2014 Cute-ute Shootout: Buick Encore vs. MINI Countryman vs. Nissan JUKE

North Americans have a curious affinity towards SUVs, particularly shrunken down versions of them that seem to get smaller with each passing year. That’s why several automakers are now offering eye-catching models to cater to the younger, style conscious demographic. Here we look at three affordable and quirky tiny crossovers that don’t get as much attention as they should.

Buick Encore

Buick Encore

At a mere 4,278 millimetres in length, the Buick Encore is the definition of a cute-ute. Despite its small stature, the Encore is still able to carry 1,371 litres of cargo with the rear seats folded down. A 1.4-litre 138-horsepower EcoTec turbocharged engine powers this tiny SUV that was completely redesigned for 2013. Mated to a standard six-speed automatic transmission with optional all-wheel drive, fuel consumption is manufacturer rated at 7.9 L/100 km for combined city and highway driving. New features this year include the addition of safety features like Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Side Blind Zone Alert, and Siri Eyes Free technology that allows control of your iPhone’s Siri functions via controls on the steering wheel. Continue reading 2014 Cute-ute Shootout: Buick Encore vs. MINI Countryman vs. Nissan JUKE