The Buick Encore has been Buick’s bestseller, and rightfully so. It has been a budget-friendly, well-appointed subcompact SUV. The 2022 Buick Encore continues this tradition of extreme value for your dollar. However, it is not just affordable; the 2022 Buick Encore delivers a great ride in a comfortable cabin as well. Current 2022 Buick Encore owners use phrases like “smooth and quiet,” “spacious and comfortable,” “handles like a dream,” “very versatile and great gas mileage,” and “best purchase I’ve made in years” to describe this car.
We’ve found at least two reasons why the 2022 Buick Encore receives such rave reviews. First is price relative to features which equate to value. Second, the car has a stylish look and feel that appeals to the more discerning buyers that enjoy comfort and luxury but are on a budget.
Let’s Unpack Both of These Now.
#1 Budget Friendly
The 2022 Buick Enclave is amazingly affordable with a base price under $25,000. Even with optional add-ons, you’ll get a dependable, efficient, peppy, roomy, comfortable vehicle for well under $30,000. That is rare and special in today’s market for a brand new car.
What stands out about the 2022 Buick Enclave relative to the price is that it is loaded with standard features. Below is a quick list of the most enticing standards on this vehicle.
- 1.4l turbo engine with a 6 speed automatic – refreshingly powerful and peppy
- 7-inch digital color touchscreen – crisp and clear access to apps
- 10 standard airbags – safety surrounding the car
- Keyless open and start – convenience at a touch
- StabiliTrak – stabilizes the car in poor weather and tough terrain
- Cargo cover, compass, cruise – features that may be add-on’s elsewhere
- QuietTuning – noise-canceling seals and glass for a peaceful, quiet ride
- Rear vision camera – nothing like an extra pair of eyes when backing up
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel – an elegant touch of luxury
- Satin and chrome shift knob – a sophisticated and thoughtful feature
- Wi-Fi hotspot – never lose connectivity on the go
- Theft detection system – this will lower your insurance rates
- Satellite radio – diverse listening options for those long commutes
Yes, all of the above are standard features. The price remains affordable, yet the buyer receives a powerful engine, a well-appointed interior, modern tech gadgets, and a sophisticated exterior.
Buyers can opt for other features. We’ll discuss some below, but one of them is the all-wheel drive option. This won’t break the bank in any way, yet it would be a great feature to have in less than ideal weather and road conditions. Given how affordable the 2022 Enclave is, the all-wheel drive option is likely within budget too.
Sophisticated Look and Feel
The standards mentioned above should be very appealing to a driver who wants a new 2022 SUV with quite a bit of luxury features. However, the 2022 Enclave will also attract the attention of the more critical buyer on a budget. That’s because this SUV is stylish in how it looks and drives.
Within the 2022 Buick Enclave is enough seating for five adults. There is also a maximum of 48.4 cubic feet of cargo capacity when you put the seats down. The cabin is spacious in terms of legroom, headroom, and shoulder room. What’s really nice is the folding second-row seats that are very versatile, so you can optimize what you are hauling around based on the configuration you create when the seats are folded. The available power moonroof is also a welcoming feature to add. This will bring in lots of light and a comfortable breeze on those sunny days. A simple press of a button opens up the sky and makes the drive that much more fun.
The center console is creatively split so that the 7-inch infotainment system can be easily and intuitively accessed, while the heating and cooling system can be equally accessible from a separate set of controls. In addition, the instrument panel meets the dashboard in a shapely and elegant style giving the driver a touch of class when seating in the comfortable bucket seats.
On the exterior, the chrome touches in areas like the windows and grille are just enough style to give the exterior a refined look. Pairing this up with one of the stylish paint colors (Ebony Twilight, Summit White, Quicksilver, White Frosty, Dark Moon Blue, or Cinnabar) will be a nice marriage between your personality and the car’s appearance.
You can add to the Enclave’s style by opting to add one or more packages. For example, the Road Trip Package is for the weekend warriors who want to keep their SUV clean with easy-to-wash all-weather mats and roof rack rails to mount luggage and other gear. The Active Package is another excellent option Buick offers for the Enclave. If you’re always on the go, the cargo liner and carrier hitch will come in handy.
If you have a family or lots of passengers constantly in the car, the Interior Protection Package is worth a look. It’ll provide the all-weather floor mats for easy cleaning and great durability, along with a premium carpeted cargo mat to keep the trunk’s floor looking in mint condition as well. For those who want peace of mind with added safety features, there are two safety packages that may be added. Technology-aided safety tools like Front and Rear Park Assist, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Side Blind Zone Alert are all available and affordable for the driver who wants to increase confidence and stay further out of harm’s way.
The 2022 Buick Encore is that rare combination of affordability and style. Some favorite features that continue to make this theme readily apparent include the fact that this car has an intuitive MyBuick App that can lock and unlock the car and start it remotely. So you don’t need to worry whether you locked the doors and you don’t need to sit in a cold car to start it.
The engine is powerful and peppy, adding to the overall vehicle value. In fact, the 155 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque equate to a higher-performing engine over prior model years. This means your acceleration from idle and your ability to hold your speed on the highway or a country road is all the better in the 2022 model year.
The 2022 Buick Enclave has diverse utility. The uses for this car are endless. If you need to carpool the kids and their gear, this car’s versatile folding seats will be handy. If you want a comfortable commute to work, the infotainment system and connectivity options are ideal. If you desire a weekend getaway, the StabiliTrak keeps your tires firmly gripping the road, and the available moonroof will let everyone enjoy the outside from within the spacious cabin. Finally, if you just want some alone time, the triple door seals and acoustic laminated glass will give you a serene quiet ride to clear your head and just enjoy the drive.
Don’t Be Confused by Encore GX
While it might seem a little confusing, when you are looking for the SUV we described, make sure you look for the Encore, not the Encore GX. No, that’s not a separate package, but it is actually a completely separate model. It fits into Buick’s lineup between Encore and Envision. It is slightly bigger than Encore and smaller than Envision.
While every Buick in the lineup follows the theme of affordable sophistication, the 2022 Buick Enclave’s standard features optimize the style with minimal damage to your bank account. This model is perfect for your daily commute because it combines luxury, reliability, and affordability the way only a Buick can.