Another reason why people subscribe to this channel Music. You know buick it's, all about big floaty sedans driven by card carrying aarp members right. Well, it turns out some 90 of the vehicles sold with the tri shield in 2019 were suvs, the most popular being the compact encore, which is attracting a lot of younger buyers. This is the all new encore gx that rides on a new architecture it's about time. The first one's been around since 2012.. Encore gx is smaller than buick's envision but larger than the encore confused. Well, the original encore is still on sale, even though it's a completely different vehicle. I asked the folks at buick whether or not they considered a different name, and they said no encore just has such name recognition. They had to go with it with the gx in the back i'm, not in marketing deciding between the two. I think the gx is the easy choice: it's not significantly larger longer by three inches and wider by one. This passenger space gains a couple cubic feet. The extra hauling space is the most significant it swells up by over five cubes then consider the price before any incentives. The gx begins at twenty five thousand one hundred bucks, just nine hundred dollars more than the encore, not gx that's a small premium to pay for the new modern architecture and makes me wonder why buick still sells the old one, maybe it's, because the price ramps up With the gx, this top trim essence model with st trim is optioned to the 34 100 level before any incentives.
It includes niceties like a projected logo, giving feet something to aim at when opening the tailgate. How about a head up display? The wheel is heated stuff. The trunk to the headliner and digital rear view mirrors are a godsend. There'S, a bird's eye camera view system, actually a flock of birds. It has different angles that are helpful and there's. Even an automatic parking system. Oh and there's, an upcharge for the satin steel gray, metallic paint – this is a front drive car. All wheel drive would tack on two grand you know. Oddly enough, this stuff is still somewhat in short supply. You should have seen the looks i got while i was wheeling it out with the seats up. The trunk is more spacious than the mercedes gla 250 by over 50 at cubic feet. Six packs of the two ply is more than i expected and i don't get fooled often and, as you can see, yes, the hatch closes without pushing on the back. Sometimes these need a little shove at the end and as long as i'm talking about utility. Let me show you something that i haven't seen since my old volvo v70 wagon was totaled years ago, a feature all crossovers and suvs should have huh. How great is that think of all the long things that can be hauled in this small machine and the load floor is adjustable. If you want a flat area for loading, bigger things, it makes it easy to store the security shade and how about that spare tire? Not always a thing in today's vehicles, the base engine is a turbocharged 1.
2 liter, three cylinder engine that's paired with a continuously variable transmission, move up to select or essence models, and this 1.3 liter turbo three cylinder can be had for just 400. Go with all wheel. Drive and it's standard, i highly suggest it it's more powerful at 155 horsepower and 174 pound feet of torque Music. The larger engine is paired with a 9 speed transmission. The shift lever feels good choosing. Gears manually will be done here. There are no drive modes, but gx can tow up to a thousand pounds. This front drive. Gx has a little bit of torque steer, meaning under hard acceleration off the line. It will pull a hair to the right, not a big deal i'm. Assuming that all wheel drive will take care of that, this is not a particularly fast car 0 to 60 in just under 10 seconds, but in city driving it feels spunkier than it is. The 3 cylinder is smooth lighter than the old encore by some 200 pounds. The gx stops and goes just fine in everyday driving. This is not a car for enthusiasts or people, often needing to pass on two lane highways steering weight is on the light side. You might figure this being both a buick and a higher riding crossover that this would corner like a bowl full of jello uh. No, not actually considering what this is. Body movements are fairly well controlled and it's kind of fun to chuck around in corners in the city.
Once again, general motors can't seem to telegraph the fact that most of its cars drive well. The engineers have eliminated most of the buck and bound that could happen on choppy pavement, given a short 102.2 inch wheelbase. Even with some body roll in hard cornering, the gx never feels sloppy. Dampers are set to coddle it's comfortable. It soaks up big bumps nicely it's a buick and it's quiet. The hushed cabin is good for road trips. As for highway cruising, my wife and i took an 800 mile excursion to bend oregon for a much needed. Mini vacation did some hiking at smith, rock and kayaking on pawlina lake. The kinds of things that crossover owners do the little buick felt a size larger than it is it drove well, there were no problems getting all of our luggage and food in the back. Using the security cover, even though we over packed a side note, our lodging had interesting sleeping options. All hotel rooms should have hammers, okay, it's a motel back to the review. One reason to go with a bigger engine: it gets better fuel economy. The 1.3 liter here with front wheel drive is epa rated at 31 miles per gallon. The 1.2 liter at 28 go figure on the trip to bend. We average 33 miles to the gallon. As far as the automatic engine start, stop system goes, they've improved a lot over the years. This one, this one is pretty good and it used to be the general motors didn't, give you a switch to turn that off they do now.
