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2018 Buick Envision OVERVIEW
Quietly introduced in 2016, the compact Buick Envision crossover SUV is making a mark for itself. Placed between the subcompact Encore and three-row Enclave SUVs, the right-sized Envision gives the tri-shield brand a strong three-model SUV presence.
What's New for 2018
The 2018 Buick Enclave continues unchanged.
Choosing Your Buick Envision
Buick offers the 2018 Envision with standard front-wheel drive and optional all-wheel drive. Available in 1SV, Preferred, Essence, Premium I and Premium II trims, the Envision comes with two engine choices and room for five.
Cargo space measures 26.9 cubic feet behind the second-row seat or 57.3 cubic feet behind the first row. This model has a towing capacity of 1,500 pounds.
The standard engine is a 2.5-liter four cylinder generating 197 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. Paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, this model returns an EPA-estimated 22 miles per gallon in the city and 29 mpg on the highway or 21/27 with all-wheel drive. All-wheel drive, available on the Preferred and Essence, is a $1,850 option.
An available 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine comes with both Premium trims and generates 252 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, this all-wheel-drive-only model makes an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.
The Envision Essence offers many of the amenities customers want in a premium SUV. Opt for all-wheel drive and your price will come in around $40,000. The Premium I is a good choice for customers that need more power, although the Premium II and its sole options package isn't a great value.