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Rankings & Research

The 2015 Buick Encore ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Affordable Subcompact SUVs category. Currently the Buick Encore has a score of 8.4 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 29 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 9.7
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2015 Buick Encore Review

The 2015 Buick Encore has a comfortable ride, an upscale cabin, numerous tech and comfort features, and an excellent reliability score. However, its engine doesn't have enough grunt.

Pros & Cons


  • Top-tier reliability score
  • Upscale cabin
  • Numerous standard features
  • Smooth ride


  • Underpowered base engine

2015 Buick Encore Overview

Is the 2015 Buick Encore a Good Used SUV?

The Buick Encore is a great subcompact SUV. It has a high-end interior, lots of features, and class-leading safety and reliability ratings. The Encore has above-average fuel economy and a cushioned ride, too. The one downside is its engine, which feels underpowered on the highway.

Used 2015 Buick Encore Performance and Interior

There's only one powertrain available in the Encore, and it's not a great one. The turbocharged four-cylinder engine and automatic transmission just don't have enough punch. Acceleration at high speeds is underwhelming, especially when the SUV is packed with passengers and cargo. On the plus side, the Encore's fuel economy is above average for the class, at 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. The ride is tuned for comfort, so bumps in the road are easily soaked up by the suspension. While the Encore isn't exactly sporty, it handles corners with composure. The Encore's small size and precise steering make it very easy to maneuver around tight spaces.

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The cabin has elegant styling and is fitted with upmarket materials. Most surfaces are soft to the touch, and the plastics that are used are high-quality and nicely textured. The front seats are roomy and comfortable, and they offer a commanding view of the road ahead. The second row has enough head- and legroom to fit most adults. The outboard rear seats each have a full set of LATCH child-seat connectors, and the middle rear seat has an additional upper tether.

The Encore has a long list of standard features, including a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot, OnStar with 4G LTE, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and a touch-screen infotainment system. The IntelliLink infotainment system has quick response times and intuitive menus. More advanced features are available, like dual-zone automatic climate control, a Bose premium audio system, and a navigation system. The Encore has a typical amount of cargo space for a subcompact SUV. The front passenger seat folds flat, giving you one long surface from the tailgate up to the dash to haul long items.

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Used 2015 Buick Encore Prices

Prices for a used 2015 Encore range from about $16,000 for a base model to around $21,000 for the Premium trim with all-wheel drive. Total costs vary with each vehicle’s condition, mileage, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 25 Reviews Analyzed

We gathered and analyzed 25 professional reviews to give you a general idea of the Buick Encore's strengths and weaknesses. To make the car-buying process easier for you, we've also added information about the Encore's fuel economy, crash test results, and reliability ratings.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Buick Encore?

The Encore has an above-average reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power and Associates. A score of three is considered typical.

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How Safe Is the Encore?

The Encore has excellent safety scores. It received five out of five stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. A rearview camera is standard for 2015. Some used models may have blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, or lane departure warning.

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Should I Consider Another Used Encore?

The Encore was introduced as an all-new model for the 2013 model year. Blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert became available for 2014, and all models received a standard rearview camera and Wi-Fi hot spot for 2015. Otherwise, there are no major differences between these three model years. The 2015 model is part of the same generation as the new 2018 Encore.

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Which Used Buick Encore Is Right for Me?

Most buyers will find the base Encore has the most bang for the buck, thanks to its long list of standard features. The Convenience trim adds a few niceties like dual-zone automatic climate control, remote start, and a couple of advanced safety features. If you want more luxury, opt for the Leather trim, which has leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, and heated power-adjustable front seats. The range-topping Premium trim adds a Bose premium audio system, as well as more safety systems.

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2015 Buick Encore and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Buick Encore or 2015 Chevrolet Trax?

The Encore and the Chevrolet Trax are based on the same platform and share the same powertrain, so it's hard to tell the difference between the two performance-wise. Once you open the door and get in, however, the differences are much more apparent. The Chevy Trax has lower-quality materials and duller styling than the Encore. The Trax also lacks many of the Encore's higher-end features, like leather upholstery, navigation, and advanced safety features. Since both models have comparable prices on the used market, you'll want to go for the more upscale Encore.

Which Is Better: 2015 Buick Encore or 2015 Jeep Renegade?

The Jeep Renegade and the Buick Encore both have high-end interiors, roomy seats, and user-friendly tech features. The Encore has a much higher predicted reliability rating than the Renegade, so you can expect to spend less time and money on maintenance in the long run with the Buick. The Renegade has better performance, however. Both its standard and available engines have plenty of punch for highway driving, unlike the Encore's underwhelming powertrain. If you spend most of your time in the city, engine power will probably matter less to you, so go for the Encore. Otherwise, the Renegade's peppier engines might be worth the trade-off in reliability.

Which Is Better: 2015 Buick Encore or 2015 Honda CR-V?

Even though the Honda CR-V has a higher price than the Encore, we think the added cost is worth it. First of all, the CR-V is larger than the Encore, meaning there's significantly more cargo and passenger space. The CR-V's engine has more grunt for satisfactory acceleration, and it gets better fuel economy than the Encore. The CR-V doesn't have quite as many standard features as the Encore, but the overall features lists are pretty comparable once you step up to higher trims. We named the CR-V the 2015 Best Compact SUV for the Money as well as the 2015 Best Compact SUV for Families, and we still think it's one of the best small SUVs available. 

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