The New Buick Enspire Concept: Bold EV Crossover

2018 Buick Enspire Electric Crossover

Take one look at the current Buick lineup and you’ll see no resemblance to the stodgy, rounded leisure cruisers of preceding decades. Since the introduction of the new LaCrosse, Buick has begun to consistently deliver attractive, relevant products without alienating loyal followers. The new Buick Enclave and Regal are stunners. But the new Buick Enspire crossover concept is out of this world – well, after being announced at Auto China in Beijing, it’s at least on the other side of the world.

Why China?

Revealing the new Enspire in China makes a ton of sense. First, in 2017, Buick sold 1.2 million vehicles in China. That’s roughly five times as many as they sold in the United States.  Further, China is a better market for EVs in general. The nation has a huge pollution problem and is forcing automakers to increase the number of emissions-free vehicles in their lineups. Meanwhile, North America has lagged behind in EV adoption. So, we shouldn’t feel too jealous that Buick chose China to reveal its most exciting vehicle in years.

The Buick Enspire

Evidently the good people of Buick have run out of words that begin with “EN,” so they’ve started making some up. What about entourage, endeavour, encephalitis? Or, maybe the conspicuous “e” is a tip of the cap to the fact that this is a purely electric vehicle. Yes, the Buick Enspire is a premium all-electric SUV, the holy grail of the battery-powered world. And, despite being a concept, it’s no fantasy.

Per Buick, the Enspire’s motor can generate 550 horsepower. That’s right, 550. And, as long as you’re not constantly taxing them all, it has a driving range of 

600 kilometres. That huge number, if achievable for the real market, would certainly put “range anxiety” to bed. Impressively, the Enspire is also outfitted with GM’s Super Cruise technology that delivers the safest commercially available semi-autonomous driving experience. In fact, it’s the first vehicle outside of Cadillac to be fitted with the new tech. On mapped roads, drivers can take their hands off the wheel and enjoy the ride (as long as cameras detect they’re still paying attention).

As smart and powerful as the Enspire is, the looks are arguably just as impressive. From the recessed blue mesh grille with meter-wide badge and predatoryheadlights to the subtly chamfered sheetmetal, the Enspire looks great. Five years ago, no one would believe you if you told them it’s a Buick. Maybe that’s why the company broke its promise to stop printing its name on the back of vehicles for this special occasion. That could also be the reason the steering wheel features an illuminated tri-shield badge. Still, you may not notice it with the head-up display that spans the entire windshield like something from iRobot.

Just a Concept

For now, the remarkable Buick Enspire is merely a concept vehicle. There’s no word on whether it will even be more than a show piece for the Chinese market. If Buick brought it to market and priced it consistently with the rest of its lineup, it could be a definite threat to prohibitively expensive entries from Tesla, BMW, and Jaguar. But, even if the Enspire crossover is just a statement of intent, it will reassure fans that Buick has not lost the desire to innovate which brought us its current crop of stellar vehicles.

Is That a Buick? The 2019 Envision

2019 Envision

The 2019 Buick Envision

Finally, the Envision has joined the rest of Buick’s lineup by embracing the new-generation styling. Although the 2019 Envision has only technically received a “model refresh,” the changes are pretty dramatic. The most obvious alteration is the new grille with the split-wing badge. The Envision is the last Buick to receive the signature look, and it couldn’t have come soon enough.

The other major improvement to the front fascia is the inclusion of Bi-LED headlights on all turbocharged models. They cast a brighter, purer light; use less energy, and last longer. Plus, the arrangement is a bit more aggressive and stylish. The new grille and headlights blend quite well into the Envision’s architecture. While the overall shape hasn’t changed, the revised front and rear fascia make it seem a bit more elegant.

Comfort

A vehicle that looks as premium as the 2019 Envision, should feel premium inside. I’m happy to report that the 2019 Envision is spacious and comfortable for all passengers. Of course, the Envision features standard heated seats and OnStar WiFi. Plus, QuietTuning engineering help mute the sound of the road and the engine for a pristinely quiet cabin. There’s even a standard hands-free power liftgate to help you load and retrieve cargo with ease.

