2015 Buick Encore Better Connected With New OnStar 4G LTE
Reginald Dominique | 12/6/2014, 1:22 p.m. | Updated on 12/6/2014, 1:22 p.m.
The Buick Encore has received high praise from customers who appreciate its distinctive package of safety and luxury features. In fact, they ranked it first in the crossover utility vehicle segment in both the 2013 J.D. Power Initial Quality and J.D. Power APEAL studies.
It was also named Best Compact Crossover/SUV in Kelley Blue Book’s 2014 5-Year Cost to Own Awards.
Encore is a small crossover that is unmatched in the luxury segment. It is maneuverable, versatile and efficient. With room for five and up to 48.4 cubic feet (1,371 liters) of storage space, it delivers substantial cargo capacity – along with a confident, higher driving position and available all-wheel drive. Buick’s exclusive QuietTuning is standard and includes Bose® Active Noise Cancellation technology.
For 2015, Encore focuses on today’s ever-increasing need for advanced in-vehicle communication and infotainment access, with new OnStar with 4G LTE and standard built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. It provides a mobile hub for drivers and passengers to stay connected. The hotspot is on whenever the car is on and comes with a three-month/three-gigabyte data trial.
The 2015 Encore is offered in four trim levels: Encore (1SB), Encore Convenience (1SD), Encore Leather (1SL) and Encore Premium (1SN). Standard features include 10 air bags, StabiliTrak stability enhancement and a 138-horsepower (102 kW) Ecotec 1.4L turbo four-cylinder/six-speed automatic powertrain, along with technologies such as Buick’s voice-activated IntelliLink.
And when it comes to efficiency, Encore’s estimated 33-mpg highway (FWD models) is greater than competitors such as the Mini Countryman with the automatic transmission (30 mpg) and Volkswagen Tiguan (26 mpg).
Experience Buick Protection on all 2015 Buick models includes two years/24,000 miles of scheduled maintenance, including oil changes, oil filter changes and tire rotations. It complements Buick’s four-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty and six-year/70,000-mile powertrain limited warranty.
Design details Encore’s sculpted styling identifies it as a contemporary Buick. Signature cues include a waterfall grille, chrome accents and surrounds, portholes on the hood and painted lower panels. Standard body-color door handles with chrome strips and a styled, stainless steel exhaust tip add to the premium look.
Blue-accented halogen composite projector-beam headlamps and detailed taillamps further enhance the Encore exterior; and 18-inch, five-spoke painted aluminum wheels are standard. Seven-spoke chromed aluminum wheels are available.
All eight exterior colors include a lower accent color: Quicksilver Metallic, Satin Steel Gray Metallic, Carbon Black Metallic, Ruby Red Metallic and Brilliant Blue Metallic (with Dark Argent Metallic lower accent); Cocoa Silver Metallic and Deep Espresso Brown Metallic (with Dark Cocoa Ash lower accent); and White Pearl Tricoat (Satin Nickel Metallic accent).
Inside, the Encore’s distinctive styling carries over to a flowing instrument panel that wraps naturally into the door panels. A prominent central instrument panel houses the seven-inch, high-resolution, full-color display for the standard IntelliLink voice-activated infotainment system. It also features displays for the SiriusXM Satellite Radio and standard rearview camera, as well as the available GPS-enabled navigation system.
An all-Ebony or a contemporary mix of dark and light tones distinguishes the cabin, which is accented with ice-blue ambient lighting and select use of chrome and woodgrain trim. Premium seats feature high-density foam for greater comfort on long drives. They are trimmed in either cloth/leatherette or available premium leather.