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Buick's entry into the luxury compact SUV segment sits between the tiny Encore and giant Enclave, the new China-built Envision uses a smooth and quiet 252-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Handling is clumsy and the brakes are mushy, but ultimately the car is secure when pushed to its limits. Oddly, the ride is a mixed bag, both soft and unsettled at the same time. Wind noise is pronounced. The interior is well-finished and features a relatively roomy rear seat. Buick's suite of active safety equipment includes forward-collision warning and lane-departure mitigation systems, as well as automatic braking. A less-expensive 2.5-liter four-cylinder and front-wheel-drive versions are available for the 2017 model year.

Road Test

Underdeveloped, overpriced, and over here. That's the story of the Buick Envision. On paper, this new addition to the Buick family looks appealing. It's a semi-luxury, handily-sized SUV with plenty of standard equipment, emulating the concept of comp...


  • Simple controls
  • Good infotainment system


  • Underdeveloped and overpriced
  • Clumsy handling

Best Version to Get

We'd skip the Envision all together. But if you need to buy one, we'd go with a Premium so that you get forward-collision warning.


2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
  • Basic: 4 year/50,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 6 year/70,000 miles
  • Rust through: 6 year/100,000 miles
  • Roadside aid: 6 year/70,000 miles
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (252 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 (197 hp)


Comfort / Convenience
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