The 2017 Buick Encore

The 2017 Buick Encore is the smallest SUV in the luxury brand’s stable, but it’s making a big impact with Canadian buyers.

The 2017 Buick Encore

The first thing you’ll notice about the Buick Encore is its size. At a mere 168 inches long, the Encore is small. It’s even smaller than the Verano which measures 184. Of course, the Encore is a little taller, and gives the driver a comfortable viewing position. The standard wheels are 18-inch machine-faced alloy wheels with Light Argent Metallic pockets. That translates roughly to, “they are shiny and silver.” The exterior sculpting is smooth and modern, and serves as a worthy match to the split-wing grille. All things considered, the 2017 Buick Encore is fit, stylish, and fun to drive.

Preferred (MSRP FWD: $25,995 AWD: $27,895)

Buick’s entry-level Encore is technically the 1SV, but you won’t find many of those on the road. For all intents and purposes, the introductory trim is the Preferred. Even on the base model, Buick has included premium features like QuietTuning and Active Noise Cancellation. The base engine is a 1.4L Turbo with 138 horsepower. That may sound underpowered, but it’s more than adequate for propelling the nimble body. Other highlights include:

  • 1.4L Turbo Engine
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • OnStar 4G LTE WiFi

Sport Touring (MSRP FWD: $27,995 AWD: $29,895)

If you aren’t satisfied with the features in the Buick Encore Preferred, the Sport Touring is a worthy option. You’ll get a sport spoiler and some sharp Midnight Silver wheels. You’ll also have the option of upgrading to the SIDI turbo engine and Bose sound system

  • Available 1.4L SIDI Turbo
  • Available Bose 7-Speaker Audio
  • Remote Starter & Heated Mirrors
  • 18”, Midnight Silver, Aluminum Wheels

Essence (MSRP FWD: $31,295 AWD: $33,195)

With the Essence trim you get heated, leather seating; Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert and much more.

  • Available 1.4L SIDI Turbo
  • Side Blind-Zone Alert
  • Heated Steering Wheel

Premium (AWD: $34,495)

The Premium model makes the Bose sound system standard. You also get rain-sensing wipers and an array of advanced safety technology which includes:

  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Front & Rear Park Assist
  • Lane Departure Warning

Of course, if you don’t climb up the trim levels when buying your Buick Encore, you won’t be terribly disappointed. As I mentioned earlier, the Buick Encore (and Buick generally) differentiates itself by offering more standard features than anyone else. OnStar 4G LTE WiFi and Active Noise Cancellation are standard. The cabin is comfortable no matter what configuration you choose. And there’s enough cargo space to justify calling it a crossover.

Learn more about the 2017 Buick Encore here.

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