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2023 Buick Encore GX Configurator Goes Live, Pricing Stays Put

Revealed three years ago in China, the Buick Encore GX enters the 2023 model year with similar pricing to the 2022 model. In terms of changes, the online configurator shows only one: Moonstone Gray Metallic paint.
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This finish joins White Frost Tricoat, Rosewood Metallic, Sunset Glow Metallic, Sapphire Metallic, Cinnabar Metallic, Ebony Twilight Metallic, and Summit White. Customers are offered a choice of two force-fed mills, a front-drive continuously variable transmission, a nine-speed automatic with the all-wheel-drive option, and three grades, starting with Preferred.

What do you get for your hard-earned money? Priced at $25,595 including destination charge, the Preferred comes with 18-inch aluminum wheels, a plethora of safety and driver-assist systems bundled under the Buick Driver Confidence umbrella, a three-month platinum trial subscription to SiriusXM, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, as well as wireless phone mirroring.

Under the hood, you’ll find a 1.2-liter Ecotec three-cylinder turbo that needs 5,000 revolutions per minute to crank out 137 horsepower. Peak torque is listed as 162 pound-feet (circa 220 Nm) at 2,500 revolutions per minute.

Stepping up to the Select, which starts at $26,995 for the 2023 model year, highlights include dual-zone automatic climate control, heated driver and front passenger seats, remote start, and 10-way power driver seat adjustments. For $1,895 extra, Buick is much obliged to upgrade from 1.2 to 1.3 liters of displacement, 155 horsepower at 5,600 revolutions per minute, and 174 pound-feet (236 Nm) of torque from merely 1,600 rpm.

The larger sibling of the Encore tops with the $30,195 Essence trim level, which comes exclusively with the 1.3-liter turbo. Automatic on/off LED headlamps with delay feature, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 120-volt power outlet, auto-dimming rearview mirror, 8-way power front passenger seat adjustments, universal home remote, and LED taillights pretty much sum up the most important features of the range-topping grade.

Those who simply loathe continuously variable transmissions can upgrade to the auto for a few more bucks. Only available with all-wheel drive and the 1.3-liter turbo, the torque-converter automatic is available from $27,595 for the Preferred, $28,995 for the Select, and $31,795 for the Essence.


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