2015 Buick Encore vs. Its Competition

2015 Buick Encore

There aren't many direct competitors for the Buick Encore.

The Ford C-Max delivers far better gas mileage and has more interior space, but it lacks the available all-wheel-drive system.

The MINI Countryman is similar in size and function to the Encore, but it's undeniably more quirky, and skews toward the sportier end of the spectrum.

The BMW X1 costs more and is more rewarding to drive.

The VW Tiguan is larger with upscale interior materials and a peppier turbocharged four-cylinder.

The FIAT 500L feels cheaper inside and costs less, but offers marginally better performance than the Encore.

However, none of these are true competitors to this Buick's very niche set of qualities, at least for now.

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2015 BMW X12015 BMW X1
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2015 Ford C-Max Energi2015 Ford C-Max
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2015 Volkswagen Tiguan2015 Volkswagen Tiguan
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2015 MINI Cooper Countryman2015 MINI Cooper Countryman
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2015 Fiat 500L2015 FIAT 500L
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Quick Specs
7.4
The 2015 Buick Encore could use a little power, but it's otherwise a mostly solid entry into a very small segment.
7.6
The 2015 BMW X1 runs a little short on versatility, but it's big on style and enthusiasm.
7.8
With their stylish interiors and perky driving feel, the 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi are somewhat sportier alternatives to the Toyota Prius lineup.
7.0
The 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan delivers on all of the important small-crossover promises, although it's not as exciting as some other VWs.
8.0
The mildly updated 2015 MINI Countryman is a versatile compact crossover, one of the smallest on the market, that maintains MINI's character and fun-to-drive spirit.
7.0
Tall wagons aren't a thing here, yet, but the 2015 Fiat 500L gives us one more reason to ask, why not?
MSRP From     
$24,065$31,200$24,170$26,255$22,750$19,345
Gas Mileage     
23 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy40 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Turbocharged I4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Gas/Electric I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
2WD Sport Utility VehicleLarge CarsLarge CarsSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDCompact CarsSmall Station Wagon
Style Name     
FWD 4-DoorRWD 4-Door sDrive28i5-Door HB SE2WD 4-Door Automatic SFWD 4-Door5-Door HB Pop
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveRear 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 VehicleSports Activity VehicleHatchbackSport UtilitySport UtilityHatchback
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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