Consumer Reports Tests 2013 Buick Encore

The Buick Encore is the first sub compact CUV offered by GM in America. From a distance, it looks good, though lacks the presence of similarly priced vehicles.
Consumer Reports tested the 2013 Buick Encore and is a bit skeptical. We're going to be a bit blunt about it and say it might not be a winner. The platform is taken from the Chevy Sonic but the Buick costs $30,000 as tested.

Sure, that's not the list price, but since this is a Buick, it has to meet the American market standard, and this means profits are tight in this segment, only retro-styled models like the Beetle or MINI being able to justify their price.

Sure, the Buick has some nice toys, but this is GM technology, not Mercedes. In addition, the rivals CR mentioned, the 2012 Honda CR-V and 2013 Subaru Forester, are at the top of their game now. Both are bigger and more economical than the older generations, so the little Encore has a fight on its hands.
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