New 2018 Buick Envision SUV
Buick Envision SUV
Comfy and quiet, the 2018 Buick Envision is perfect for families looking for a premium 5-passenger SUV with a starting price around $35,000.
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Comfortable and quiet, the new 2018 Buick Envision is perfect for families looking for a premium 5-passenger SUV with an upscale interior and a starting price of around $35,000. Built in China, the new Buick Envision is larger than the subcompact Buick Encore, and competes with the Acura RDX, Lincoln MKC and Audi Q5. Five trim levels are offered, base, Preferred, Essence, Premium I and Premium II. A 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard on the lower trim levels and it makes a respectable 197 horsepower. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available for about $2,000. The Premium models get a 252-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter and standard all-wheel drive. Onboard Wi-Fi is standard on all models along with GM’s clever Teen Driver technology.
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Buick’s new 2018 Envision is a refined SUV with an upscale interior and room for five. It’s perfect for families looking for a premium SUV with a smooth ride and the highest crash-test scores. The Envision is rated a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
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There are sportier SUVs in the segment. If you’re looking for a small SUV with athletic handling, check out the Audi Q5 and Acura RDX. Porsche’s Macan also offers sports-car-like performance but it costs considerably more. If off-roading is a priority, shop the Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee.
What's New for 2018
To keep its carpets cleaner, Buick now offers an optional all-weather floor liner in the 2018 Buick Envision. Otherwise, the SUV is unchanged from last year.
This has to be one of the quietest SUVs in this segment. Thanks to smart use of sound-deadening materials and active noise-cancellation technology, the 2018 Buick Envision does a masterful job of isolating its occupants from the harsh outside world. The Envision’s interior is calm and serene with very little wind or road noise, even out on the highway at 80 mph. That lack of intrusion along with the Buick’s upscale interior and smooth ride, provides a true luxury experience. Power is sufficient with the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder, but you may want more if you plan to pile in the kids and load the SUV down with a week’s worth of camping equipment. The standard 6-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly, but it’s antiquated compared to the 7- and 8-speed units in the Audi Q5. The 252-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, which is standard on the top Premium models, is more satisfying.
TEEN DRIVER TECHNOLOGY
Families with new drivers will appreciate this clever system which monitors your teen’s driving habits and provides you with updates and alerts. It even allows you to set a speed alert and disables the Envision’s sound system until the occupants have buckled their seatbelts. It’s standard on all trim levels.
SAFETY SEAT ALERT
This unique safety system is standard on the Premium models. It vibrates the driver’s seat bottom cushion to alert the driver of hazards. And it’s directional, vibrating the right seat bottom bolster if the threat is coming from the right or the left bolster if the driver should look left.
Clever packaging of the Buick’s powertrain has flattened its floor, which gives the 2018 Envision more rear-seat legroom and makes this small SUV comfortable for five passengers. Its rear seat also slides forward if you’d like to sacrifice some of that rear-seat legroom to increase cargo volume. The SUV’s climate and audio controls are simple and well laid out, with large knobs and buttons, and the Buick’s well-designed infotainment system is easily controlled through a large 8-inch touch screen. Also, the seats are comfortable and the materials feel premium, although the analog clock on the dash seems like an afterthought.
There’s an understated elegance to the new 2018 Buick Envision. Buick’s designers have created a shape that is handsome, well-proportioned and subtle in its detailing. At first the Envision comes off as overly conservative, maybe even a little plain, but look closer and you’ll find its sculpted sides, wide stance and the intricate curve of its C-pillar. Buick has also kept the chrome to a minimum, limiting the brightwork to the Envision’s shapely grille and a delicate stripe that artfully dissects its clean taillights. We also like the standard power tailgate that has adjustable lift height and hands-free operation.
Notable Standard Equipment
While the new base model 2018 Envision is more lightly equipped, it's still a lot of premium-compact SUV for the money. Buyers get dual-zone climate control, a power liftgate, tilt-and-telescope steering wheel, and cloth seats with Leatherette trim. It comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 8-way-power front seats with power lumbar and heaters, and an infotainment system that includes an 8-inch color touch screen and 6-speaker audio system, a rearview camera and backup sensors, plus 10 airbags and six months of complimentary OnStar service. Also standard on the base model is the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine powering just the front wheels.
