Buick Encore GX — An attractive near-luxury sub-subcompact SUV


By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(December 12, 2021) The smallish sub-compact Buick Encore was introduced as a 2013 model to plug a hole at the bottom of Buick's growing sport utility lineup. It got a facelift in 2017 and sold in decent numbers. But the big news for the Encore was the introduction of the Encore GX, an all-new stretched version that turned the little crossover into a vehicle useable by families and empty nesters who liked the Encore, but yearned for adult-friendly second-row seating.

Buick Encore GX — Attractive, but needs horsepower infusion

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(May 6, 2021) We thought from the minute it hit the market in 2013 that the diminutive Buick Encore was too small to gain any kind of foothold in the entry level luxury ranks. We were wrong. It has become one of Buick's biggest success stories of the 21st Century. But we are not swayed — it's still a bit too small. What Buick should have introduced a decade ago was the Encore GX, which has effectively replaced the Encore having gained about an inch in wheelbase and three inches in length over its smaller sibling.

Buick Envision — Relaxed luxury

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Buick in an effort to cover all its SUV bases filled the gap between the diminutive and hot-selling Encore and the established mid-sized three-row Enclave with the compact Envision in 2016. The big news at the time was that the Envision was the first Chinese-built mainstream vehicle to be sold in the United States. Despite its Chinese origins the Envision enjoyed decent sales ranging from more than 40,000 in 2017 to 35,000 in the pandemic year of 2020.

Buick Enclave — A fashionable 3-row crossover

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(August 30, 2020) The biggest problem for the Buick Enclave as it reaches the third year of its second generation is an ever-growing list of high-quality three-row crossover vehicles. There are a number of desirable people haulers now on the market with the entry of the Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade and an-all new Ford Explorer. And if you are enticed by the top-trim Enclave Avenir, the competition is fierce in this price space with entries from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi and Volvo.

Buick Regal TourX — A modern wagon

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Buick once made the large station wagon a staple of the American highways before it went out of style in favor of minivans and then crossover SUVs. But if you like the utility of a crossover, but still yearn for a sedan-like vehicle, than the modern mid-sized station wagon might be the answer, and Buick might just have your number with its new Regal TourX.

Buick Encore — Driving small in style

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

We were skeptical when Buick introduced the 2013 Encore mini-crossover. We openly wondered if such a diminutive vehicle — even in the exploding small entry-level luxury crossover segment — would go over with the Buick crowd who were accustomed to much larger offerings. Much of our skepticism was erased when we first drove the Encore, which we discovered a very appealing piece of work.

Buick Envision — Quality crossover

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Every automotive brand these days needs a full range of crossovers to fully compete with rivals. For more than a decade the resurgent Buick brand enjoyed robust sales with its near-full-sized Enclave. In 2013 it added the diminutive Encore — to rousing success. And to round out its lineup Buick introduced the compact Envision in 2016. For 2019, the Envision has been refreshed with added torque to its turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, a new 9-speed automatic transmission and front and rear restyling.

Buick Regal GS — Performance and style

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Built in Germany, Buick designers have completely rethought the Regal GS for 2018. Sedans have been replaced with a sleeker, coupe-like hatchback that Buick calls Sportback to mimic — we suppose — such German stalwarts as the Audi A5 Sportback. Despite the loss of a trunk, the GS remains every bit the driver's car.

2018 Buick Regal TourX

INDIANAPOLIS — One of my favorite cars is the green 1970 Buick Estate wagon, woodgrain and all, that co-starred in the movie, The Way Way Back.  It’s a classic America family car so familiar to Baby Boomers and Gen-Xers.  But, in a world of crossovers, wagons have taken a third-row seat to SUVs of all types.  The Subaru Outback, built in Lafayette, Ind., is now the nation’s best-selling wagon.  Somewhere between the Outback and The Way Way Back is a new-generation Buick wagon — The 2018 Regal TourX.

Buick Enclave — Second generation

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

It's been more than a decade since the Buick Enclave was introduced, a luxury-oriented near-full-size crossover that challenged competitors with a stylish design and a library-quiet interior. Since then Enclave has soldiered on with incremental improvements, updated software, and engine and transmission refinements.