2017 Buick Encore Release Date, Specs and Info

Thanks to its truly compact size, quiet cabin, user-friendly features, and tons of technology equipment, the 2017 Buick Encore is worth a look. However, the Encore limited interior space and modest performance might work against it. Its release date should be expected during the 3rd Q of 2017.

Some of its highlights include a long list of safety and tech features, impressive fuel economy ratings, serene and moderately well-appointed cabin, and top crash test scores. For 2017, the Encore gains a four-cylinder 1.4L turbocharged engine good for 153 hp. Otherwise, the vehicle returns unchanged.

2015 Buick Encore
2015 Buick Encore

The new vehicle despite its radical departure from the brand’s reputation of building large luxury sedans still offers many elements that its brand is well known for. In fact, the Encore comes with a long list of upscale technologies and features such as a built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot interface, heated steering wheel, near-luxury trappings, and essential Buick-ness character.

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The Sport Touring trim also returns for the 2017 model year. It features a sprightly powerful 1.4L turbocharged engine that cranks out a power bump of 15 hp and 29 pounds of torque over the base engine.

Sadly, the base engine has been carried over to the new model despite its lackluster acceleration and performance. Although, it tries to camouflage its shortcomings through the laudable fuel economy ratings.

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The 2017 Buick Encore still comes with several eyesore features including a noticeable cramped backseat, snug interior, limited cargo volume, and a tepid performance. Hopefully, you are not hog-tied to the Encore as the segment offers exemplary choices worth considering. They include the 2017 Honda CR-V, 2017 Ford Escape, 2017 Mazda CX-3, and the 2017 Fiat 500X.

Buyers looking for a serene and comfortable ride will nevertheless find the Encore rather irresistible.

Available Trims – Buick Encore

The compact crossover 2017 Buick Encore SUV is offered in five trims: Base, Convenience, Sport Touring, Leather, and Premium Trims.

Interior Changes & Exterior Reviews – 2017 Buick Encore

Standard features available for the Base trim include a rearview camera, cloth and simulated leather upholstery, heated mirrors, automatic headlights, a cargo cover, a six-way power driver seats air-conditioning, a rear privacy glass, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, OnStar emergency communications, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a USB port, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity, a fold-flat manual front passenger seat, 18” alloy wheels, a CD player, auxiliary audio jack, a media player interface, and roof rails.

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Others include a 7” smartphone and display integration, and Buick’s IntelliLink electronics interface. Opting for the Convenience package gets you automatic climate control (dual-zone), a blind-spot monitoring system, foglights, a 120-V power outlet, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, remote ignition, and a rear-cross traffic alert.

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The Sport touring version adds unique exterior styling cues, a powerful four-cylinder engine, and LED interior ambience.

The luxury-themed Luxury trim adds heated front seats, driver memory settings, a six-way power passenger seat, heated exterior mirrors, a six-way power passenger seat, and leather upholstery.

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The Premium model gets a lane-departure warning system, rear and front parking sensors, a seven-speaker Bose sound system, automatic wipers, and a forward collision warning system.

Finally, the Experience Buick package adds a navigation system, a sunroof, and 18” chromed alloy wheels.

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2017 Buick Encore Engine Specs

Under the hood of the 2017 Buick Encore are two engines: a turbocharged 1.4L inline four-cylinder engine and a beefed up version of the same engine.

The former comes fitted under the hood of all the models except the Sport Touring trim which gets the tweaked engine version rated at 153 horsepower and 177 pounds of torque. The base 1.4L turbocharged four-cyl is rated at 138 hp and 148 pounds of torque.

2017 Buick Encore engine

Both outputs are transmitted to either the front or all-wheel-drive system via the six-speed automatic.
The EPA fuel economy ratings for the base engine stand at 25/33/28 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 23/30.26 mpg for the 4WD.
During our performance test drive, the Encore w/FWD sprinted from 0-60 mph in 9.8 seconds.

Price & Release Date – 2017 Buick Encore

Release date – According to the online Buick price catalogue, buyers should expect the 2017 Buick Encore SUV to cost them an MSRP starting from $24,065. Our mule reports that the vehicle should probably hit U.S dealerships during the 3rd Q of 2017.

