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2018 Buick Encore Premium: A subcompact SUV with a touch of luxury

Clean exterior styling, quality interior surroundings, a healthy list of tech features and excellent ride manners help the 2018 Buick Encore stand out in the subcompact SUV field.

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The Buick Encore has been around since 2013 and has soldiered on with light updates. 

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Two engines are available in the Encore: A turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder with 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque come standard.

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For an additional $895, consumers can upgrade to a 1.4-liter turbo four with direct injection making 153 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. 

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No matter what engine you get with your Encore, both come bolted to a six-speed automatic transmission.

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According to the EPA, the 1.4-liter direct-injection turbo engine returns 27 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway in the Encore with front-wheel dive.

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The latest update for the Encore came for the 2017 model year that included a new grille and headlights.

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The Encore Premium rides on 18-inch chrome wheels wrapped with all-season Continental tires.

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Luxury features included in the Encore Premium included leather seats, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel.

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For infotainment, an IntelliLink system with an 8-inch touchscreen comes standard, with a Wi-Fi hotspot and both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. 

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As tested, this 2018 Buick Encore Premium wears a $35,630 price tag.

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