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2013 Buick Encore: this is one tiny, yet luxurious, car

BY ALAN GELL Modified: December 13, 2012 at 11:13 am •  Published: December 15, 2012
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There is very little wind and road noise. A lot of that is attributed to the use of a Bose active-noise cancellation system. Buick is emphasizing the use of this Bose system so much that a display and two Bose representatives were omni-present at the media event. It works similarly to the noise canceling headphones many people use on airplanes. There are three microphones in the cabin that allow the Bose system to re-adjust the sound waves and emit a more pleasant sound. This especially helps mask that loud engine nose at the upper rpm range.

The Buick Encore is great for young professionals. However, empty-nesters will also find this to be a terrific choice in vehicles. The base model is in the $25k range. The top-of-the-line trim level will still be under that $30k mark. It is offered in either front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive, costing just $1500 extra.

Most of us in the U.S. measure things by size. We are regularly told, “Bigger is better.” Buick is banking on what they see as an emergence of small luxury compacts, including this little SUV. They seem to be telling us that tiny does not equate as being plain. If you believe that only bigger is better, then you need to talk to some pint-sized athletes that have won Olympic gold medals.

If you need more cargo space or passenger seating space, check out the larger Enclave or maybe some other brands. Buick has combined a lot of sportiness, affordability, technology, and styling into a small package that will probably prove to be the first wave of the future. Compact luxury crossovers will probably spring up in other manufacturers' portfolios.

After the test-drive in Atlanta, I believe that this tiny, luxurious SUV will attract a younger generation to the Buick luxury brand without leaving the older Buick buyers in the dust. It is “big on utility, versatility, and efficiency.” The Encore is not a 'repeat' but unlike any Buick that has been on the market before.