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Crossovers are hot right now. Comfortable to drive, very roomy for their size, very practical, everything you could ever want from a car. Two crossovers worth considering are the 2021 Buick Encore GX and the 2021 Ford Escape, seeing how they are priced around the $24,000 MSRP mark. So let’s compare the two.
When looking at the interior of the base trims, both offerings are similar. Both have infotainment systems compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth. Also, all the safety features that you might expect come standard. The Encore GX has extra features from the factory including active noise cancellation, making longer trips a breeze. It also comes from the factory with plenty of phone connectivity, with both USB-A ports and USB-C ports for both rows of seats. You can expect full leather seats, a panoramic moonroof, a head-up display, Bose audio system, and many more features on higher trims.
When looking at the engines, the 2021 Buick Encore GX has fewer options, but very decent ones. It comes with two engine options. A turbocharged 1.2L I3, which comes in front-wheel-drive only, is linked to a CVT. Its output is a respectable 137 hp and 166 lb*ft of torque, which is plenty for city driving. The other variant is a turbocharged 1.3L I3 with 155 hp and 174 lb*ft of torque, which comes in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, linked to a CVT. The Escape has more options, but they are pretty upscale for what the car is. The base comes with a turbocharged 1.5L I3, a hybrid powertrain that will cost a fortune to fix if it fails, and a turbocharged 2.0L I4 on the best trim are way too much for a crossover like this.
To summarize, the 2021 Buick Encore GX is an excellent choice for a small crossover SUV, having plenty of features, plenty of power, and potentially a better apparent real fuel economy. The Escape also works, but you will miss the luxury that the Encore GX offers. Owners are thrilled with their Encore GX, most people praising it for how stylish it looks, how peppy it feels, especially in towns, and how comfortable it is. Test Drive the all-new 2021 Buick Encore GX at York Chevrolet Buick in Greencastle, IN, where “we’re not #1, you are!”
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