GM announced that its new 2013 Buick Encore will win the title for the most fuel-efficient crossover sold by an U.S. carmaker, defeating Chrysler and Ford.
The EPA fuel economy estimate for the six-speed automatic, front-wheel drive Encore model was 25 m.p.g. in the city and 33 m.p.g. on the highway for a combined rating of 28 m.p.g. and that an average driver would spend around $1,900 annually for gasoline.
GM is confident that the new 2013 Buick Encore will beat 2013 Ford Escape’s estimated fuel economy of 26 m.p.g., Chrysler’s Group’s Jeep Compass’ 25 m.p.g. and even the Mini Countryman S and Volkswagen Tiguan, when it comes to combined fuel economy.
The model is expected to reach showrooms at the beginning of 2013, and it features a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine and GM brags that it saves fuel with its 60% high-strength steel body structure. Vehicle Chief Engineer Jim Danahy said that since the beginning the model was designed to offer drivers safety and comfort.
“Right from its inception, Encore was designed to offer customers the safety and comfort expected of any Buick, but with an added emphasis on space and fuel efficiency. We did things like specify one optimized wheel and tire package to ensure that every customer has the best driving experience possible.”