For some people, the eAssist title that attached in Buick LaCrosse eAssist might sound like a nickname of Buick’s base on loyal repeat-costumers. This new Buick’s product, however, is truly addressed for enthusiastic car lovers and buyers who consider much about the fuel price tag’s long-term estimation. That is right; 2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist is…
2014 Buick Encore: Luxury, Quality and Comfort in an Economical Package
Buick is turning the automotive world on its ear with the 2014 Encore. We’ve all heard that old adage that “Good things come in small packages”—all of us, that is, except automakers who insist on thinking that buyers desiring small, economical cars are willing to sacrifice comfort, quality and luxury to get them. Historically, such cars come with cheap interiors, uncomfortable seating and only the basic amenities. Well Buick has torn up that tired old script and has given the new Encore state-of-the-art comfort and safety features, and a build quality that is worthy of any new vehicle regardless of price.
Top Spot in J. D. Power Quality Survey
Vehicle owner satisfaction starts with quality construction. All of the creature comfort features in the world are meaningless if the vehicle rattles, buzzes, wheezes or otherwise annoys its occupants. For the second year in a row, the J. D. Power Initial Quality Study ranked the 2014 Buick Encore first in the small SUV market segment.
Power for the Encore comes from a 1.4-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 138 horsepower coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission driving the front wheels. All-wheel drive is an available option. Mileage is an EPA-estimated 25 miles per gallon in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. For those of you who calculate mileage using Imperial gallons, these mileage estimates become 34 and 47, respectively.
The economical engine in the Encore has all of the latest advances from the GM brain trust, including double overhead cams, four valves per cylinder, and variable valve timing. The transmission includes an automatic overdrive and driver shift control.
Luxury Features are Standard
The Encore’s interior design is stylish and features premium materials with soft-touch surfaces and ice-blue ambient lighting that add to the upscale aura. Unlike many other small economy vehicles, the Encore includes an active noise cancellation system as standard equipment to keep the interior exceptionally quiet.
But wait, there’s more! Below is a short list of standard features on the 2014 Encore. For a complete list, please see the Encore website.
Electric power rack and pinion steering with variable effort
Tilt/telescoping steering column
Rainsense automatic windshield wipers (standard with Premium trim)
Seating and Cargo
Cloth seats are standard on the Encore, as is a six-way power adjustable driver’s seat. A fold-flat front passenger seat is a clever innovation by Buick that, in combination with the folding rear seat, expands the cargo area to hold items up to eight feet long. There is 18.8 cu. ft. of cargo space behind the rear seat and 48.4 cu. ft. with the rear seats folded flat.
Buick offers the Encore in a base model to which you may add a Convenience, Leather, or Premium equipment group if you so choose to get the maneuverable, versatile and efficient vehicle of your dreams. No longer must economy car buyers feel like second-class citizens when it comes to comfort, luxury and quality.
By: Bruce Troxell