2022 Buick Encore GX
2022 BUICK ENCORE GX – EVERYTHING YOU NEED
The Encore GX five-seat crossover combines hatchback utility, crossover SUV traction, and a layer of premium trim that’s more than just a thin veneer. The Encore GX has an attractive shape with curves to correct the impression that it is all about utility.
The attractive shape begins with thin LED headlights that frame the wide-winged grille. They lead to the sides of the body with three deep, expressive lines that take the visual weight off the car and lift its body towards the rear. Conceptually, it’s no different from the older Encore. Still, it’s far more successful, especially in how Buick highlights the metallic trim and shades the roof on some editions to make for a sleeker, prettier shape.
The fender-like grille echoes the Encore GX’s dash. In base versions, it’s trimmed in plain plastic and fabric. Still, more expensive models get metallic trim and instrument panels in brown or black fabric or synthetic leather. The 8.0-inch touchscreen is placed too far back to be easily read. The Encore GX has hard plastic trim on the dash and doors, but overall it’s more deserving of the premium label than the car it replaces.
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2022 BUICK ENCORE GX STYLING & INTERIOR FEATURES
The Encore GX’s interior is thoughtful and uncomplicated. It’s a perfect mix of digital and analog, with physical buttons used for some controls that other cars might bury in an on-screen menu. The infotainment interface of the 2022 Buick Encore GX is easy to use and has quick responses.
Without the optional sunroof, the 2022 Buick Encore GX has plenty of headroom in the front and rear, and there’s good legroom for taller passengers. The driver’s seat feels a bit upright, but most drivers should be able to fit in easily. The wide beltline somewhat hampers side and rear visibility.
The breadth and execution of the technology on display sets the Encore GX apart. Although its volume is not very high, the primary audio system is one of the best in its class regarding sound quality. The navigation system also works great. It employs predictive text, so you don’t have to type in the entire point of interest. Even vague searches usually turn up the correct destination. A wireless charging pad, four USB ports, and a 120-volt outlet keep your devices fully powered.
There are plenty of safety features, including such rarities as a 360-degree camera system and a digital rearview mirror. All the safety features are done well, although the forward collision warning is too sensitive. We applaud the Encore GX for offering a voice command system—many cars in this class don’t. We wish this Buick used more natural language recognition. The results of some teams can be a bit disappointing.
2022 BUICK ENCORE GX SPECS
Although not very fast, its speed is enough. Buick sells the base version with a 137-hp 1.2-liter turbo-3; the Select and Essence trims can come with a 1.3-liter turbo-3. Having 155 hp. and 174 lb-ft of torque, it’s mated to a CVT on front-wheel-drive versions; when equipped with all-wheel drive, it gets a 9-speed automatic. We like it with the CVT, where it makes excellent use of its low-end torque for a 0-60 mph time of around eight seconds. The engine is muffled by plenty of deadening sounds, and the CVT even allows the driver to shift through imaginary gears (since CVTs use pulleys and belts, they don’t have actual gears).
The Encore GX can tow up to 1,000 pounds and weighs between 3,025 and 3,273 pounds. Buick rightfully keeps its weight down in favor of ride quality. The Encore GX soaks up potholes well on city streets and is mostly quiet on the interstate. It even holds its own in corners with good steering precision, eclipsing the older Encore. However, the steering doesn’t convey much information about the road surface. The Encore GX could be improved by suspension noise; it goes over bumps, and its tires handle steel spots and potholes in the road.
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