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2017 Buick Verano Release Date, Specs and Info

Undoubtedly, the fresh 2017 Buick Verano brings American luxury car qualities to the small car realm. For those shopping on the compact sedan segment might find it to be a solid choice, but it will also be imperative to keep an open mind as its German rivals in the same price range offer much a better alternative.

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Some of its strengths include a competitive price, composed and comfortable ride, efficient and strong turbocharged engines, and a standard technology galore. Its release date should be expected this fall. For 2017, the Verano gains new base and Sport trim.

For quite some time, the vehicle was considered an afterthought in the United States, and was primarily intended for those who were shopping on tight budgets. Americans generally preferred Lincolns and Cadillacs particularly for those guys who seat in boardrooms. On the other hand, Japanese and Europeans generally saw compact cars as cars that anyone could drive regardless of the occasion.2017 Buick Verano rear angle, tailpipe and taillights

However, things have changed of late, and the idea of compact cars now commensurate with most people in the U.S, as the demand has soared in recent years. The new 2017 Buick Verano comes with a substantial list of standard and optional features as well as a finely-crafted exterior. The only major downside to the Verano is the tight backseat.

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Sadly, there aren’t a plethora of alternative choices in its class. Although, the 2017 Audi A3, 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class and Acura ILX 2017 give the Verano a run for their money. If space is a key priority, you could still get a higher-end mid-size car, for example, the Honda Accord, Ford Fusion or the Nissan Altima.

Available Trims – Buick Verano Trims

The five-passenger configured 2017 Buick Verano offers a walloping six trims: new 1SV base trim, the previous base Verano, Convenience Group, Sport Touring, Leather Group, and the plush Premium Turbo Group trim.

Interior Changes & Exterior Review – 2017 Buick Verano

The SV comes equipped with a split-folding rear seat, six-speaker audio system, 17” alloy wheels, eight-way manually adjustable front seats, automatic climate control (dual-zone), USB port, CD player, OnStar connectivity, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, and cruise control.

2017 Buick Verano interior, gear shift knob and dashboard

The previous base model (regular Verano) comes with a rearview camera, a leather wrapped steering wheel, satellite radio, smartphone app integration, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, remote engine start, and Buick’s IntelliLink interface.

Opting for the Convenience Group gets you lane-departure warning system, an auto-dimming rearview camera, a blind-spot monitoring system, 18” alloy wheels, a forward collision warning system, heated side mirrors, power driver seat, foglights, and rear-cross traffic alert system.

2017 Buick Verano steering wheel, lcd screen and leather seats

The 2017 Buick Verano Sport Touring trim is equipped similarly to the above trim and further adds s rear trunk lid spoiler, and different 18” wheels.

The Leather Group adds Bose audio system, leather upholstery, and steering heated wheel.

The plush 2017 Buick Verano Premium Turbo builds upon what the Leather Group offers plus a rear spoiler, and a more agile 2.0L engine.

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Finally, the new 2017 Buick Verano Sport, Convenience, and Leather trims are provided with an optional Appearance Group package which avails a rear spoiler and a chrome grille. Others include a sunroof and a navigation system.

Engine Specs – 2017 Buick Verano

A 2.4L four-cylinder engine rated at 180 hp and 171 pounds of torque is available for most versions of the FWD 2017 Buick Verano. The range-topping 2017 Buick Verano Premium Turbo comes with a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that provides 250 horsepower and 260 pounds of torque.

The fuel economy ratings for the 2.4L engine stands at a laudable 21/32/25 mpg in the city/highway/combined, although some might argue that the ratings fall way lower than what other cars offer. For instance, both the four-cylinder Nissan Altima and Honda Accord offer better fuel consumption ratings despite their comparatively bigger size.

2017 Buick Verano engine

The Premium Turbo’s engine offers 21/31/24 mpg with an automatic, and 20/31/24 mpg with the manual.

Exterior colors include Dark Sapphire, Blue Metallic, Quicksilver Metallic, Ebony Twilight Metallic, and Summit White.

Price & Release Date – 2017 Buick Verano

Expect the base 1SV to cost you an MSRP starting from $21,065, and up to $28,670 for the plush Premium Turbo Group trim. As pertains its release date, expect it this fall.

