2016 Buick Encore Review
The Buick Encore, which debuted as a 2013 model, is credited to establishing the new market of premium compact crossovers when it. The automaker continues to innovate in the Encore's subsequent iterations. For 2016, the lineup adds the Sport Touring Group which comes with such distinctive items as 45-centimetre aluminum alloy wheels, a winged rear spoiler, fog lamps, and advance safety technologies (e.g., rear-cross traffic alert). The most noteworthy upgrade, though, can be found underneath the hood. There, an all-new 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbo-charged engine churns out 153 horsepower and 177 lb.-ft. of torque to the front or all four wheels. According to Buick, that's 11 percent more power than the standard 1.4-litre engine and 20 percent more torque. As Mike Speranzini, brand director, Buick in Canada, points out,
"With more performance, technology and efficiency, the all-new Encore Sport Touring is a driving force behind Buick’s expansion and a catalyst for introducing a new generation of customers to the brand. This small crossover’s unique package of luxury features helps attract new customers to the brand."
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Other changes made to the 2016 Buick Encore include a revised wheel finish and the addition of three new exterior colour choices: Graphite Grey Metallic, River Rock Metallic and Summit White.
The Encore seats five and is available in five equipment groups or trim levels. The simply-named Encore is the base model. Power windows and door locks, a power driver's seat, 10 airbags, a rearview camera system and stability control are just a few of the features found standard in this model.
Noteworthy items added on by the Convenience Group include dual-zone climate control, a remote engine starter and blind spot detection. The Leather Group, as its name suggests, brings leather-appointed seating as standard. Finally, the Premium Group comes with a premium audio system from Bose as well as a slew of advance safety technologies.
The Sport Touring Group was already discussed above.
Some Other Specifications of the 2016 Buick EncoreOther notable features of the 2016 Buick Encore include active noise suppression as part of its QuietTuning system, and the IntelliLink Onstar infotainment system with 4G LTE. This last bit converts the crossover into a moving Wi-Fi hotspot. This makes it easy for passengers to access the internet through their favorite mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.
Powering all non-Sport Touring Encores is the above mentioned 1.4-litre turbo four which carries over from last year's model. The transmission continues to be a six-speed automatic. Fuel consumption with this setup is 8.5 L/100km combined in front-wheel drive models and 9.2 L/100km combined in those equipped with all-wheel drive. Note that these figures are made available for comparison purposes only. They are based on 2015 EnerGuide fuel consumption ratings which used test methods by the Government of Canada. Actual fuel consumption will vary based on driving habits and other factors.