01. The 2013 Buick Encore Is A Compact Crossover
The 2013 Buick Encore is the very first compact crossover ever offered by Buick, which has in the past either reserved its SUV entries strictly for the mid-size (Buick Rendezvous) or the full-size (Buick Enclave) segments. Not only is the Buick Encore considerably smaller than the only other current crossover offered by the brand (the Enclave), but it also undercuts many premium competitors with its almost subcompact footprint. The Encore is an interesting gamble from a brand that in the past has frequently subscribed to the 'bigger is better' philosophy of luxury, and indicates that models like the small Buick Verano sedan are not outliers but rather part of a cohesive strategy from the company.