What's the difference between the Buick Encore and Encore GX?

If you're in the market for an upscale crossover with excellent versatility and a city-friendly physical footprint, Buick has two compelling options to consider, the Encore and Encore GX. These two subcompact crossovers provide refined accommodations, practical utility, and dimensions that are well-suited to navigating crowded streets and crossovers. They have very similar names and sizes, which can make them easy to confuse if you're just starting your research. But the Buick Encore and Encore GX offer unique experiences suited to different buyers. Here we'll provide a quick overview of their distinguishing characteristics.

Buick Encore vs Encore GX: Performance

The Buick Encore is powered by a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine (138 horsepower, 148 pound-feet of torque) paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, but Preferred models can option AWD.

The Buick Encore GX offers slightly better acceleration thanks to its standard 1.2-liter turbo-three (CVT), which makes 137 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. All trim levels can add AWD as an option, which also equips a more powerful 1.3-liter turbo-three (155 hp, 174 lb-ft) and a nine-speed automatic transmission. Select and Essence trims can option the 1.3-liter without all-wheel drive and with a continuously variable transmission.

Buick Encore vs Encore GX: Design & Dimensions

The Encore GX features a slightly longer wheelbase than the Encore (171.4 vs. 168.4 inches), which provides a little more passenger volume (94.3 vs. 92.8 cubic feet) and max cargo capacity (50.2 vs. 48.4 cubic feet). However, the Encore GX does offer appreciably more cargo space behind the rear seats (23.5 vs. 18.8 cubic feet).

While similar in size, the Encore GX and Encore wear distinct aesthetics. Notably, the newer GX shows off a more modern style with an aggressive front fascia and a more muscular stance. And on the inside, the GX offers a more streamlined style and additional feature options. The standard Encore comes in at a lower price point, making it ideal for Cheboygan drivers seeking a good blend of amenities and value.

Encore vs Encore GX: Trim Levels & Features

One of the most significant differences between the Buick Encore and Encore GX is feature availability. Both models offer well-equipped experiences, but the Encore GX adds an extra trim level and more options packages. Here's a quick look at their highlights

Buick Encore

Buick Encore 1SV

  • 18-inch alloy wheels with Tech Gray pockets
  • Roof-mounted side rails
  • Acoustic-laminated, solar-absorbing windshield glass
  • Keyless Open
  • QuietTuning noise insulation
  • Flat-folding front passenger seatback for extra cargo
  • LED daytime running lamps
  • 7-inch Buick® Infotainment System touchscreen with Bluetooth
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • OnStar® with 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot capable

Buick Encore Preferred

The Buick Encore's Preferred trim level adds a few more standard features, like a cargo cover and carpeted rear floor mats. But the primary benefit is its access to exclusive available upgrades. Optional amenities for the Encore Preferred include:

  • All-wheel-drive
  • Remote start
  • Power moonroof
  • Automatic wipers
  • 120-volt household-style power outlet
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Side Blind Zone Alert
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Front and Rear Park Assist sensors

Buick Encore GX

Buick Encore GX Preferred

  • 18" Bright Silver painted aluminum wheels
  • LED fog lamps and DRLs
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Keyless (proximity) Open and Start
  • Buick QuietTuning™ active noise cancellation
  • Flat-folding front passenger seat
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • 8" Buick® Infotainment System
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Automatic Emergency and Front Pedestrian Braking
  • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
  • Following Distance Indicator
  • IntelliBeam® auto high-beam assist
  • Available Cold Weather Package: heated front seats, 10-way power driver's seat, remote start)
  • Available Safety Package: Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

Buick Encore GX Select

  • 18" machined-aluminum wheels w/ High-Gloss Dark pockets
  • Roof-mounted side rails
  • Remote start
  • 10-way power driver seat with lumbar
  • Heated front seats
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Available Advanced Technology Package: Navigation, Adaptive Cruise Control, HD Surround Vision, Head-up Display, Rear Park Assist

Buick Encore GX Essence

  • LED headlights
  • Leather upholstery
  • 8-way power passenger's seat with lumbar
  • Driver-seat memory
  • 120-volt power outlet
  • In-cabin air ionizer
  • Available Advanced Technology Package
  • Available Convenience Package: Rear Camera Mirror, wireless charging, Rainsense wipers, Automatic Parking Assist

Available for All Encore GX trims

  • Keyless Entry Keypad
  • Hands-free liftgate
  • Panoramic power moonroof

Test-drive the new Buick Encore and Encore GX near Mackinaw City and Gaylord, MI

Reach out to Fletch's Buick GMC today to learn more about the Buick Encore and Encore GX subcompact SUVs and their available trim levels, options, and special financing offers. And if you're ready to explore the amenities, accommodations, and drivability for yourself, we welcome you to visit us in Petoskey, where you can get behind the wheel for a test drive. We would love to give you a tour.

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