2017 BUICK ENCORE
A mid-cycle redesign for Buick’s smallest crossover comes only four years after its introduction. The 2017 Buick Encore has a new exterior design, a redesigned interior, and a slew of new technologies integrated into the dashboard. A few minor tweaks will help keep the tiny crossover in front of potential buyers. In 2013, the Buick Encore was just a handful of compact crossover SUVs on the market. With an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple Car Play and Android Auto built-in, the revamped interior makes it more convenient to use daily.
The 2017 BUICK ENCORE is offered in 6 trim levels:
- Base: All Wheel Drive
- Preferred: 28 combined MPG
- Premium: 6-Speed A/T
- Preferred II: 27 combined MPG
- Sport Touring: All Wheel Drive
- Essence: 27 combined MPG
Performance and Fuel Economy
The Sonic at Chevy dealerships comes standard with the same turbocharged 1.4-liter inline-4 engine available as an aftermarket option on the Sonic. Only a 6-speed automatic gearbox is available to go with it. It’s possible to get two different versions of the 1.4 depending on your needs. The standard model has 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque, making it the most powerful variant. Buick threw in a direct injection upgrade to this engine for the 2016 model year. Only the Sport Touring model was available with this much power and torque. Buick is now offering the more powerful engine on all trim levels above the entry-level model for the 2017 model year. Front-wheel-drive models of the 2017 Buick Encore are rated at 25/33/28 mpg city/highway/combined for the basic model. Those figures decrease to 24/30/27 mpg if you select the all-wheel drive.
The bulk of the 2017 Encore’s updates may be located toward the front of the vehicle. Buick’s winged grille design and the new tri-color Buick logo adorn the redesigned grille. The crossover now has a more refined appearance thanks to redesigned fog lights and new front headlights. Full LED headlights are available on higher-trim Encore vehicles. The LED treatment continues with LED taillights on every trim level in the rear. There is also a new exhaust tip, body-colored outside mirrors with heated glass, and new 18-inch wheels for the first time. Black Cherry Metallic, Ebony Twilight Metallic, and White Frost Metallic are among the colors available in this collection.
Inside, a new 8-inch touchscreen and the most recent version of Buick’s Intellilink multimedia system have been integrated into the dashboard. In addition to being bigger, the screen is better ergonomically since it has been placed lower and closer to the passengers. However, the second top glove box has been removed, reducing storage space in the front of the vehicle. But even with these new inside features, the Encore still lacks the elegance of a real luxury SUV.
To begin with, there is no huge storage bin in the center console to act as an armrest, and the only seat having an inboard swing-down armrest is the driver’s position. However, the empty area may be inconvenient and uncomfortable for longer journeys. Additionally, the bottom half of the seatback seemed like it had a metal bar in it. There’s nothing worse than feeling like someone is probing you in the lumbar area after driving 700 miles in the Encore (albeit gently).
Dashboard Design Flaw
Encore’s major drawback was its crowded control arrangement, which was addressed in 2017 with a new dashboard design. Compared to last year, when we counted 33 different controls, the 2017 model has just eight due to a larger touchscreen. In this case, the temperature settings are grouped below the screen, while most of the other functions are managed through the display. Apple Car Play and Android Auto users can use the infotainment system more comfortably. Between the two gauges in the Encore is a 4.2-inch LCD panel.
- Height: 65.26 in
- Length: 168.41 in
- Width: 69.85 in
- Curb weight: 3358 lbs
Engine type: Turbocharged I4, 1.4
Fuel tank: 14 g
2017 BUICK ENCORE Factory Service Manual
- Safety Restraints
- Before Driving
- Starting and Operating
- Vehicle Maintenance
The service manuals for the 2017 BUICK ENCORE are vast and cover every aspect of the vehicle’s operation.
2017 BUICK ENCORE — Owner’s Manual
While this list is thorough, the owner’s manual for the 2017 BUICK ENCORE provides more operational suggestions to enhance the user experience.
2017 BUICK ENCORE Price
The price list for the 2017 BUICK ENCORE is mentioned below:
- Base: $22,990 or €21258
- Preferred: $24,365 or €22530
- Premium: $25,565 or €23639
- Preferred II: $28,365 or €26228
- Sport Touring: $29,065 or €26876
- Essence: $30,465 or €28170
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the reliability rating of the Buick Encore?
84 out of 100 by JD Powers
What is the life expectancy of the Encore?
How much will my Buick encore cost in repairs and maintenance?
$8264 in its first 10 years of service