When it comes to performance, Buick hasn’t made many alterations for 2019. But that’s not a bad thing. All-wheel drive remains standard on all Canadian models, so expect assured performance in all conditions. The standard engine is a 2.5L naturally-aspirated 4-cylinder with 197 horsepower and 192 lb/ft of torque. It’s a capable and efficient engine, but it’s hard to recommend when the available turbo is so good. That engine delivers 252 horsepower and 260 lb/ft of torque. It’s active and solid powertrain that gives you great acceleration and highway passing speed. And the increase in power actually comes with an increase in fuel efficiency (9L/100km combined vs 9).

Is That a Buick? Seriously – Is It?

Now, the Envision, and the rest of the Buick lineup, is more distinctive than ever. And that’s important because Buick also just announced the removal of its name from the trunks and hatches of its future vehicles. It’s not exactly clear why Buick has made this decision, but some speculate the absence makes space for the Avenir trim level badge. Others have posited that customers are sufficiently familiar with the tri-shield logo to make the lettering redundant.

However, a more cynical interpretation of the move is that Buick wants to divorce its attractive new vehicles from lingering perceptions of the brand’s history. The new vehicles (just look at the redesigned Regal) are sleek and modern, whereas previous design generations have been… overwhelmingly conservative. So, getting rid of the Buick badge could help customers get over their preconceptions and prejudices.

Of course, this is all speculation, and five letters on the trunk won’t make much of a difference to anyone. What we know for sure is that the 2019 Envision is shaping up to be an excellent crossover. It will be available starting this summer, so check back at Capital GMC Buick Cadillac for the latest information.

 

The 2018 Buick Encore

The 2018 Buick Encore

From a distance, the introduction of the 2018 Buick Encore might seem less exciting than the previous year’s model. In 2017, the Encore, along with the LaCrosse, ushered in Buick’s new design language. The compact crossover and the anything-but-compact sedan eschewed bulbous panels for sleek and sharp lines with an attractive new grille. While Buick may not have any flashy changes for 2018, they have taken a fantastic CUV and made it even better.

What Is It?

Whether you call it a compact crossover, CUV, MUV, or tall car, the 2018 Buick Encore is a small but practical vehicle. Even though it has a standard 1.4L turbocharged DOHC engine, it’s not going to win a Sunday drag race. And it’s not going to survive the Rainforest Challenge. But it is a smart pick for (sub)urban commuters. It has excellent fuel economy, great cargo space, and when equipped with 4WD offers some relatively rugged performance. Plus it has undeniable style – especially in Coastal Blue.

What’s New?

Not many features have been added to the 2018 Buick Encore. That’s largely because the 2017 model, as an ambassador of Buick’s new, modern philosophy, was a showcase for the latest technology and comfort features. Some of the new standout features include:

  • Available ionizing interior air cleaner
  • HD Radio
  • Standard capless fuel filler
  • Coppertino Metallic exterior paint

Inside

Despite its size, the 2018 Buick Encore manages to conceal quite a lot of space. In fact, with a standard flat folding passenger seat, it offers 1,370.54L of total cargo capacity making it perfect for weekend getaways. But when you need to move five people, you can do it with unrivalled comfort. A leather-wrapped steering wheel is standard and all surfaces feature premium materials. Plus, it’s remarkably quiet.

A Quiet Encore

Thanks to standard Active Noise Cancellation and Buick QuietTuning, every Buick Encore is supremely quiet. How do they work? Active Noise Cancellation emits negative soundwaves that counteract the sound of the engine and the road. QuietTuning, meanwhile, refers to all of Buick’s engineering techniques like acoustic-laminated glass, reinforced door panels, and sound-proofed dashboard that help keep your cabin at the peak of tranquility.

Advanced

The 2018 Buick Encore is one of the most advanced luxury CUVs on the market, OnStar 4G LTE WiFi is standard, but that’s not even close to being the most exciting piece of technology. The infotainment system features an 8” screen to help you manage messages, music, and navigation from your connected smartphone. You also get a standard Rear Vision Camera and there’s available Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert so that you can remain aware of everything on the road.

