The Buick Encore GX and the Ford Escape are two small crossover SUVs designed for mostly city driving. Seeing how packed the competition is, especially at around $25,000 MSRP, we need to figure out which one is better.
When talking powertrains, the Buick Encore GX comes with two engines, a turbocharged 1.2L with 137 hp and 166 lb*ft of torque, used in a front-wheel-drive configuration with a CVT. Or you can get a 1.3L with 155 hp and 174 lb*ft of torque, used in an all-wheel-drive configuration with either a CVT or a 9-speed automatic transmission. The Ford Escape comes with larger turbocharged engines, such as its standard 1.5L engine, up to 2.0L engine, both of which will struggle as far as real city driving fuel economy is concerned. You also have a hybrid option, but that means an even more complex powertrain, which can become costly quickly if it isn’t reliable.
On the interior, the Buick Encore GX comes standard with a generous infotainment system, capable of using both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, along with regular Bluetooth connectivity, USB connectivity, or even an AUX jack. Options such as a heads-up display, adaptive cruise control, surround camera, and even self-parking are available for ease of use. For extra comfort and utility, in the Encore, you will also find powered seats in the front, a heated steering wheel, or a remote start to have the car warm and cozy during poor patches of weather.
Owners praise the Encore GX, mainly because of the small general size, all while being roomy, pretty nippy, and fun to drive. People also enjoy it for commuting, not only for city driving, due to its overall comfort.
If you are looking for a stylish small SUV, either for town driving or commuting, the Buick Encore GX is a fine choice. Not only that you get more bang for your buck (the Ford Escape can easily reach over $40,000 MSRP), but you also all the features that you may ever need. Come in today for a test drive at Shepherd’s Chevrolet, Buick, GMC in Kendallville, Indiana, where we’ll always treat you like family.
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