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A black 2020 Buick Encore is shown from the front while parked on a parking garage roof deck in a city.

The Perfect Buick For Everyone

One of the best things about Buick is that, in addition to being a luxury brand that continues to church out exceptional, stylish cars and SUVs, it has a diverse lineup that can meet the needs of any driver. With so many choices available today, drivers no longer have to settle for cars and SUVs that don’t quite match their personality and season of life. With Buick, the brand knows exactly which car or SUV will work best for a host of different drivers. It makes sense that a new driver might not have the same needs as a family that needs lots of room and the ability to tow their boat, or even a commuter who needs to be able to trust their car or SUV over the course of many thousands of miles a year. When you go to your nearest Buick dealer, you can be sure they will have something for you. To help drivers wade through the many different great options, we will see what the best Buick to buy for several different types of drivers is.

A Buick Perfect for New Drivers

For any new driver, the type and size of a car is very important. A novice wants something that isn’t too big and might cause unnecessary stress when it comes time to park, yet they need something that is bulky enough to protect them in the case of an accident. The good news is that Buick has the perfect SUV that fits these criteria to a T.

2020 Buick Encore

An interior view shows hands on the wheel in a 2020 Buick Encore.

That vehicle is the Buick Encore. This great compact SUV is agile with tight dimensions, yet it sits up higher than a car to provide easier sightlines while at the same time having the added girth necessary to offer an extra level of protection. When you consider the specs and safety features, the Encore is a no-brainer for those new to driving.

Under the hood, the Encore has a 1.4L DHOC turbocharged engine that is capable of generating a respectable 138 horsepower. The engine is coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission that makes driving easier than ever.

The interior of the Encore also contributes perfectly to the stress-free driving experience you are looking for in this case. With a robust driver information display, any new driver will have the info they need to make good decisions while driving the Encore. The 8” touchscreen infotainment center is also helpful for navigation and making sure the driver is connected in case of an emergency. The Encore also has seating for five passengers, which is pretty standard for the subcompact SUV class.

Finally, the suite of safety features that either come standard or available with the Encore makes it one of the safest subcompact SUVs on the road. The rear vision camera comes standard and makes backing up and 90-degree parking a breeze, while the available Side Blind Zone Alert warns the driver when a vehicle is coming up behind the Encore in a hard to see area. With 10 airbags, drivers will be safe in case of an accident.

When you add up all of these great features and then realize that the starting price is only $23,200, you can begin to see what an incredible subcompact SUV the 2020 Buick Encore really is.

A Buick Perfect for the Whole Family

For mom and dad, and really for the whole family, something a little bigger than the Encore might be in order. While the Encore does seat five comfortably, for trips to soccer, school, or on long rides for vacation, as much room as possible makes everyone happier.

2020 Buick Enclave


A family is eating outside at a cafe next to a grey 2020 Buick Enclave after leaving the Buick dealer.

With seating for up to seven passengers, the 2020 Buick Enclave is the perfect fit for families. The specs on the Enclave are outstanding and translate to a big, comfortable ride that will keep everyone in the family happy.

Under the hood, the Enclave has a 3.6L Direct Injection engine that can produce up to 310 horsepower and is paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission. What makes the engine setup even more impressive is that it allows the Enclave to tow up to 5,000 lbs so you can bring your boat or camper no matter where you are going for your family vacation. Towing ability is often limited in the SUV segment, and having the option to carry both people and equipment on the scale possible with the Enclave is unparalleled.

The interior of the Enclave will also help you stay connected as it comes with 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities and a standard 8” touchscreen that will help you navigate to your destination. With three rows of seats that have ample legroom in each and a third row that folds down to maximize cargo room, the Enclave is as versatile as it is luxurious.

Finally, like the Encore, the Enclave has an impressive list of safety features that will help protect your precious cargo on board. On the Premium trim, for example, the Enclave comes equipped with a Following Distance Indicator, so you will know if you are too close to the vehicle in front of you. The Enclave Premium also has Forward Collision Alert and Front Pedestrian Braking to help minimize the chances of an accident. Finally, Front and Rear Park Assist takes the hassle and stress out of parking so you can worry about what matters most.

The 2020 Enclave also has a reasonable starting price of $40,000, and even if you want to explore some of the higher trims you can get your hands on an Enclave Avenir starting at $53,800.

A Buick for Commuters

If you use your car for work or drive long distances regularly, size might not be the most important factor. Instead, fuel efficiency, style, and comfort might rank higher on your list. If that is the case, there is a Buick perfect for commuters.

2020 Buick Regal Sportback

A black 2020 Buick Regal Sportback is driving on a city street.

Buick is mainly known for its lineup of outstanding luxury SUVs, but it is important not to overlook their sedans as well. The 2020 Buick Regal Sportback, for example, is a prime example of a mid-size sedan that offers agile handling, quality performance, and a smooth ride that makes the miles fly by.

With an impressive lineup of engines that can produce anywhere from 250-310 horsepower, the Regal offers plenty of power for commuters. And with the ability to get 22 miles per gallon in the city and up to 32 miles on the highway, the Regal Sportback is the perfect blend of performance and efficiency.

There are two other factors that also make the Regal Sportback just right for those accustomed to long days on the road. The first is its surprisingly generous cargo room, which maxes out at 60.7 cubic feet. That actually beats out not only many other cars, but plenty of SUVs as well. Finally, the starting price for the Regal Sportback, at $25,370, makes it an extremely compelling buy.

The Perfect Buick For Everyone

With the Encore for new drivers, the Enclave for families, and the Regal Sportback for commuters, there really is a Buick perfectly tailored to drivers of all stripes. The entire lineup of Buick cars and SUVs is built with precision and class. It is sure to impress all types of drivers. If you haven’t stopped by your local Buick dealer lately to test drive one of these spectacular vehicles, now is a perfect time.

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