Last week’s photo showed the 2013 Buick Encore, a small sport utility vehicle being brought out this winter. For a better photo and information, read this week’s road test.
Chosen randomly from the correct entries was Jim Muraski, of Martinez, who wins a prize from The Augusta Chronicle. Other readers identifying the vehicle were:
CANTON, GA.: David Anderson wrote: “One needs to go back a generation or two to the 1980s to find Buicks as small and petite as some of their offerings today. Based on the same underpinnings used for the Chevrolet Sonic, the Encore is as small as or smaller than such compact and subcompact offerings from the big-hair ’80s as the Skyhawk, Skylark, Somerset and even the only two-seater Buick ever made, the Reatta (1988-91).
“But make no mistake about it, this Buick bears no resemblance to any of those mechanical and electrical nightmares except for the fact that it also wears the Buick Tri-Shield.
“Employing suspension mods not found on that derivative Sonic in addition to Bose Noise Canceling technology through the radio speakers (even if the radio is off) to cancel out engine noise, this is one small crossover that will not disappoint as a small luxury transport.
“The Encore manages to deliver the legendary Buick plush, quiet ride while at the same time offering handling not usually seen in this market segment.
“As for the petite size, that is relative, based on one’s own perceptions. I found reviews from sister publications with one calling it plenty roomy even for holiday mall shopping trips, while another said the Honda CR-V might be a better choice for any hauling over and above the weekly grocery store run.
“It is rated as a five-passenger vehicle, but any normal-size adults would need to be very familiar and friendly with one another when loaded to the max. As a Suburban owner, I imagine that I would find it a tad too small for my tastes.
“Speaking of hauling, towing is not recommended with the Encore. Sadly, the days of the Buick Wildcat engine are long gone, and the only engine choice is the same four-cylinder turbo found in the Chevrolet Cruze and Sonic that produces a mere 138 horsepower.
“All reviewers agreed that it is adequate for around town driving as long as it is not fully loaded and that the thought of passing, loaded or not, is something that requires determination and plenty of straight-line clearance.
“The upside of all of this precision engineering and compact packaging is a 25/33 mpg rating. That is something that Wildcat engine could never touch!”
EVANS: Jerry Paul wrote: “My guess for this week is a Buick Encore.”
MARTINEZ: Jeff Miller wrote: “Last week, A was for Audi. This week, we have B for Buick – the 2013 Buick Encore, that is. This Buick is powered by a turbocharged 1.4 liter four-cylinder that pumps out 140 horepower and 148 pound-feet of torque starting at around $25,000. Although this Buick has front-wheel drive, you can get an all-wheel-drive option for another $1,500.
“That milquetoast four-cylinder will get you better than 30 mpg while cruising the interstate macadam.
“Do I hear a ‘C’ for next week’s What Is It?”
PERRY, FLA.: Larry Anderson wrote: “It’s a 2013 Buick Encore. New for this year and has a multitude of luxury and technically integrated in it.”
WARRENVILLE: James Covar