2017 Buick Encore

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2017 Buick Encore Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Buick, which is popular among the car enthusiasts for making large luxury sedans has brought about some changes and subtle restyling in order to keep up with the growing class of competitors in its all-new 2017 Buick Encore SUV. It embodies many elements of the traditional Buick and has been retrofitted with hushed cabin, near-luxury trim, and a long list of upscale features which makes it stand out.

The latest variant of the Encore flaunts an upgraded technology interface which compliments the instrument panel which features a new design that includes user-friendly controls and a new gauge cluster layout. The only let down in the 2017 Encore is its snug interior that includes cramped rear seat and less storage are compared to other SUVs in its class.

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Pros

Great interior with variety of standard features

Nimble handling

User-friendly infotainment system

Impressive reliability

Cons

Higher base price compared to it's rivals

Sluggish acceleration in its base engine

What's New?

Restyled instrument panel

A new technology interface

Upgraded interior materials


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$22990

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

120 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

83 cu. in.

horsepower

138 hp @ 4900 rpm

torque

148 lb.-ft. @ 1850 rpm

transmission

6-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

10.6 in. ventilated front disc/11.8 in. solid disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

100.6 in.

length

168.41 in.

width

69.85 in.

height

65.26 in.

curb weight

3237 lbs.

ground clearance

6.2 in.

capacity

passenger volume

92.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

18.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

payload capacity

1018 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.8 sec.

zero to 100 mph

27.7 sec.

rolling start (5-60 mph)

9.1 sec.

standing ¼-mile

16.8 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

182 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

25/28/33 mpg

highway range

462 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

6 years/70000 miles

corrosion warranty

6 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

yes


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Styles

 2017 Buick Encore in Black Cherry Metallic color  2017 Buick Encore in Ebony Twilight Metallic color  2017 Buick Encore in Coastal Blue Metallic color  2017 Buick Encore in Graphite Gray Metallic color  2017 Buick Encore in Summit White color
Black Cherry Metallic

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Ratings

Features

7.3

Engine

7.4

Fuel Economy

7.7

Interior

7.5

Exterior

8.3

Safety

7.1

Comfort

7.9

Driving

8.0

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Buick Encore 1SV

1SV

power
138 hp @ 4900 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
28 combined

$22,990


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
1SV 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $22,990 MSRP (25/28/33) 138 hp @ 4900 rpm, 1.4 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

 2017 Buick Encore Preferred

Preferred

power
138 hp @ 4900 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
28 combined

$24,365 - $25,865


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Preferred 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $24,365 MSRP (25/28/33) 138 hp @ 4900 rpm, 1.4 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5
Preferred 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $25,865 MSRP (24/27/30) 138 hp @ 4900 rpm, 1.4 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

 2017 Buick Encore Sport Touring

Sport Touring

power
138 hp @ 4900 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
28 combined

$25,565 - $27,065


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport Touring 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $25,565 MSRP (25/28/33) 138 hp @ 4900 rpm, 1.4 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5
Sport Touring 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $27,065 MSRP (24/27/30) 138 hp @ 4900 rpm, 1.4 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

 2017 Buick Encore Preferred II

Preferred II

power
138 hp @ 4900 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
28 combined

$26,865 - $28,365


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Preferred II 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $26,865 MSRP (25/28/33) 138 hp @ 4900 rpm, 1.4 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5
Preferred II 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $28,365 MSRP (24/27/30) 138 hp @ 4900 rpm, 1.4 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

 2017 Buick Encore Essence

Essence

power
138 hp @ 4900 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
28 combined

$29,065 - $30,565


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Essence 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $29,065 MSRP (25/28/33) 138 hp @ 4900 rpm, 1.4 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5
Essence 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $30,565 MSRP (24/27/30) 138 hp @ 4900 rpm, 1.4 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

 2017 Buick Encore Premium

Premium

power
138 hp @ 4900 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
28 combined

$30,465 - $31,965


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $30,465 MSRP (25/28/33) 138 hp @ 4900 rpm, 1.4 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5
Premium 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $31,965 MSRP (24/27/30) 138 hp @ 4900 rpm, 1.4 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 25, 2018

7.7

Overall Rating


For 2017, the Encore has been priced at $22,990 for the base variant but the price may go higher as you climb up the configuration ladder. With its relatively small size, the base engine performs really well but sometimes you'll ask for more when you enter the highway. If you go for the optional four-cylinder engine then you are sure to really be impressed with its higher horsepower and great performance.


