2017 Buick Envision
The 2017 Buick Envision is a compact luxury SUV with a price tag between $33,000 and $44,000. It has seating for 5 people and comes as either all-wheel or front-wheel drive. The Buick Envision has excellent safety ratings and comes with lots of tech features.
The Envision comes equipped with comfortable and spacious seats. The turbocharged engine feels quick although the base engine is underpowered. The base engine gets 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.
The 2017 model of the Envision comes with three new trims, the Envision, Preferred and Essence. It comes with a new base engine and upgraded infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also comes with the Teen Driver active safety feature.
The standard trim for the 2017 Envision comes with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that gets 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. This engine gets good fuel economy but isn’t as peppy as its turbocharged alternative. The base engine gets 197 horsepower and is considered underpowered for its class.
The upgraded engine is the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that delivers 252 horsepower. This engine fairs much better against rivals in the compact SUV class and the turbo lag can hardly be noticed. The extra power gives it the oomph it needs to pass at highway speeds but it does suffer a drop in fuel economy to 20 mph in the city and 26 on the highway.
“We spent a day driving the 2017 Buick Envision with the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and were pleased with its linear power delivery that had no detectable turbo lag. There is enough power to confidently merge onto the highway and pass slower traffic. In the absence of testing results, we consider the acceleration adequate but not impressive.” – Edmunds.
Front-wheel drive comes as standard on the Buick Envision with the option of upgrading to all-wheel drive. The drive quality is smooth and quiet and the Envision has good grip on the roads. Due to the lack of power and athleticism in this SUV more driving enthusiasts may want to look at some of the alternatives below.
The interior of the Buick Envision is a mixed bag. It’s generally of good quality with top materials used but it is interspersed with lower quality hard plastics. The front seats have plenty of room and are quite supportive. There’s also good vision for the driver.
The Envision uses the IntelliLink infotainment system which is easy to use. You can use either the touchscreen or the available buttons and knobs for selecting functions.
Standard features include a 6-speaker audio system, satellite radio, rearview camera, push-button start, 8-inch touchscreen, USB ports, Bluetooth, rear parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control and Wi-Fi hot spot.
The 2017 Envision has a starting price of $34,065 for the base trim. There are 5 trims levels to choose from. All-wheel drive is available on all but the base trim. The Premium and Premium II use the turbocharged engine and have a starting price of $43,245.
The 2017 Buick Envision sits at the lower end of the compact luxury SUV class although it is a little cheaper than many of its competitors. Some alternatives to consider are the 2017 Jaguar F-Pace, the 2016 Porsche Macan or the 2017 BMW X3.