General Motors has announced that its all-new 2013 Buick Encore subcompact crossover achieves 25 miles per gallon in city driving and 33 mpg on the highway (28 mpg combined) in front-wheel drive spec.

Buick points to the combination of a body architecture that is 60 percent high-strength steel and a 1.4-liter turbocharged four backed by a six-speed automatic as the foundation of a lightweight, fuel-efficient vehicle.

General Motors says that compared to the average new vehicle, an Encore owner will spend an estimated $2,100 less in fuel expenditures over the next five years – an average of $420 per year. The company claims the petite crossover's estimated fuel cost of $1,900 per year is the lowest of any 2013 model year crossover sold in the States.

Fuel economy estimates for the all-wheel drive Encore have not yet been announced and will be revealed at a later date. Check out the press release from Buick below for more information on the Encore and its fuel economy numbers.
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Buick Encore to be Most Fuel-Efficient Crossover from Domestic Automaker

Combined fuel economy beats Ford Escape, Jeep Compass


DETROIT – The 2013 Buick Encore luxury crossover is rated at an EPA-estimated 25 mpg city, 33 mpg highway and a combined 28 mpg fuel economy with a standard six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. It will save an estimated $2,100 in fuel costs over five years of ownership compared to the average new vehicle.

Encore's combined fuel economy is based on 45 percent highway and 55 percent city driving. It is the best fuel economy for any crossover offered by a U.S.-based automaker, and the vehicle's EPA estimated annual fuel cost of $1,900 is the same or lower than any domestic or imported 2013 model year crossover sold in the United States.

Ford's most-efficient crossover, the 2013 Escape, is EPA estimated at 23 city/33 highway, or a combined 26 mpg. A Jeep Compass equipped with an automatic transmission is EPA estimated at 23/28 mpg, or 25 combined.

Encore boasts higher ratings than its direct import competition, including the Mini Countryman S, which gets an EPA estimated at 25/32 mpg with an automatic transmission, and the Volkswagen Tiguan. Compared to the Volkswagen's EPA estimates of 21/26 mpg, Encore's gains of four city mpg and seven highway mpg equate to $500 less spent on fuel for each year of ownership, based on EPA estimates. The Encore is designed to run on regular gasoline while both competitors recommend more expensive premium fuel.

Reducing weight saves fuel, so Buick engineers developed a body structure for Encore that's 60 percent high-strength steel, providing safety benefits while trimming pounds off the vehicle. Encore is powered by a 1.4L turbocharged engine.

"Right from its inception, Encore was designed to offer customers the safety and comfort expected of any Buick, but with an added emphasis on space and fuel efficiency," said Vehicle Chief Engineer Jim Danahy. "We did things like specify one optimized wheel and tire package to ensure that every customer has the best driving experience possible."

When Encore goes on sale in early 2013, it will offer the interior flexibility of a 60/40 folding rear seat and a front passenger seat that folds forward for longer cargo, as well as dual glove boxes and storage bins designed for items like smartphones and tablet computers.

With the arrival of Encore, Buick will offer four different models with turbocharged four-cylinder engines and six models with EPA-estimated highway fuel economy greater than 30 mpg.

Fuel economy estimates for Encore models with all-wheel drive will be announced later.

Buick is a modern luxury brand offering vehicles with sculpted designs, luxurious interiors with thoughtful personal technologies, along with responsive-yet-efficient performance. Buick is attracting new customers with its portfolio of award-winning luxury models, including the Enclave crossover, LaCrosse sedan, Regal sport sedan, Buick Verano sedan and the all-new 2013 Encore crossover. Learn more about Buick cars and crossovers at www.buick.com, on Twitter @buick or at www.facebook.com/buick.


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      dan1malk
      • 2 Years Ago
      My wife will love this car.
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      GreenN_Gold
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well it sure is stubby, but the interior dresses up nice.
      ohbeeyatchplease
      • 2 Years Ago
      i sat on my gearshift while thinking about the new Buick Encore
      Tanooki2003
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good lord GM What the heck is with your design team? The design of this vehicle is particularly atrocious! By the design I can tell it has South Korea's own Daewoo influence. It looks like a somewhat premium vehicle that you would find manufactured and on the streets of India or in some of your common developing countries. Seeing this gives me the feeling that GM has run out of ideas on how to design an attractive vehicle. On the bumper note I thought this whole faded gray bumper look died back in the 90's.
      Gavin H
      • 2 Years Ago
      HIDEOUS! Can't believe that is the same brand as the LaCrosse. Poor attempt at an Audi Q5.
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      turkeythundergod
      • 2 Years Ago
      Easily the ugliest and most useless idea to come out of GM in some time. Buick continues its march towards obscurity with a plethora of models that make you wonder why the heck we used taxpayer money to keep them afloat. Rather than make something that could potentially sell (like something slightly larger than an SRX but smaller than an Enclave), they chose to go for the "make something we'll have to throw tons of money on the hood to get it moving" route. It doesn't help that its ugly either. I truly don't understand who this is aimed at. Speaking as a young couple with no kids and a reasonable income, I see no reason to buy this over literally everything else on the market. If I really wanted a tiny crossover, I'd buy a Countryman or Outlander Sport.
        design eye
        • 2 Years Ago
        @turkeythundergod
        Obviously it's not aimed at you, so why get so f**king upset. What's wrong with GM competing for smaller crossovers? They exist, as you've pointed out, and people are trending to smaller vehicles. Go make some babies!
      gregmlr
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's the best this dopey little thing can muster?
      le9193
      • 2 Years Ago
      I know a lot of people are disliking this car based on some of these photos, and honestly. I cannot blame you. This is definitely one of those cases where the press shots make the car look terrible. HOWEVER, live shots of this car do it a bit more justice and I studied it well in NYC*Since the idiot was trying to tell me, the back seat had more leg room then an Enclave? But in all honesty, it's not a bad looking...thing? Crossover, hatch, whatever it's considered. I give Buick a thumbs up for this one.
        axiomatik
        • 2 Years Ago
        @le9193
        Part of the problem is that the lead image used in this article is shot from a low perspective, maybe waist-high. It makes the proportions and shaping even stranger. When you look at a picture, taken at eye level, it looks much better.
        Jerry
        • 2 Years Ago
        @le9193
        Have to disagree. It is ugly in person also.
      ebn.hahn
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is all what we need, another UGLY Turd out of GM to contaminate our streets. The Aztek is Back!!!!
      tinted up
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd rather get a Juke!
        tinted up
        • 2 Years Ago
        @tinted up
        Yeah he does! He's a golden retriever and his name is Frankie, he is typing this up for me too!
        The Other Bob
        • 2 Years Ago
        @tinted up
        So your seeing eye dog can drive you around?
      bullitt2605
      • 2 Years Ago
      They made an updated version of the Rendezvous cause that was such a head turner....
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