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 competitors from Audi, BMW, and Lexus. Built in China, where Buick is very popular, the Envision bridges the gap between the small Encore and large Enclave.
Alerts
There are 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
NA
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
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 competitors from Audi, BMW, and Lexus. Built in China, where Buick is very popular, the Envision bridges the gap between the small Encore and large Enclave.

While it has potential, the Envision isn't fully baked. The crossover falls short on ride comfort, noise isolation, and handling agility. On top of that, the Envision's price--$45,000 as tested--is not commensurate with its merit. It's overpriced by about $10,000.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (252 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 (197 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2017 Buick Envision owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Display screen difficult to see

"Goes dark without a reason"

Nancy B., FL (2017 Buick Envision Essence 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Screen dimmed to almost invisible while it was still sunny"

Harold G., NC (2017 Buick Envision Prefered 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen freezes up

"When the car was fist purchased the screen often froze up or had ghost touches. I contacted an advisor through Buick and they were able to reset my system."

Anonymous, TX (2017 Buick Envision Essence Unsure)

"No more problems."

Anonymous, (2017 Buick Envision Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

"It took 3 visits to Buick to get it fixed. If it was not in still covered it would have cost a lot."

Anonymous, FL (2017 Buick Envision Essence 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"While your driving the screen goes blank for 5 minutes then suddenly comes back on. Dealer could not duplicate the problem when I took it in."

Anonymous, NC (2017 Buick Envision Preferred 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The screen goes blank in cold or damp day's"

Anonymous, FL (2017 Buick Envision Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Whole display went out. No mph, turn signal, all dash in front of drive black. Took 3 weeks to repair"

P B., MN (2017 Buick Envision Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Needed a software update right after I got it"

Nancy B., FL (2017 Buick Envision Essence 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I sometimes lose radio transmission. The radio is disappointing in that I do not have built in navigation. I must use an ap on my smart phone. Just not as user friendly as I had hoped. The screen is not always responsive to switching between radio controls and telephone controls."

Anonymous, WI (2017 Buick Envision Essence 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"My Buick continually has problems playing music from both of my iPods, which are different generations.It will randomly stop playing the music, and sometimes even resetting the system will not work. The system has been updated through General Motors, but this has not stop the problem."

Anonymous, (2017 Buick Envision Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Hardware replacement

"Back up camera screen had to be replaced as it was no clear. Rear camera was ok but the screen was faulty."

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Buick Envision Essence 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Back light automatically shifts and can't be seen at dusk. No way to turn off and on manually"

Anonymous, NJ (2017 Buick Envision Preferred 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Radio

"The XM band on the radio started to have extremely poor reception. Very spotty. Dealer diagnosed the problem as the antenna. Replaced under warranty. Reception is now better than when I got the car new. Virtually no dead spots."

Anonymous, NY (2017 Buick Envision Essence 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Software update fixes

"The car has a system that shuts the car off to save on gas. Once the car stopped at a red light and would not start again. WE called OnStar and they could not fix the problem. We had to tow it to a Buick Dealer. It was a software reset problem. It cost $98 to reset the computer."

Anonymous, (2017 Buick Envision Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Voice control commands

"Pretty much useless to us because it never recognizes what we want it to do. We almost never use it because it is too frustrating. Also, it has way too many (probably excellent ones) we don't use just because they are too complicated for older folks. Almost need a dedicated classroom just to learn all of it."

Claude D., PA (2017 Buick Envision Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"Front seat vents were blowing cold air as required but back seat vents were blowing HEATED air. Dealer kept it for several days as repair was major. THE BRAND NEW LOANER THEY GAVE ME HAD THE SAME EXACT PROBLEM. Dealer said a robot must have damaged a damper assembly during assembly. They were built in China."

Valjean A., FL (2017 Buick Envision Essence 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Damper for controlling air temperature to rear seat is broken, dealer has service bulletin, but no recall and it is 1500 dollars due to having to take apart dash to replace, so not repairing at this time"

Anonymous, IN (2017 Buick Envision Essence 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The rear seat unit blew hot air when the AC was on."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Buick Envision Premium II 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"In 90 degree weather, the rear seat was blowing hot, heated air while the front seat area was cooling properly. Took it to the dealer for a quick look in late afternoon the Service Advisor agreed there is a problem and asked us to make a, appt for repair. Haven't done that yet"

Anonymous, FL (2017 Buick Envision Prefered 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Would not change directional flow of air"

Thomas T., OH (2017 Buick Envision Essence 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The back fan did not blow"

Carol H., MN (2017 Buick Envision Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The rear seat cooling would not work, it remained in the warmer temperature range blowing warmer air to the rear seat passengers. To repair this, the entire instrument panel had to be removed along with the front doors and front seats. This system failed 2 times within a 12 month period and took several weeks to repair because of the parts delays and complexity of repairs."

