The 2017 Buick Envision is a brand new automobile in the schedule that slots in between the smaller sized Repetition as well as the midsize Enclave SUVs. The Envision integrates a sensible dimension with a lengthy checklist of typical attributes that make it a value-packed, near-luxury SUV worth considering. Consider the 2017 Buick Envision, a midsize SUV that fits between the compact Encore and three-row Enclave in Buick’s lineup. Inside and out, there’s no missing the Buick design cues, and the use of high quality cabin materials make it feel more like an entry-level European vehicle.
Buick has actually placed the Envision to contend versus the Audi Q5, as well as in terms of rates and also attribute material the Buick has a benefit. The Audi, nevertheless, still comes out on top for quality, brand and performance cache. We’re much more inclined to match the Envision versus comparably priced crossovers like the Edmunds A-rated Acura RDX and B-rated Lincoln MKC, Lexus NX200t and also Volvo XC60.
After driving the 2017 Buick Envision, we wouldn’t be stunned if it tests the Acura with a solid score of its own. As a near-luxury offering, the Buick surpasses expectations and also is certainly worth consideration. The 2017 Buick Envision is a midsize crossover SUV with seating for five. There are four trim levels offered, starting with the base-level Convenience trim which is available with either front- or all-wheel drive. Requirement Ease trim features include 18-inch wheels, automatic fronts lights, LED running lights, haze lights, hands-free power liftgate with programmable opening elevation, roofing system rails, keyless entry/ignition, remote start, back car parking sensing units and cruise ship control.
Inside, you obtain energetic noise termination, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, fabric furniture with leatherette trim, warmed eight-way power-adjustable pole position, 60/40 split-folding gliding as well as reclining rear seats, an universal garage door opener, a rearview video camera, Bluetooth phone as well as streaming audio, an eight-inch touchscreen with Buick’s IntelliLink infomercial system, a six-speaker stereo with two USB ports, auxiliary sound input, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay as well as Android Car. The Leather trim degree includes tri-zone automatic environment control, motorist seat memory features, back cross-traffic notifies, a blind-zone monitor, natural leather furniture, heated back outboard seats and a warmed guiding wheel.
The Costs trim adds 19-inch wheels, automatic wipers, forward accident informs, lane maintaining assist, a security sharp driver seat that buzzes to advise the chauffeur of hazards, front auto parking sensors, an 8 -inch virtual center gauge cluster, a Bose costs seven-speaker stereo and a home power outlet behind the facility console. The Premium II trim adds adaptive xenon headlights with automated high light beams, an automatic parallel and perpendicular parking system, a navigating system, a head-up screen, aerated front seats as well as an upper leg extender cushion for the driver seat.
Some attributes are readily available on sustaining trim levels as alternatives. Various other add-ons consist of a panoramic sunroof, side steps, a trailer tow package, roofing system shelf cross bars, a freight cover as well as universal tablet computer owners for the rear seats. The Premium II trim is qualified for the Motorist Confidence package that adds flexible cruise control, a surround-view cam system as well as frontal accident reduction.
The 2017 Buick Envision is available with two engine options, separated by trim levels. The Convenience and Leather trims come with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 197 horsepower as well as 192 pound-feet of torque. These versions come typical with front-wheel drive but all-wheel drive is readily available as a choice. A six-speed automatic is the only transmission supplied. EPA fuel economic situation estimates are not yet offered.
The Costs designs receive a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that boosts result to 252 hp as well as 260 lb-ft of torque. These trims come typical with a more advanced all-wheel-drive system that disperses power both fore/aft and left/right. The EPA estimates gas economic situation at 22 mpg incorporated (20 mpg city/26 mpg freeway). Appropriately outfitted, the Envision could tow approximately 1,500 extra pounds. 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 not outstanding yet sufficient.
From behind the wheel, it’s undetected as the SUV with confidence takes on corners. In general, the Envision is very easy to drive and is as qualified and comfortable as any of its competitors. The 2017 Buick Envision’s interior features a modern design and thoughtful placement of controls. Materials quality is better than we expect from this class and price, approaching the standards found in entry-level European vehicles. From the driver’s perspective, the low dash gives a good forward view with an almost car-like feel. As is typical of other midsize SUVs, the roof pillars tend to obstruct the outward view, forcing heavy reliance on the electronic driver assistants when maneuvering in tight quarters.
Front seats are well cushioned and shaped and the top trim’s thigh cushion extender should be of particular interest for taller drivers. Rear seats can easily accommodate adults and are further enhanced by sliding/reclining features. Thanks to the absence of a center floor hump, even the rear center passenger will have enough legroom. With plenty of sound insulation and standard active noise cancellation, the Envision’s cabin remains pleasantly quiet on the highway.
Cargo capacity behind the rear seats maxes out at 26.9 cubic feet, which is about average for the class. Remote release handles in that space allow you to unlatch the rear seats, but in order to get a flat load floor, you have to push the seatbacks down from the rear doorway until they lock in place. With those seats stowed, capacity increases to 57.3 cubic feet, which is smaller than rivals. Interior storage is generous, with plenty of large bins and pockets to hold your personal items.