2017 Buick Encore

MSRP $22,990 - $31,965

Ranked #2 in Subcompact Suv

7.9

Overall Rating

2017 Buick Encore Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 23, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2017 Buick Encore has received some changes and subtle restyling in order to keep up with the growing class of competitors. The 2017 Encore gets a refreshed exterior styling that embodies many elements of the traditional Buick and has been retrofitted with a 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 that 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 vague powertrain and limited cargo space. 

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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

Rivals offer better cargo space

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

121 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

83 cu.in.

horsepower

138 hp @ 4900 rpm

torque

148 lb.-ft. @ 1850 rpm

transmission

6 speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

100.6 in.

length

168.4 in.

width

69.9 in.

height

65.3 in.

curb weight

3237 lbs.

ground clearance

6.2 in.

capacity

passenger volume

92.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

48.4 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

payload capacity

1018 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.8 sec.

zero to 100 mph

27.7 sec.

rolling start 5-60 mph

9.1

standing 1/4-mile

16.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

25/28/33 mpg

highway range

521.6 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

6 yr./ 70,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

1SV$22,990 onwards

Preferred$24,365 onwards

Sport Touring$25,565 onwards

Preferred II$26,865 onwards

Essence$29,065 onwards

Premium$30,465 onwards

Colors and Styles

2017 Buick Encore in Black Cherry Metallic color
Black Cherry Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

7.5

Engine and Performance

7.9

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

8.4

Exterior

8.0

Safety

8.6

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.9

Overall Rating


"In the burgeoning field of subcompact crossovers, the Buick Encore stands out for a couple of important reasons." - Car and Driver

The 2017 Buick Encore is offered in 6 trims with prices starting from $22,990 for the Base variant and ranging up to $30,465 for the range-topping Premium trim. All variants get a standard 138 hp 1.4L Inline-4, while a more potent 153 hp 1.4L engine and AWD drivetrain are optional. 

The Buick Encore makes an honest attempt to capture the attention of the customer on a lookout for a premium compact crossover. However, with rivals such as the Mazda CX-3, Chevrolet Trax, and Ford Escape, it will not be an easy job for the Encore. 


7.5/10
Features

7.9/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.4/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

8.6/10
Safety


2017 Buick Encore Features

7.5/10

The 2017 Buick Encore's trim lineup consists of 6 variants - Base, Preferred, Sport Touring, Preferred ll, Essence, and Premium. There are also 2 engine options on offer, a base 138 hp 1.4L and a more potent 153 hp version, which is offered as an $895 option on the Sport Touring and above trims. 

The Sport Touring also adds a visual punch to the compact SUVs' appearance with features such as a rear spoiler, 18-inch gray-painted aluminum wheels, and fog lamps. All trims but the Base get an optional AWD drivetrain, while FWD is standard. 

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) 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 rearview mirror

Heated Seats Driver and front passenger

Forward Collision Alert

  Center Enhanced 4.2" diagonal multicolor display    

120-Volt Power Outlet On the 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          
  Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column          
  Keyless Open and Remote Keyless Entry          
 

Push-Button Start

         

We recommend

All trims of the 2017 Encore are aptly loaded for their price. However, we'd suggest you go for the Essence trim as it dials up the premium quotient with leather-appointed seats, Memory feature, and LED headlamps. We also think that getting the more powerful 153 hp engine will be a good choice. Although you can refrain from the AWD drivetrain until all-weather capability is what you need. 

2017 Buick Encore Engine and Performance

7.9/10

"On the handling front, the Encore feels confident if not particularly sporty, a setup we suspect will suit most buyers just fine."- Edmunds

The 2017 Buick Encore offers 2 engine options - a base 1.4L Inline-4 that's good for 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. The secondary engine is an upturned version of the same 1.4L powertrain, which via the means of a lower compression ratio, a slightly bigger bore, and fuel injection, increases the power to 153 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. 

The 153 hp engine is an $895 option on all trims but the base. Both of the engine options come mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard for the base trim, while the upper trims offer All-Wheel drive as an option.

Models 2017 Buick Encore 2017 Mazda CX-3 SUV 2017 Chevrolet Trax SUV 2017 Ford Escape
MSRP $22,990 $21,300 $22,000 $23,750
Engine 1.4L Inline-4 2.0L Inline-4 1.4L Inline-4 2.5L Inline-4
Drivetrain FWD FWD FWD FWD
Transmission 6-speed automatic 6-speed automatic 6-speed automatic 6-speed automatic
Horsepower 138 hp @ 4900 rpm 146 hp @ 6000 rpm 138 hp @ 4900 rpm 168 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque 148 lb-ft @ 1850 rpm 146 lb-ft @ 2800 rpm 148 lb-ft @ 1850 rpm 170 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm

When compared against the rivals, the Buick Encore's specs do not really come out as impressive. When it comes to sheer power, the Ford Escape leads the charts with its 2.5L Inline-4 engine belting out 168 hp. The Mazda CX-3 rakes in the second spot with 146 hp. The Chevrolet Trax and Buick Encore slot in the lower half of the comparison, with both of them running on the same engine setup. 

