2017 Buick Encore vs. Enclave

If you're in the market for an SUV, chances are that you're looking for something that offers space and versatility. As a midway point between the sedan and a minivan, there are plenty of options within the segment – and perhaps almost too many! If you've found yourself perusing through SUVs of different sizes and amenities, let us help you out by narrowing it down to one brand – Buick. Within the brand's lineup, drivers can find what suits them best. Here, we've compared two popular models – one that's smaller and one that's larger – so that you can narrow your search down based on your needs. 

While both the 2017 Buick Encore and the 2017 Buick Enclave make a great choice, it comes down to what you need. The Encore is significantly smaller than the Enclave, and is powered by a 1.4-liter Inline-four engine. With this engine, the model can get 25 miles per gallon in the city and 33 on the highway, while still pumping out 138 horsepower. The Enclave offers a 288-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6, which is capable of 15 miles per gallon in the city and 22 on the highway. So, the choice is yours: small and efficient, or large and powerful

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2017 Buick Encore vs. 2017 Buick Enclave
$23, 915 MSRP (Base Model) $39,990
25/33 (City/HWY) Fuel Economy 15/22 (City/HWY)
5 Passengers Seating Capacity 7 Passengers
48.4 cubic feet Maximum Cargo Capacity 115.2 cubic feet

Passenger Space and Cargo Capacity

If you're not going to be hauling cargo for a large amount of people, then you may be just fine with the 5-passenger option that is the Encore. If you need more space, then the 7-passenger Enclave may be what you're after. Each model offers a healthy amount of cargo area, but the larger model – the Enclave – obviously offers more.  

With all seats in place, the Encore offers 18.8 cubic feet of space, while the Enclave offers 23.3 cubic feet. The big difference comes when the seats are folded down. In this case, the Encore offers 48.4 cubic feet of cargo area, while the Enclave provides a whopping 115.2 cubic feet.

2017 Buick Encore center controls
Buick Encore with a red exterior
2017 Buick Enclave with a white exterior
2017 Buick Enclave steering wheel controls