2021 Buick Encore for Sale in Johnston, RI
The Encore is Buick’s entry-level crossover, but you wouldn’t think so by the way it’s equipped. As General Motors’ most upscale brand, Buick packs its vehicles with advanced standard features for comfort, luxury, and an overall premium driving experience. Plus, although it’s a subcompact, the 2021 Encore is also designed to maximize its interior space – with the back seat folded down it yields nearly 50 cubic feet of cargo room.
One change for this new model year is a simpler lineup of trims, which goes from four to just a pair, the Base and Preferred. Two new paint colors, Cinnabar Metallic and Dark Moon Blue Metallic, join the palette as well, and some upgrades have been made to the Encore’s active safety technology.
Trims and Powertrains
As mentioned, there are just two trim levels now for the Buick Encore, the base (which is simply called “Encore”) and the Preferred. Their pep comes from a turbo-powered 138-horsepower 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine, which is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive is available on the higher-priced Preferred. This subcompact crossover gets good fuel economy, as the EPA rates it for 25 mpg city and 30 mpg highway with FWD and 24 mpg city/29 mpg highway with AWD.
The list of standard features on the base Encore is highlighted by heated exterior mirrors, roof rails, keyless entry, 18-inch wheels, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, stainless-steel exhaust, a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen, both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and active noise cancellation with an acoustic-glass windshield. The Preferred can be customized with a number of options and packages, which will add amenities such as remote start, state-of-the-art active safety technologies, rooftop crossbars, and a hitch that will accept a small trailer (the ’21 Encore’s maximum towing capacity is 1,500 pounds).
Although all 2021 Buick Encores come with a backup camera system, buyers of the Preferred trim can add more in the form of the optional Safety Package (blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, plus a 120-volt outlet) and Safety Package II (forward collision alert, lane departure warning, front and rear park assist, and rain-sensing windshield wipers).
The infotainment system in the 2021 Encore includes everything the driver and passengers need to keep themselves connected and informed. While the base system has a 7-inch touchscreen, the Preferred ramps up to an 8-inch screen. Both trims get smartphone integration (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), Bluetooth (phone and audio streaming), SiriusXM satellite radio, Siri Eyes Free and voice recognition for radio and phone, a pair of USB ports, an onboard 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot (through GM’s OnStar communications system), and a sound system with six speakers.