KBB recently put together a list highlighting its top choices for consumers in the market for a used subcompact crossover priced at under $30,000. The 2021 Buick Encore GX was fourth on this list, with KBB editors praising the vehicle’s up-to-date technology.
“The 2021 Buick Encore GX is so new it’s hard to call it used, but thrifty shoppers looking to save will appreciate the Encore GX’s suite of modern safety technologies, its extra interior space, and its standard Apple CarPlay/Android Auto,” the publication said.
The Buick Encore GX narrowly outclassed the 2019 Cadillac XT4 in the ranking, which was fifth overall. The 2019 Lexus UX was first in the ranking, with the Japanese crossover receiving acclaim for its “stylish exterior, comfortable ride, friendly driving manners, and good fuel efficiency.” The 2018 Audi Q3 was second, followed by the 2018 BMW X1 in third.
The Buick Encore GX is the most up-to-date vehicle included in the ranking, as it only went on sale for the 2020 model year. This ensures the crossover has the latest in safety and entertainment technology, factors that heavily influence the buying decision for many used car shoppers. The 2021 model-year Encore GX is also rated as an IIHS Top Safety Pick, making it a great choice for consumers with families.
Riding on the GM VSS-F platform, the Encore GX offers two engine options, namely the turbocharged 1.2L I3 LIH, rated at 137 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque, and the turbocharged 1.3L I3 L3T, rated at 155 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. Models with front-wheel-drive come with a continuously variable transmission, while models with all-wheel drive feature a GM nine-speed automatic. The crossover slots in between the subcompact Encore and the compact Envision in Buick’s model range and is priced from $25,395 including destination and freight when new.