Now in its fifth year, the 2020 Buick Envision continues as the brand’s compact crossover offering. Always a low-profile model, the Envision supplies Buick with an important stake in the premium market. This year’s model is unchanged except for two new exterior color choices.
Choosing Your Buick Envision
The Buick Envision is offered in five trims: 1SV, Preferred, Essence, Premium, and Premium II. Pricing begins at $33,190 including destination for the 1SV and reaches $44,795 for the Premium II model.
Buick provides a pair of four-cylinder engine choices. The standard engine is naturally aspirated, while the second engine is turbocharged. The turbo engine is standard, and only available, on the Premium and Premium II trims.
|Engine Type||Horsepower||Torque||Fuel Economy (Combined)|
|2.5L 4-Cylinder||197 hp||192 lb-ft||25 mpg|
|2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder||252 hp||295 lb-ft||22 mpg|
A six-speed automatic transmission works with the standard engine, which is available with either front- or all-wheel drive except on the base model. The turbo engine is teamed with a nine-speed automatic gearbox and is exclusively available with AWD.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The Envision seats five with ample space up front, but with constrained quarters in the rear. Rear leg room is tight with two-across seating preferable than the available three. The standard cargo space is 26.9 cubic feet, which expands to 57.3 cubic feet with the second row folded.
In the safety department, the Buick Envision only comes with rear parking sensors as standard. If you move up to the Essence trim, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane change alert become standard.
Buick adds forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, front parking sensors, and a following distance indicator to the Premium trim. The range-topping Premium II also includes automatic high beams and automatic park assist.
Only available on the Premium II trim, the Driver Confidence Package ($1,545) brings adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera system, and enhanced automatic emergency braking.
The 2020 Buick Envision has a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA.
Buick equips the Envision with an 8-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, OnStar, Buick connected services, Siri Eyes Free, and multiple USB ports.
The Premium II trim adds navigation, a head-up display, and wireless charging to the list of standard equipment. Navigation is a $495 option on the Essence and Premium.
The standard Envision 1SV model is reasonably equipped, although it lacks several driver-assist safety features offered by competing models. Among the included features are HID headlights, fog lights, heated and power-controlled side mirrors, keyless entry with push-button start, remote start, and a hands-free power liftgate.
Inside, it has leatherette seats, eight-way power front seats, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.
For a modest $2,000 increase, the Preferred trim doesn't add any standard equipment, but it does open up the availability of all-wheel drive and package options.
Buyers can increase trailering capacity to 1,500 pounds with the $695 Active Package, which also includes a cargo liner, trailer hitch, and wiring harness. A panoramic moonroof is a $1,495 standalone option.
The Essence trim adds the kind of features we expect with a Buick model, including leather seating, a heated steering wheel, heated outboard rear seats, tri-zone climate control, and memory settings for the driver's seat and outside mirrors.
At this trim level, the turbocharged engine paired with the nine-speed automatic transmission, and outfitted with all-wheel drive, is the only powertrain and drivetrain choice available. It's a strong upgrade for the money, costing about $2,500 more than the Essence with all-wheel drive.
The Premium trim gains 19-inch wheels, a seven-speaker Bose audio system, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.
At the top of the Envision trim order, the Premium II includes navigation, wireless charging, ventilated front seats, automatic parking assist, and a head-up display.
The turbo engine delivers V6-equivalent output with its all-wheel-drive system aiding in cornering. The 2020 Buick Envision isn’t a performance crossover by any measure, but on the straightaways, it shines.