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The Buick Encore, introduced for the 2013 model year, holds the distinction of being the first subcompact sport-utility vehicle we actually liked. All of the others in its class seemed cramped, especially for tall drivers, and delivered unimpressive performance on the road.
For 2020, the Encore grew up to become the Encore GX. It’s a slightly bigger version of the original Encore, which is still available. We test-drove a top-of-the-line 2020 Encore GX Essence with front-wheel drive. It had a base price of $28,500, rising to $33,465 with optional equipment. The base GX Preferred starts at $24,100. The original Encore, in base trim, costs $900 less than the base Encore GX.