2021 Buick Encore GX vs. Its Competition

2021 Buick Encore GX
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Buick Encore GX undercuts other high-end pint-size crossovers in price, which may make it an attractive option for some.

The BMW X1 isn’t as fun as its maker’s reputation, but it has a classy feel.

The Audi Q3 delivers a high-tech interior and nimble handling, while the new Mercedes-Benz GLA promises a softer shape and better infotainment.

We like the stylish Volvo XC40 a lot, but it can get expensive.

The lower-priced Hyundai Tucson delivers more interior space and a better warranty.

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2020 Audi Q32020 Audi Q3
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2020 BMW X12020 BMW X1
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2020 Hyundai Tucson2020 Hyundai Tucson
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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA Class
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2020 Volvo XC402020 Volvo XC40
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Quick Specs
6.0
The 2021 Buick Encore GX steals the parking spot left between the smallest mainstream and luxury crossovers.
6.7
The 2020 Audi Q3 blends practicality, quality, and fun in a chunky but city-friendly package.
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The 2020 BMW X1 welcomes crossover shoppers into the luxury brand with a good price and nice features.
6.5
What the 2020 Hyundai Tucson lacks in distinctiveness, it makes up for in value, safety, and features.
5.8
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 is a solid crossover entry point into the luxury German brand.
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The 2020 Volvo XC40 honed in on the Netflix and Stitch Fix crowd, with smart dynamics and style and an all-in subscription plan.
MSRP From     
$24,200$34,700$35,200$23,550$34,250$33,700
Gas Mileage     
26 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Engine     
TurbochargedIntercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small Sport Utility Vehicle 2WDSmall SUV 4WDLarge CarsSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WD
Style Name     
FWD 4-Door PreferredPremium 45 TFSI quattrosDrive28i Sports Activity VehicleSE FWDGLA 250 SUVT4 FWD Momentum
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport Utility Vehiclequattro Sport UtilitySports Activity VehicleSport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
Continuously Variable RatioAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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