Just ahead of a major refresh, the 2016 Encore remains a strong seller that’s easily up to subcompact luxury SUV standards. Sporting a fuel-efficient 138-hp turbo four, 6-speed auto and FWD with optional…

2016 Buick Encore Premium FWD Road Test Review

Buick hasn't had a lot of hits outside of the Chinese market in recent years, but they can be proud of the Encore's North American success. Those in charge can also take a collective pat on the back for transforming the brand from purveyor of massive land yachts to a serious contender in the eco-friendly subcompact and compact market.

Its two most popular models in our market include the Verano compact sedan and the Encore subcompact SUV I'm covering here, followed by the near full-size Enclave SUV when comparing yearly sales totals or the new compact Envision when just totaling up September's numbers, with the Regal and LaCrosse following way behind due to slowing mid-size and large car sales compared to SUVs. It's a shame the Canadian division is joining the U.S. market in cancelling the Verano, as we're snapping it up at twice the rate per capita, the opposite occurring with larger models like the Regal and Enclave whereas the LaCrosse is almost four times as popular south Read Full Story
Buick asks a lot for its Enclave SUV, base trim costing more than the better-equipped Infiniti QX60 and, with AWD, nearly as much as the way more advanced Acura MDX, but it still sells quite well. Why?…

2016 Buick Enclave Premium AWD Road Test Review

General Motors does giant business with the Enclave in the U.S., having sold 62,081 last year and a near identical 62,300 the year before, this placing it in third in overall luxury SUV sales and first as far as seven-passenger utes go, but here in Canada it's an entirely different story. When calendar year 2015 came to an end the Enclave had only found 3,361 Canadian buyers, which is slightly more than half of its U.S. sales per capita, making it seventh most popular in the same category and fourth amongst three-row crossovers, beaten by the BMW X5, Acura MDX, and Infiniti QX60. Why such a big discrepancy between markets?

One reason is pricing. You can buy a base Enclave for under $40k south of the 49th, which is a slightly decontented version (no leather) of the same SUV that costs close to $50k here. The latter number means it's the lowest priced seven-passenger luxury branded mid-size crossover utility in the U.S., and not quite as competitive here in Canada.

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Considering a subcompact SUV? There are lots to choose from with 4 more just added for 2016, but despite a reasonable $27k starting price Buick’s Encore offers a rich looking chrome-detailed design…

2015 Buick Encore Premium AWD Road Test Review

When you think of innovators amongst automotive brands, does Buick come to mind? Certainly in its formative years the 112-year old brand had its fair share of breakthroughs, its "valve-in-head" engine design, known since as the overhead valve (OHV) engine, might be its most significant, but that took place even before most of its current LaCrosse owners were born (tongue firmly in cheek). Still, my 50-something age group remembers larger than life semi-luxury family sedans and wagons with pillow-top upholstery in tufted velour, slabs of faux woodgrain interior trim and sometimes a similar woodie treatment used for the exterior, plus a cloud-like ride and boat-in-the-water handling, not to mention fuel economy similar to a mega yacht's.

Stuck in our dated pasts, some of us forget that we're only as old as we think we are, and Buick, which is in the process of truly reinventing itself, is now being discovered by a whole new generation of buyers that never knew the company for anything Read Full Story
If you’re a fan of the Buick Enclave you’re not alone as it’s a strong seller amid 7-occupant luxury CUVs. Today we review top-line Premium AWD trim that features adaptive cornering HID headlamps,…

2015 Buick Enclave Premium AWD Road Test Review

If you haven't driven a Buick lately, you really should. Of course, the brand's attractive yet conservatively luxurious styling has to work for you. It's more traditional than modernistic, targeting a market where Lexus used to be before it got all edgy, an elegantly rounded place where creased and creviced Cadillac will never venture. Still, there are a lot of buyers looking for more classic designs that don't necessarily break the mold, where luxury is still expressed in curvaceous bodywork, chromes, leathers and woods. That's Buick, and they're doing a fine job of carrying this torch forward.

As you probably know, the General Motors entry-level luxury division sits below Cadillac and above Chevrolet (and GMC depending on the model in question), and to its credit GM has done a pretty good job of differentiating Buick models from those riding on the same platform architectures. For the most part Cadillac is a separate entity sharing only two models with Buick and GM's more mainstream Read Full Story
Today on CarCostCanada, Trevor Hofmann reviews the 2014 Buick Enclave in top-line Premium AWD trim. Whether you consider the Enclave to be great value for a premium mid-size crossover or a high-priced…

2014 Buick Enclave Premium AWD Road Test Review

The Buick Enclave is the crossover SUV Lexus should be building.

Before I get a ton of hate mail along with "Are you crazy Hofmann?" comments, let me explain. While the Enclave has classy premium styling, a nicely designed interior, excellent infotainment, all of the usual luxury trimmings such as leather, woodgrain trim and bright shiny metallic accents, ample power and fairly good handling combined with a very supple ride, it's the crossover SUV's big ultra-accommodating seven- to eight-passenger layout and capacious cargo hold that Lexus should be building. Word has it that such a vehicle is on the way for the most prominent Japanese luxury brand, but at least for now the full-size Buick doesn't have to contend with what it sees as its most ardent competitor.

But is Buick really in the same league as Lexus? I think most will agree that Lexus has done a better job of delivering premium models in many more segments than General Motors' second-rung luxury brand, let alone Read Full Story