Holiday Giveaway: Buick Encore cheese set

Holiday Giveaway: Buick Encore cheese set

Photo courtesy of Buick media website.

Buick and the Washington Automotive Press Association (WAPA) recently held a ride-and-drive of the 2013 Buick Encore. We were lucky to score this Buick-branded cheese knife and board set while there. We want to say ‘thanks’ to one lucky reader by gifting this to you, already wrapped for the upcoming holiday, so you can gift it to yourself or someone near and dear to you.

So, “How do I score this deluxe cheese set” you ask? The 2013 Buick Encore is General Motors’ first and only luxury subcompact utility vehicle. Yet, there’s still a respectable 48.4 cubic feet of storage with the rear seats folded down.


What would you pack into your new Buick Encore’s 48.4 cubic feet of storage? Friends? Family? Pets? Christmas presents? Clothes for donation?

Tell us what you would use this luxury compact ute to haul. The most creative response will win the Buick goodies pictured here.

To enter, leave an interesting comment at the bottom of this post before December 21, 2012 at 12:00 pm EST. Comments left on social networks do not count as entries. 

Rules:  We will select a winner on Friday, December 21, 2012  from the comments in this website. The winner will be notified by email. We will ship the the prize after December 25, 2012 in the United States only. 

Buick cheese knife and board set.

Want to know more about the 2013 Buick Encore? Here’s an excerpt from GM’s press release:

When the 2013 Encore luxury small crossover arrives in early 2013, it will feature the same quiet, comfortable, refined characteristics that define larger Buicks – the result of advanced acoustic technology and attention to detail.

Encore features Buick’s first use of Bose Active Noise Cancellation. Like the popular headphones used by business travelers on airplanes, this system uses small microphones to gather and analyze sound information that’s then used to project “noise-cancelling” sound waves through the cabin.

Unlike the headphones, which fight noise over a broad spectrum of frequencies, Encore’s system selectively targets unwanted engine noise while allowing pleasant notes to pass through the cabin. The expected result is a luxurious and muted, yet still engaging drive experience.

Buick and Bose engineers worked together to use Encore’s existing in-vehicle speakers, including a subwoofer designed to fit in the center of the vehicle’s spare tire, maximizing space and reducing added weight, which helps save fuel.

Active Noise Cancellation in the Encore is always working, even if the audio system is powered off. It is standard on all Encore models regardless of whether a customer opts for the available $595 Bose audio system.

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Melanie Batenchuk founded Be Car Chic in 2009 as a way to help consumers make smart decisions when buying and selling their cars. Her prior work at the dealership, trade association and manufacturer levels has provided her a deep understanding of the complex facets within the auto industry, making her a leading woman in her field.

There are 6 comments for this article
  1. Bryan at 12:53 PM

    During the week, I’d use the Buick to haul one check-in and one carryon back from the airport after a business trip. After two loud flights and airport TVs shouting 24-hour news at me, the last thing I want is a sport sedan to jostle me back home. Instead, I’ll shake off the deep freeze of a regional jet’s HVAC system with a heated wheel and seats. By the time I hit the road, I’ll place a brief call to the wife with the phone still in my jacket.

    The next morning I’ll gladly shuttle the kids to daycare, having tossed their winter gear into the hatch atop a Weather Tech cargo mat (never live in Minnesota without one). The wide open windows allow them to take in the fresh snowfall as we drive through the “wish we lived here” neighborhood of 1930s bugalows.

    During the day I’ll haul sales samples between offices and place calls while waiting in parking lots. With the noise cancellation system, nobody will know I’m not in an office.

    After work I’ll haul four snow tires and four wheels to the local mechanic. Even with AWD, a true Minnesotan dad knows the value of a winter tire. After waiting to have them mounted, I’ll haul the summers back to the house.

    Finally, on the weekend, I’ll haul the whole gang: wife, kids, and Dachshund. We’ll use a rooftop carrier for the luggage and visit Grandma, four hours of scenic travel away. Since the Encore’s windows are huge, and the interior so quiet, it will be a pleasant and safe Christmas road trip.

  2. Willy J at 1:01 PM

    I’d pack my new Buick Encore with all of my whole family and drive back up to Hickory to spend the holidays! And, gotta get that Bojangles while I’m there!

  3. Carolyn G at 8:33 PM

    That is a beautiful car. I know there would be tons of room for presents

  4. Melanie Batenchuk Author at 1:05 PM

    Thanks for your comment, Carolyn! I hope you have an enjoyable holiday with your family.

  5. Melanie Batenchuk Author at 1:05 PM

    Will- I love this response (obviously)!!

  6. Melanie Batenchuk Author at 1:07 PM

    You definitely have the most detailed response here. I love your description of how you’d use your Buick Encore during the holiday season and for your everyday life.

    That makes you the winner of the Buick Encore cheese knife and board set! Congratulations!

    I will email you to be in touch about how to mail you your prize.

    Thanks again and wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas, Happy holiday and wonderful New Year!