That’s right, the 2017 Encore arrives sans portholes. Whether you believe that’s for better or worse is up to you, but we say it’s for the better. The lack of portholes let the 2017 Encore’s sheetmetal pull together as a very cohesive look. Take into account the lesser use of plastic cladding up front, and the design really pulls together.
“Mature” was a word Buick liked to describe the 2017 Encore with, and we think the lack of portholes really helps accomplish such a motif. The portholes are tired, and Buick’s future face looks much better off without them.
Buick’s best selling model received an encore, and a well-suited one at that. It’s grown up, and strives to move a tad more upmarket with greater luxury, and more thoughtful design. We don’t miss the portholes, do you?