The new 2021 Buick Encore GX is a subcompact crossover SUV that builds on the solid foundations laid down over the last few years by the popular Buick Encore that continues in production alongside the GX. The GX is a little larger, although not much larger, but even better use has now been made of the available space inside the cabin.
There’s a good amount of leg and headroom in the front and rear seats, the exterior styling is modern and slightly sporty, and there are two engine options that help the 2021 Encore GX cater to as wide an audience as possible. If you want an SUV with a small footprint and good fuel economy for trips along N Virginia Ave or for longer journeys to Martinsville or Laurel Park, the Encore GX is definitely worth a closer look.
Buyers have three different trim levels to choose from in the Encore GX lineup, but some manufacturers might claim there are six in similar circumstances as all three trim levels are also available in all-wheel-drive form as well as standard front-wheel-drive.
The entry model in the 2021 lineup is the Encore GX Preferred, the mid-range model is the Encore GX Select and the top-of-the-range model is the Encore GX Essence. If that’s not enough personalization for you there are upgrade packages too. All three models come standard with the Buick Driver Confidence package of active safety features, but all three trim levels can also be enhanced with the available Sport Touring and Black Roof packages.
Whichever way you specify it, the Encore GX will look fantastic cruising around Stanleyville or heading out to Spring Cove Park for a day out with the family.
It’s not unusual for a model like the Encore GX to stick with a single engine these days but Buick has decided to make this town and city-friendly crossover SUV available with a choice of powerplants. The standard unit is a 1.2-liter, three-cylinder turbo that produces 137 horsepower and 162 lb.-ft. of torque, which is then sent to the front wheels through a CVT transmission. This is the standard engine you get if you go for a front-drive version of the Encore GX, but you can upgrade a Select or Essence model to this engine without the need for also upgrading to all-wheel-drive.
AWD versions of the Encore GX come with a 1.3-liter version of the turbo-three, which then gets you 155 horsepower and 174 lb.-ft. of torque to play with. This time, however, the power is sent to all four wheels of the little Buick through a nine-speed automatic transmission instead of the CVT.
An Encore GX with the 1.2-liter engine and front-wheel-drive is rated by the EPA at 26 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway and 28 mpg combined. Front-drive models with the 1.3-liter engine are rated at 30 mpg in the city, 32 mpg on the highway and 31 mpg combined, while AWD changes those ratings to 26/29/28 mpg, respectively.
All versions of the 2021 Buick Encore GX come standard with the Buick Driver Confidence that includes Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, Following Distance Indicator and IntelliBeam headlamps with auto high beam.
Even the Preferred trim level boasts a seriously impressive list of standard features. The Encore GX Preferred comes with a full complement of power features, an 8.0-inch touchscreen for the wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible infotainment system, two-device Bluetooth connectivity, six-speaker audio, keyless start, 18-inch alloy wheels and cloth/synthetic leather seats.
The Select trim adds the likes of blind-spot monitors, heated front seats, satellite radio, remote start and an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, while the range-topping Essence trim gets you real leather upholstery, a heated leather steering wheel, and an eight-way power-adjustable passenger front seat.
The 2021 Buick Encore GX isn’t just a great little crossover SUV, it’s a great little crossover SUV perfect for the urban environment that looks great, comes packed with standard features, boasts plenty of standard and available safety features and also represents excellent value for money. Come and check one out for yourself today with a test drive from us here at GR Chevrolet, 930 Fairystone Park Highway, Stanleytown, VA.