Acceleration

The 2017 Buick Encore takes around 7.8 seconds to accelerate from 0-60 mph which is pretty impressive in its class. The Encore clocks the quarter-mile lap in 16.2 seconds at a speed of 86 mph. Both the engines make 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.

However, with the addition of the AWD drivetrain, the mass is increased, thus resulting in slower acceleration. A 2017 Buick Encore AWD goes from 0-60 mph in 8.4 seconds, while clocking the quarter-mile lap in 16.6 seconds at a speed of 83 mph. 

Models 2017 Buick Encore 2017 Mazda CX-3 SUV 2017 Chevrolet Trax SUV 2017 Ford Escape
0-60 MPH 7.8 sec 8.5 sec 9.3 sec 9.1 sec
Quarter mile 16.2 sec 15.8 sec 17.2 sec 16.8 sec
Emission

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

6.3 5.7 9.3 6.3

The Buick Encore is the fastest offering in this class, courtesy of its comparatively lighter weight. The Mazda CX-3 follows the suit with a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 8.5 seconds. The Ford Escape slots in the third spot, which is not surprising, considering its bigger dimensions. However, the Trax is the slowest, which is a surprise, as it gets the same engine as the Encore. 

Ride and Handling

The 2017 Encore is very much in line with other Buick models and offers an extremely quiet cabin that has 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 a smaller wheelbase compared to others. On the handling front, the Encore is not really sporty, but definitely confident enough for you to take it around corners at sedate speeds. 

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 linear stopping power, the SUV is able to control sharp body turn with due help from its firm suspension.

The 2017 Encore gets front and rear brake rotors of 11.8-inches and 10.6-inches respectively. Together, this setup can help the Encore decelerate from 60-0 mph in a distance of 119 feet, which is decent considering its weight that tips over 3200 pounds. 

Model 2017 Buick Encore 2017 Mazda CX-3 SUV 2017 Chevrolet Trax SUV 2017 Ford Escape
Brake Front (in.) 11.8 11.0 11.8 12.8
Brake Rear (in.) 10.6 11.1 11.8 12.0
Curb Weight (lbs.) 3237 2809 N/A 3552
60-0 MPH (ft.) 119 117 119 N/A

The Encore's braking performance is at par with the segment standards. All the rivals in this comparison exhibit similar performance, the Mazda CX-3 takes the shortest distance to come to a halt, while the Trax and Encore tie at the second place. The Ford Escape's specs are impressive too as it gets the biggest brake rotors in this class. 

2017 Buick Encore Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The Buick Encore's fuel economy is decent at best. The 2017 Buick Encore with the base 138 hp engine returns city/highway/combined mpg of 25/33/28. Add the optional AWD drivetrain and the figures further drop to  24/30/27 mpg.

Surprisingly enough, the Encore with the more potent 153 hp engine is more efficient than the base engine, returning 27/33/30 mpg in FWD configuration and 26/31/28 mpg with AWD. The Encore also gets a 14-gallon fuel tank capacity, which returns a highway range of 462 miles. 

Model 2017 Buick Encore 2017 Mazda CX-3 SUV 2017 Chevrolet Trax SUV 2017 Ford Escape
MPG (city) 25 29 25 21
MPG (highway) 33 34 33 29
MPG (combined) 28 31 28 24
Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons) 14.0 12.7 14.0 15.7
Range (City/Highway; Miles) 350/462 368/432 350/462 330/455

Mazda CX-3 is a clear winner in this category and surpasses its peers with the best in class mpg figures. The Encore and Trax tie down at 28 mpg combined, while the Ford Escape is the least fuel-efficient crossover in this class, returning city/highway/combined mpg of 21/29/24. 

2017 Buick Encore Interior

8.4/10

"The Encore’s interior dazzles with quality materials and handsome styling." - Cars.USnews

Seating and Comfort

The interior of the 2017 Buick Encore emits a premium vibe, however, it's still far from what one can call luxurious. The cabin has been revamped for the 2017 model year and now looks clean and uncluttered with a new 8.0-inch touchscreen in the center of the dash, soft-touch surfaces, ambient lighting, and metal accents. 

The base trims of the Encore get cloth upholstery, while the more expensive trims up the ante with leather-appointed seating and simulated wood and metal trim. Further, the refinement is also helped by standard active noise cancellation. The cabin insulation is spot on and the ride remains calm at all times. 

Model 2017 Buick Encore 2017 Mazda CX-3 SUV 2017 Chevrolet Trax SUV 2017 Ford Escape
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 39.6/54.2/40.8 38.4/53.5/41.7 39.6/54.1/40.8 39.9/55.9/43.1
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 38.8/52.6/35.8 37.2/50.4/35.0 38.8/52.8/35.7 39.0/55.2/37.3

Speaking of the space factor, the 2017 Buick Encore can accommodate 5 passengers with the utmost ease. The front seats are comfortable and snug and provide a commanding view of the road ahead. The rear seats too provide ample head- and legroom for 6-footers. Some of the convenience features on offer in the 2017 Encore are:

  • 6-way power driver's seat
  • Driver’s seat memory setting
  • Leather-wrapped heated steering wheel
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front seats. 
  • Dual-zone air condition for driver and front passenger (in higher trims)

Cargo volume

The 2017 Buick Encore offers a cargo capacity of 18.8 cubic feet behind the second row of seats. The rear seats can be folded down in a 60/40 configuration, which helps expand the storage space to a maximum of 48.4 cubic feet. 

