Dec 16, 2013
Reviewed By Tony Piff
Price as Tested $30,685: 1.4-L Ecotec turbo VVT DOHC 4-cylinder, 6-speed automatic, Premium Group

Zippy acceleration and handling. Interior is roomy with nice forward visibility. Lots of headroom. Intuitive controls on main console tower. High-quality interior finishes. Excellent stereo. Heated seats and steering wheel are nice pluses at the lowish price point. 25/33 mpg is nice.


Genre-blending identity makes it confusing to look at. Is it a small SUV? A large hatchback? A tall crossover? Front-end proportions are strange with too-large headlights and unnecessary sheet-metal contours. Poor rearward visibility, uninspiring backup camera resolution. Limited cargo area. Combination power/manual “automatic” seat is a nuisance.


The Encore drives less like a Buick and more like a Kia Soul. I found that a difficult pill to swallow, but I cared a lot less after a week of driving. I don’t care for the looks of the Encore (or the Soul, for that matter), but I have to admit that it was an effortless errand-runner and commuter — pleasant, even — and the luxury touches were impressive for the price point.

Fun to Drive
3.5 rating
Fun to Look at
1.0 rating
Overall Experience
4.0 rating
EPA Mileage 25/33

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