The Buick Encore's slight stature and slightly upscale price tag doesn't make it a natural fit in a class of anything.
Still, there are a few crossovers worth cross-shopping when you're looking at the Encore a first, or a second time.
The Ford Escape's a perfectly fine alternative: it's larger, more spacious inside, much more tossable and enthusiastic to drive, and not much less efficient or finely finished than the Buick.
The MINI Countryman is sized more closely to the Encore, and its optional turbo versions really transform its outlook on the road ahead--though not much can help its awkward baseball-cap roofline.
The Infiniti EX37 fits the niche too, with low gas mileage for the pack but excellent handling, great styling, and a tight rear seat.
The BMW X1 mirrors those sentiments.
Then there's the VW Tiguan, which comes with a turbo four-cylinder and decent acceleration to go with nimble handling and right-sized packaging; would that it came with VW's great TDI diesel for great fuel economy, too.
Let us suggest one more radical alternative: the Ford C-Max, the new hybrid that consistently delivers at least as much gas mileage as the Encore at the same price points, with more usable room, a more handsome shape, and an arguably better-fitted cabin to boot.
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|23 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy|
|Turbocharged I4||Turbocharged Gas I4||N/A||Gas V6||Turbocharged Gas I4||Gas I4|
|2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle||N/A||Small Station Wagon||2WD Sport Utility Vehicles||Compact|
|FWD 4-Door||RWD 4-Door 28i||N/A||RWD 4-Door||2WD 4-Door Manual S *Ltd Avail*||FWD 4-Door|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||N/A||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle||N/A||4 Door SUV||Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle|
|Automatic||Automatic w/Manual Shift||N/A||Automatic w/OD||Manual||Manual|