With the 2016 Buick Encore Sport Touring just around the corner, Buick teases the new engine that will be equipped standard on the 2017 model in the Sport Touring model of the 2016 Encore. The new engine is a 1.4 liter turbocharged four cylinder with direct injection putting out a fairly modest 153 hp pulling a 3374lb compact crossover. It seems underpowered but a welcome improvement over the older generation 2013 engines in lower trim Encores.
The 2016 Buick Encore Sport Touring Does Little to Impress
On the outside, the 2016 Buick Encore Sport Touring is a little on the cute side somewhat resembling an upsized hatchback with its curvy wedge shape from the nose that extends to the roofline and gently rounds off at the rear. The rear resembles a modern mini SUV but is still very reminiscent of a hatchback design. Under the hood is the new engine for the 2017 Encore the 1.4 turbo four. The new engine is mated to a 6 speed automatic with a manual mode that won’t upshift unless you tell it to.
On the inside of the 2016 Encore Sport Touring trim, it offers a whisper quiet cabin that is very comfortable. The cabin is spacious for its class while being a little too narrow for comfortable seating of three across the rear seats. The ingress and egress of the vehicle is easy thanks to the fairly large doors and parking is no problem for its compact body.
Driving the 2016 Buick Encore Sport Touring is where the “sport” badge is better off removed and just left “touring” instead as there is just not enough sportiness in this vehicle to offer a sporty drive. The new engine despite the power increase, is slow to get from 0-60 in 9.2 seconds. The smaller displacement of the engine doesn’t help with the fuel economy too by delivering an average of 25mpg combined. What’s good about the new engine is that is very smooth and turbo lag is practically non-existent. Power delivery is instant with the peak torque readily available at 2000rpm. All those mentioned the Encore Sport Touring indeed does sound more of a touring car than a sporty touring car as its better off for cruising comfortably and quietly than being a peppy little crossover. It is as if Buick made a mistake in naming the trim of the 2016 Encore, the Sport Touring model of their compact crossover performs better as a touring car than a sporty crossover.
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