Among the larger and more luxurious contenders in the segment, the Buick Encore GX is another to compare. It, too, comes with one of the more nicely finished interiors in the class with plenty of advanced tech and safety feature options. The lower trims get a turbocharged 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine (137 horsepower, 162 lb-ft) whereas our top level Essence model got the upgraded turbocharged 1.3-liter three-cylinder (155 hp, 174 lb-ft). Either powertrain will be paired to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) unless you opt for FWD, where it gets paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission. So, if you’re seeking a sportier driving experience, you will appreciate the Encore Essence FWD with total price tag around $35K. While Encore GX doesn’t have the raw power of some of the other brands, there’s a lot to satisfy the buyer looking for better gas mileage and superior fit and finish.