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2017 Buick Encore
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MPG (EPA) $ 25 CTY /33 HWY
Cargo (Std/Max) 19/48 cu.ft.
Seating (Std/Max) 5/5
Horsepower 138@4900
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2017 Buick Encore MODEL OVERVIEW

You'll Like

  • Styling changes make it appear wider and lower
  • Solid entry in popular segment
  • Phone integration of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

You Won't Like

  • Styling doesn't live up to hype from Avenir and Avista concepts
  • HVAC buttons still cluttered in otherwise clean presentation
  • Many active safety systems not yet migrated down to this entry-level crossover.

New for 2017

The Encore subcompact crossover has a new fascia, grille, hood, fenders and headlights up front, including the winged design grille and triple-shield insignia on the Avenir concept and LaCrosse. Nice cosmetic makeover while basic underpinnings remain the same.

Vehicle Summary

This small five-passenger crossover is Buick's bread and butter, part of a three-crossover lineup that also includes the new midsize two-row Envision and the popular three-row Enclave. The Encore is based on the Chevrolet Trax, which was also refreshed for the 2016.

Overview

The 2017 Buick Encore rides on new 18-inch wheels and has a new look up front as well as new LED taillights and chrome exhaust outlets. LED daytime running lamps replace the low-beam running lamps of the last mode. The crossover is offered in five trim levels and now comes in three new colors: Black Cherry Metallic, Ebony Twilight Metallic, and White Frost Metallic. Inside is a new dash and center stack with a 8-inch touchscreen that now hosts Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and there's also a 4.2-inch screen for the driver. The 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot is standard (but requires a subscription after the initial trial period) and can accommodate the connection of up to seven devices.

Power comes from a 1.4-liter turbo I-4 as the base engine, pumping out 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. There is also a direct-injected 1.4-liter turbo with automatic engine stop/start, which increases power to 153 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. That engine is available on the Encore Sport Touring model, but all Encores have a six-speed automatic transmission and a choice of front- or all-wheel drive.

Safety

The chassis is little changed from the 2016 model that scored a Good on IIHS overlap front crash tests as well as side crash tests, roof strength and the safety of the head restraints and seats. The Encore only scored a Basic rating on crash avoidance and mitigation but that is one area where new features may be added in the future. The 2016-model-year crossover (before the refresh) scored poor in headlights.

What We Think

The Encore was one of the first in a growing field of subcompact crossovers and has enjoyed sales prowess even as the segment continues to expand. Buick continues to offer a strong entry in a popular category of vehicle and the updated styling should help fend off the competition even if the engine, transmission, and chassis are carryovers.

Read our original First Drive review on the 2013 model right here.

Cool Fact

The Encore has only been around since the 2013 model year but is currently the brand's best-seller.

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2017 BUICK ENCORE SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo 1.4 Liter Ecotec
Transmission Name
Transmission, Hydra-Matic 6 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode (6T40)
Trim
1SV
Class
Compact Utility
Horsepower
138@4900
Standard MPG
25/33
Body Style
SUV/Crossover
Drivetrain
FWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail

Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo 1.4 Liter Ecotec

Std Std

Transmission, Hydra-Matic 6 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode (6T40)

Std Std

Exterior Color, Quicksilver Metallic

N/C N/C

Quicksilver Metallic

$359 $395

Exterior Color, Summit White

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Ebony Twilight Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Winterberry Red Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, River Rock Metallic

N/C N/C

Black Cherry Metallic

$359 $395

Exterior Color, Black Cherry Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Graphite Gray Metallic

N/C N/C

Graphite Gray Metallic

$359 $395

Exterior Color, White Frost Tricoat

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Coastal Blue Metallic

N/C N/C

Brake Assist System

Std Std

Brakes, 4 Wheel Disc w/ABS

Std Std

Cornering Brake Control

Std Std

Electronic Brake Distribution

Std Std

Air Conditioning: Climate control

Std Std

Apps Control

Std Std

Bluetooth®

Std Std

Built-In Apps

Std Std

Cargo Hooks

Std Std

Connection To External Entertainment Devices

Std Std

Cruise/Speed Control

Std Std

Cup Holders, Front and Rear

Std Std

Engine Start Button

Std Std

Multi-Function Display Screen

Std Std

Navigaion Via Mobile Phone

Std Std

Navigation System, with Internet

Std Std

Power Locks

Std Std

Power Outlet, 12v

Std Std

Power Windows

Std Std

Storage Box

Std Std

Telematics

Std Std

Trip Computer

Std Std

Trunk/Hatch Release, Remote

Std Std

Ventilation System

Std Std

Voice Activating System, Intellilink, with Radio Settings, Phone, Navigation System