7.3/10
Features

 

7.4/10
Engine

 

7.7/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.5/10
Interior

 

8.3/10
Exterior

 

7.1/10
Safety

 
 
 

2017 Buick Encore Features

7.3/10

Buick Encore comes with a lot of trim options with varying degree of power and comfort. The base variant comes with a turbocharged 1.4-cylinder engine and is capable of producing 138 horsepower. Other trims include: Premium, Preffered, Preffered II, Sport Touring and the last one being Essence.

The Sport Touring costing just about $26,595 adds a visual punch to the compact SUVs appearance by way of a rear spoiler, 18-inch gray-painted aluminum wheels, and fog lamps making it the least expensive trim that can be configured with the optional 153-hp turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder.

Trim Base Preferred Sport Touring Preferred II Essence Premium
MSRP

(FWD)

$22,990 $24,365 $25,565 $26,865 $29,065 $30,465
MSRP

(AWD)

NA $25,865 $27,065 $28,365 $30,565 $31,965
 Key

Features

Seat Trim Cloth with leatherette accents

Cargo Cover Rear

 
Remote Vehicle Start Rear Cross Traffic Alert

Leather-Appointed Seating (Ebony, Shale or Brandy)

 

Bose Audio System with 7-speaker and amplifier

 
  Rear 60/40 folding Seat with 6-way power adjust

Stowable and removable Floor Mats

 

Fog Lamps

 

Side Blind Zone Alert

 
Heated Steering Wheel

Rainsense Wipers at Front and Rear

 
  Passenger Seat Adjuster 2-way manual, flat-folding

All-Wheel-Drive System  

Rear Integrated Spoiler (Sport Touring only) Wheels Climate Control Dual-zone

6-Way Power Passenger Seat With manual recline and power lumbar

 

Park Assist

 
  Driver Information Display   RSZ 18" Midnight Silver aluminum alloy (Sport Touring only)
 

Auto-dimming rear view mirror

 

Heated Seats Driver and front passenger

 

Forward Collision Alert

 
  Center Enhanced 4.2" diagonal multicolor display    

120-Volt Power Outlet On rear center console

 

Memory Seat For driver seat position

 

Lane Departure Warning

 
  Steering-Wheel-Mounted Controls     RRU Wheels 18" 10-spoke aluminum with Technical Gray finish

LED headlamps  

Cargo Net and Rear Carpeted Cargo Mat
  Rear Vision Camera          
  Rear cargo courtesy lamps          
  Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column          
  Keyless Open and Remote Keyless Entry          
 

Push-Button Start

         

We recommend

Since there are multiple trim choices offered by the Buick Encore along with some generous amount of standard feature, we recommend getting the Essence trim with AWD as it offers a great combination of efficiency and amazing list of features to enhance the overall experience.

2017 Buick Encore Engine

7.4/10

"On the handling front, the Encore feels confident if not particularly sporty, a setup we suspect will suit most buyers just fine. On the upside, this SUV's small size and tight turning radius give it a nimble feel larger compact SUVs can't match "- Edmunds

Buick offers two engines in its Encore variants but they don't seem to match the expectation. All of the trims come equipped with the 1.4L i4 engine motor, which is capable of generating 138-horsepower with its Ecotec turbocharged four-cylinder that may leave you to feel strained when you carry a full carload of people.

Models Buick Encore Mazda CX-3 SUV Chevrolet Trax SUV Fiat Pop
MSRP $22,990 $19,960 $21,000 $19,995
Engine 1.4L 4cyl 2.0L 4cyl 1.4L 4cyl 2.4L 4cyl
Transmission 6-speed automatic 6-speed automatic 6-speed automatic 6-speed automatic
Horsepower 138 hp 146 hp 138 hp 160 hp
Torque 148 lb-ft 146 lb-ft 148 lb-ft 184 lb-ft

The optional 153-horsepower turbocharged engine is also offered by the manufacturer to enhance the driving experience but also lacks the wow factor in its performance. Compared to the base engine it delivers better acceleration. Finally, both of these come mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard for the base trim, while the upper trims offer All-Wheel drive as an option.

Acceleration

Even without the additional mass of all-wheel drive, the latest variant of the Buick Encore takes around 7.8 seconds to run 0-60 mph which is pretty impressive in its class. The 153-horsepower engine makes highway driving and passing quite an effortless task. The mid-sized SUV has also improved pickup making it one of the best choices for everyday usage.

