The Buick Envision is a small luxury sport utility vehicle, one of four crossovers offered by GM’s premium brand. Buick rolled out the Envision in 2016 and has made light changes since. Let’s take a look at this crossover and what to consider when shopping this model.
1. Made in China. The Buick Envision is one of the first Chinese-built models sold in the USA. Other than the Volvo S60, we haven’t seen the onslaught of low-cost models from the world’s largest consumer country.
2. Mainstream or Luxury? Buick is supposed to represent the middle ground between Chevrolet and Cadillac. In some ways it succeeds in this endeavor, as it delivers luxury features for less, including standard imitation leather seats, 8-way power-controlled and heated front seats, four USB ports, and Wi-Fi capability.
3. Available in five trims. The 2020 Envision comes in five trims: 1SV, Preferred, Essence, Premium I, and Premium II. Prices range from $31,995 to $44,495, plus a $1,195 destination fee.
4. Ample storage space. Crossovers supply generous storage capacity and the Buick Envision is no exception. Behind the rear seat you’ll enjoy 26.9 cubic feet of space. With the rear seat folded, the cargo capacity more than doubles to 57.3 cubic feet.
5. Satisfactory standard performance. The Envision’s standard engine has an output of 197 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque, which is about 15 percent more power than the Nissan Rogue. This engine works with a six-speed automatic transmission. You’ll average about 25 mpg with this model.
6. Optional boosted performance. While the standard engine gets it done, some shoppers are looking for performance. Fortunately, the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is an option worth considering. It has an output of 252 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque and works with a 9-speed automatic transmission, making it a strong competitor to luxury models such as the Audi A3 and Lexus NX. This engine is standard with the Envision Premium and comes with all-wheel drive. You’ll average about 22 mpg with this model.
7. Steering, handling, and tuning. The Envision isn’t a performance model, but it does offer a comfortable ride as it absorbs most road abrasions with ease. The steering is light to the touch, while this SUV handles as expected on twisty roads. It isn’t an especially engaging model as it lacks the performance characteristics of pricier luxury competitors.
8. Available all-wheel drive. Not offered with the standard trim, the Envision’s all-wheel-drive system costs about $1,750, beginning with the Preferred trim. Choose AWD if you live where wintry conditions are common.
9. Packages for your consideration. Not all Envision trims offers package options, but of those that do, the Driver Confidence Package ($1,545) and Active Package ($695) are worth considering. The first package bundles such features as enhanced automatic braking and a surround-view camera system. The second package includes an integrated cargo liner and a trailer package. When properly equipped, the Envision can pull up to 1,500 pounds.
The 2020 Buick Envision
Buick’s Envision checks many of the right marks for shoppers seeking a premium utility vehicle. Strong discounting, robust financing and leasing terms, and competitive warranties bring value to the model line. We recommend starting your build with the Preferred trim, but head right to the Premium if you prefer the turbo engine and access to the full list of available amenities.
2020 Buick Envision Specifications
|Price Range||$31,995 to $44,495|
|Engine No. 1||2.5-liter, I4|
|Horsepower||197 @ 6,300 rpm|
|Torque (lb.-ft.)||192 @ 4,400 rpm|
|Engine No. 2||2.0-liter, turbo I4|
|Horsepower||252 @ 5,500 rpm|
|Torque (lb.-ft.)||295 @ 3,000 rpm|
|Curb Weight (pounds)||3,755 to 4,083|
|Headroom (f,r…inches)||40.0, 38.5|
|Legroom (f,r…inches)||40.9, 37.5|
|Shoulder room (f,r…inches)||57.0, 55.8|
|Hip room (f,r…inches)||54.4, 53.1|
|Storage (cubic feet)||26.9, 57.3|
|Gross vehicle weight (pounds)||NR|
|Fuel Tank (gallons)||17.3|
|EPA Fuel MPG (city/highway/combined)||22/29/25 (FWD); 20/25/22 (turbo)|
Data compiled by Tom Keegan. Specifications supplied by the manufacturer.
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