The 2017 Buick Enclave is a mid-sized SUV that ranks around the middle of its class. The Enclave has good safety features but can’t match the performance of some of its rivals such as the 2017 Dodge Durango or the 2017 Ford Edge.

What the Buick Enclave does offer is a composed and comfortable ride for up to 7 people with the standard trim. Higher trims offer the option of changing the captains chairs for smaller alternatives which allows you to comfortably bring along 8 people for the journey. There’s also loads of cargo room although fuel economy is lower than average.

The 2017 Buick Enclave comes as either a front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive and is powered by a 288 horsepower engine. There have been no noticeable changes for the 2017 model year and the Enclave remains a spacious and safety conscious SUV.

Specifications

The Encore comes with a 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine as standard and delivers 138 horsepower. The top trims have the option of upgrading to the 1.4-liter direct injection engine which has a little more horsepower at 153 hp. The direct injection engine also uses start-stop technology to save on fuel.

The Encore is smaller and more agile than its big brother, the Enclave, and for this reason is much more suited to small street city driving. The 1.4-liter engine does feel underwhelming and many drivers would prefer being able to upgrade to a larger, more powerful engine.

“When equipped with the standard 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder 138-hp engine, the Encore feels a little too slow for our tastes. Unless you’re interested in maximum fuel efficiency, we would advise you to consider the optional 153-hp engine.” – Edmunds.

Front-wheel drive comes as standard with the option of upgrading to all-wheel drive on the higher trims. The suspension is soft, reducing the bumps and imperfections of the road and giving you a smooth ride. The cornering is sharp and its small size makes it ideal for inner city driving. The steering is a little light and some reviewers would like a better connection and feel for the road.

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Interior

The interior of the Buick Encore is luxurious and refined. It includes such features as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and an 8-inch touch screen. The cabin is decked out with soft touch materials and the wood and metal trims give it an elegant look more commonly found in more expensive vehicles.

The front seats of the Encore are elevated to provide good visibility and they give the driver and front passenger a comfortable ride. The rear seats have ample legroom and headroom, even for larger adults.

Price

The Buick Encore has a starting price of $22,990 and is available in 6 different trims. Every trim except the base trim can upgrade from front-wheel drive to all-wheel drive for around an extra $3,000. The top trim is the Premium and has a starting price of $32,890.

Alternatives

The 2017 Buick Encore is one of the better small SUVs you can find on the market. Some other good options are the 2017 Mazda CX-3, the 2017 Honda HR-V or the 2017 Jeep Renegade.