On paper, the Buick Envision 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. When we originally tested it we found it rather half-baked but for 2019 the car received a few improvements.
Buick has built its reputation by building vehicles that are quiet and comfortable riding, but the Envision doesn't quite deliver here. At first blush, the ride seems absorbent, but that's only a thin veneer; as miles are traveled, impacts punch through and the SUV bobs and rocks. Wind noise is noticeable, which could make a highway cruise tiring.
Despite its compact dimensions, the Envision is clumsy when cornering, lacking a sense of precision and control. Ultimately though, the Envision proved secure with sound performance in our avoidance maneuver and braking tests.