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2013 Buick Encore Review

With its long list of standard features and good reliability score, you may want to consider a used 2013 Buick Encore as your next car.

Pros & Cons

  • Good fuel economy
  • Upscale interior
  • Lots of standard features
  • Sluggish acceleration

Rankings & Research

The 2013 Buick Encore's #1 ranking is based on its score within the 2013 Affordable Subcompact SUVs category. Currently the Buick Encore has a score of 8.2 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 22 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 7.1
Interior: 7.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 8.9
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2013 Buick Encore Overview

Is the 2013 Buick Encore a Good Used SUV?

The Encore is a good used subcompact SUV that has an attractive interior with soft-touch materials. The Buick has composed handling and a comfortable ride, but its four-cylinder engine could use more power to offset its sluggish acceleration.

Used 2013 Buick Encore Performance and Interior

The Encore has a 138-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available in some models. Composed handling, a comfortable ride, and a quiet cabin highlight the 2013 Encore. Front-wheel-drive models have a fuel economy rating of 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. The all-wheel-drive Encore’s fuel economy drops to 23/29 mpg city/highway.

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You’ll find seating for five in the Encore, a near-luxury crossover. Cloth seats and a power-adjustable driver’s seat are standard. Leather seats are available in some models, as well as a power-adjustable front passenger seat and heated front seats. The rear seat is considered spacious for a subcompact SUV. Rear visibility can be a problem owing to thick roof pillars and small rear windows. There are complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors in the rear outboard seats, as well as an additional middle-seat tether anchor.

The Encore is well-equipped with standard features like a full-color 7-inch display with Buick IntelliLink, a six-speaker radio, satellite radio, a USB port, and Bluetooth. Some models will have a navigation system and dual-zone automatic climate control. The Encore’s infotainment system works quickly and is easy to master.

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Used 2013 Buick Encore Prices

A used 2013 Buick Encore ranges from about $13,100 for the base front-wheel-drive trim to around $16,900 for the all-wheel-drive Premium trim. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 22 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 22 Buick Encore reviews and included information on safety, reliability, fuel economy, and more to give you a comprehensive overview of the 2013 Encore.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Buick Encore?

The 2013 Encore earns a near-perfect reliability score of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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How Safe Is the Encore?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the AWD Encore an overall safety score of five out of five stars. In individual crash tests, the Encore earned five stars in all but the rollover test, in which it earned four stars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the all-wheel-drive Encore a Top Safety Pick. The IIHS gave it a Good rating, the highest awarded, in the moderate overlap front, side, roof, and rear crash tests. However, it earned a score of Poor, the lowest rating, in the driver’s side small overlap front crash test.

Standard active safety equipment includes a rearview camera. Available features include lane departure warning, forward collision alert, and front and rear park assist.

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Is the 2013 Encore the Best Model Year to Buy?

The Buick Encore debuted as a 2013 model. For 2014, the Encore received available rear cross traffic alert and blind spot monitoring. The 2015 Encore comes standard with a Wi-Fi hot spot. If you don’t need these active safety features and the internet connection, the 2013 Encore is a good choice that may save you money.

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Which Used Buick Encore Is Right for Me?

The Buick Encore has four trims – Base, Convenience, Leather, and Premium. The Encore base trim includes cruise control; keyless entry; a six-speaker, 7-inch, full-color display radio with Buick IntelliLink; satellite radio; QuietTuning with Bose active noise cancellation technology; a USB port; and Bluetooth wireless connectivity for phones. The Encore Convenience trim adds remote start, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a 120-volt outlet. The Encore Leather trim includes leather seating, a heated steering wheel, a power passenger seat, and heated seats. The top-of-the-line Buick Encore Premium trim features a premium seven-speaker audio system, front and rear park assist, forward collision alert, and lane departure warning. The Convenience trim should work well for most buyers who don’t live in cold climes. If that’s not you, you’ll want the Leather trim.

Even with the Encore’s almost perfect reliability, you might consider a certified pre-owned model. With Buick’s CPO program, there is a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty, and the original new-car powertrain warranty is extended to seven years or 100,000 miles. Buick CPO models must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Buick’s warranty page carefully. The model's original sale date determines whether it is eligible for the CPO program.

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2013 Buick Encore and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Buick Encore or 2013 Honda CR-V?

The 2013 Honda CR-V is a larger compact SUV that gives you more interior space than the subcompact Encore. It may also cost you considerably more. The Encore delivers an exceptionally quiet ride thanks to its refined engine and active noise cancellation system. If you need the space, the CR-V is a great choice. But if you want a better infotainment system and need to stick to your budget, you will probably find the Encore a better choice.

Which Is Better: 2013 Buick Encore or 2013 Nissan Rogue?

The 2013 Nissan Rogue and the Encore both have carlike rides, which is a good thing. You’ll find slightly more front legroom and cargo space in the compact Rogue, but the subcompact Encore has slightly more rear legroom. It also offers more standard features, including a rearview camera. The Buick delivers better fuel efficiency and has a much nicer interior filled with soft-touch materials. Add in a better reliability rating, and the Encore is the better choice overall.

Which Is Better: 2013 Buick Encore or 2013 Buick Enclave?

You might consider the 2013 Buick Enclave as an alternative to the Encore if you need to carry seven people. The midsize Enclave offers three generous rows of seating, though interior quality is comparable. Neither vehicle has a particularly powerful engine, so your choice comes down to the number of people you plan to haul regularly.

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