The award-winning Encore has quickly become the best-selling vehicle in the Buick stable, and the 2017 model gets even better with a new design and additional technology.
The Buick Encore is recent recipient of Kelley Blue Book’s “5-Year Cost to Own” award in the Luxury Compact SUV/Crossover category, reflecting both its great initial value and its lower cost of ownership over time.
The 2017 Encore has a new sculpted front end, a winged grille with the classic tri-color Buick shield, and revised headlamps. You’ll also find LED signature lighting, new front fenders and a new hood. New taillamps, redesigned 18-inch wheels and three new exterior colors––Black Cherry Metallic, White Frost Metallic and Ebony Twilight Metallic––round out the changes.
Inside, the cabin has been updated with a cockpit-style design that makes the most of its tidy dimensions. You’ll find chrome accents, premium materials, contrasting stitching and serious attention to detail. The cabin stays library-quiet thanks to Buick-signature QuietTuning® and Bose® Active Noise Cancellation. The redesigned instrument panel features a new gauge cluster and a 4.2-inch color driver information center, and there’s a frameless eight-inch color touchscreen in the center stack for the Buick IntelliLink infotainment system.
Both Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ are available in the 2017 Encore. Push-button start, keyless lock/unlock and an enhanced, eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat are all standard. Amenities like a heated steering wheel, dual-zone climate control and Rainsense® automatic windshield wipers are standard or available, depending on trim. Cargo space is a healthy 18.8 cubic feet behind the rear seats, and that number jumps to 48.4 cubic feet when the 60/40-splilt rear seats are folded down. For even more utility, the front passenger seat folds flat to accommodate items up to eight feet long.
There are five trim levels for the 2017: Encore, Encore with Convenience Group, Encore with Leather Group, Encore with Premium Group and Encore Sport Touring. The standard engine is a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder with 138 hp and 148 lb/ft of torque. The Sport Touring also carries a turbocharged 1.4-liter engine, but output is raised to 153 hp and 177 lb/ft of torque. The more powerful engine also happens to get the best fuel economy, EPA-estimated at 28 mpg city and 34 mpg highway. Both engines are paired with six-speed automatic transmissions, and you have a choice of front-wheel drive or Active-on-Demand all-wheel drive.
Buick builds the Encore with the most advanced safety features and systems the brand has to offer. As with all Buick models, you get OnStar with 4G LTE connectivity and a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. Standard features include 10 airbags, a rearview camera, StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control, and antilock brakes with Brake Assist, Cornering Brake Control and Electronic Brake Force Distribution. You can also equip the Encore with driver assistance systems that including Side Blind Zone Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Rear Park Assist. The Encore earned a 2016 “Top Safety Pick” rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and a “5-Star Overall” rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Stop by today and discover for yourself why the Buick Encore is so popular, and be sure to save some time for a test drive.
This article is presented by Colonial Buick GMC in Watertown, Massachusetts.