Thanks to its serene cabin, user-friendly high-tech features and nimble size, the 2013 Buick Encore should work well for those shopping for an upscale but still affordable small crossover SUV. The first thing you'll likely notice about the new Encore is its compact size which aligns with the recent industry trend of offering truly compact crossover SUVs. The Leather Group model includes leather upholstery, a six-way power passenger seat, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and driver memory settings. The vehicle is powered by a turbocharged 1.4-liter inline four-cylinder with 138 hp and 148 pound-feet of torque and the transmission is a six-speed automatic with a manual-shift feature. Standard safety features for the 2013 Buick Encore include front-seat knee airbags, front and rear side airbags, side curtain airbags, antilock disc brakes and traction and stability control. Also included is OnStar, which includes automatic crash notification, and on-demand roadside assistance. Fit and finish throughout the Encore's cabin is generally pretty good, and well-placed soft-touch materials and splashes of wood tone and metallic accents provide a luxury vibe. When it comes to cargo-carrying duty, the Encore is ready, as the rear seats and the front passenger seat fold flat, allowing transport of longer (up to 8 feet) items.