Models Buick Encore Mazda CX-3 SUV Chevrolet Trax SUV Fiat Pop
0-60 MPH 7.8 sec 8.5 sec 9.3 sec 8.5 sec
Quarter mile 16.2 sec 15.8 sec 17.2 sec 16.3 sec
Engine 1.4L 2.0L 3.0L 2.4L
Emission

 

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

6.3 5.7 9.3 6.3

It swiftly moves to the podium place and leads the pack with its 0-60 mph timing of 7.8 seconds. Both, the CX-3 and Fiat follows it with a time of 8.5 seconds. Finally, the Trax finishes at the end of the line with a time of 9.3 seconds.

Ride and Handling

As expected from a Buick car, the Encore is very much in line with the other models of the brand. With extremely quite cabins which have been loaded with extensive sound absorbing materials and active noise-cancellation technology. The suspension is well appreciated for focusing more on comfort rather than handling. It easily absorbs most bumps and thus offers a plush and comfortable drive. Although you may expect a choppy ride over freeway expansion joints as the SUV has smaller wheelbase compared to others.

Braking

The 2017 model of the Buick Encore has firm brake pedals that are capable as well as reassuring. With its four-wheel disc brakes having the linear stopping power, the SUV is able to control sharp body turn with due help from its firm suspension.

Model Buick Encore Mazda CX-3 SUV Chevrolet Trax SUV Fiat Pop
Brake Front (in.) 11.8 11.0 11.8 12.0
Brake Rear (in.) 10.6 11.1 11.8 11.0
Curb Weight (lbs.) 3237 2809 2805 2967
60-0 MPH (ft.) 119 117 119 123

The Encore is pretty heavy compared to its rivals and however strong its brake pedals maybe it doesn't do significantly well in panic stops. The CX-3 is a bit lighter than the Encore takes 2 feet less than Encore in the 60-0 panic stop test.

2017 Buick Encore Fuel Economy

7.7/10

When compared to other compact SUVs available in the market the Encore gets better ratings in terms of fuel efficiency. The SUV earns 27 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway and 28 combined mpg, but is still not class-leading. On the other hand, Chevrolet Trax will cost to cost you $100 more on gas compared to Buick but the Mazda is even more economical.

Model Buick Encore Mazda CX-3 SUV Chevrolet Trax SUV Fiat Pop
MPG (city) 25 29 25 25
MPG (highway) 33 34 33 33
MPG (combined) 28 31 28 28

Mazda CX-3 is a clear winner in this category and surpasses its peers in this segment. Fiat Pop, Chevrolet tow the same line in terms of fuel efficiency which is not bad in its class.

2017 Buick Encore Interior

7.5/10

Buick Encore actually embodies many of the elements that Buick, a brand known for building large luxury sedans, has traditionally stood for. Those elements include a hushed cabin, near-luxury trim, and a long list of upscale features - Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The Buick Encore has been bestowed with comfortable front seats and the seating position is relatively high which helps the rider get a commanding view of the road. The rear seats which can accommodate 5 passengers offer enough head and legroom even for tall persons but somehow, you'll find that the seats are a tight fit for both adults and rear-facing child seats.

Model Buick Encore Mazda CX-3 SUV Chevrolet Trax SUV Fiat Pop
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 39.58/54.18/40.82 38.4/53.5/41.7 39.6/54.1/40.8 39.1/54.3/41.4
Second

 

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.78/52.55/35.75 37.2/50.4/35.0 38.8/52.8/35.7 37.8/52.8/34.8

Buyers can be a bit disappointed at Encore because the car lacks passenger armrest in the front which can be significant in bringing down the cost but it can cause slight discomfort for longer hauls.

Cargo volume

The interior of the 2017 Buick Encore in the cargo-carrying department isn't good news for its customers as the SUV only has 18.8 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and with the rear seats down it can only expand to 48.4 cubic feet. The numbers are very much similar to other subcompact SUVs but are far less than that of other popular crossovers like the Ford Escape and Honda CR-V.

Model Buick Encore Mazda CX-3 SUV Chevrolet Trax SUV Fiat Pop
Cargo Volume 2nd row up (ft.3) 18.80 12.4 18.7 14.1
Cargo Volume rear 2nd \xa0row folded (ft.3) 48.40 44.5 48.4 39.8

Infotainment System

The 2017 Buick Encore may have the smattering similar-looking buttons but the controls are quite intuitive and user-friendly. The touchscreen is also easy to use and handle even for the newbies. Unlike other SUVs in the segment, Encore comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Some of the other Infotainment features are mentioned below: -

  • 8-inch center touchscreen
  • Buick Intellilink System
  • Satellite radio
  • Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Siri Eyes Free
  • Two USB ports
  • Bluetooth
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
     

2017 Buick Encore Exterior

8.3/10

Dimension and Weight

The sheet metal of the Encore isn't enough to stretch out its usual styling themes as gracefully as you'll find in any other SUVs. This year the front of the car features a new grille and a chrome strip with a wing shape losing the previous waterfall bars making it look more attractive. The lower air intakes of the vehicle are less pronounced with an upgraded LED headlight. 

