Customers will begin to shop for the new 2013 Buick Encore small crossover at the very beginning of next year when it hits dealerships priced at $24,950, including a $750 destination charge. The minimally-sized crossover will be big on standard features, including Buick’s QuietTuning with Bose Active Noise Cancellation, 18-inch wheels, a rearview camera and a seven-inch high-res touchscreen interface with IntelliLink connectivity.
Including the base model, four trim levels will be offered on the Encore. The other three are the Convenience, Leather, and Premium groups.
For $25,760, a Convenience Group Encore builds on the base trim with dual-zone climate control, a 120-volt outlet, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, remote start and fog lights. The $27,460 Leather Group includes all of the aforementioned features along with leather-trimmed upholstery, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a power passenger seat and driver’s seat memory functions.
For those willing to go all-out on the Encore, the $28,940 Premium Group is the model you want. This range-topping model features an ultrasonic front and rear park assist system, a Forward Collision Alert with Lane Departure Warning system, a seven-speaker Bose premium audio system with a subwoofer, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a cargo net and finally, an area cargo mat. Alas, there is no upgrade to the 140-horse 1.4L turbocharged Ecotec engine to go along with the myriad of creature comforts. Or a second armrest. Still, the 25 mpg city and 33 mpg highway for the front-drive model is the best out of any domestic crossover.
Options for the Encore vary, and include all-wheel drive ($1,500), satillite navigation ($795), 18-inch chrome-clad wheels ($995), a sunroof ($800) and a Bose premium audio system ($595, but otherwise standard on Premium model).
We imagine most people will go for the Leather and Premium groups for a few reasons. First, it’s never good to get the cheapest anything, ever. Second, with such a relatively low price point for a premium-branded vehicle with luxurious aspirations, optioning-out should fit in a lot of budgets.