Model 2017 Buick Encore 2017 Mazda CX-3 SUV 2017 Chevrolet Trax SUV 2017 Ford Escape
Cargo Volume (Cu.Ft.) 18.8 12.4 18.7 34.0

The Buick Encore's cargo capacity is decent when compared against rivals such as the Mazda CX-3 or the Chevrolet Trax. However, when it comes to more popular offerings of this class such as the Ford Escape or even the Honda CR-V, the Encore does not really seem like a wise choice if practicality is what you need. 

Infotainment System

The 2017 Buick Encore gets a new 8.0-inch touchscreen display running the Buick's IntelliLink infotainment system. The screen is quite vivid and easy to interact with. The graphics too are clear and the visibility is not hampered under direct sunlight. The Encore also gets a new 4.2-inch display screen between its gauges.

The 2017 Buick Encore may have smattering similar-looking buttons but the controls are quite intuitive and user-friendly. 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

8.0/10

"The Encore wears a Buick badge, but doesn't pull off the curvy corporate look as well as some of the brand's bigger offerings." - TheCarConnection

The 2017 Buick Encore gets a mild update to its exterior appearance. The front end is now characterized by a new grille that replaces the waterfall look with a new wing-shaped chrome strip. The LED lights have also been redesigned and now boast a tidier look as compared to the previous iteration. The lower intakes are now less prominent and the hood has also been tweaked to look cleaner with a single crease flowing down towards the grille. 

While the front fascia of the Buick tries hard to post an imposing SUV look, the sides and the back pretty much tell the tale of its hatchback roots with a rakish and broad-shouldered stance. The rear end is characterized by neatly integrated tail lamps and a spoiler extending from the top of the tailgate. 

Model 2017 Buick Encore 2017 Mazda CX-3 SUV 2017 Chevrolet Trax SUV 2017 Ford Escape
Curb weight (lbs.) 3237 2809 N/A 3552
Length(in) 168.4 168.3 167.6 178.1
Width(in) 69.9 69.6 69.9 72.4
Height(in) 65.3 60.7 64.8 66.3
Ground clearance (in) 6.2 6.1 6.2 7.8
Wheelbase (in) 100.6 101.2 100.6 105.9

Speaking of size, the Buick Encore's dimensions place it in the middle ground between the smaller Mazda CX-3 and the larger Ford Escape. The curb weight of the Encore is also on the heavier side of the segment, while a ground clearance of 6.2 inches helps it go over bumps and breaks without scrapping its underbody. Some of the most noteworthy exterior features of the 2017 Buick Encore are:

  • Roof-mounted side rails
  • Heated power-adjustable outside mirrors
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Acoustic windshield
  • Deep-tinted glass
  • Wipers, front intermittent with pulse washers

2017 Buick Encore Safety

8.6/10

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. Below is a detailed breakdown of 2017 Buick Encore's IIHS and NHTSA crash test ratings. 

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

 

IIHS Rating

IIHS  
Passenger-side Acceptable
Roof Strength Good
Side Good
Head restraints & seats Good
Moderate Overlap Acceptable
Small Overlap Driver Side Good
LATCH Acceptable
Front Crash Prevention Basic

Apart from the impressive crash-test results, the Encore further enforces its safety quotient with plenty of safety and driver-assistance features such as:

  • Passenger Sensing System
  • Traction control
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Cross-traffic alert
  • Programmable Child Security Locks
  • OnStar Guidance 
  • OnStar Basic 
  • Theft-Deterrent System PASS-Key III 
  • Engine immobilizer

2017 Buick Encore Competition

2017 Buick Encore vs 2017 Mazda CX-3

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.

2017 Buick Encore vs 2017 Chevrolet Trax

The Trax by Chevrolet is basically a moderately expensive and less upscale version of the 2017 Buick Encore. Both 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 features. 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.

2017 Buick Encore vs 2017 Ford Escape

The Ford Escape is one of the most popular offerings in the compact crossover segment. The Escape gets a bigger 2.5L engine, belting out more power than the Buick Encore. The Escape also offers 2 engine options for you to choose from. However, the Buick Encore is faster than the Escape due to its lighter weight and smaller dimensions. Apart from that, even in terms of space, Ford offers better legroom in the first row and also has better 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 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.

2017 Buick Encore FAQs:

How much is the Buick Encore?

The 2017 Buick Encore is offered in 6 trims with prices starting from $22,990 for the Base variant and ranging up to $30,465 for the range-topping Premium trim.

How long does a Buick Encore last?

With proper and timely maintenance, the 2017 Buick Encore can last for more than 100,000 miles. 

Are Buick Encore reliable?

The 2017 Buick Encore has a predicted reliability rating of 85 out of 100. 

Is Buick Encore expensive to maintain?

The average annual maintenance cost for a Buick Encore including repairs and maintenance is $466. 

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