Have you ever dreamt of treating yourself to a vehicle that looks as fabulous as you’ll feel driving it without the hefty price tag of standard luxury models? If your answer is yes and you’re looking for a fun-to-drive, perfectly sized, efficient, and adaptable vehicle that’s fit for royalty with a manageable price, look no further. Whether you’re looking for a commuter car that can handle the miles without breaking the bank with fuel costs or a small passenger vehicle with the flexibility and capability to help you take care of your family’s day-to-day errands, the subcompact 2023 Buick Encore GX is a model you won’t want to dismiss.
The 2023 Buick Encore GX is a step above standard vehicles, built with high-quality materials, a sophisticated design, and an upscale interior that is equipped with a wealth of comfort, accommodating features, and available technology. The only thing that sets it apart from luxury models is its high-value price. Take a look at what the 2023 Buick Encore GX has to offer to see for yourself what sets it in a class of its own.
After the discontinuation of its smaller sibling in 2022, the 2023 Buick Encore GX earned the title of Buick’s smallest vehicle on the line. Despite this, when you’re sitting in the cabin of the Encore GX, you’ll notice its interior is far from being compact. The truth is, the 2023 Buick Encore GX is larger than the average subcompact SUV giving you, your passengers, and whatever essentials you want to bring on the road with you more room and flexibility than you might think. But its size isn’t the only desirable quality. Once you take a seat inside the roomy cabin of a 2023 Buick Encore GX, you’ll be wrapped in comfort and surrounded by quality materials, refined details, and mindful and accommodating features.
The 2023 Buick Encore GX is designed to fit your life and help you live it to its fullest. It comes in three trim levels so you can choose the level of sophistication, comfort, and even performance fit for you, your lifestyle, and your budget. The trims include the base Preferred model, followed by the Select, and the Essence trim.
Each five-seater Encore GX has adult-friendly seating with 40.9 inches of legroom in the front seat and 36 inches in the back, offering just enough to keep everyone comfortable for any length of travel. Plus, with a 40/60 split-folding rear seat, when your back seat’s free, you’ll have up to 50 cu.ft. of cargo space to haul around your road essentials or home improvement equipment and materials. For those lengthy items that don’t fit even with the rear bench seat folded down, the front passenger seat can fold flat for the extra length you might need. For tall items, you can lower the floor in the cargo area behind the rear seat to give you 2.7 inches of additional height.
As grand as this subcompact SUV’s size may be, for the ultimate comfort from accommodations and amenities, you’ll want to choose the Encore GX Essence model. While the base Preferred model has an abundance of technology features and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, it lacks some of the more sophisticated features you’d expect with a luxury vehicle. Leveling up to the Select model comes with heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and 2-way power lumbar control for the front seats for added customizable comfort. The Encore GX Essence adds an in-vehicle air ionizer for fresh, clean air even with the windows closed, leather-appointed seats, and memory settings for the mirrors and driver seat position, along with plenty of technology you won’t get with the lesser models.
Although you might not associate technological innovations and Buick with one another, believe it or not, Buick has a history heavily involved in automotive technology. It was even the first automotive brand to introduce a touchscreen display in a vehicle back in the late 1980s. Today, Buick’s modern-day premium models continue to impress drivers with their standard and available technology. With that being said, it’s no surprise that the 2023 Buick Encore GX carries on Buick’s tech legacy to the max.
From entertainment to connectivity, comfort, convenience, and driver and safety assistance technologies, the 2023 Buick Encore GX has it all, with the Essence providing the most premium features like a Universal Home Remote, wireless charging capability, and a 7-speaker Bose audio system. However, standard with every model, you’ll still find yourself surrounded by plenty of enjoyable and useful technology.
You can stay in touch with the world outside the cabin of your SUV with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity and WiFi hotspot capability. You’ll never miss a call, text, or your favorite tunes with hands-free voice-activated control of all of your most used smartphone features. Plus, with 2 USB charging ports standard, there’s no need to worry about how much you use your smartphone for streaming your favorite songs through a 6-speaker audio system. However, if the old-fashioned plug-and-play is your preference or required for one of your devices, the Encore GX still has an auxiliary jack.
While enjoying your favorite songs, podcasts, or even just silence after a long day of work before you pick up the kids, Buick QuietTuning technologies will help keep any unwanted outside noises from disturbing your time of peace. Not only is every model uniquely designed to absorb the less desirable sounds, but they use Active Noise Cancellation that works with the stereo to cancel out background noises from the wind, tires, and the road by creating an inaudible, distinct sound to play through the speakers to cancel out the unwanted noises. Plus, it even works with the radio off, ensuring you’ll enjoy your cabin time no matter what.
Besides entertainment and connectivity features, the 2023 Buick Encore GX provides numerous standard safety and driver assistance features like a rear vision camera to help you monitor what’s behind your SUV when driving in reverse. Buick Driver Confidence, which also comes standard, is a suite of six alerts and warnings and automatic assistance functions like emergency braking and steering to help you avoid collisions. Teen Driver is also standard on every Encore GX and is a built-in system that is beneficial for both you and any new drivers that you might let behind the wheel. When engaged, it coaches safe driving habits. It will not only automatically turn on any active driver and safety assistance features but will even mute the radio until the front passengers are buckled up. You can even set a speed warning and a limit and get feedback on each driving experience with a report card so that you know how your new driver did on their own.
Even when you’re not in the market for a performance car, a vehicle’s power and capabilities are still important factors that need to be taken into consideration when searching for your next car. Sure, getting your vehicle from 0-60 mph in record time might not be a requirement for you, but knowing that you’ll be able to get to speed quick enough to prevent getting rear-ended after merging onto the highway might be. Or how about maneuvering out of the way of an out-of-control oncoming vehicle? Believe it or not, a vehicle’s performance extends beyond just speed and handling. It’s also the power produced and the vehicle’s capabilities from the power and its build, and for a subcompact SUV, the 2023 Buick Encore GX provides one exceptional performance.
Buick’s smallest SUV comes with two turbocharged 3-cylinder engine options for you to choose from, both of which deliver an efficient and engaging performance. However, the base 1.2-liter front-wheel drive only powertrain for the Encore GX is slightly less exhilarating and responsive when compared to the optional 1.3-liter that is expected to produce 155 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque versus the 137 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque that the base engine is predicted to deliver. Even just a little extra power makes the larger engine worth the extra money for a more fun driving experience and added ease in handling the 1,000 lbs towing capacity that the 2023 Buick Encore GX is rated for so you can drag around your small camper, boat, or utility trailer.
Both engines with rear-wheel drive are estimated to get a combined 30 MPG while maneuvering through the city streets and cruising the highway, keeping you away from the dreaded gas station a little longer than many of its competitors. But for the most versatile performance, the 1.3-liter engine can be paired with all-wheel drive to keep you on the move in any road condition. Life doesn’t slow down, so why should you?
What’s more, the all-wheel-drive Encore GX is still estimated to get a combined 27 MPG, which might be less than what you’ll see with a front-wheel drive model but still more than its all-wheel-drive competition. It’s no surprise that the 2023 Buick Encore GX provides the perfect balance of power, efficiency, and overall feel-good performance; Buick wouldn’t have it any other way.