The 2017 Buick Encore
Compact crossovers are taking over Canadian roads. It seems like every automaker offers at least one small SUV. With the sheer number of available crossovers, it can be difficult for one to stand out above the rest. With the 2017 Buick Encore, the company’s approach is to offer the most standard equipment in the class. Quite simply, the base model Encore doesn’t feel like a base model.
That attitude is reflected in the Encore’s bold styling. 18” alloy wheels with magnetic inserts are standard. The split-wing grille is sharp, and the exterior lines are smooth. Overall, the 2017 Buick Encore looks highly confident. Obviously, the Encore is very small. At only 168 inches, the Encore can comfortably parallel park just about anywhere. By looking at it, you can guess exactly who will be driving the 2017 Encore: Canada’s urban dwellers with a demand for luxury. But, before we get to luxury, let’s take a look at the Encore’s engine selection.
Under the Hood
The standard engine across every trim level is the ECOTEC 1.4L Turbocharge I-4. It delivers a modest 138 horsepower. With the Essence and Sport Touring trim, you can upgrade to a 1.4L SIDI Turbo but, for only 15 additional horsepower, you probably won’t. To be fair, it’s also more efficient and features auto stop-start technology. That means it will get you some better fuel-saving numbers. But the most important thing to keep in mind is that either engine is more than capable of pushing the the nimble Encore through the corners. And, when you add all-wheel drive, you get an SUV that is confident in all conditions.
The Encore is deceptively comfortable on the inside. It would be dishonest to call it spacious. But it does seat five comfortably. The fit and finish are exceptional with touches like a standard leather-wrapped steering wheel and available heated, leather seating. Additionally, the front passenger and second-row seats fold down for pretty impressive cargo space. Active Noise Cancellation and Buick QuietTuning are standard as well. That technology ensures any noise from the engine or the road is eliminated. Consequently, the cabin is calm and peaceful – even on the highway.
For premium entertainment, you’ll want the available 7-Speaker Bose audio system. It guarantees a concert-like experience within the Encore’s compact interior. You can manage your media with Buick IntelliLink and an 8” touch screen. You also get standard OnStar 4G LTE WiFi so that you and your passengers can stay connected on the go.
Ultimately, the Encore delivers comfort much larger than its frame would suggest. With an impressive array of standard features and a remarkably low price, the 2017 Buick Encore delivers one of the highest value propositions in the compact crossover segment.