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2018 Base Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $33,995
2018 Preferred Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $35,870
2018 Essence Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $37,720
2018 Preferred All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $37,720
2018 Essence All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $39,570
2018 Premium I All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $42,320
2018 Premium II All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $44,960

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.

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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.

Buick Envision

1SV

Priced from $34,990 (including the $995 destination charge), the Envision 1SV follows the General Motors pattern of offering a low-cost, limited-content trim for fleet service. The 1SV comes reasonably well equipped, but it's completely devoid of options. You can't even change the color – it's only available in Summit White. All-wheel drive isn't even available.

So don't count on seeing an Envision 1SV on dealer lots. But if you do, it will offer automatic halogen headlamps, fog lights, heated side mirrors, a power liftgate, and 18-inch aluminum wheels. Buick also equips this trim with keyless entry and push-button start, imitation leather seats, heated front seats with eight-way power adjustability, dual-zone climate control, and a rearview camera.

The audio package includes an eight-inch color touchscreen, satellite radio, six speakers, two USB ports, and an auxiliary input jack. OnStar guidance, 4G LTE with a built-in hotspot for connecting up to seven devices, a 110-volt outlet, and smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also included.

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Preferred

For not much more money, the $36,865 Encore Preferred builds on the 1SV with five standard exterior colors and available all-wheel drive. This trim also supplies options not available with the base model. Other than those tweaks and a wide range of available dealer-installed accessories and accessory packages, the Preferred is unchanged from the 1SV.

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Essence

Coming in at $38,715, the Essence includes a heated steering wheel, leather upholstery, three-zone climate control, driver seat memory, heated outboard rear seats, and blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. 18-inch aluminum wheels and chrome roof rails brighten up the exterior. This trim is available in four different interior color schemes.

The options list grows in a few important ways on the mid-range Essence. A panoramic sunroof comes in at $1,495, while a navigation function for the eight-inch infotainment system rings up at $495. That said, you should pass on it, since Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard with their own more intuitive navigation systems.

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Premium I

Priced from $43,315, the Premium I includes the turbocharged engine and a trick twin-clutch all-wheel-drive system that can vector torque for improved agility in slippery conditions. There's also a tweaked front suspension to better handle the 2.0-liter's higher torque output.

This model adds 19-inch aluminum wheels, a front parking sensor, a seven-speaker Bose audio system, forward collision warning, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, and a safety alert seat that vibrates to warn the driver of impending obstacles. Navigation and a sunroof remain the only factory-installed options.

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Premium II

With a price of $46,350, the Premium II adds HID headligths, ventilated and cooled front seats, navigation, and a head-up display.

You need to get up to the range-topping trim to even gain access to an options package in the Envision, but it's worth it. The $1,545 Driver Confidence Package adds adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and a surround-view camera system. The panoramic sunroof is the only other optional goodie.

CarsDirect Tip

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.

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: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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The 2018 Buick Envision fills an important hole this near-premium brand’s lineup, supplying a natural stepping stone from the tiny Encore to the large Enclave while offering handsome styling, a comfortable ride, and a quiet interior.

Best Value

The 2018 Buick Envision comes in five trims: Base, Preferred, Essence, Premium and Premium II. Customers have a choice of standard front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive and a base 2.5-liter inline four or a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The only powertrain goody customers don't have a choice on is the transmission – it's an eight-speed auto across the board.

Our “best value” model is the mid-grade Envision Essence ($38,715, including a $995 destination charge), powered by the standard engine and equipped with all-wheel drive. This model builds on the previous two trims, adding 18-inch polished aluminum wheels, chrome roof rack side rails, a heated steering wheel, tri-zone automatic climate control, leather-appointed seating, lane charge alert with side blind zone alert and rear cross-traffic alert.

The only packages available are dealer- or port-installed accessories and the $495 navigation upgrade for the eight-inch infotainment system. There is some trickery here, though. For a start, all Envisions come standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which provide a navigation interface free of charge. The other trick focuses on paints – Buick only offers one no-cost paint option, Summit White, while the other five carry a $395 charge. Keep both of these facts in mind when purchasing for yourself.

  • Model: 2018 Buick Envision Essence AWD
  • Engine: 2.5-liter inline-four
  • Output: 197 hp/192 lb-ft
  • Transmission:Six-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel drive
  • MPG: 22 city /29 highway
  • Options:N/A
  • Base Price:$40,565 (including $995 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price:$40,565

Performance

Buick Envision

The standard engine delivers adequate acceleration and passing power, along with light steering and a supremely comfortable ride. The ride is comfortable and braking is strong and free of fade. Customers wanting something beyond a leisurely drive must move up the trim level and pay thousands more.

Going for the turbocharged offering provides a lot more power, but Buick curbs torque steer – the engine's influence on the direction of the front wheels – with a nifty suspension setup.

And grabbing the pricier engine isn't necessarily a bad call, as even Buick's renowned QuietTuning struggles to deal with the occasionally buzzy base engine. Outright handling ability is precise thanks to the effortless steering, but the Buick will be easily outmaneuvered by rivals like the Acura RDX or BMW X3.

Style

Buick imports the Envision from China, its largest market and where this vehicle was first sold. Its origin doesn’t have a bearing on what we think about this SUV, which does a commendable job of upholding the Buick brand, although it doesn’t especially stand out. That said, Buick’s recognizable waterfall grille punctuated by the tri-shield emblem kicks things off. Swooping lines, the expected faux portholes and chrome touches are other features common to the brand.

The interior is roomy at least for four, not the five Buick says it can hold. The swoopy dashboard is a Buick staple and in this model the center console has a standard eight-inch color touch screen display. The imitation wood, however, supplies the cue that this isn’t a luxury model. Nevertheless, the color schemes, amenities, and available higher-end features demonstrate that this model is a cut above the rest.

The Best and Worst Things

Although the Envision’s styling isn’t outstanding – it's more awkward than the lovely new Enclave – it delivers enough of a Buick connection to satisfy our needs.

Why is only one paint color free? $395 isn't a lot of money when you're spending $40,000, but it's annoying that Buick will force owners to shell out for a paint other than white.

Right For...

Buick Envision

The Buick fan who prefers not to move over to GMC to acquire a compact SUV. The brands may be under the same roof, but if it's Buick you want, then Buick you should get.

Wrong For...

Luxury SUV shoppers looking for a Lexus RX equivalent. Besides being nearly a foot longer than the Buick, the Lexus is a true luxury model, outfitted with the amenities and cachet befitting the brand.

The Bottom Line

The 2018 Envision successfully fills an important gap in the Buick SUV portfolio and that’s why it’s needed. Discounting is strong across the model line, but especially so with our best value pick and the Premium I edition. If you need more power, then move up and take the amenities that go with it.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.5L I-4 / 197 HP / 192 ft.lbs.
Transmission
6-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
22 / 29 / 25 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.5L I-4 / 197 HP / 192 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
22 / 29 / 25 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
17.3 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$66
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
57.3 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
183.7 "
Exterior Width
72.4 "
Exterior Height
66.8 "
Front Headroom
40.0 "
Rear Headroom
38.5 "
Front Legroom
40.9 "
Rear Legroom
37.5 "
Front Shoulder Room
57.0 "
Rear Shoulder Room
55.8 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,755 Lbs.
Wheel Base
108 "
Turning Radius
18.2 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
18.0 " Painted Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Chrome
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Cloth/leatherette
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan
Speakers
6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
3
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Ultrasonic Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
72 Months / 70,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
24 Months / 24,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
72 Months / 70,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles

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