Now in its third year, the five-passenger Buick Encore GX is a small crossover that fits in the lineup just above its slightly smaller Encore sibling and just below the larger Envision model.
For 2022, the Encore GX comes only with a 1.3-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine, rated at 155 horsepower and 174 foot-pounds of torque.
Gone is last year’s base 1.2-liter turbo three-cylinder engine, which was available only on front-wheel-drive models. While that 137-horsepower engine still shows up on the Buick consumer website, dealers say they can no longer order cars with it.
There are three GX trim levels offered: the base Preferred model ($25,995 plus $1,195 freight); midlevel Select ($27,340); and the top-end Essence ($30,120). Those prices are for front-wheel drive models, but all-wheel drive is available across the line.
A continuously variable transmission is standard on front-drive models, while all-wheel drive models have a nine-speed automatic transmission with a disable switch to choose AWD for more traction or FWD for better fuel economy.
The Encore GX, at 171.4 inches, is three inches longer than the regular Encore, at 168.4 inches. The GX’s wheelbase is 102.2 inches, compared with 100.6 inches for the Encore.