2013 Buick Encore

2013 Buick Encore enters market with outstanding fuel economy

Buicks cute ‘ute joins the low 30s highway mileage club, but will buyers expect more performance from a compct premium vehicle?

General motors announced in a press release today that the new Buick Encore will have the best fuel economy for a domestic cute ‘ute. It counted Jeep as one of the domestic automakers, which is hilarious because Jeep is owned by an Italian company and was previously owned by a German company. Setting aside the issue of who is a domestic automaker, the headline highlights that the new Buick is not the fuel economy leader in its class, but it is in the hunt.

The 2013 Buick Encore when configured for front wheel drive and an automatic 6-speed transmission will achieve 33 mpg highway, and 25 mpg city for a combined EPA miles per gallon of 28 mpg. Significantly, the Buick does this while using regular unleaded. Many “premium” makes still insist on using premium fuel, which can exact a fuel economy penalty of as much as 10%. The Ford Escape matches the highway mpg of the new Buick, but cannot match the city mpg. Mazda’s new CX-5 has received a lot of press for its ability to achieve 35 mpg highway, but it should be noted that is with a manual transmission. Very few manual transmission vehicles will actually be built and sold. When configured as an automatic, the Mazda still delivers a solid 32 mpg.

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