 

The 2018 Buick Enclave: Quiet, Comfortable, Quiet

The 2018 Buick Enclave

The 2018 Buick Enclave is a big deal. For the new model year, Buick’s full-sized luxury SUV is adopting the design language introduced by the 2017 LaCrosse. The awkward bulk of the 2017 Enclave has been been replaced with a sleek and imposing frame that makes carrying seven passengers more romantic than it has any right to be. And that excellent first impression isn’t let down by anything that follows.

Quietly Exceptional

Every 2018 Buick Enclave comes with standard Bose Active Noise Cancellation and Buick QuietTuning.The Noise Cancellation emits negative waves to cancel ambient sound from the engine and road. Buick QuietTuning refers to all of the design techniques Buick uses to make the cabin pristinely silent. Those include features like triple-sealed doors, acoustic-laminated glass, specially tuned suspension, insulated dashboard, and a hydraulic engine mount.

It’s cool to see how far Buick’s designers and engineers have gone to perfect something that many drivers may not even think about. Of course, most drivers don’t care about acoustic lamination. They just want to know their vehicle is quiet – and it is. Even when you’re accelerating on the highway with significant wind, the 2018 Buick Enclave is silent. But it remains a difficult feeling to convey with words. You really have to drive an Enclave for yourself. Once you do, you’ll immediately realise how much passive noise you’ve been tolerating while driving your current vehicle.

Luxury is Standard

The 2018 Enclave is quiet in the industry, too. In the past few years, Buick has been reinventing its lineup, trying to make vehicles that appeal to a younger generation of drivers. To achieve that goal, Buick has employed two strategies. The first, explained above, is design. Modern Buicks are attractive and sophisticated. The second strategy consists of an attempt to offer more standard equipment than equally priced competitors. The amount of standard features available on the 2018 Buick Enclave is amazing. And I’m not talking about floor mats and airbags. I’m talking about genuine luxury features for which the overwhelming majority of automakers charge extra.

Almost all automakers saddle their base models with underpowered, inefficient powertrains. This is not the case with Buick Enclave. Each trim level comes with the 3.6L V6 SIDI VVT engine that offers 310 horsepower and a remarkable fuel economy rating of 11.2 L/100km (city/hwy combined). Inside, the 2018 Enclave, heated seats, a leather steering wheel, OnStar 4G LTE WiFi, tri-zone climate control, an 8” touch screen, and a 4.2” Driver Information Centre display. If that’s not enough standard equipment, you also get:

  • 18” Aluminum wheels
  • Automatic LED headlamps
  • Heated power mirrors
  • Rear Vision Camera
  • Remote Start
  • Sirius XM Satellite Radio
  • And more

2018 Buick Enclave Avenir

If you want you want to further elevate your driving experience, you won’t be disappointed. That’s because 2018 also marks the debut of the Avenir sub-brand. Similar to GMC’s Denali, Avenir signifies the brand’s best luxury, convenience, and performance features. Obviously, that means it comes with All-wheel drive and the 3.6L V6 SIDI VVT engine. But the Enclave Avenir also comes with a unique package of enticing extras.

Included is a unique grille and 20” aluminum wheels. Despite the Black Ice finishes on those items, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second row seats, and heated steering wheel will keep you warm. Buick has also included tons of smart features like a wireless charging pad, Surround Vision camera system, and 10-speaker audio. However, the smartest features of all are included in the Avenir’s standard Driver Confidence Package:

  • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
  • Safety Alert Seat
  • Front and Rear Park Assist
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Following Distance Indicator
  • Intellibeam headlamps

Other standout Avenir features include:

  • All of the features from Premium trim level
  • Authentic mahogany steering wheel
  • Avenir embroidered headrests
  • Power dual moonroof

The 2018 Buick LaCrosse

The 2018 Buick LaCrosse

The 2018 Buick LaCrosse

The 2017 Buick LaCrosse was an unqualified success. It had a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from the NHTSA. The LaCrosse also introduced Buick’s reimagined design language. Notably, the LaCrosse eliminated the round grille and lethargic shoulders of previous versions. The interior was refined, too – from the seats down to the improved Buick IntelliLink software. And it didn’t escape recognition: the 2017 LaCrosse became the first Buick to win a win one of Ward’s Top 10 interiors. But, things are about to get even better with the introduction of the 2018 Buick LaCrosse.