Model Buick Encore Mazda CX-3 SUV Chevrolet Trax SUV Fiat Pop
Curb weight (lbs.) 3237 2809 2805 2967
Length(in) 168.41 168.3 167.6 167.2
Width(in) 69.85 69.6 69.9 70.7
Height(in) 65.26 60.7 64.8 63.1
Ground clearance (in) 6.22 6.1 6.2 7.007
Wheelbase (in) 100.60 101.2 100.6 101.2
Track width (in) F/R 60.62/60.62 60.0/59.9 60.6/60.6 60.9/61.0

There aren't many notable standard features to talk about however some of the Better ones include:-

  • LED Headlamps
  • New Designed 18" Alloy wheels
  • LED Tailamps
     

2017 Buick Encore Safety

7.1/10

The 2017 Encore received a perfect five-star rating for overall crash protection, frontal protection and side-impact protection from the crash test conducted by the government agencies. The IIHS too gave Encore the highest possible rating of Good in its moderate-overlap and small-overlap front-impact, side-impact and roof-strength crash tests.

In terms of reliability, Bick has covered the Pathfinder with a three year/ 36,000-mile basic warranty and a five year/ 60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

NHTSA Rating

Overall rating 5 star
Overall frontal barrier crash rating 5 star
Frontal barrier crash rating driver 5 star
Overall side crash rating 5 star
Side barrier rating 5 star
Side pole rating driver front seat 5 star
Combined side rating rear seat 5 star
Rollover rating 4 star
Side barrier rating driver 5 star
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger 5 star
Combined side rating front seat 5 star
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat 5 star

The Buick does well in IIHS as well as it has done in the NHTSA Ratings.

IIHS  
Passenger-side Acceptable
Roof Strength Good
Side Good
Head restraints & seats Good
Moderate Overlap Acceptable
Small Overlap Driver Side Good

The Crash Avoidance and Mitigation Test results have also been shown below.

Crash Avoidance and Mitigation  
LATCH Acceptable
Front Crash Prevention Basic

Safety Features

  • Passenger Sensing System

  • Power Door Locks Programmable Child Security Locks

  • OnStar Guidance Plan8 Service Trial (Trial excludes Hands-Free Calling minutes.) Includes 3 months of Automatic Crash Response, Advanced Diagnostics and more.

  • OnStar Basic Plan9 For 5 years, includes select features of the myBuick mobile app,10 including remote start (if equipped), door lock or unlock, honk the horn and flash the lights. Limited OnStar services include Advanced Diagnostics.

  • Theft-Deterrent System PASS-Key III, engine immobilizer

2017 Buick Encore Competition

Mazda CX-3 SUV Vs Buick Encore SUV

The Mazda CX-3 can be called the best example of an all-rounder vehicle in its class as this compact SUV boasts a peppy engine and superb responsive handling. You'll be impressed with its ride quality. The car has been embedded with high-quality materials and comfortable front seats along with maximum rear seat space. Although, the Mazda would cost you $3,000 less than the Buick and it can be a good choice for you if you are looking for a car with sporty driving experience.

Chevrolet Trax SUV Vs Buick Encore SUV

The Trax by Chevrolet is basically a moderately expensive and less upscale version of the 2017 Buick Encore. Both the compact SUVs share a similar base engine and almost the same fuel economy. But the Buick stands out with its nicer cabin and a bunch of essential standard feature. The Trax doesn't provide an optional engine like the Encore for buyers who are looking for more power in this range. Encore not only delivers better ride quality than the Chevrolet Trax but is also rich in luxury.

Fiat Pop Vs Buick Encore SUV 

The 2017 Fiat Pop is quite distinctive and flaunts a well-made cabin with easy-to-use tech controls. The SUV is also reasonably priced compared to its expensive peers. It also offers some safety features which is very rare in its class. Though, the biggest let down of this car is its confused and clunky automatic transmission along with its compromised cargo capacity.

2017 Buick Encore Final Verdict

Ranked among the top subcompact SUVs, the 2017 Buick Encore boasts one of the best interiors in its class along with securing top-notch predicted reliability ratings. Its performance may lack the wow factor but this car carries a capable engine power and composed handling. With a good list of standard features the Buick Encore may not be the perfect upscale SUV but it is certainly a good car for everyday commuting with good gas mileage.