Notable Optional Equipment
Options are added by working your way up the model ladder. Moving to Preferred lets you choose all-wheel drive (AWD), while Essence models add things like rear-seat climate control, blind-spot monitor, heated rear outboard seats, memory for the front seats, and leather seating surfaces all around. It also offers a heated steering wheel. Step up to Premium I or Premium II and you'll get the turbocharged engine and standard dual-clutch all-wheel drive (AWD), plus rear cross-traffic alert, front parking sensors, lane-keeping assist and forward-collision alert. Premium II models can add a surround-vision camera, automatic braking and adaptive cruise control.
Under the Hood
Two engine choices await 2018 Buick Envision buyers. First is the base engine, a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder that puts out 197 horsepower through a 6-speed automatic transmission to the front or, in Essence models, all four wheels. The Premium and Premium II models both use a 2.0-liter 252-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder. It sends power through a 6-speed automatic and a different AWD system that uses a dual-clutch system for better power delivery. Power from the turbo is more than adequate, if not segment-leading, with negligible lag and impressive torque available at a low rpm. Fuel economy in front-wheel-drive (FWD) models is an EPA estimated 29 mpg on the highway; it's lower in the AWD turbos, which also require premium fuel.
197 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm
192 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/29 mpg (FWD); 21/27 mpg (AWD)
2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
252 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
260 lb-ft of torque @ 2,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/26 mpg
The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) on a base 2018 Buick Envision is around $35,000 when you include the $925 destination charge. Preferred models start about $1,800 higher than that, and Essence models are another $1,900 higher. An all-wheel-drive Envision Essence model will run a little shy of $41,000. If you want turbo power, the Premium model starts a little above $43,500, and the top-line Premium II is just under $46,000. The base prices of lower-end models are in line with many of its rivals, including the Acura RDX, Lexus NX, Infiniti QX50, and thousands less than the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class. Before buying, check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for their new Envision. Also be aware that resale value is not one of the Envision's strong suits, being average at best.
Buick Envision Consumer Reviews
October 31, 2018
Smooth, quiet, comfortable ride with "peppy" 2.0L Turbo engine, AWD, quality materials, excellent build quality, numerous convenience...
July 07, 2018
great gas mileage comfortable ride
I found the Buick envision to be one of the most comfortable vehicles I have owned. the fuel economy at 75 mph is a constant 32 mpg I...
May 24, 2018
Can get at a massive discount making it a deal
Since the 2019 model year for this vehicle which changed the transmission and added an on/off switch for the start/stop technology...
May 13, 2018
great build quality
nice ride and very quiet , my gas mileage has exceeded epa estimates
March 24, 2018
Smooth, quiet, luxurious and quite athletic.
We picked up a used 2016 Buick Envision Premium ll that listed for 49,320 MSRP for 35,000 with 3,000 miles and have enjoyed every minute...
November 01, 2017
I LOVE THIS CAR !
THIS SUV IS THE PERFECT SIZE FOR CITY & TOWN DRIVING. VERY EASY TO PARK. VERY COMFORTABLE RIDE. PLENTY OF POWER FROM THE 2.5 ENGINE....
December 21, 2016
Quiet ride and fun to drive. Peppy engine.
Quiet ride and fun to drive. Peppy 2.0 Turbo engine. AWD is great in the snow and performed well on icy roads. Buick did a great job...
October 07, 2017
VERY, VERY SURPRISED!!!
OK, so I went to the local dealer to purchase a new GMC Terrain Denali which would have been the third Terrain and 2nd Denali. Drove...
March 01, 2017
So far so good. No issues. Very comfortable
Considering price, the envision was well equipped and had a 5000 off bonus tag. We moved up from a GMC Terrain and immediately felt the...
January 01, 2017
quite and comfortable drive
I replaced car I wanted a SUV vice a car. I must say the 1017 rode much better than expected. the infotainment center and touch screen...
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