Electric Performance

Surprisingly, eAssist light electrification has become the standard form of propulsion for 2018. The base model’s 2.5L, four-cylinder engine will now be bolstered by a small electric motor. The result is 194 horsepower and 187 lb.-ft. of torque. More importantly, the light hybrid setup (Buick has actually avoided calling it a hybrid) will bring some impressive fuel savings. Specifically, Buick estimates the hybrid powertrain will deliver a remarkable 7.8L/100km of combined fuel economy (city/highway).

Drivers can still choose to upgrade to the 3.6L V6 with 310 hp. Seemingly, it’s the perfect amount of power for a mature luxury sedan still harbouring the sporty predilections of youth. Buick has paired the engine with both Auto Stop/Start technology to improve fuel economy and a nine-speed automatic transmission for smooth power delivery. V6 power also allows you to upgrade to dual-clutch AWD.

Inside

The 2018 Buick LaCrosse’s interior is defined by new technology. Buick has made it even easier to handle music, applications, and navigation with the new frameless, 8-inch touch screen underpinned by Buick IntelliLink software. You also get a standard OnStar 4G LTE WiFi hotspot for connectivity on the go, and an 8-speaker audio system. Audiophiles can even upgrade to a Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound system for a high-fidelity, concert experience. And, combined with standard QuietTuning, you get to shut out the sounds of the road and wind.

Safety

Building on the safety acknowledgments from the previous year, Buick has added some impressive safety hardware. A rear vision camera is standard, but that’s not nearly the most exciting feature. Buick offers advanced safety technology divided into two Driver Confidence packages:

Driver Confidence Package 1

  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Side Blind Zone Alert
  • Lane Change Alert

Driver Confidence Package 2

  • Automatic Park Assist
  • Front Pedestrian Detection
  • Front Automatic Braking
  • Full-Speed Adaptive Cruise Control

The 2018 Buick LaCrosse will be available for purchase in fall 2017. Click here for up-to-date inventory information.

The 2017 Buick Enclave: A Premium Ride for Eight

The 2017 Buick Enclave

The 2017 Buick Enclave is a bit of a hidden gem. With the overwhelming popularity of small crossovers, the redesigned Buick Encore receives more than its share of attention. While that attention is largely deserved, it’s left the Buick Enclave in the dark. And that’s a shame because the 2017 Enclave is a stellar full-sized luxury SUV. And, when you look at the price, it only gets better.

The Buick Enclave is available in Canada in two trims, making shopping relatively easy. The base model is the Enclave Leather. However, the use of the term “base” is a little misleading. The Enclave Leather packs a pretty stunning array of standard features.

Buick Enclave Leather (Starting MSRP: $52,135)

The standard 2017 Buick Enclave comes with a range of features that are far from standard.   Both models get a 3.6L V6 engine. It’s powerful and smooth on the highway, and gives you enough power to tow or trailer. Inside, heated front seats, memory driver seat, and WiFi are all standard. You also get Side Blind Zone Alert with Rear Cross Traffic Alert. That technology monitors your blind spots when you’re on the highway or reversing in a busy parking lot. It alerts you when a vehicle is approaching where you can’t see it, so you’re never caught off guard.

Buick has made three rows of premium seating standard, too. Most automakers will say that, but in this case, it’s actually true. Even if you’re the eighth person into the Enclave, you can enjoy a comfortable drive. (Pro tip: try not to be the eighth person into any vehicle smaller than a bus). But comfort and an atmosphere of refinement are only the beginning.

2017 Buick Enclave seating.

A few other standard highlights include:

  • 19” 10-Spoke Aluminum Wheels
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Rear Park Assist
  • QuietTuning

Buick Enclave Premium (Starting MSRP: $56,635)

The Buick Enclave Premium, as its name suggests, delivers even more first-class comfort and style. Heated and cooled seats are standard, along with a Bose Premium 10-speaker audio system for true, clear sound reproduction. Forward Collision Alert is included as well. The name is pretty self-explanatory: camera sensors warn you when you get too close to the vehicle in front of you. It’s a simple system with a great benefit to safety and peace of mind.

