2017 Buick Encore

Pros: Unique upscale character; close-quarters maneuverability; ride quality and noise levels are impressive considering the small size

Cons: Cramped rear-seat space; limited cargo room; so-so acceleration with base engine

CG Says: Buick Encore has revised styling inside and out for 2017. Keyless access and starting, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity are newly available. Encore is a subcompact crossover SUV with seating for five. Two turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engines are offered. The base engine has 138 horsepower, while the optional motor has 154 hp. Both are paired with a six-automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available. Available convenience features include heated steering wheel, keyless access and starting, and rain-sensing wipers. Available safety features include forward-collision warning, blind-spot alert, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane-departure warning. Encore delivers surprisingly good ride quality and Buick’s characteristic hushed cabin. For some shoppers, the vehicle’s small size and tall driving position will be real strengths. However, the small dimensions limit Encore’s cargo versatility and rear seat space, especially among similarly priced competitors. Encore is an unusual vehicle that’s quite compelling–if the benefits of its small size are more important to you than the compromises that are also part of the package.

The Facts
Class Subcompact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Buick
Nation of Manufacture South Korea
Base Prices Base: $22,990
Preferred: $24,365
AWD Preferred: $25,865
Sport Touring: $25,565
AWD Sport Touring: $27,065
Preferred II: $26,865
AWD Preferred II: $28,365
Essence: $29,065
AWD Essence: $30,565
Premium: $30,465
AWD Premium: $31,965

Base Engine
turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
138
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
24-25
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
30-33

Base Engine
turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
153
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
26-27
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
31-33