At some point in most everyone’s life they get a little tired of the same old thing and find themselves wanting something a little nicer. This is precisely where the Buick Encore GX comes in.
The reason is simple: This subcompact crossover SUV (not to be confused with the Encore, which is an entirely different vehicle) straddles the gap between commonplace models and those from pricier high-end brands.
Slip into the driver’s seat on an Essence trim level like the version I tested, and you’ll be greeted with a long list of standard features, including Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration.
The Encore GX is more engaging than you might expect from a Buick. The available 155-horsepower, 1.3-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine can be noisy but produces adequate acceleration and strong Environmental Protection Agency fuel economy estimates.
Ultimately, the Encore GX is a good choice for those who want just a little more out of life.
There are style-conscious people in the world, folks who notice everything from men’s wristwatches to women’s handbags. If you’re one of them, the Lexus UX 200 should make a big impression.
This littlest (and, shush!, least expensive) Lexus offers much of the brand’s upscale goodness, including a handsomely designed interior with quality materials in all the right places. The roster of advanced safety and convenience features is extensive.
One of the car’s most notable shortcomings is a frustrating center console-mounted touchpad that’s used to select items on the 7-inch screen above.
The Luxury trim level front-wheel drive UX 200 I tested delivered perfectly adequate, if somewhat uninspiring, performance from a 169-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.
The good news in all this is that you don’t have to spend a fortune to impress the other style-conscious people in your life.
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