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2017 Buick Enclave Release Date and Info

The upcoming new Buick Enclave for 2017 promises nothing short of space, interior ambience and luxury for families in the middle-ground who don’t want to pay the exorbitantly priced luxury-brand premium vehicles. Its strong features include a smooth and quiet ride, eight-seating capacity, luxurious cabin, climate and antiquated audio controls, and a generous cargo capacity. Its release date should be expected early next year.

For 2017, the Enclave gets in-car Wi-Fi hot spot capability, newest version of OnStar connectivity, and new bronze-trimmed grille for the Tuscan Edition which is also going to be a first in the existing trim lineup. Also, the exterior will feature mild changes mostly on the color palette.

2017 Buick Enclave front, grille and headlights

Nowadays, buyers shopping for a large crossover are looking for a SUV that combines impressive fuel economy, safety, and versatility as one package. For luxury, a smooth and serene ride can do. The new 2017 Buick Enclave offers a serene, smooth ride that competes well above most of its competitors. And to top the icing, it doesn’t come with a megabucks price tag.

It differentiates itself from Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia through the mechanical tidbits, library-quiet ride, and styling. Whilst at the road, it soaks up the bumps at top speeds without jeopardizing the ambiance within.

2017 Buick Enclave tailpipe and taillights

Its third row is a well-thought after feature that provides relatively easy access unlike most three-row SUVs. And although it’s a full size seat, it would best fit teenagers and children. For luggage, there is an available 23.3 cubic feet of cargo space despite the third-row seat offering.

Still, all is not well with the new 2017 Buick Enclave. Its downsides include small climate and antiquated audio controls, can feel cumbersomely large, and an occasionally fastidious infotainment system.

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Available Trims – Buick Enclave

It is available in three trims referred to as groups: base Convenience, Leather, and plush Premium.

Interior Spy Photos & Exterior Pictures – 2017 Buick Enclave

2017 Buick Enclave spy shots
2017 Buick Enclave spy shots

Standard on every Enclave is ta second-row captains’ chairs and a seven-passenger seating capacity.

2017 Buick Enclave lcd screen dashboard and gear shift knob

You could also opt for the optional second-row bench seat, which further adds one passenger. The latter is only available on the Premium and Leather groups.

Other default features include a rear privacy glass, 19” wheels, automatic xenon headlights, a power liftgate, remote start, an eight-way power driver seat, heated mirrors, a two-way power driver seat, auto-diming rearview mirror, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, automatic climate control (tri-zone), leather wrapped steering wheel, and rear parking sensors.

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The Convenience group features Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, OnStar telematics with 4G LTE, smartphone integration which is available on the IntelliLink electronics interface, premium sound system, satellite radio, USB audio interface, an auxiliary audio jack, dual USB charging ports, and voice control.

Opting for the Leather group gets you heated front seats, blind-spot warning system, eight-way power driver and passenger seat, rear cross traffic alert, a heated steering wheel, leather upholstery, and driver memory settings.

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At the top of the food chain is the Premium Group which comes bundled with everything above plus a power adjustable steering column, chrome-clad wheels, adaptive headlights, 10-spaeker Bose sound system, a navigation system, ventilated and heated front seats, lane departure warning, forward collision alert, and adaptive headlights.

Available options include a towing package, a rear-seat entertainment system, 20” wheels, and a dual panel sunroof.

Engine Specs – Buick Enclave For 2017

Under the hood of every 2017 Buick Enclave lies a 3.6L V6 good for 288hp and 270 lbs. of torque. Both the six-speed auto and the FWD are default systems, while the AWD is optional for both the Leather and Premium trims.

A properly equipped 2017 Buick Enclave can tow up to 4,500 pounds.

2017 Buick Enclave engine

During our test track, the AWD 2017 Buick Enclave was able to dash to 60 mph in a lackluster 8.6 seconds. This is slower than many SUVs in its segment, some of which even feature the more agile V8 engines.

The FWD, as per EPA stats, returns a fuel economy rating of 17/24/19 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and as you’d expect, the AWD slightly lowers them to 16/22/18 mpg.

Price & Release Date – 2017 Buick Enclave

We should expect the new 2017 Buick Enclave SUV in dealerships sometime early next year. As for the price, any potential owner should expect to part away with an MSRP starting from $39,540.

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You can also get it on lease.

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