2017 Buick Encore
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.