Buick's entry into the luxury compact SUV segment sits between the tiny Encore and giant Enclave, the 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.
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