

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The 2014 Buick Encore is offered in four trim levels: Base, Convenience, Leather and Premium. The basis Encore comes standard with 18-inch wheels painted alloy, heated side mirrors, air conditioning, the cruise control, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, full power accessories, power driver’s six-way seat, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, rearview camera, folding split rear seats, a fold- flat front seat passenger, OnStar telematics system and a six-speaker sound system with CD player, satellite radio, USB/iPod interface and an auxiliary audio jack. Interface Control Buick IntelliLink, which features a 7-inch touch screen and integrated applications for Smartphones are also included.

The step forward for added convenience fog lights, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, remote start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power of 120 volts and auto-dimming rearview mirror. As expected, the leather trim level adds leather upholstery for the front seats, driver’s seat with power lumbar support, heated front seats, six- way power passenger seat, heated steering wheel and memory configuration controller.

The premium adds rain -sensing wipers, Bose sound system with seven speakers improved sensors, front and rear parking system forward collision warning, a warning system lane change and a rear cargo net and mat. The cargo net/mat is optional on all lower trims, while the Bose audio is also available in the convenience and leather trim levels. The other options, depending on trim level, include the chrome wheels, the power sunroof, navigation system and roof rack with rails.

2014 Buick Encore Interior

The fit and finish throughout the cabin of the Encore is generally quite good, and the materials and simulated wood accents and soft touch metallic accents placed well provide an exclusive look. Buick IntelliLink system standard and touchscreen control 7 inch dominate the center of the pile. There are lots of buttons here, but we like to provide redundancy, and overall IntelliLink Encore is fast, reliable and easy to use as infotainment and intelligent application of systems integration will.

At the front there is plenty of space around it, and try wide comfortable seats. These seats are also pleasantly high, providing a stunning view around and above the traffic and easy entry and exit. In the rear, there is ample legroom even for 6 – footers, although there is less room in the rear shoulders and hip room than most compact crossovers. Seats, rear facing safety will be a good fit here.

When it comes to freight, the Encore is ready. The rear seats and folding front passenger seat flat, which allows the transport of long objects up to 8 feet long. With all seats in place, there are 18.8 cubic feet of space. Folding down the rear seats that expands to 48.4 cubes. This is more capacious than the Mini Countryman deals (42.2 cubic feet), but far less than you will get the next size up – compact crossovers like the Honda CRV, which offers the comparatively cavernous 71 cubic feet.

2014 Buick Encore Engine

All 2014 Buick Encore models are powered by an inline four-cylinder 1.4-liter turbocharged 138 HP nominal power and 148 pound- feet of torque. A six-speed automatic with the manual shift feature is the only transmission offered, but all versions of Encore give you the option of front-or all-wheel drive. Encores are front wheel drive, EPA estimated fuel economy of 25 mpg city/33 mpg highway and 28 mpg combined, while those with total rate 23/30/26 traction. In Edmunds performance testing, an Encore front wheel drive accelerated to 60 mph in 9.8 seconds, which is slower than the most other crossovers in this price range.

2014 Buick Encore Security

Standard safety features for the 2014 Buick Encore include knee airbags in the front seat, front and rear side airbags, side curtain airbags, the rear-view camera, anti-lock disc brakes and traction control and stability. Also included is OnStar, which includes automatic crash notification, road side assistance on demand, the remote door unlock and stolen vehicle assistance. The system for blind spot monitoring with rear cross- traffic alert is available at level maximum convenience equipment, while departure warning systems of forward collision warning and rails are standard on the Encore premium.

2014 Buick Encore Leather AWD

In government crash tests, the 2014 Buick Encore all-wheel drive received five stars in overall crash protection, while the front-wheel Encore received four stars. Both versions received five stars in front-impact and side impact protection categories. The Insurance Institute for the Highway Safety gave the Encore the highest possible rating of good in their frontal offset test and side-impact crash moderate overlap, and its roof strength test. However, the Buick received the lowest rating of poor agency in the new offset frontal crash test small overlap.