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    2013 Buick Encore Review



    Buick is faithfully searching for the fountain of youth with its new products as it tries to shed the “old man” image.

    But losing that might be more difficult than shedding the spare tire stomachs so many of its customers carry to their bridge games. Meet the 2013 Encore: Its latest stab at attracting a new demographic buyers looking for something other than boat-like cars.

    A compact crossover without a specific segment to call it’s own, the Encore is similar to a hermit crab in more than its stubby shape. GM says the car doesn’t have any direct competition, but compares it most closely to the MINI Countryman and the Volkswagen Tiguan.

    That might be a problem, though, when factors like style, brand image and performance come into play – as they always do.
    Read the complete 2013 Buick Encore review at AutoGuide.com.

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    They (GM) should've kept the Pontiac Vibe! This is NOT a Vibe replacement, not even close!

    And, it weighs as much as a Cruze does!
    Last edited by 70AARCUDA; 02-19-2013 at 07:12 PM.
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    25city/33hwy. No thanks. I previously mentioned on another thread on here about the encore with that bad of MPG one would be better off buying the Chevy Equinox or GMC Terrain with the 2.4L ecotec, its rated at 22city/32hwy.

    Lifetime: 10.7 cents per mile @ $3.74 average price over 50K miles

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    Quote Originally Posted by 70AARCUDA View Post
    They (GM) should've kept the Pontiac Vibe! This is NOT a Vibe replacement, not even close!
    Though I agree the vibe was great, it always was just a toyota matrix at heart. Can still buy one reasonably priced.
    Last edited by spacedout; 02-19-2013 at 07:29 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spacedout View Post
    Though I agree the vibe was great, it always was just a toyota matrix at heart. Can still buy one reasonably priced.
    ...I don't believe so after 2013 as Toyota seems to be discontinuing the Matrix:

    Despite being big in Canada, Toyota Matrix future unsure

    http://www.autotribute.com/20345/toy...ntinued-in-us/
    Last edited by 70AARCUDA; 02-19-2013 at 07:54 PM.
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    • 2009 Pontiac Vibe 1.8L/SFI 4A
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    Quote Originally Posted by 70AARCUDA View Post
    ...I don't believe so after 2013 as Toyota seems to be discontinuing the Matrix:

    Despite being big in Canada, Toyota Matrix future unsure

    Toyota Matrix will be Discontinued in U.S. | AutoTribute
    Thats really too bad, it was probably the only toyota I would have bought. I really enjoyed the vibe I drove, the 1.8L auto got the same MPG I get with the cruze.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spacedout View Post
    Thats really too bad, it was probably the only toyota I would have bought. I really enjoyed the vibe I drove, the 1.8L auto got the same MPG I get with the cruze.
    ...exactly my experience & sentiment: wife's 2011 Cruze LTZ gets 32+MPG and my 2009 Pontiac Vibe gets 32+MPG.
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    I'd buy one. It looks great, and there's no way it's underpowered. The Cruze moves out great and they are about the same weight with the same engine. I wouldn't compare this to the Vibe--which I considered a station wagon. I almost bought one, but my wife hated it and we went with a then new body style Malibu in 2008. I consider this an SUV/crossover. I'd like better MPG, but with AWD the Equinox only gets 20 mpg in the city--which is near the top of it's class.

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