The fresh 2017 Buick Encore seems a perfect choice if other crossover SUVs seem too large tanks to its quiet interior, a long list of safety and tech features, impressive fuel economy, and top crash test-scores. However, its unassertive interior space and performance limit is appeal. Its release date should be expected sometime in the middle of 2017, at least according to recent online news and reports.
For 2017, the new model is still an Encore to its core despite its radical departure of building sedans. Essential Buick-ness has been retained in terms of upscale features, near luxury technologies and trappings, and a hush cabin.
On its interior, the new model offers a high seating position that offers a better view of the road ahead and comfortable front seats as well. Further aback, there is enough leg- and headroom even for the 6-footers. The layout offers plenty of storage areas such as the drawer located beneath the front passenger seat, as well as a number of storage cubbies. You’ll therefore find convenient and ample stowing areas for stashing valuables.
The handsome simulated metal and wood trimmings and soft-touch materials give the cabin an accented soft-touch high-end atmosphere. The controls are easy to access and fairly intuitive aside from the smattering of similar-looking buttons.
Under the hood, the Encore comes with a 1.4L turbocharged engine that churns out an additional output relative to the outgoing model. However, the Encore comes a bit short on several areas which might reduce its overall appeal. Some of the cons include a modest interior and cargo room, and a tepid performance. Its overall interior refinement is also a cause for concern for anyone looking for sophistication.
Some of the alternatives you can check out include the Mazda CX-5, 2017 Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, and the Fiat 500X. True, the above options might be better on certain areas such as better driving dynamics, superior interior space, and interior refinement, but if you’re looking for a comfortable and quiet means of getting around with an elevated driving position and a dollop of luxury, the Encore is hard to beat.
Wheelbase: 8 ft. 4.6 in. (100.6 in.)
Length: 14 ft. 0.4 in. (168.4 in.)
Width: 5 ft. 9.9 in. (69.9 in.)
Passenger volume: 92.8 cu. ft.
Cargo volume: 18.8 cu.ft. (max. 48.4 cu.ft. )
Curb weight: 3237 lbs.
Top Speed: 116 mph
0-60: 8 sec
MPG: 25/33 mpg (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Carbon Black Metallic/Dark Argent Metallic, Coastal Blue Metallic/Dark Argent Metallic, Graphite Gray Metallic/Dark Argent Metallic, Quicksilver Metallic/Dark Argent Metallic, River Rock Metallic/Dark Cocoa Ash, Rosewood Metallic/Dark Cocoa Ash, Summit White/Dark Argent Metallic, White Pearl Tricoat/Satin Nickel Metallic, Winterberry Red Metallic/Dark Argent Metallic…
Towing Capacity: N/A lbs
2017 Buick Encore – Existing Trims
The Encore is offered in Premium, Leather, Sport, Touring, Convenience, and Base trim models.
Exterior Changes & 2017 Buick Encore Interior Reviews
The base Encore trim model offers the following standard accessories and features like the OnStar emergency communications, satellite radio, a rear 60/40-split folding seat, heated mirrors, 18” alloy wheels, roof rails, a rearview camera, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, a driver seat (eight-way), automatic headlights, a 6-speaker audio system, smartphone app integration, a seven-inch driver information display, Buick’s IntelliLink electronics interface, a media player interface, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a cargo cover, auxiliary audio jack, a manual fold-flat front passenger seat, simulated and cloth leather upholstery, and a rear privacy glass.
The Encore Convenience model adds a 120-V power outlet, cross-traffic rear alert, LED foglights, automatic climate control (dual-zone), an aftview auto-dimming mirror, remote ignition, and a blind-spot warning system with rear-cross traffic alert.
Opting for the Encore Premium model gets you driver memory settings, a leather upholstery, a six-way power passenger seat, a heated steering wheel, a lane-departure warning and mitigation system, front and rear parking sensors, a 7-speaker Bose sound system, a forward collision and mitigation system, automatic wipers, a sunroof, a navigation system, and 18” chromed alloy wheels.
Optional features, exterior colors, and packages should be expected on its release date, as Buick hasn’t made any announcement yet.
2017 Buick Encore Engine Specs
Inspiration for the 2017 Buick Encore is derives from either the base turbocharged 1.4L or an upgrade version of the same engine. The latter is offered for the Sport Touring model and its output stands at 177 pounds-ft. of torque and 153 hp. the rest of the trims churns out about 138 hp and 148 pounds-ft. of torque.
Zipping from 0-60 mph needs about 9.8 seconds – a rather low acceleration for a segment known for having an acceleration average of about 8.0 seconds.
Although the Sport Touring trim EPA figures unavailable as of this writing, the AWD version should be expected to return 23 city, 30 highway, and 26 mpg combined, and 25 city, 33 highway, and 28 mpg combined.
2017 Buick Encore Release Date & Price
The Encore MSRP is expected to be $24,065, but you could also lease it before committing fully. Buyers should expect it to go for sale sometime in the middle of next year.
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