Std Std

Wi-Fi Network

Std Std

Axle Ratio, 3.530

Std Std

Compass

Std Std

External Temperature

Std Std

Fuel Tank, 14.0 Gallon

Std Std

Oil Pan Heater

$91 $100

Tachometer

Std Std

Traction Control, Electronic

Std Std

Drive: Front-Wheel Drive

Std Std

Bumpers, Front and Rear Toned

Std Std

Chrome/Bright Trim, Window Surround

Std Std

Door Handles (Exterior), Chrome

Std Std

Doors, Front-Hinged Front and Rear

Std Std

Privacy Glass

Std Std

Roof Rails

Std Std

Front License Plate Bracket

N/C N/C

Window, Rear

Std Std

Windows, Laminated Side

Std Std

Windows, Rear Side

Std Std

Armrest, Front Seat Center

Std Std

Console

Std Std

Floor Covering, Carpet In Passenger And Load Area

Std Std

Light, Cargo Area

Std Std

Luxury Trim, Alloy Look On Instrument Panel ; Alloy & Leather On Shift Knob

Std Std

Steering Wheel: Alloy & leather-trimmed, tilt telescoping steering wheel

Std Std

Storage, Below Seat

Std Std

Vanity Mirror: Illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirror

Std Std

LED Lights

Std Std

Reading Lights, Front

Std Std

Body-color heated driver and passenger power door mirrors with turn signals

Std Std

Rear View Mirror

Std Std

Electronic Noise Reduction

Std Std

Ebony Twilight Metallic

$359 $395

Winterberry Red Metallic

$359 $395

River Rock Metallic

$359 $395

White Frost Tricoat

$359 $395

Coastal Blue Metallic

$359 $395

Paint, Gloss Two-Tone

Std Std

Airbag, Front

Std Std

Airbag, Side Curtain

Std Std

Airbag, Side

Std Std

Airbags, 10

Std Std

Airbags, Knee

Std Std

Glass, Tinted

Std Std

Head Restraints

Std Std

Headlight Control, Dusk Sensor

Std Std

Headlights, Halogen

Std Std

Hill Holder

Std Std

Isofix Preparation

Std Std

Lights, Daytime Running

Std Std

Low Tire Pressure Indicator

Std Std

Parking Distance Sensors, Rear Vision Camera

Std Std

Passenger Assist Handles

Std Std

Seatbelts, Front

Std Std

Seatbelts, Rear

Std Std

Stabilitrak

Std Std

Theft Deterrent System

Std Std

Windshield Wipers, Variable Intermittent

Std Std

Seat Upholstery, Ebony Upscale Cloth W/Leatherette Accents Upgraded Cloth/Velour/Synthetic Leather

N/C N/C

Driver Seat, 8-Way Power Bucket; Passenger Seat, Folding Bucket

Std Std

Rear Seats, Split Bench Split Folding

Std Std

Seat Upholstery, Upgraded Cloth/Velour/Synthetic Leather

Std Std

Seating, 5

Std Std

Antenna

Std Std

Remote Audio Controls

Std Std

Six Speakers

Std Std

Audio System, AM/FM Radio, MP3/CD Player, Satellite Radio with Color Touch Screen

Std Std

Power Steering

Std Std

Suspension, Front Strut/Rear Torsion Beam w/ Coil Springs

Std Std

Spare Tire, Limited Use w/Steel Rim

Std Std

Tires, P215/55HR18 All Season BSW

Std Std

Wheels, 18" Midnight Silver Aluminum (Dealer)

$1688 $1855

Wheels, 18" Alloy

Std Std

Wheels, Single Rear

Std Std
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
100000
Maintenance Warranty Months
18
Corrosion Warranty Months
72
Powertrain Warranty Miles
70000
Full Warranty Miles
50000
Powertrain Warranty Months
72
Full Warranty Months
48
Roadside Assistance Miles
70000
Maintenance Warranty Miles
15000
Roadside Assistance Months
72
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
5
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
5
IIHS Front Small Overlap
Good
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Overall
5
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
IIHS Roof Strength
Good
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4