- Buick Ownership
- 2013 Encore Premium
I'm searching for advice from owners who drive FWD Encores in snowy climates. I'm looking to buy an Encore and wondering if the FWD handles well in snow or if you wished you had gone with AWD. As a sub compact it doesn't have the weight of a standard SUV so maybe getting stuck in snow isn't an issue. AWD is more $ obviously and maybe it doesn't make a difference, but then maybe it does. Any advice is appreciated!
I wish Buick had more AWD Encores with heated seats besides the high end $32K-35K model (that's $5K more than I want to pay). My Chevy Cruze (LT) had them standard.
I went two states over just to find a front wheel drive ONLY, completely loaded Encore with every option. Every Encore sold around here is an AWD model.
In my area, Pittsburgh, it snows, but usually little ones, so the roads are sometimes snow covered with an inch or so, but sometimes we get the 3 or more inch snows also. And you don't need AWD in the Encore.
As soon as I bought mine I got 4 steel 16" wheels from a Cruze, some Blizzaks and four TPMS sensors, plus the cheap TPMS sensor registering tool. The Encore goes very well in the snow with 4 snow tires and only FWD. I never had one bit of problem. I have a bad schudule and work odd hours and even got home one night after a foot of snow. I had to shovel my way into the garage, though.
With 4 good snows in the Encore, you really don't need AWD. At least I don't. But if you live in an area that gets those big snows, like around the Great Lakes, that go higher than the front lip of the car, then all bets are off