The latest Buick Envision is lower and wider and, for the first time, there are expensive Sport Touring and Avenir trims. Starting at a MSRP of $32,995* the pricing tops above $48,000 without dealer installed accessories such as mats – reflecting the seemingly endless US demand for luxury SUVs.
Envision is between the smaller Encore/Encore GX and the larger Enclave, with 52.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind first-row seats and 25.2 cubic feet behind the second-row seats. Whether the small 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is a luxury engine is debatable even with 228 horsepower (170 kW) and 258 lb.-ft. of torque (350 Nm), direct injection and Stop/Start technology. It’s coupled to a nine-speed automatic transmission with electronic shift control. On paper, absent test drives, AutoInformed thinks this is roughly a 25-mpg set-up.
The three trims – Preferred, Essence and Avenir – have specific design qualities. Preferred and Essence trims have optional Sport Touring packages with darkened exterior bits and 20-inch wheels with a darkened finish. All models have LED headlamps and tail-lamps and daytime running lights, as well as a welcome/walkaway lighting, which activates when using the key fob. “QuietTuning” is standard on all trims – including active noise cancellation and strategically placed acoustic materials.
- Buick Driver Confidence Plus package with nine standard advanced safety and driver assistance technologies, including Forward Collision Alert, Front Pedestrian Braking and Rear Park Assist.
- Next-gen Buick infotainment system with the brand’s first 10.2-inch-diagonal color touchscreen
- Amazon Alexa integration, along with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- All-wheel drive with electronically controlled twin-clutch operation.
- Continuous Damping Control suspension.
- Hands-free programmable power liftgate, standard on Essence and Avenir, optional on Preferred.
- Heated steering wheel is standard on Essence and Avenir, optional on Preferred.
- Air ionizer is standard on Essence and Avenir, optional on Preferred. Buick says Americans spend approximately 10 hours a week in the car. With the introduction of an Air Quality Indicator, a first for Buick in the U.S., the air ionizer monitoring of the quality of the cabin’s air. We guess breathing is optional as well after poor quality is indicated.
- Panoramic power moonroof is available on Essence and Avenir
“Driver Confidence Plus” package has Nine Active-Safety Systems:
- Automatic Emergency Braking.
- Front Pedestrian Braking.
- Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning.
- Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert.
- Forward Collision Alert.
- Following Distance Indicator.
- IntelliBeam, auto high beams.
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
- Rear Park Assist.
Additional Optional Driver Assistance Technologies:
- HD Surround Vision
- Enhanced Automatic Parking Assist
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Head-up Display.
*with destination, excluding tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment