The Buick Encore Versus the Encore GX: Which is the Better Choice?
Since its introduction in 2013, the Buick Encore has become one of Buick’s best-selling vehicles. The compact SUV has offered consumers a great choice of vehicle that is affordable, engaging, and comfortable. In 2019 Buick decided to create a better version of the Buick Encore, the Buick Encore GX. The name may be deceptive, but the Encore GX is its own vehicle and not simply a trim. Buick wanted to introduce a new SUV, but it didn’t want to simply phase out one of its best-selling vehicles. The solution was the Buick Encore GX, a compact SUV that improves upon the Encore and enhances some of its core features. In order to clear up any confusion, we’ll outline just how different these two SUVs are and highlight which is the better choice.
Buick Encore vs Encore GX
The Buick Encore is slightly larger than the Encore GX. Although both SUVs look similar and share a name, the Encore GX differs in a lot of ways. One of these is engine type. The Encore GX features two engine types: a 1.2L turbocharged 3-cylinder capable of 137 horsepower and 162lb-ft of torque, and a 1.3L turbocharged 3-cylinder capable of 155 horsepower and 174lb-ft of torque. The regular Encore features a 1.4L turbocharged engine capable of 138 horsepower and 148lb-ft of torque. Both the Encore and Encore GX can be equipped with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The difference between both SUVs may seem negligible, but for those looking for an added boost in power, the Encore GX takes the lead.
Looking at the exterior of the Encore and Encore GX, one would say they’re pretty similar. Get up and close, however, and it becomes apparent that the GX has a more modern style and look that seems to be improved from the regular Encore. The regular Encore has a shorter hood with an upper grille that angles back toward the windshield. It also has angular LED headlights which flow into the sides of the vehicle. The front fascia features vents that add a sporty look and the side profile features body lines that flow the entire length of the SUV. As for the GX, the grille is more upright and larger. This adds a longer and wider look to the front fascia. Enlarged vents near the lower front fascia also give the GX a more aggressive look. At the sides, the GX has a sharp line that starts at the rear doors and flows to the rear taillights. To summarize, the regular Encore has a more reserved look while the GX has a sportier, more aggressive look.
Inside the Encore and Encore GX
Looking at the interior of the Encore and the GX, consumers will note that the GX has more room and cabin space. Both SUVs comfortably seat five, but the GX has additional dimensions for headroom, legroom, hip room. Regarding cargo room, the regular Encore offers 48.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the front seats while the GX offers 50.2 cubic feet. Behind the rear seats, the regular Encore offers 18.8 cubic feet and the GX offers 23.5 cubic feet. There isn’t too much difference in cubic feet, but the extra inches can pay off when storing specific cargo. A cool feature about the GX as well is that it can tow when fitted with a towing package (up to 1,000 pounds). For those wanting more room for passengers and cargo, and the ability to tow, the GX clearly comes out ahead.
One of the last comparisons between the Encore and the Encore GX is regarding safety. Both Buick SUVs offer the latest in safety and driver-assist technology. The regular Encore has several safety packages for additional safety features but the base includes rear cross-traffic alerts, side blind zone alerts, forward collision alerts, and traction control. The GX has all of this and more. With the Buick Driver Confidence package, GX owners will be able to make use of additional safety features to ensure their safety when driving. Automatic emergency braking, front pedestrian braking, and IntelliBeam auto high-beam assist are just some features included. The GX clearly wins with its plethora of safety and driver-assist features. That’s not to say the regular Encore won’t keep drivers and passengers safe, but the GX has an added level of safety.
The 2022 Buick Encore starts at $24,600 (plus destination fee) while the 2022 Buick Encore GX starts at $25,995 (plus destination fee). Package upgrades and trim levels aside, it’s clear that the Buick Encore GX beats out the regular Encore. The GX has everything the regular Encore has with more levels of convenience and comfort. The interior space is larger, the engine is more powerful, and there are additional safety and driver-assist features. The regular Encore may be a good choice for those looking to spend the least amount of money for a good compact SUV, but the fact that the GX is not much more points to the GX being the better vehicle to consider.
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