2024 Buick Encore GX VS Buick Envista Comparison

2024 Buick Encore GX VS Buick Envista: Which is better?

The Encore GX, Buick’s smallest SUV, aims to capture the attention of younger buyers, but it faces tough competition when parked alongside luxury brands like Audi, BMW, and Volvo. Although it offers a more affordable price tag, its allure falls short compared to those upscale SUVs. With similar equipment levels, the Encore GX shares mainstream interior materials and underperforming turbocharged three-cylinder powertrains, making it a direct rival to Honda, Kia, and Toyota models in that regard. While its handling may lack excitement, Buick’s focus on comfort shines through, with a smooth ride and a well-isolated, tranquil cabin as its most luxurious feature.

Meanwhile, Buick’s Envista steps into the ring to take on the sleek SUV market, challenging contenders such as the Volkswagen Taos, Mazda CX-30, and Chevrolet Trax. However, expectations for the Envista’s sporty handling and exhilarating acceleration aren’t particularly high. Powered by a turbocharged 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine producing a mere 136 horsepower and equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission, it’s designed for maneuvering through mall parking lots rather than conquering rocky terrains. The Envista exclusively offers front-wheel drive. When it hits the market, it will replace the Encore GX and Envision SUVs as Buick’s entry-level model.

Buick Encore GXBuick Envista
Dimensions171.4 in x 71.4 in x 64.1 in181.5 in x 79.9 in x 47.6 in
Engine1.3L turbocharged inline-31.2L turbocharged inline-3
Horsepower155 hp136 hp
Torque174 lb-ft162 lb-ft
0-60 MPH8.8 secNA
0-100 MPH28.1 secNA
Top-Speed120 mphNA
Specs

Buick Encore GX

2024 Buick Encore GX VS Buick Envista

Engine, Power & Performance

The Encore GX lineup depends on two turbocharged three-cylinder engines. The base model features a 1.2-liter engine producing 137 horsepower, while an optional 1.3-liter engine boosts the power to 155. Front-wheel drive models come with a standard CVT, while all-wheel drive versions are equipped with a nine-speed automatic transmission. In the case of the AWD Encore GX Avenir with the larger 1.3-liter engine, it took 8.8 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph.

Price & Features

While the Buick may not quite measure up against the likes of the BMW X1 and the Mercedes-Benz GLA250, it distinguishes itself as a solid option when compared to mainstream competitors such as the Honda HR-V and the Toyota Corolla Cross. Priced starting at $26,895, the Encore GX offers good value for its class. One notable highlight is its sleek infotainment system, featuring a curved panel that extends seamlessly from behind the steering wheel to the center of the dashboard. With an expansive 11.0-inch touchscreen, Buick’s latest user interface is not only responsive but also user-friendly and easy to navigate.

Buick Envista

2024 Buick Encore GX VS Buick Envista

Engine, Power & Performance

The North American Envista has a turbocharged 1.2-liter three-cylinder that produces 136 horsepower, in contrast to the Chinese-market version’s 181-hp turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder. All models have a six-speed automatic transmission to drive the front wheels since the all-wheel drive is not an option. We’ll wait to make a final judgment until we have the opportunity to drive an Envista, but acceleration will probably be sluggish. When that occurs, we’ll update this piece with test findings and driving impressions.

Price & Features

The Avenir model has attractive 19-inch nickel-finished wheels, a mesh grille, and other sophisticated aesthetic features that make it appear significantly more expensive than its asking price. The Envista starts at $23,495. The dashboard of the Envista features two digital displays: an 8.0-inch gauge cluster for the SUV and an 11.0-inch touchscreen entertainment system. Photos reveal that a separate climate control panel is located beneath a center-mounted dash vent. 

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