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2016 Buick Encore Towing Capacity

How much can a 2016 Buick Encore pull? Compare 9 trim levels.

What will it tow?

RV   Car   Boat   Typical trailers

2016 Buick Encore Trims
Towing capacity by engine

Choose a towing vehicle wisely. Make sure the engine has enough power, the gearbox is capable of withstanding heavy loads, and the axle ratio is optimal for hauling.

  • 1.4L I-4, 3.53 axle ratio, 138 hp, 148 lb/ft - 1,000 lbs
  • 1.4L I-4, 3.53 axle ratio, 153 hp, 177 lb/ft - 1,000 lbs

Base Front-wheel Drive

Maximum Towing Capacity - 1000 lb

It is the same for all trims.

The maximum weight that Buick Encore is allowed to tow. The maximum trailer weights listed are only applicable for altitudes up to 3280 ft (1,000 m) above sea level. With increasing altitude the engine power and therefore the car's climbing ability are impaired because of the reduced air density, so the maximum trailer weight has to be reduced accordingly. The weight of the car and trailer must be reduced by 10% for every further 3280 ft (1,000 m) (or part thereof).

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) - 4255 lb

This is the maximum amount of weight Buick Encore is rated to carry (engine, chassis, fluids, passengers, cargo, load - everything). It is often determined by the manufacturer and is indicated in the owner's manual or on the inside of the drive's door panel.

Curb Weight - 3237 lb

This is how much Buick Encore weighs sitting on the curb with no driver, passengers, no cargo and no load with all standard options.

Payload Capacity - 1018 lb

Payload is considered all the extra stuff you put inside your vehicle, whether it be passengers or a pile of rocks, that weight is all considered payload. You can increase it by:

  1. Upgrading the Rear Springs.
  2. Adding Coil-Over Shock Absorbers.
  3. Installing a Longer Truck Bed.
  4. Attaching a Trailer.
  5. Adding Bed Racks.

Horsepower - 138 hp

The higher the power of your engine, the more weight your car can pull.

Torque - 148 Lb-Ft

High torque is essential for towing because it allows you to pull the trailer at a lower RPM, reducing the strain on the engine.

Axle Ratio - 3.53

It is the same for all trims.

The higher the axle ratio, the more power your vehicle produces, and as a result, the more weight this car can tow.

Drive Type - front-wheel

All-wheel or rear-wheel drive vehicles are best suited for towing, while front-wheel drive vehicles can haul much less weight.

Transmission - 6-spd auto w/OD

It is the same for all trims.

Do not overload your vehicle while towing, as this can cause the transmission to overheat and fail. If your transmission has "Towing mode" - be sure to turn it on.

Turbocharger - intercooled turbo

It is the same for all trims.

Turbocharged engines produce more power, so if you need a vehicle for towing, choose the one equipped with a turbo.

Wheelbase - 100.6

It is the same for all trims.

The longer your vehicle's wheelbase, the less likely the trailer you tow will push down on the rear axle and lift the front end.

Front Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) - no data

It is the maximum allowable weight that can be placed on a front axle of your Buick Encore.

Rear Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) - no data

It is the maximum allowable weight that can be placed on a rear axle of your Buick Encore.

Base All-wheel Drive

Convenience Front-wheel Drive

Sport Touring Front-wheel Drive

Convenience All-wheel Drive

Leather Front-wheel Drive

Sport Touring All-wheel Drive

Premium Front-wheel Drive

Leather All-wheel Drive

Trailers that Your Vehicle Can Tow



Inside the RV, you will find everything you need for a comfortable stay, even away from civilization.

Car Trailers

If you need to transport your car over a long distance - use a car trailer - this method is much safer and more reliable than towing with a rope.

Choose the car you want to haul:


Boat Trailers

If you need to transport a boat, make sure you choose the right size trailer.

Boat trailer

Typical Trailers

Whatever your needs, you can find a trailer that's perfect for you.

Boat trailer

What is a 2016 Buick Encore maximum towing capacity?

When going for fascinating trips in the open air, you definitely ought to keep in mind the 2016 Buick Encore towing capacity, that is the main feature for such venture. The towing capacity in reality is the vehicle's optimum volume of weight that it could safely tow. This information can generally be discovered on a sticker located within the driver's front door near the door latch. The gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) is the maximum operating weight (including freight and passengers) and ought not to be exceeded. Usually, the load of any trailer being pulled is recommended to stay within 10-15 per cent of the GVWR.

Below, you may find the information on the towing capacity of the 2016 Buick Encore with all trims and generations. Take note that the maximum towing weight can vary depending on the braking system of what is being towed. If your trailer has its own brakes then it is "braked capacity". Otherwise, it is unbraked capacity. When choosing the future trailer, you should keep in mind that its weight and ranking is coming from the trailer's producer plus all of the additional payload you might take in it needs to never go beyond the 2016 Buick Encore towing capacity. Violating this important guideline will have an effect on your capability to control and make a full stop just in time and can in the end lead to long lasting damage to your car or truck or even lead to crashes on the roadways.


Drivers must not exceed the Buick Encore towing capacity as it can have serious consequences such as interfering with your car's braking ability

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The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) has developed the J2807 set of recommended practices. The tow test procedures designed by the big brains at the SAE consist of a series of rigorous real-world challenges to determine the Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) of a vehicle and trailer combination.