2019 Buick Encore Improves Towing Capacity and Gas Mileage

The major news about 2019 Buick Encore is related to its performance. Although it keeps the same engine, tuning of a 1.4-liter drivetrain will boost MPG rating and towing capacity. Dimensions and length are the same as before, and the new Encore will come with optional AWD. Safety rating expects improvements, although this crossover got very high grades.

Furthermore, the 2019 Buick Encore will introduce new accessories and features in the cabin. Body is going to use more lightweight materials, such as carbon fiber and aluminum. That is one of the reasons why the gas mileage will jump a bit. However, there are also few styling touches to make the SUV fresh and appealing.

2019 Buick Encore

2019 Buick Encore Drivetrain Specs

So, the powertrain of the new 2019 Buick Encore is an old 1.4-liter inline-four. This engine uses a turbocharger for better horsepower and torque rating. Whatsoever, there are two types of tuning, for entry-level models, and higher ranks of Encore.

The base crossover will see outputs of 145 hp and 160 lb-ft of torque. It is a boost of 7 hp and 12 lb-ft compared to its predecessor. However, base and Preferred trims will keep a fuel economy of 30 miles per gallon in the combined drive.

Buyers who pick higher trim levels will get the same engine with 160 hp and 190 lb-ft of torque. The situation here is the same as for the first version. But, an engine with this output will deliver fewer miles per gallon. Combined, fuel economy should be around 28 mpg.


For five years there is a plan to make a diesel unit for Encore SUV. However, the same petrol unit is there ever since this idea exists. On the other hand, no other Buick, including Envision and Enclave, doesn’t offer such powertrain. The 2019 Buick Encore would be a pioneer, although there is no info about possible displacement and type of unit.

2019 Buick Encore interior

How Much Can a Buick Encore Tow?

Base models of the 2019 Buick Encore will be able to tow around 2,000 pounds. Nevertheless, this compact crossover can get upgrades with Trailering package, that will cost extra. However, it will boost overall towing capacity to 4,500 lbs, which makes the 2019 Encore very potent and powerful. With such rating, owners of the SUV can tow small trailers without problems.

2019 Buick Encore Safety Rating and Accessories

The 2019 Buick Encore will improve safety features as well. Although the crossover received high scores in testing from IIHS and NHTSA, the crossover sets it as the priority. Good results by IIHS and 5-star overall rating by NHTSA are a dream for most of the companies making crossovers. However, Buick will improve it by adding more accessories. Also, we are going to see upgrades for ABS system, air bags, traction and electronic stability control.

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Interior and overall dimensions play an important role in overall safety. The 2019 Buick Encore will get a 100-inch wheelbase from the overall 168-inch length. Width is 70 inches and the SUV is 65 inches tall. Interior can be proud of 48 cubic-feet cargo volume, which is one of the better in its class.

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