When it comes to choosing cars, there are few basic factors that need to be considered before zeroing down to one. Not every vehicle is made to do the same set of tasks. While there are vehicles that are performance oriented, others are preferred by the fuel conscious owners, while some cater to the fantasies and luxuries, others are aimed to serve the daily commuting purposes in the traffic congested lanes of the cities.

 The 2020 Buick Encore is one such car that makes a good choice for the city dwellers, and that indirectly says that the small crossover SUV from Buick has everything in place to keep the city bred occupants happy. In the same context once we overheard a conversation at the premise of the Black Mountain Buick dealer that buying the 2020 Buick Encore made them enjoy a bevy of standard and optional features at a price they really didn’t expect.

Engine Compartment

The 2020 model edition of Buick Encore enters its seventh generation in the U.S. market. That’s something to rejoice, but what might disappoint a large section of buyers is the disappearance of the turbocharged engine which was more powerful and efficient. The automaker justifies this change as to make the lineup more fuel friendly as the fuel resource is depleting in an alarming rate. Now that makes sense.

So, if you compare the past, the earlier Encore buyers were given the chance to choose from either a 138- hp making engine or a 153-horsepower making one. But this year they need to be adjusting only with the lower end engine which is a 1.4-liter turbo-4 one that gets a 6-speed automatic transmission as the only option to relay its power to the respective wheels, that the Encore is configured with.

With this engine configuration, fuel economy stays the same as the last year, that shows EPA rating the Buick Encore 27 mpg from a drive mixing up bot city and highway speeds, and with the front-wheel-drive configuration while the all-wheel drive will naturally bring it down by 1 unit less, making it 26 mpg from the same kind of combined trip.       

Feature Options

The most appreciable thing you find in the 2020 Buick Encore is its interesting packages of feature options for all its trim levels. The standard equipment that comes in the base model of the 2020 Buick Encore covers power features, subscription to OnStar and satellite radio while higher trims will add more level of creature comfort as well as technology features like leather upholstery, heated seats, an upgraded stereo and more number of active safety features, for which this Buick crossover has scored an impressive 5 stars rating from the federal government.

We heard from the Buick dealer Black Mountain that IIHS however marked the 2020 Buick Encore series as “Acceptable” for the small overlap front passenger test. Overall, the list of safety features in the 2020 Buick Encore includes a rearview camera, a full suite of airbags as standard, while features like rear cross-traffic, lane-departure, and forward-collision warnings and blind spot monitors can be added as optional, if you tick the boxes in the chart.

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