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Head to Head: 2017 Buick Encore vs. 2017 Lexus NX - AutoNation Drive

Head to Head: 2017 Buick Encore vs. 2017 Lexus NX
Omar Rana

Compact crossovers are getting more and more popular and luxury automakers seem to be jumping in on the action with full force and a large range of models. We recently had the chance to test drive the Buick Encore and the Lexus NX and we were wondering how the two stack up against one another. With that in mind, let’s take a look at how the new Buick Encore faces the new Lexus NX.

2017 Buick Encore vs. 2017 Lexus NX Exterior Comparison

Unlike the Lexus NX, the Buick Encore is more of a subcompact crossover. The model sits on a wheelbase that measures 100.6 inches with an overall length of 168.4 inches. The overall width comes in at 69.9 inches and the overall height comes in at 65.2 inches. Design-wise, the new 2017 Buick Encore gets a new sculpted front end with a new grille, redesigned headlamps, and a new hood, and fenders that give it a bolder look.

The Lexus NX sits on a wheelbase that measures 104.7 inches with an overall length of 182.3 inches. The overall width comes in at 73.6 inches with an overall height of 64.8 inches. Design-wise, the Lexus NX has a more upscale look with an aggressive and elegant style. The highlights include the brand’s large signature spindle grille, sharp lines, and a sophisticated rear-end design.

2017 Buick Encore vs. 2017 Lexus NX Interior Comparison

The inside of the 2017 Buick Encore is more about simplicity than luxury. The updated interior features a cockpit-style with premium soft-touch materials. The redesigned instrument cluster features a 4.2-inch screen, while the Buick IntelliLink is housed in an 8-inch touchscreen. Legroom comes in at 40.8 inches for front passengers and 35.7 inches for rear passengers.

The 2017 Lexus NX is all about luxury with premium quality, leather upholstery, and a range of standard features. Legroom comes in at 42.8 inches for front row passengers and 36.1 inches for rear passengers.

2017 Buick Encore vs. 2017 Lexus NX Performance Comparison

Power for the 2017 Buick Encore comes from a 1.4-liter four-cylinder turbo engine making 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that allows a 0 to 60 mph time of 7.8 seconds with a top speed of 123 mph.

The Lexus NX 200t is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine making 235 horsepower with a maximum torque of 258 lb-ft. Mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, 0 to 60 mph comes in 8.8 seconds with a top speed of 116 mph.

2017 Buick Encore vs. 2017 Lexus NX Feature Comparison

The 2017 Buick Encore comes standard with the Buick IntelliLink infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen display that allows for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. It also comes standard with 2 USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity, and more.

The 2017 Lexus NX comes standard with a high-res color display, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, traffic and weather via HD Radio, drive model select, voice command, and much more.

2017 Buick Encore vs. 2017 Lexus NX Overall Comparison

Overall, the 2017 Buick Encore is all about practically and offers a bunch of standard equipment that others in this segment don’t. The 2017 Lexus NX is a model that sits right above the Buick Encore but offers a little more luxury and comfort. We recommend test driving both at your local AutoNation dealer today.