What kind of vehicle is the 2023 Buick Encore GX? What does it compare to?

Small in stature but big on style, the 2023 Buick Encore GX is a compact crossover SUV worth shopping against the Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, and even the Volvo XC40. 

Is the 2023 Buick Encore GX a good car/SUV?

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The Encore GX splits the difference between mainstream and luxury. It’s appealing in most ways and it boasts a reasonable price tag, earning it a TCC Rating of 5.7 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

What’s new for the 2023 Buick Encore GX?

The 2023 Encore GX returns with few tweaks, though it has finally outlived its Encore (minus the GX) showroom mate, a largely unrelated model that has been dropped. 

The Encore GX wears handsome lines inside and out, and it’s powered by either a 137-hp 1.2-liter turbo-3 or a slightly bigger 155-hp 1.3-liter turbo-4, both of which are shared with the Chevrolet Trailblazer. Front-drive models use a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). All-wheel drive is optional, and it pairs with a 9-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is decent at 30 mpg combined with front-wheel drive, though those models are saddled with the lower-power engine and offer middling acceleration.  

It may be small, but the Encore GX generally makes good use of its cabin. Higher-trim versions have leather seats, but all Encore GX models are a cut above like-priced rivals when it comes to interior materials. Standard fare includes wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

A five-star crash-test rating from the NHTSA and standard automatic emergency braking offset Buick’s stinginess when it comes to adaptive cruise control, which is only offered on the range-topping Essence trim. 

How much does the 2023 Buick Encore GX cost?

The 2023 Encore GX starts a little under $26,000, though the $27,000-or-so Select trim level opens up more niceties. 

Where is the 2023 Buick Encore GX made?

In South Korea.