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Advice: Buick Encore or Mercedes GLA

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Jun 10, 2010
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Advice: Buick Encore or Mercedes GLA

Thinking of leasing a new subcompact SUV. What is your advice between Buick Encore and Mercedes GLA. With equivalent features, the lease price of GLA is only slightly more than Encore. But, the fuel and maintenance costs may add up later. Any thoughts?
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Aug 19, 2011
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Markham
Also check the insurance premiums so you figure exactly how much you will end up paying for each but IMO, GLA looks, feels and drives like a more expensive car than it is. Encore is on the other hand is pretty obvious is a budget product.
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Jan 7, 2007
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Poormond Hill
Get a Buick if you are a retiree. Otherwise, the Mercedes.
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Feb 29, 2008
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Montreal
Beware of substance over style.

Before you lease either, I suggest you go the dealership with two suitcases and a carry on, and two passengers. Load up the car and drive around. If you are satisfied with space, legroom, and performance, go ahead and spend your money.

The buick will be cheaper to maintain and more reliable, but has crap performance. The Trax is the same vehicle as the Encore.
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Toronto
GLA looks... weird suv. Maybe because it's more like a hatchback. Can't put my finger around it and I have the CLA. Was thinking of returning the CLA for GLA next year but... something about GLA...

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