When searching for the perfect compact SUV, buyers are usually looking to be blown away in three categories: space, size, and speed. The reports are in for the 2017 Buick Envision, and all signs point to a home run in each of those areas.
Road Show may have said it best when they described the Envision as “existing in a space that is neither mainstream nor luxury. Its middle-of-the-road pricing slots it into what can best be described as a near-premium segment, where everything gets a bit fancier without commanding huge prices.” With prices starting at $34,990, they appear to be right.
General Motors initially debuted the Envision in China back in 2014, and since then, it’s been selling like hotcakes. Now bringing it over to the U.S., they expect the response to be the same here. (Fun fact: Buick is the first domestic automaker to import a vehicle from China. Did you know that?)
So what is it about the 2017 Envision that has everyone drooling at the mouth?
As a compact crossover SUV with luxury leanings, the Envision is available in Standard, Preferred, Essence, Premium, and Premium II-trim levels. Depending on which version is selected by the buyer, they then have a choice between a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, and a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine.
The performance of the vehicle goes beyond the engine. This Buick is crafted to an exceptional degree of refinement, with a bold grille and jewel-like LED-accented headlamps.
On the interior, the front seats are firm and supportive, and provide a wide range of power adjustment, heating, and ventilation. To top it off, the steering wheel is also heated. With plenty of legroom for second-row passengers, and the ability to slide seats to create additional cargo space, the inside of the Envision doesn’t disappoint.
When it comes to controls, displays, and instrumentation, this Buick aims to impress. Items are placed where you expect to find them, and operate in an intuitive fashion. The vehicle is also equipped with Buick’s IntelliLink infotainment system, which many believe to be among the best on the market. Simple, sensible, and quick to respond to input, the Envision’s 8-inch touchscreen displays logical menu selections and clean, modern graphics.
Finally, to top it all off, Buick ensures that safety comes first. Safety features and driver convenience alerts available in the 2017 Envision include: Forward Collision Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert with Lane Change Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Front and Rear Park Assist and a Safety Alert Seat, while 10 air bags and a Rear Vision Camera are standard.
As 2017 is just kicking off, it appears that Buick already has a head start on some of the competition. To test-drive an Envision, head over to Quebedeaux Buick GMC Dealership.