The Perfect Family Vehicle

This post is sponsored by Buick.

Purchasing a car is a big decision. Along with the investment comes a myriad of factors to consider.  From style and comfort to convenient tech amenities – and if you’re a mom like me, issues of fitting in car seats and transporting the stuff that goes along with parenthood.  So when I was invited to join members of the press and auto-arena, at a special event before the frenzy of the New York International Auto Show, to have a first look at Buick’s new 2017 Encore Luxury SUV, I willingly obliged.

As a mom of two grade-school kids, I’ve had my eye on a mid-size SUV for a long time.  Now and then I drive my husband’s monstrous SUV, and since I’m just over five feet tall, it is way too gargantuan for me. With dreams of a small-ish crossover vehicle, I wondered what this luxury vehicle without the luxury price tag offers.


Serious excitement arouse as Duncan Aldred, the U.S. VP of Buick-GMC uncovered the big reveal.  Whipped out from under white cloths, the 2017 Buick Encore models were photographed paparazzi style and inspected by event attendees from every angle.


Here’s what we love:

  • The Accolades and Reliability: The Buick Encore was awarded Best Compact Crossover/SUV in Kelley Blue Book’s 2016 5-year Cost to Own Awards.  And that’s not all; it received this award three consecutive years in a row.
  • Solid Mid-Size: With a back compartment roomy enough to pack in the strollers, gear, and groceries – this mid-size design masters sizing perfection.
  • Refined Luxe Look:  The super luxe 2017 ENCORE has a new front winged grille, new front headlamps and feels super plush on the inside.
  • AppleCarPlay and Android AutoPlay: We love the convenience of safely utilizing a smartphone for navigation, music, phone calls and other functions while in the car. I had the chance to speak with the interior designer of the 2017 Encore, and he described the design as comfortable and intuitive allowing the owner to focus on the important work of driving without distractions.
  • Intuitive Features: Who wouldn’t want features including a push-button start, keyless unlock, eight-way-adjustable power driver’s seat and much more.

Whether you’re a mother, millennial or a grandparent – we see this elegant and perfectly mid-sized SUV fitting into every lifestyle.

Thanks to our partner Buick, and thank you for your support of sponsored content on Marino Bambinos.



  1. We are actually in the market for a new car and I love how comprehensive your review is! I feel like I’m in the showroom in the car with you. Definitely going to do some more research on this Buick but I already love what you have shared!

  2. Great information! We’re going to be in the market soon. It’s amazing how much changes in just a few years.

  3. Oh, how I would so love a new car for the family! The kids are bigger now and not as messy (sometimes) so this would be such a pleasure to drive into!

  4. That looks awesome. Oh how I would love the intuitive features!

  5. Great thorough review! We have been looking at the Encore and loved all the information!

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