Other standard features on the Premium trim level include:

  • Articulating Headlamps
  • Power, Heated Wing Mirrors
  • 19” Chrome-Clad Aluminum Wheels
  • Buick IntelliLink Navigation

Best Value

For 2017, the value choice is clearly the Enclave Premium. The sheer amount of extras you get for a few thousand above the base price is pretty compelling. Assuming that you’ll be driving with family members, the inclusion of Forward Collision Alert alone should make the upgrade worthwhile. Of course, that’s not to say the base model isn’t a good purchase. Every 2017 Buick Enclave comes loaded with enough standard features to constitute a truly luxury driving experience, for a non-premium price.

Learn even more about the 2017 Buick Enclave by clicking the link below.

 

The 4 Best GM Vehicles You Can’t Buy in Canada

The 4 Best GM Vehicles You Can’t Buy in Canada

In Canada, GM vehicles belong to four brands, Chevrolet, GMC, Buick and Cadillac, all of which feel thoroughly “domestic.” So, it may surprise you to know that GM produces vehicles in 37 countries under 12 different brand names. And while many of these international products are either boring or direct clones of what you’ll find in Canada, some are surprisingly interesting. Here are four exciting GM vehicles that you can’t buy in Canada.

Buick Velite 5 – China

The 2017 Buick Velite 5

In the simplest terms, the Buick Velite 5 is a rebadged Chevrolet Volt. The Volt (not the Bolt) is Chevy’s popular hybrid car. It offers one of the best fuel economy records on the market today. It can also drive up to 85 kilometres electrically without engaging the gasoline engine. However, in 2018, it’s estimated that nearly 75% of Saskatchewan’s energy production will still come from fossil fuels. So, although you’ll save money at the pump, your drive will be far from carbon neutral.

Plus the Volt, which resembles an early model Prius, is awful to look at. Chevy has tacked on an absurdly large plastic bumper, as if it knows the Volt will be rear-ended by drivers dumbstruck at its ill visage. But the Buick Velite 5 is another thing entirely. The sharpened grille is a great improvement. Buick offers stunning options for the interior as well. But the revised rear of the Buick Velite 5 is the most important change. From the back, the Buick Velite looks quite stylish – even sporty, asking questions of Tesla and other electrified standouts.

Buick Verano GS

This yo-yo guy loves it, so it must be good.

The Buick Verano was discontinued in the North American market in 2016. Politely, in its final model year, the Verano was a mover of the aged. Which is why it may be surprising to learn that the Verano is still thriving in the Chinese market. The Verano GS is a sport-tuned hatchback in the style of the Honda Civic Type R or Ford Focus RS. As GM offers no North American “hot hatch,” the Verano GS would be very welcome.

Of course, the GS would probably look out of place amongst the rest of North America’s GM vehicles – let alone Buick’s. The North American contingent is much rounder and wider than the Eastern models. Admittedly that may start to change in the 2018 model year. Later this year, Buick will introduce the 2018 Regal GS. It will boast a 3.6L, 310-horsepower V6 and standard nine-speed transmission. Still nothing on offer in Canada will match the wild charm of China’s Verano GS.

Chevrolet SS – United States

2017 Chevrolet SS: International GM Vehicles
The Terminal 2017 Chevrolet SS

This one is a bit of an oddball on the list. It technically falls into the international GM vehicles bracket because you can’t buy it in Canada. However, it is available for purchase in the United States. Further, the Chevrolet SS is a strange choice because it looks like a standard sedan from the rental car line. But don’t be deceived; The SS is a performance machine. It offers a standard 6.2L V8 engine with 415 horsepower and 415 lb.-ft. of torque. That engine allows the SS to charge from 0-60 in 4.7 seconds. The handling is stiff and sporty. In short, the Chevy SS is thrilling. But it is currently slated for discontinuation, maybe a consequence of its lame styling. Consumers can find the same power elsewhere (Cadillac’s V lineup, for example) with aggressive design to match.