Thank you, general motors. Most of the active electronic safety tech on the old encore was optional. Quite a bit is standard on gx, including collision alert, auto braking with pedestrian detection. Lane keep assist and automatic high beams on the highway. The adaptive cruise control, which is optional, works pretty well that's. More than i can say about, the lane keep assist it wanders around between the stripes more than i would like. I'Ve, certainly seen better and more confident systems Music. The swoopy interior has trim that helps to broaden the visual and it doesn't feel cramped. But this is a buick and even though it's not an enclave avenir, it should get more respect, there's some real stitching, but the fake molded stuff is right at eye level. There are a lot of seams and some plastics look a great lower than expected. If i were a product planner elevating the cabin experience would be the priority. The heated leather seats were fine for hundreds of miles for me and my petite wife, bigger people should take a closer look at them. Gm certainly got function right, ergonomics are good. Controls are easy to understand without cracking the user's manual there's, even a mix of usb ports and wireless phone charging. If you hook up with amazon alexa from your house, you can do things like start or stop the car's engine or check the fuel level from your car. You can control your smart home. Ask directions or play music i'd like to hear millie vanilli music by millie vanilli is only available with amazon, music unlimited, thank god.
The user interface is simple, the menu structure is clear and response is snappy. Some might grouse. The screen is small compared to some ginormous units, but remember the size of the car, android, auto and apple carplay are standard, phones need to be plugged in to use it, and while none of the storage areas are cavernous, there are enough places to stash all the Things that people need on a regular basis on road trips. This bin here is especially good for fries, regular or waffle. Doesn'T matter, you're upset that the back seat doesn't slide four and a half aren't you yeah that's, true well, hopefully that's the worst of your disappointments. In 2020., i see what you're doing there guilt trip, we're, both five foot, nine and for a small vehicle. Encore gx has a good amount of headroom about this. Much knee leg and foot room all pretty decent. The cushions are high enough, so that thigh support is good, though it is a little bit on the short side and if you're often bringing car seats in and out, this passageway is a little bit on the narrow side door pockets a little bit small yay storage. On both seat backs and this folding forward that is such a great trick. All the power outlets you'd ever need and a little place for your phone too no heated seats in the rear dang, but it does help that the floor is perfectly flat, meaning two average sized adults will be perfectly fine in this small vehicle.
A third one here i don't know maybe a kid but uh keep it short. Okay, the st trim on the gx is just that a trim package. I do like the pop of red here and there it's, especially cool here, i'll point out – that the black elements on the 18 inch wheels are plastic darned. If this machine didn't get a lot of compliments on the styling, there are purposeful swage lines and creases to give the body some athleticism without making it busy. The most common reaction is that's a buick. I got that a lot, maybe because there's something missing no ventiports seems like those are going away, but keep in mind. General motors tends to set retail pricing high to give dealers lots of room to haggle on price, okay folks time to wrap this up with red light green light, green lights, encore gx is a well rounded package with excellent utility and comfort for a small vehicle. If you like, quiet cars, this is your compact suv and people seem to like the styling. It got a lot more attention than i would have expected: yellow lights, two different engines and transmissions might confuse buyers stay sharp when choosing related the 1.3 liter engine isn't a rocket i'll assume the smaller engine is slower and if you're, a big person make sure the Seats work for you red light. The interior needs some love when it comes to materials and detailing the nomenclature is confusing.
Remember how oldsmobile had a dozen different cutlasses remember what happened to osmobile front drive models. Have some torque steer wise shoppers should check out? Similarly, sized vehicles like kia, celtos, hyundai, kona, jeep, renegade mazda, cx 30 mini countryman and the new chevrolet trailblazer that shares the same architecture with the buick here considering encore was the brand's best selling vehicle. This version should be even more popular i'll, give the product planners that clearly a better vehicle. The gx is an appropriate encore to buick's lineup. You know how i am about test driving. The closest competitor i see to the gx would be the cx 30. As for price, as i write this, there are incentives of around 3 500 on the buick. Really, if you think a car is too expensive, do research and get price quotes people you might be pleasantly surprised, moving up a size at buick. Have you seen the second generation envision that should arrive at dealers in early 2021? Photos can lie, but these are mighty promising i'll wait till. I see it in person, though heading into 2021, which can't get here fast enough. Buick will have no sedans or wagons. Only crossovers and suvs lacrosse and all regals are gone. The cascada convertible i understand. Did anybody even know that existed an all suv, buick lineup hard to get your head around that huh? You made it to the very end so time for a fun fact, which i usually put at the end of videos.
Another reason to subscribe to this channel. I was able to ask the folks at buick what does gx mean and they told me pretty much nothing. They just needed a way to differentiate encore from encore gx because they are different vehicles again i'm, not in marketing.