2022 Buick Encore GX

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2022 Buick Encore GX Review: Worth A Look

The subcompact crossover SUV market is a hotly contested one, and it can be challenging to stand out from a crowd that includes the likes of the Lexus UX and Toyota C-HR, but the 2022 Buick Encore GX manages to do just that. This cute little crossover might not be as premium as some, but it makes up for that with competitive pricing and solid practicality. The only engine option for the majority of 2022 was a turbocharged 1.3-liter three-cylinder unit producing 155 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque, which it sends to the front or all four wheels. After a chip-shortage-induced hiatus, the 1.2-liter turbo power plant with 137 hp and 162 lb-ft was brought back at the tail end of 2022, offering better gas mileage at the expense of any sense of urgency from under the hood.

The value-for-money proposition of the Encore GX is great, and we love its easy-to-use infotainment system - but with a rather lackluster engine and bland interior, is it enough to really make a name for itself?

Read in this review:

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2022 Buick Encore GX Changes: What’s the difference vs the 2021 Buick Encore GX?

For the 2022 model year, the 137-hp 1.2-liter inline-three engine is put on hold and the only engine fitted to all models in the range is now the more powerful 155-hp 1.3-liter inline-three.

Four new metallic colors have been added to the 2022 palette as well, namely Rosewood, Cinnabar, Sunset Glow, and Sapphire. Five colors have been discontinued, bringing the number available hues down from nine to eight. Other than these, there are no other changes.

Pros and Cons

  • Cute looks
  • It's practical
  • Good value for money
  • Cheap interior
  • Lacks oomph
  • It's not terribly exciting to drive

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2022 Buick Encore GX Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Preferred
1.2L Turbo Gas
1.3L Turbo Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$24,400
Select
1.2L Turbo Gas
1.3L Turbo Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$25,800
Essence
1.3L Turbo Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$29,000
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2022 Encore GX Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 171.4 in
  • Wheelbase 102.2 in
  • Height 64.1 in
  • Max Width 71.4 in
  • Front Width 61.1 in
  • Rear Width 61.9 in
  • Curb Weight 3,079.0 lbs

2022 Encore GX Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engines
    1.2L Turbo Gas, 1.3L Turbo, 1.3L Turbo Gas
  • Transmissions
    9-Speed Automatic, Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, FWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

Cars in this category tend to focus on agility and ease of driving in tight spaces. The Encore GX follows this theory with surprising effectiveness: it feels nimble when driving through packed city streets, and its light steering makes it easy to park in smaller spaces, although we did notice that its turning circle is not as tight as some would like. The most surprising characteristic of the Encore GX is that you can have a little fun with it when you're up to speed, even though it's not naturally very engaging: it's highly entertaining to use momentum driving when pushing through the corners, and the slight amount of body roll on display is entirely acceptable for a relatively high-riding crossover SUV. Another positive characteristic of the Encore GX's driving dynamics is that with so little power on offer, wheelspin is rarely an issue, especially in AWD guise, boosting driver confidence.

The Encore's budget-friendly suspension setup does have a few faults, however: the rear torsion beam setup can cause a bouncy ride for those in the back when navigating uneven terrain. Braking performance is good, and we didn't experience significant brake fade after extensive testing.

2022 Encore GX Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 40.9 in
  • Front Head Room 39.7 in
  • Rear Leg Room 36.0 in
  • Rear Head Room 38.1 in

2022 Encore GX Trunk and Cargo Space

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2022 Encore GX Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Warranty Note:
    Preliminary 2022 Warranty \ 
  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Rust-Through:
    6 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Maintenance Note:
    1 Year \ 1 Visit

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
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Verdict: Is the 2022 Buick Encore GX A Good SUV?

Buick isn't the first name that comes to mind when you think of young and hip brands, but the Encore GX aims to change that perception, and we think it might just do it. The standard Encore is a rather forgettable car, but the GX adds just enough attitude and features to make it competitive. The exterior styling is cute and strikes a good balance between city-slicking urbanite and crossover SUV. Inside, the cabin offers a surprisingly large amount of space, and while the materials might not be class-leading, the interior design is pleasing to the eye, and nothing feels as if it will fall apart any time soon. The infotainment system is one of the best we've tested in the segment, and there are quite a number of standard features. On the road, the Encore GX isn't perfect, but it passes as an everyday runabout. The engine isn't a powerhouse but returns good gas mileage. The GX is miles ahead of the standard Encore and is worth a look.

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2022 Buick Encore GX Comparisons

Buick Encore
Lexus UX Lexus
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Buick Encore GX137 hp29/31 mpg$25,900
Buick Encore 155 hp24/32 mpg$26,100
Lexus UX 169 hp29/37 mpg$33,450

2022 Buick Encore GX vs Buick Encore

How much difference is there when it comes down to the GX vs the Encore in standard guise, and which one is better? Price-wise there is only $400 differentiating the base models of these two cars, with the GX being the cheaper one. It quickly becomes apparent why the GX is the better choice. In terms of cargo space, the GX has over 50 cubes on offer, which outshines the standard 48.4 cubic feet on the Encore. There are also a few more standard driver assistance features on the GX, including forward collision assist, and a resulting safety rating that is better on the GX. The interior is much the same on both cars, and while there is not much difference under the hood, the Encore's 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-four makes a smidge more torque. Fuel economy takes a knock on the Encore as a result of the larger motor. We'd go with the GX.

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2022 Buick Encore GX vs Lexus UX

The Encore GX feels decidedly sub-luxury, so how does it compare to one of the more premium models in this category? With a starting price of around $33k, the Lexus UX is priced way above the Encore GX. The UX is powered by a 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine that pumps out 169 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque and doesn't feel any faster or slower than the Encore GX but does have longer legs when it comes to highway cruising. On the road, the Lexus is a much more refined car to drive. The interior is also leagues ahead of the Encore GX, thanks to a fine selection of materials, excellent build quality, and a more mature design. The Lexus also gets superior features on even the base trim, such as dual-zone climate control, LED headlights, and the option of a 10.3-inch multimedia display. The Lexus is the more premium car, but value for money always seals the deal in this class. Please give us the Buick.

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