Buick has announced pricing on a new crossover, and we're not talking about the 2013 Enclave. The new 2013 Buick Encore subcompact crossover will cost $24,950 including destination, the automaker says.
Available in four trim levels, the Encore with the Convenience Group goes for $25,760 and adds dual-zone climate control, a 120-volt outlet, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, remote start, and fog lights. The leather-trimmed Encore starts at $27,460 and includes heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and a power front passenger seat. The top-of-the-line 2013 Encore with the Premium Group costs $28,940 and includes front and rear park assist, a seven-speaker premium sound system, Forward Collision Warning, and Lane Departure Warning.
2013 Buick Encore interior 300x187 imageThough the premium compact crossover category hasn't yet been filled out in the U.S., vehicles like the Audi Q3 are expected to join the Encore in the future. Until then, the Encore's competition includes the new and more expensive BMW X1 ($31,545), while Buick calls out the Volkswagen Tiguan ($23,820) and Mini Countryman ($23,150) as key competitors. It's worth noting that the Volkswagen and Mini come with a six-speed manual transmission as standard. Go for an automatic and those prices are more in line with the Buick. The Encore is powered by a 138-hp 1.4-liter turbo I-4 paired to a six-speed automatic, and in front-drive trim is EPA-rated at 25/33 mpg city/highway.
The Buick Encore comes standard with active noise cancellation, a seven-inch LCD screen, a rearview camera, and blue headlight projector rings. As for optional features, navigation costs $795, while a sunroof goes for $800, and 18-inch chrome wheels are $995. All-wheel drive will cost $1500.
Buick also announced that in the next 12 months, we'll see "significantly updated" Regal and LaCrosse sedans.