- 2018 Buick Encore For Sale In La Mesa
The 2018 Buick Encore is a subcompact crossover that provides carlike handling and excellent fuel economy. If you’re asking what sets that apart from other vehicles in its class, we have the answer. The Encore includes more upmarket amenities, and more standard and available features than the competition. Customers at La Mesa Buick told us they like how quiet the Encore’s cabin is when it’s driving at highway speeds.
The Buick Encore is offered in six trim levels, listed as 1SV, Preferred, Sport Touring, Preferred II, Essence and Premium. The base engine is a standard turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 138 horsepower and 148 lb.-ft. of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all models other than the 1SV can get all-wheel drive. The Sport Touring and higher trim levels can get an optional 1.4-liter engine that generates 153 hp and 177 lb.-ft.
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Kelley Blue Book gave high marks to the 2018 Buick Encore, writing: “For style-conscious young buyers, as well as empty nesters looking to downsize but not compromise, Buick's 2017 Encore compact SUV makes a tempting prospect. Although it shares the same platform as the Chevrolet Trax, Buick's take on the 5-door SUV brings a decidedly upscale flavor …”
Standard equipment for the Encore’s 1SV and Preferred trims are similar, with both getting automatic headlights, 18-inch alloys, LED running lights, heated mirrors, keyless ignition and entry, roof rails, air-conditioning, rear privacy glass, cruise control, a fold-flat front passenger seat, a power driver seat and 60/40-split folding rear seats. Standard tech features include a rearview camera, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, OnStar with 4G LTE and a Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth connectivity, and a six-speaker audio setup with satellite radio and two USB ports. Also standard is the IntelliLink interface with smartphone app integration and an 8-inch touchscreen. The Preferred trim adds a cargo cover and floor mats.
Step up to the Sport Touring trim and you’ll get a rear spoiler, fog lights and remote start. Available equipment includes a blind spot monitoring system and a Bose audio system with seven speakers.
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The Preferred II model gets adds dual-zone climate control, a 120-volt power outlet, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. The Essence gets a heated steering wheel, heated front bucket seats, leather trim, LED headlights and a power passenger seat. Finally, at the top of the line, the Premium comes with the seven-speaker Bose audio system, front and rear park assist, lane departure warning and forward collision alert.
Options include 18-inch chrome-alloy wheels, a power sunroof, GPS-enabled navigation, an oil-pan heater and the same seven-speaker premium Bose audio system that’s standard on the Premium trim.
Safety is a key criterion for any new car purchase and the 2018 Buick Encore passed its crash tests with flying colors, with the highest rating of five stars in overall crash testing from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Encore also received the highest score of Good in all individual crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
*All vehicle mileage based on 2018 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.