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The Sensibility of the 2020 Buick Encore GX

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The 2020 Buick Encore GX may not be all that exciting, but then again that’s the point for a lot of compact crossovers.

When you were a teenager, you may have dreamed about driving fast and exciting sports cars and muscle cars. But then you grow up and you realize that there are more important things in life, especially when you have your own family to think about. In that case, you make be better off without too much excitement in your life. You’re mindful of that ancient Chinese curse: May you live in interesting times. That’s true now with the pandemic, and a lot of us sure dream about the old boring days.

That’s the way it goes with the 2020 Buick Encore GX. It’s surely not a sports car, and it’s not as agile as some of the other vehicles in its segment. But then again, why do you need a nimble car with lots of horsepower when you’re just using the car to drive the kids to school, to get you to your workplace, and to haul your groceries?

Tiny Engine

The GX isn’t all that expensive, with a starting price of only $25,195. With such a low price, you only get a 1.2-liter 3-cylinder engine with a paltry 138 horsepower. It’s also a front-wheel drive.

You can opt for the top Essence trim, and you’ll get a better engine. Except that you still get a meager 155 horsepower. It offers a lackadaisical start, as you need 9.3 seconds to get from zero to 60 mph. Don’t even think of using this for drag racing, since you’ll need 17 seconds to finish the quarter-mile.

You may want to thinks things over carefully when you’re overtaking on a busy street. Getting from 50 mph to 70 mph takes 7 full seconds, and in some streets that’s an eternity.

But for a family, its lumbering gait isn’t really much of a problem. It may even be a blessing in disguise, given that its engine is very quiet. You won’t really bother a sleeping baby even at full throttle, as you only produce 73 decibels. When you’re driving sedately on the highway while maintaining a speed of 70 mph, you’re only producing 67 decibels. That’s the same noise level as a regular conversation.

Gas Mileage

According to the EPA, you should get 26 miles to the gallon when you’re in the city, with 29 miles on the highway.

We sure would like to know how they got these figures, since our own driving test gave us 22 miles per gallon. The good news is that we were able to get 30 miles per gallon once we got on a highway and drove 200 miles at a steady 75 mph.

Good Reasons to Get the GX

At this point, you may be wondering why anyone would buy the GX in the first place. But you’ll find plenty of reasons to like it, especially if you have a family to consider.

  • This offers lots of space, with 24 cubic feet available in the cargo space. The front-passenger seat even folds flat, so you can slide in long items up to the dashboard.
  • The rear seat is quite roomy as well, so your passengers here won’t be whining about the cramped conditions. Even adults should find the rear seat comfy.
  • You’ll also appreciate the many tech features here, including the driver assistance tools. These include the automated emergency braking, the forward collision warning, and automatic high-beams. These are all part of the standard package.
  • For options, you can also get rear-cross traffic assist, blind-spot monitoring, and adaptive cruise control.
  • This also comes with the Alexa voice recognition software. Use Bluetooth to pair your smartphone, and you can ask Alexa to find the nearest pizza parlor at any time.
  • You have a smooth ride as well, as the car can absorb lots of bumps on the road. If you’re going on a long trip, you won’t have a frazzled family to deal with afterwards.

Conclusion

When you’re looking for a sensible vehicle to get from point A to point B, you have lots of good reasons to go with the 2020 Buick Encore GX. It’s affordable, and it doesn’t look bad. You get a smooth ride, and if you’re driving then you’ll appreciate the controlled handling.

It’s just that it may be too sensible for some folks. In fact, if you’re a young person then you may think this is just bland and boring. But these are the attributes that lots of families like these days with their family cars. The 2020 Buick Encore GX simply works, even if it doesn’t really connect to you on an emotional level. It’s a tool you use, nothing more.

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