Holden Ute – Australia/Oceania

The 2017 Holden Ute in Spitfire Green

The Holden Ute is a wretched pickup-hearse hybrid available in “Son of a Gun Grey” and “Spitfire Green”. In a sense, it’s the spiritual opposite of the Buick Velite 5 that commenced our list. Its proportions are unnatural and it has a low stance like a deformed angel shark.  But you have to admit, on roads dominated by black pickup trucks and drab crossovers, a rust orange orphan descended from the Chevrolet El Camino could give some character to your commute. Don’t believe me? Close your eyes and imagine it parked next to the grease bin at your local Denny’s, or spitting out couch cushions and loose timber on the highway. But you can’t doubt its titular utility.

The Holden Ute has a 6.2-litre engine that delivers 407 horsepower! And with Brembo brakes, head-up display, and automatic parking assist, the Ute is actually surprisingly sophisticated. Plus, with the demise of the Subaru Baja, there may be room in the hearts of consumers for an eccentric, miniature pickup.  

What vehicle would you like to see imported to Canadian dealerships? My pick is the Buick Velite 5. Let us know in the comments.

 

The 2018 Buick Regal GS: More than a Comfortable Daily Driver

The 2018 Buick Regal GS

Natural associations with the brand “Buick” are comfort, luxury, and… maturity. But consumer beliefs and tendencies aren’t always aligned with the truth. If they were, Chevrolet wouldn’t be discontinuing the exceptional SS and Train wouldn’t be played on the radio. In the past few years, Buick has been playing a delicate balancing act. It’s building cars and crossovers that maintain a strong a link to the brand’s heritage of comfort and affordable luxury. But, at the same time, Buick is starting to deliver style, ultra-modern technology, and even performance. Look at the 2018 Buick Regal GS, for example. 

The 2018 Buick Regal GS

The 2018 Buick Regal GS is perhaps Buick’s most exciting vehicle in years. It’s a thrilling high performance vehicle disguised as commute-friendly sedan. This is what Duncan Aldred, Buick Global’s vice president, had to say about it:

This is a sport sedan designed for everyday driving, but one that makes every drive special. The new Regal GS hits the sweet spot of the market: more refined and luxurious than the mainstream, more value for the price with style and premium features on par with higher-end competitors, and with standard features like AWD with active twin clutch and a rear sportback design that will surprise customers with its usefulness.

High Performance

Naturally, the Regal GS is loaded with performance upgrades that make it almost unrecognizable from the standard Regal. Let’s start with the powerplant. The 2018 Regal GS offers a remarkable 3.6L V6 engine that cranks out 310 horsepower. But it’s not just raw power. Buick has included technology that automatically drops down to four-cylinder function when performance demands are low – ie., at low, stable speeds. This drastically increases fuel economy and brings the sport sedan in line with traditional Buick practicality.

Standard all-wheel drive gives drivers of the Regal GS a feeling of tremendous confidence. Meanwhile, the Continuous Damping Control system monitors the road and makes 500 adjustments per second to ensure appropriate wheel grip. The drive mode has GS and Sport Modes to suit conditions and demands. Buick has also included brakes by Brembo, sport-tuned exhaust, and sport steering wheel and pedals.

Low Impact

Of course, Buick has also included tons of features dedicated to comfort and convenience. There’s an available head-up display to project customizable driving data on the base of the windshield. You also get standard 4G LTE WiFi and an 8-inch customizable touch screen interface. For comfort, you’ll find only premium materials, like you’d expect in any Buick. You can choose AGR-certified performance seats with massage, heating, and cooling. They’re certified by the Campaign for Healthier Backs, so you don’t have to worry about pushing the accelerator.

Other highlights include:

  • 3.6L, 310-HP V6
  • AGR Performance Seats
  • Nine-Speed Automatic Transmission
  • Continuous Damping Control
  • Standard 19-Inch Wheels
  • Unique Fascias, Skirts, and Spoiler

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.