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2022 Buick Encore Trim Levels, Configurations & Comparisons.

2022 Buick Encore Trim Levels, Configurations & Comparisons: The Preferred

What do You Get with the 2022 Buick Encore Preferred Trim?

Slotted right alongside the Encore GX (which is its own car and will have to be reviewed separately), the 2022 Buick Encore is an extra-small SUV that, over the last few years, has been dwindled down. And that trend carries over into this model year with the base 1SV trim level having been axed from lineup. That means you can only get the Buick Encore in just one trim level - the Preferred.

The 2022 Encore may not offer an abundance of choices, but there are still optional packages that can help make it your own. Weigh up the Safety Package and its II upgrade to decide what you need - in this situation fewer options doesn't mean worse quality or less satisfaction with your purchase!

Before we jump into what the Preferred trim now offers, let's talk about what is new for this model year. The engine does have a power upgrade, taking it from 138 horsepower to 155 hp. If you want extra storage, you get it now with some new front seatback pockets. Other than that, though, expect everything from 2021's Preferred trim to carry over.

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2022 Encore Preferred. What do You Get?

With the 2022 Buick Encore, drivers can select either front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD), depending on their needs. Those living in cold climates with slick roads may benefit more from AWD's added stability and traction control capabilities. Off-roading is possible but not recommended; while ground clearance is suitable for many surfaces, it’s better to leave heavier duties like towing—which this vehicle isn't rated for anyway—to another model such as the Encore GX that has a maximum capacity of 1,000 lbs.

The Encore features 4-wheel antilock disc brakes for increased control on slippery surfaces and a 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. Under the hood is an impressive ECOTEC 1.4L turbocharged engine producing 155 horsepower, combined with Spark Ignition Direct Injection and Variable Valve Timing technology to deliver maximum performance from every drive. To ensure precise handling at all speeds, this vehicle has electric power steering including enhanced assist during slow maneuvers like parking – delivering you total confidence behind the wheel!

Keep your car performing optimally in the colder months with an engine block heater! This solution will heat both fluid and metal components of the vehicle to ensure a smooth start-up. You'll also enjoy Keyless Open & Start, meaning you won't have to fumble around for keys — simply keep them on your person while activating vehicles locks automatically when nearby. To engage ignition, place Encore into Neutral or Park then press brake pedal followed by Engine Start/Stop button; green indicator light should appear as confirmation it's ready to go.

The Buick Encore offers a comfortable, composed ride thanks to its MacPherson strut coil spring suspension with side-load compensation. The rear features an efficient torsion beam design for enhanced stability and control over the camber. An added bonus is StabiliTrak - an electronic stability system that adjusts engine torque and brakes - ensuring drivers maintain complete control in any emergency maneuvering situation.

Now, let's take a look at some of the Buick Encore's exterior features. If the standard wheels are not to your liking, you can opt up for 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels done in a 5-split-spoke design with a Midnight Silver finish to them. An accessory carrier hitch is also available, adding 1-1/4-inch receiver mounts and all necessary hardware. The Active Package will give you this hitch plus a cargo area tray for organization. A roof-mounted antenna is standard, and you can opt for Anthracite Lower Exterior Accent Color.

A chrome strip adorns the body-colored door handles. If you choose to equip the Buick Interior Protection Package, you will get all-weather floor mats for the front and rear seats done in premium carpet. A 16-inch compact wheel and tire get included as standard, as does deep-tinted glass. Up front are halogen headlamps, and there is also a LED center high-mounted stop/brake lamp. The side mirrors are power-operated and heated. The optional power moonroof opens above the first row and slides back into the roof. It can be tilted upward if you need some extra ventilation inside of the cabin.

Another option you can add to the exterior is the Road Trip Package. In addition to the all-weather floor mats, this gives the Encore roof rack cross rails. Roof-mounted side rails are standard issue.

Adding the Safety Package will give you a few helpful driver aids. These are rear cross traffic alert, side blind zone alert, and a 120-volt power outlet. The Safety Package II gives you even more. This package has rain-sensing windshield wipers, front and rear parking assist, forward collision alert, and lane departure warning.

Other standard exterior features include signature LED daytime running lights (which light up when the headlamps are off but your vehicle is running), a solar-absorbing windshield, and front and rear intermittent windshield wipers.

Experience the luxury of your vehicle's interior with a range of standard features, such as power-adjustable driver seating and two-way manual front passenger seat. The 4.2" color display presents pertinent driving information right at your fingertips while you enjoy crystal clear sound from the six speakers on board. Other practical amenities included in this package are single zone air conditioning, rear assist handle, cargo cover plus door sill plates for added protection – all complemented by convenient touch points like chrome handles and power locks/windows to make every journey more enjoyable!

Outfitted with a wide array of features, getting behind the wheel is now more luxurious than ever before. This model boasts color-keyed and carpeted floor mats in the backseat for added comfort, an electric heater and defroster to keep you warm during winter months, two adjustable glove boxes perfect for storing personal items or snacks on longer journeys. Keep your car secure from theft with its state-of-the art anti theft system combined keyless open entry mechanism – not only convenient but practical too! With quiet tuning technology included along with dual illuminated vanity visors plus rear view camera assistance all packed into one vehicle - it's no wonder why this make & model has come so highly recommended by drivers everywhere.

We cannot neglect to mention all of the technology that is included on the Encore Preferred trim level. Buick Connected Access is able to be set up, giving you use of OnStar's features for all your emergency needs. The 7-inch high-resolution digital touchscreen infotainment system includes two USB ports, an AM/FM radio, streaming via Bluetooth, and smartphone app integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You can also utilize a complimentary three-month trial subscription to SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Keep it or ditch it after your first three months are up - it is up to you. Also, take note that WiFi hotspot is standard.

The Encore's cabin offers numerous features and packages to enhance your driving experience. The Safety & Safety II package adds essential driver-assistive technology, like side blind zone alerting and lane departure warning for greater peace of mind on the road. Other additions include a 120V power outlet ideal for powering electronic devices, the Road Trip Package with roof rack cross rails perfect for outdoor activities, Remote Start convenient for cold winter mornings - plus footwell lighting in front seating areas as well as an optional cargo netting system!

To wrap up what comes with the 2022 Buick Encore, we will talk about fuel economy and warranty coverage, since those might factor into your decision whether or not to buy. On the front-wheel drive model, there is an EPA estimated 27 miles per gallon combined (with 24 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway). The all-wheel drive model takes these numbers down only slightly. This variant gets 26 mpg combined from 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Holding the fuel is a 14 gallon fuel tank. This fuel economy is rather unimpressive for the segment, putting the Encore behind much of the competition.

Warranty coverage is nothing to marvel at either. The Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty goes for 3 Years/36,000 Miles. The Powertrain/Drivetrain limited warranty and the Roadside Assistance Program both extend for 5 Years/60,000 Miles. And, as far as the Rust Limited Warranty goes, that can go for 3 Years/36,000 Miles with Rust Through going up to 6 Years/100,000 Miles. Other competitors have set the bar high in terms of warranty, so Buick will need to do better if it still wants to compete.

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Is the Encore Right for You?

Car shoppers are encouraged to consider the Buick Encore GX if searching for an extra-small SUV. The Preferred trim of this model is comparable to what was formerly known as the base tier on its predecessor, now being phased out by year's end in 2023. For those wishing to secure a new Encore before it fades from our showroom floors - soon would be wise! Consider comparing both options and making your selection fast - time won't wait forever!

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