The 2020 Buick Encore GX made its North American debut at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, debuting in as an all-new small crossover and slotting in between the smaller Buick Encore and larger Buick Envision. Unfortunately, Consumer Reports has now identified the 2020 Buick Encore GX as one vehicle that is likely to have brake system reliability issues.
Consumer Reports recently listed the vehicles most-likely to exhibit reliability issues, breaking down the vehicles based on the organization’s 17 key trouble spots. The ranking is based on Consumer Reports reliability data collected via large-scale Consumer Reports member surveys, and focuses on 1- to 3-year-old models.
According to the report, 7.8 percent of 2020 Buick Encore GX owners reported an issues with the crossover’s brakes, with the most common issue being brake squeal when applying the brake pedal. The full range of potential braking issues includes problems with the ABS, parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, brake pulsation or vibration, brake failure, and premature wear.
Consumer Reports indicates that the 2020 Buick Encore GX has an overall Reliability score of three out of five, and perfect five out five reliability scores for the engine, transmission, and drive system. Body integrity, however, was identified as another potential trouble area.
Interestingly, Consumer Reports also rates the 2020 Buick Encore GX with a perfect five out of five with regard to braking performance in the organization’s road test results.
As a reminder, the 2020 Buick Encore GX was offered with two engine options, including the turbocharged 1.2L I3 LIH gasoline engine, rated at 137 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque, and the turbocharged 1.3L I3 L3T gasoline engine, rated at 155 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. The former connects to a CVT, while the latter connects to a nine-speed automatic transmission.
Both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive were offered. Production for the U.S. took place at the GM Korea plant in Bupyeong-gu, Incheon, South Korea.