Is the 2020 Buick Encore All-Wheel Drive?

May 18th, 2020 by

2020 Buick Encore Exterior Driver Side Front Profile

Not all subcompact crossovers are created equal. When it comes to a vehicle’s drivetrain, all-wheel drive is typically reserved for higher-tier vehicles or variant models. Since subcompact crossovers are almost always the entry-level vehicle on a brand’s SUV lineup, they don’t always come with all-wheel drive as a standard of even an available feature. So, what about the 2020 Buick Encore – is it an all-wheel drive crossover utility vehicle?

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While the 2020 Encore doesn’t come standard with an all-wheel drive system on its base 1SV trim level, the Preferred grade is available with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. That means the Encore can, indeed, be an all-wheel drive vehicle! While equipping the AWD system doesn’t affect capabilities at all, it will knock down your efficiency by a mile per gallon both on the highway and when driving through city streets, so keep that in mind; however, a single mpg would hardly be noticeable.

2020 Buick Encore Exterior Front Fascia
2020 Buick Encore Interior Cabin Dashboard & Front Seating
2020 Buick Encore Exterior Rear Fascia with Tailgate Open full of Cargo

Does the Buick Encore offer a manual transmission?

Unfortunately for those performance purists out there, although the Encore can be equipped with all-wheel drive, you won’t find one with a manual transmission. Only one transmission system is available in the 2020 Encore, a 6-speed automatic.

Is the Buick Encore turbocharged?

On the flip side, however, the Encore is turbocharged! Beneath the hood rests a 1.4L DOHC turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, which enables the subcompact crossover to generate 138 horsepower alongside 148 pound-feet of torque.

What other mechanical components does the Encore feature?

In addition to those already mentioned, the 2020 Buick Encore comes standard with 4-wheel disc brakes, a McPherson Strut front suspension system, a Torsion Beam rear suspension system and StabiliTrak electronic stability control.

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