Till date Buick appraisals remained extraordinary likeness. Because the additive effects of the changes improve the appeal that has already made the performance Buick’s best-selling version. If you’re having difficulty grasping how Buick vended more than 67,000 Encore last year more than its three present luxury crossover opponents, the large BMW X1, Audi Q3 and Mercedes-Benz GLA-class, it’s not that rigid. The Buick has a bewitching, $23,915 base value. It’s undeniably attractive, the chairing point is high and the orientation out of the windshield wide. While the performance’s magnitude and value likely disqualify it as an actual opposition to a Mercedes or BMW, the indoor particularly in its refreshed state is of high grade and the general execution is a stride above automobile crossovers.
Buick has increased a few creases and boundaries to the performance’s rounded body for 2017, shaping up the front extremity with blockier lights and its brand-new corporate waterfall opening. Impalpable updates to the procreate amount to tiny more than revised lamps. That’s all quality refresh substance. What really does the dense lifting in elevating the performance’s luxury artificialities is an all-brand-new dashboard with soft-touch substances and a more moving design. It looks vastly acceptable than the aged, upright elegance. The preceding disorderliness of buttons and the fiddly, knob-operated important display is gone, regenerated by a high-resolution 8.0-inch touchscreen. Inserting this infotainment surface in the dash elegance itself instead of in a husk on top also clears the route for an even more distensible orientation through the windshield.
The most worthy change for 2017 Buick Encore is the diversified convenience of the higher-output, 153-hp 1.4-liter turbo four-cylinder motor informed last year to the mid-level Sport Touring cut. The more tough motor boasts direct fuel insertion and is now an $895 option on the Sport Touring, as well as the Preferred II, Essence and Premium trims. A 138-hp turbo four remains standard. The $23,915 performance 1SV and the Encore Preferred to the Sport Touring cut with the elective powerplant costs $27,395, $1275 less than last year’s performance Sport Touring.
The Preferred II instance experimented here begins at $27,760. The more tough motor and one other option, $395 Silver all-metal colorant, transported its MSRP to $29,080. We’ve been incredulous of Buick’s pushful determining for the performance since it first went on selling in 2013, and nearly $30,000 for a crossover this tiny lacking a reputable emblem on the hood is nothing if not pushful. Sales colorant a disparate experience and in this cyclic command, given you’re already looking at a higher-spec Encore to commence with, the improve motor seems worthy every bit of its $895. Advancing the 153-hp motor’s case is uncomplicated for those who don’t dawdle in the left lane, as this performance is the fast we’ve ever experimented.
It come 60 mph in 7.8 seconds, analyzed with 9.2 seconds for the all-wheel-ride ’16 Sport Touring and 9.3 seconds for a front-ride 2013 Encore with the base motor. Acceleration across the committee, from the quarter-mile to 30-to-50 mph and 50-to-70 mph passing times, was notably zippier. With the burlier motor, the performance feels lively and not nearly as underpowered as it does with the base 1.4-liter four. Part of the deal, is a fuel saving stop/commence feature that can’t be turned off. It’s a good situation the motor smoothly and quietly restarts after going acheronian at stoplights and when stopped in dense traffic.
For those who don’t need all-wheel ride, the Encore makes a rigid case for fastening with the quality front-ride design. Our 2017 experiment automobile measured 130 pounds less than that all-wheel-ride 2016 Encore Sport Touring and affixed tough experiment phenomenons for skidpad grasping (0.81 g versus 0.78 g) and stopping (172 feet from 70 mph analyzed with 177). The EPA calculations that, regardless of ride design, the brand-new motor will return 2 mpg acceptable fuel saving in the municipality than its debased output alternative (and an additional 1 mpg on the freeway with all-wheel ride), saved 19 mpg acknowledgments to a lead-footed riding. The AWD 2016 Sport Touring affixed a far thriftier 25 mpg, and pre-refresh front and all-wheel-ride Encore with what is now the base motor each affixed 24 mpg in our guardianships. Clearly the performance with either motor is able of businesslike engine. The brand-new motor’s only unrighteousness is that Buick didn’t simply make it quality across the Encore roll.
Given that the baking four-cylinder is overlapped with the less high price, latest-generation Chevrolet Cruze. There otherwise remains tiny to nonaccomplishment in the performance. The procreate seat ably holds two people in the portable points, there is a third seatbelt, but you could meet only a tiny container of potatoes there and the debased damper has a good chairlike dimension, plus there is abundance of room and legroom. An amazing 19 blockish feet of substance can meet in the merchandise location. And while the mixture keeps body rotate and the short body’s front/after rocking over speed shocks well enough in check, the non-stative attribute of large phenomenon to consumers in this space is silence, something the Encore has in spades.
The Encore’s modified looks, indoor and accessible energy should keep Buick’s merchants busy for a few years to come.