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.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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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.

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)

"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

"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)

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 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)

"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)
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)
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)

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

"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)

"Sunroof to noisy, interior noise too noisy"

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

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

Drive System

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

Engine Cooling

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

Transmission Minor

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

Engine Major

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

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:FUEL PUMP
May 31 2018
A damaged fuel line can create a fuel leak, increasing the risk of a fire.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain 2015-2018 GMC Canyon, 2016-2017 Buick Envision, 2016-2018 Chevrolet Colorado and Malibu, 2017-2018 GMC Acadia, 2018 Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac ATS, Chevrolet Equinox, and GMC Terrain vehicles. The high pressure fuel pump may detach from its mounting flange, possibly resulting in the pump damaging the high pressure fuel line.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the high pressure fuel pump, and high pressure fuel pipe, free of charge. The recall began July 2, 2018. Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300, Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006, Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, or GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 18188.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V358000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 895
STRUCTURE
Jun 29 2017
If the service parts do not have energy-absorbing foam blocks, there may be an increased risk of occupant injury in the event of a crash.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain 2016-2017 Buick Envision vehicles. The affected vehicles received a replacement headliner as part of a repair. These service parts might not have had impact energy-absorbing foam blocks attached. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 201, "Occupant protection in interior impact."
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the headliner assembly, free of charge. The recall began on July 28, 2017. Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300. GM's number for this recall is 17275.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 17V412000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 10
SEATS:FRONT ASSEMBLY:HEAD RESTRAINT
Jun 27 2017
If the head restraint posts are not fully engaging in the seat back, the head restraint may loosen or dislodge, increasing the risk of injury in a crash.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain 2016-2017 Buick Envision vehicles. An accessory NSV Universal Tablet Holder may have been installed incorrectly onto the front seat head restraints, preventing the head restraint posts from fully engaging in the seat back. If so, the head restraints would fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 202a, "Head Restraints."
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the head restraints and tablet holders for the correct installation, reinstalling them as necessary, free of charge. The recall began July 27, 2017. Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300. GM's number for this recall is 17239/17258.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 17V404000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 768
EQUIPMENT:OTHER:LABELS
Jul 07 2016
Incorrect weight information may cause an owner to overload the vehicle. Overloading may reduce vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain 2016-2017 Buick Envision vehicles manufactured February 4, 2016, to April 25, 2016. The Tire and Loading Information label may display the incorrect maximum weight information. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 110, "Tire Selection and Rims."
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will install a corrected label as necessary, free of charge. The began on August 22, 2016. Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300. GM's number for this recall is 56340.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V516000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 4558
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