2023 Buick Encore GX Trim Levels

November 18th, 2022 by

The Encore GX is a great choice for a subcompact SUV. It offers the perfect balance of power, efficiency, and agile handling. It’s also intelligently engineered and thoughtfully designed to elevate your driving experience. Sophisticated styling and forward-thinking technology come together to make this the perfect vehicle for those who appreciate quality and refinement.

So, whether you’re looking to level up your daily drive or for an SUV that can keep up with your spontaneous impulses, the Buick Encore GX has a trim level that’s perfect for you. Encore GX buyers have their pick of three different trim levels for the 2023 model year: Preferred, Select, and Essence. Let’s put these trim levels against each other in a series of head-to-head comparisons to see which one comes out on top.


2023 Buick Encore GX Essence (1SL) exterior in White Frost Tricoat.

Price is always a key consideration when choosing a new car, and the Encore GX is no exception. The base Preferred trim starts at an MSRP of $25,595, while the mid-range Select model carries an MSRP of $26,995. The top-of-the-line Essence trim level comes in at $30,195 MSRP. So, which one offers the best value for your money?

The answer is probably the Select trim if you’re looking for the most bang for your buck. It’s just $1,400 more than the Preferred model (a reasonable price for additional features and amenities), but it still comes under $30,000. On the other hand, if you have your heart set on the Encore GX’s top-tier features and can afford to stretch your budget a bit further, the Essence may well be worth the extra cost. Make sure to check out Sweeney’s inventory of Encore GXs to stay on top of great deals.


All three trim levels of the Encore GX come standard with a 1.2-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine that generates 137 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque. This peppy little engine is mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). You can also choose between front-wheel drive (FWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD). However, AWD models come equipped with an upgraded 1.3-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine that makes 155 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque. It also comes with a nine-speed automatic transmission or a CVT.

So, what does this all mean for performance? In a nutshell, the Encore GX is a nimble and fun-to-drive SUV capable of handling whatever you throw at it. Whether you’re tackling city streets or hitting the open road, this vehicle is up for the task. However, the AWD models are the way to go if you want more power and agility. If you don’t think you’ll need the extra traction AWD provides, you might be better off sticking with the FWD models.

Features and Amenities

One of the best things about the Encore GX is that it comes packed with a long list of standard features and amenities. Even the base Preferred trim comes standard with a host of impressive features, including:

  • 18-inch aluminum wheels.
  • Automatic high beams.
  • Heated mirrors.
  • Active noise cancellation.
  • Keyless entry and start.
  • Height-adjustable driver’s seat.
  • Eight-inch infotainment display.
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
  • Six-speaker audio system.
  • Onboard Wi-Fi hotspot.
  • Satellite radio.
  • Active noise cancellation.

So, even if you opt for the base model, you’ll still get a vehicle loaded with all the latest tech and creature comforts. Of course, if you’re looking for even more luxury and convenience, the higher trim levels have even more to offer. The Select trim, for example, adds:

  • Roof rails.
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control.
  • Cold weather comfort package features.
  • Rear armrest.

And the Essence trim takes things even further with the following:

  • In-cabin air ionizer.
  • LED headlights.
  • Heated steering wheel.
  • Household-style power outlet.
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror.
  • Driver’s seat memory settings.
  • Leather upholstery.
  • Power-adjustable passenger seat.

As you can see, there’s a lot to like about the Encore GX, no matter which trim level you choose. So, whether you’re looking for a budget-friendly option or a fully-loaded luxury SUV, this vehicle has you covered.

Fuel Economy

When it comes to fuel economy, the Encore GX is pretty impressive. The FWD models have an EPA-estimated rating of 29 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. The AWD models aren’t quite as efficient, but they’re still pretty good at 26 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. So, whether you’re looking to save some money at the pump or want a more efficient vehicle, the Encore GX is a great option.


All three trim levels of the Encore GX come standard with a long list of advanced safety features, including:

  • Automatic high-beam headlights.
  • Teen driver.
  • Forward collision mitigation.
  • Automatic emergency braking.
  • Pedestrian detection.
  • Lane-keep assist.
  • Following-distance indicator.
  • Lane-departure warning.

Of course, the higher trim levels come with even more standard and optional safety features, including:

  • Adaptive cruise control.
  • Blind-spot monitoring.
  • Rear cross-traffic alert.
  • Lane-change assist.
  • Head-up display.
  • Surround-view parking camera system.
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers.
  • Front and rear parking sensors.
  • Park assist.

No matter which trim level you choose, you can rest assured that your Encore GX will keep you and your passengers safe on the road.

Look and Feel

The Encore GX has a modern and stylish look that will turn heads. The exterior features sleek lines and an aggressive stance, while the interior is well-appointed and features high-quality materials. Whether you’re driving or just sitting in the passenger seat, you’ll appreciate the attention to detail that Buick has put into this vehicle.

The base model, the Preferred, comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, and chrome accents. The Select and Essence trim levels add 18-inch machined aluminum wheels with high gloss dark Android pockets, a hands-free power liftgate, and a sunroof.

The Sport Touring trim (which you can uniquely create to your liking) has a more athletic look with its exclusive 18-inch medium android high-gloss wheels with dark Android high-gloss inserts, sport touring badge, custom grille with red accenting, and protective bumper moldings.

As you can see, there’s a lot to like about the Buick Encore GX, no matter which trim level you choose. Whether you’re looking for a budget-friendly option or a fully-loaded luxury SUV, this vehicle has you covered. Sweeney Buick-GMC in Youngstown, Ohio, is your one-stop shop for all things Buick. From getting pre-approved for auto financing to trade-in values and scheduled service , we’re here to help you every step of the way. Give us a call or stop by our dealership today and let us help you get behind the wheel of your new Encore GX.

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