Anonymous, FL (2017 Buick Envision Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rear seat controls not working"

Anonymous, MN (2017 Buick Envision Premium II 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The rear HVAC controls would not operate the rear HVAC unit. There was no cool air just very hot"

Clark P., MI (2017 Buick Envision Premium II 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"Rear heat and cooling unit was not hooked up and only blew out hot air in the back seat."

Rosemary B., IA (2017 Buick Envision)
Evaporator

"The A/C unit in this vehicle put out a strong smell from the time we purchased it. After being in a loner vehicle for an extended period of time on two occasions the problem seems to have been corrected. It was related to the Evaporator Coil, which was replaced twice"

Anonymous, (2017 Buick Envision Preferred 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear climate “case needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Buick Envision 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"driver's seat not heating"

Anonymous, MN (2017 Buick Envision Premium II 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Gauges

"Dash gauges stopped working correctly was repaired and has made one flash problem since."

Anonymous, TX (2017 Buick Envision Essence 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The outside temperature gauge does not work immediately. It often takes an hour or two of driving before it registers correctly."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Buick Envision Premium II 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Went completely out. Couldn't read mph or anything in the cluster in front of driver. Car was brand new. Less 1000 miles on a trip"

P B., MN (2017 Buick Envision Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Headlights

"Headlights not bright enough"

Anonymous, OH (2017 Buick Envision 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlights are too dim on envision for night driving! Dealer told me to use fog lights! We always use our enclave for night driving! Unless lighting has been improved, would not lease another Envision."

Phyllis B., SC (2017 Buick Envision Essence 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

"Dashboard Lighting went almost totally black at the most necessary and dangerous times (in tunnels, backing in and out of garage with ineffective backup cameras, etc.). BUT the problem was eventually corrected with a software fix."

Claude D., PA (2017 Buick Envision Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Drivers side map light occasionally stays on when all other interior lights go out-only scar is running."

Anonymous, VA (2017 Buick Envision Premium II 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Sensor for dashboard lights operating incorrectly so gauges and gps are not visible under certain lighting conditions."

Anonymous, KY (2017 Buick Envision 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The dashboard lights including the gps screen do not always adjust properly to the level of outdoor light. This sometimes makes it nearly impossible to see the gps screen."

Anonymous, KY (2017 Buick Envision 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Bumpers have small areas of paint chipping."

Anonymous, MI (2017 Buick Envision Essence 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Very concerned that a garage-kept vehicle with less than 6,000 miles in the 1 1/2 years we've owned is starting to show signs of deteriorating paint in some places!"

Claude D., PA (2017 Buick Envision Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"not a thick coat of paint"

Steve S., NC (2017 Buick Envision 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"Rust spots are showing up on the side and rear of the vehicle."

Rosemary B., IA (2017 Buick Envision)

"the rust has become a problem"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Buick Envision Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Wind noise

"Wind noise from front glass in bough front doors"

Arthur S., TX (2017 Buick Envision Essence 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"sunroof is too noisy"

Anonymous, FL (2017 Buick Envision Premium II 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Dealer replaced rubber seals on doors did not help. Second time adjust door they said, did not help. Well not use dealer again."

Anonymous, TX (2017 Buick Envision Essence 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sunroof to noisy, interior noise too noisy"

Anonymous, FL (2017 Buick Envision Premium II 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Squeaking

"Every time I back up the breaks squeak very loud. GM has a notified the dealerships but since it not life threatening they will not repair."

Valerie C., MI (2017 Buick Envision Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Glass defects

"The windshield had a defect in the glass. When the sun hit the windshield near sundown, the entire unit had reflective spots (pinpoints) that would flare up. Only visible with the sun at that angle. Dealer replaced the windshield and the problem disappeared."

Anonymous, NY (2017 Buick Envision Essence 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Sending false alerts saying that some thing was in front of the vehicle."

Anonymous, OH (2017 Buick Envision 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Shocks or struts

"ride is too harsh .very uncomfortable.suspension is very stiff.springs, shocks ,struts ?"

Anonymous, OH (2017 Buick Envision Essence 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine knock or ping

"Fairly often experience engine hesitation. Could be a problem with timing, ignition, or fuel flow."

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Buick Envision Premium II 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel gauge/sender

"When filling the fuel tank it was very hard to get a full tank and the fuel gauge verified just 3/4 full. very frustrating not to be able to get full tank of gas"

Clark P., MI (2017 Buick Envision Premium II 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

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