The Buick Encore compact crossover has been named one of the best vehicles for teens by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The IIHS recently compiled a list of all the best used vehicles for teenage drivers based on a variety of factors including safety rating, reliability and performance in emergency braking and emergency evasive maneuver testing. To be included on the list, the car also has to have received a rating of ‘Good’ in the IIHS’ moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, as well as a good or acceptable rating in the driver-side small overlap front test. All vehicles also had to come equipped with electronic stability control and have a curb weight above 2,750 pounds.
Additionally, the IIHS separated its ranking into two categories: ‘Best’ and ‘Good’, with the ‘Good’ vehicles being slightly less suitable for teenage drivers than the ‘Best’ ones. The Buick Encore found itself on the ‘Best’ list thanks to its strong IIHS crash test ratings, good reliability and good emergency braking/evasive maneuver performance.
The Buick Encore starts at $24,195 including a $995 destination fee. Standard equipment includes an eight-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android auto, keyless entry and start, a six-way power driver’s seat, OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, a 4.2-inch driver’s information screen and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, among more. All Encore models are powered by a turbocharged 1.4L LUV four-cylinder engine rated at 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission, though all-wheel drive is available as an option.