2017 Buick En­core

The Washington Post Sunday - - CARS -

Bot­tom line: The Buick En­core is a good, com­pact wagon/SUV for ur­ban com­mut­ing. It is safe (a five-star fed­eral crash rat­ing in col­li­sions with ve­hi­cles of sim­i­lar size), rea­son­ably com­fort­able and af­ford­able for many of us when bought at the Pre­ferred I trim level. It is sold in six trim lev­els, each in­creas­ing in ex­pense: ISV, Pre­ferred (I), Sport Tour­ing, Pre­ferred II, Essence and Pre­mium. Ride, ac­cel­er­a­tion and han­dling: The ride is com­fort­able. Ac­cel­er­a­tion is medi­ocre. Han­dling is de­cent. Head-turn­ing quo­tient: It is pretty. You can have pride in own­er­ship here. Body style/lay­out: The Buick En­core is a com­pact, front-en­gine, front-wheel-drive, gaso­line-fu­eled SUV with four side doors and a rear hatch. Ca­pac­i­ties: Seat­ing is for five peo­ple. Cargo ca­pac­ity with all seats in place is 18.8 cu­bic feet. Please note that the in­te­rior width is a tad nar­row and might be a bit un­com­fort­able for larger bod­ies. The fuel tank holds 14 gal­lons of reg­u­lar unleaded gaso­line.

Mileage: I av­er­aged 30 miles per gal­lon in high­way driv­ing. En­gine/trans­mis­sion: It is equipped with a tur­bocharged 1.4-liter, in­line four­cylin­der, 16-valve gaso­line en­gine with vari­able valve timing (138 horse­power, 177 pound-feet of torque). The en­gine is linked to a six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion that also can be op­er­ated man­u­ally. Safety: Stan­dard equipment in­cludes four-wheel disc brakes, ven­ti­lated front and solid rear; four-wheel anti-lock brake pro­tec­tion; emer­gency brak­ing as­sis­tance; trac­tion and sta­bil­ity con­trol; side and head air bags; blind-spot and lane-de­par­ture-warn­ing ac­ci­dent avoid­ance sys­tems; and a post-col­li­sion safety sys­tem. Note: A full suite of advanced elec­tronic safety sys­tems is avail­able. Pric­ing: The 2017 Buick En­core Pre­mium All-Wheel Drive starts at $31,965. The price as tested is $36,175, in­clud­ing $3,285 in op­tions (special ex­te­rior paint, power glass roof, Bose sound sys­tem and op­tional advanced safety items) and a $995 fac­tory-to-dealer ship­ment charge. You can bar­gain.

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