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2017 Buick Encore Sport AWD Test Drive Review

A segment within the crossover segment that is currently gaining a lot of traction is that of subcompact crossovers. Many automakers have recently jumped in with all-new models to the subcompact crossover tie including the new Jeep Renegade, Honda HR-V, and the Mazda CX-3. However, there are some that have been here a little longer and know the game slightly better than the newcomers. The Buick Encore is a perfect example.

The Buick Encore first made its debut at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show and went on sale shortly after as a 2012 model year. Since then, it remained largely untouched until Buick finally redesigned, revamped, and upgraded it for the 2017 model year. With a fresh new exterior, a classy new interior, and new innovative technology features, the 2017 Buick Encore is showing the newcomers who still owns this segment. Let’s take a closer look at the tiniest Buick you’ve probably ever seen.

Exterior:

Buick vehicles have been largely known to be massive luxury vehicles, but with the changing times, demand has increased for smaller entry-level luxury vehicles. Since then, Buick has updated its lineup with vehicles like the Verano (now discontinued), the Cascada, and the Encore.

The 2017 Buick Encore has been totally redesigned and much of that is noticeable on the front end. With a more sculpted design theme, the front face of the new Encore is highlighted by bold new headlamps with LED signature lighting, the brand’s signature waterfall grille, a new hood, new front fenders, and a sharp new design around the fog lamps. The rear also gets newly designed taillamps with LED signature lighting, and of course, there are chrome trims along the whole body.

The 2017 Buick Encore rides on a wheelbase that measures 100.6 inches with an overall length of 168.4 inches. The width comes in at 69.9 inches and the overall height comes in at 65.2 inches.

Overall, the exterior of the 2017 Buick Encore definitely stands out from the crowd of newcomers with elegance and sportiness.

Interior:

Take a seat inside, and you’ll notice a fresh new redesigned interior with a variety of new quality materials and technology for your convenience.

Standard features include a redesigned instrument panel that features new gauges and a 4.2-inch driver information screen, Buick IntelliLink infotainment system with an 8-inch color touchscreen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto Connectivity, Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming, a rearview camera, keyless entry, OnStar 4G LTE with built-in WiFi, SiriusXM Satellite Radio (including a free 3 month trial), and much more. Our Buick Encore Sport test model also came with an upgraded Bose sound system, navigation, and more. You can also add on heated seats, a heated steering wheel, remote start, and a range of driver assist features that we’ll get into later.

Size-wise, the interior of the 2017 Buick Encore offers 40.8 inches of legroom for front row passengers and 35.7 inches of legroom for rear passengers. Cargo volume comes in at 18.8 cubic feet with the rear seats in user position and 48.4 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.

Overall, the interior of the 2017 Buick Encore is a wonderful place to be when it comes to comfort, luxury, and the long list of standard features.

Performance:

Power for the 2017 Buick Encore comes from two engine choices including a 138 horsepower 1.4-liter four-cylinder turbo or a 153 horsepower 1.4-liter four-cylinder turbo. Both are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The 153 horsepower model allows for a 0 to 60 mph time of 7.8 seconds with a top speed of 123 mph.

Fuel economy-wise, the 2017 Buick Encore gets an EPA-rated 25/33 mpg* (city/highway) for the 138 horsepower FWD drive model. Our all-wheel-drive Sport model achieves an EPA-rated 26/32 mpg*.

The ride quality of the 2017 Buick Encore is extremely smooth and quiet for a daily driver of this size thanks to the standard active noise cancellation technology.

Safety:

The 2017 Buick Encore comes with ten standard air bags, a stability control system, and a rearview camera. You can also add a range of driver assist technologies including lane departure warning, forward collision alert, blind spot alert, rear cross traffic alert, and rear park assist.

Overall:

If you’re in the market for a new subcompact crossover, the 2017 Buick Encore should definitely be at the top of your list. With the base model that comes along with a long list of standard features, the starting price tag of $22,990** is extremely impressive and very enticing. Yes, there are newcomers to the subcompact crossover segment, but the Encore is definitely raising the benchmark of what a vehicle in this class offers. We definitely recommend visiting your local AutoNation-affiliated Buick dealer to schedule a test drive today.

*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

**Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

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