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2020 Buick Envision

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2.6 (Fair)

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2020 Base Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $33,500
2020 Preferred Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $33,500
2020 Preferred All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $35,250
2020 Essence Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $35,800
2020 Essence All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $37,550
2020 Premium I All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $40,700
2020 Premium II All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $43,600


What's New

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.

Engine Choices

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 TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
2.5L 4-Cylinder197 hp192 lb-ft25 mpg
2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder252 hp 295 lb-ft22 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.

Safety Features

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.

1SV - From $33,190

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.

Preferred - From $35,190

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.

Essence - From $37,490

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.

Premium - From $41,895

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.

Premium II - From $44,795

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.

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CarsDirect Tip

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.

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Expert Review

  • Toned down, clutter-free cabin
  • Peaceful ride in all trims
  • Respectable turbo performance
  • Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Unquenchable thirst for premium fuel
  • Nearly $50,000 with all options checked
  • Huge entry fee to advanced safety equipment
  • Not very exciting to look at
Expert Rating
2.6 (Fair)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: 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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About as average as they come. The Buick Envision debuted in 2016 with a good amount of fanfare, as it was supposed to finally give the brand a legit near-luxury compact crossover to scoop up lighter-walleted BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class shoppers.

While it started competitively, the 2020 Buick Envision struggles to keep pace with an ever-changing class and is now about as average as they come for a sub-luxury crossover that tops the $40,000 price point in its higher trims.

Satisfying turbo engine, but it’ll cost you. The Buick Envision comes standard with an underwhelming 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces just 197 horsepower. This puts it about in line with its sub-luxury competition, but it falls way short of luxury models like the Volvo XC90 at 250 hp and the X3 at 248 hp.

The optional 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is the better option for buyers looking to go apples to apples against European metal, as it pushes 252 hp through a nine-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain delivers satisfying straight-line speed and smooth shifting.

While the boosted engine satisfies your inner driver, it'll tug hard at your bank account. The 2.0-liter engine won't only cost you more up front, it’ll siphon cash at the pump. It comes standard with all-wheel drive, which drags fuel economy to an EPA-estimated 22 miles per gallon combined. Making matters worse, this engine sips only the finest premium fuel, further increasing your cost of ownership.

Comfort for four. The Buick Envision’s focus is on interior comfort, and it delivers the goods for up to four people. Its front seats come standard with heat and boast eight-way power adjustments, giving every size driver and passenger plenty of seating positions in all trim levels.

In the rear, the passengers get a relatively wide door opening for easy access, a high-mounted bench for additional knee room, and a respectable 37.5 inches of leg room. The latter beats the X3 by 1.1 inches and the GLC-Class by 0.3 inches.

Keep in mind, though, that despite it having a middle seat, the second row is best suited for two adults. Trying to cram three adults in the rear seat will likely lead to some complaints.

With its extra rear leg room, the Envision gives up a lot in cargo room with 26.9 cubic feet with the seats upright and 57.3 cubes with them folded. The X3 beats it by 1.2 cubic feet with the seats up and 5.4 with the seats folded. The Mazda CX-5 beats the Envision’s cargo area by 4 cubic feet with the seats upright and 2.3 cubes with the rear seats folded.

Despite some shortcomings, the Envision’s sound-deadening insulation and standard active noise cancellation make the cabin whisper quiet while the chassis delivers a smooth ride. Buyers with a particularly sensitive backsides to bumps may prefer the 17- or 18-inch wheels with thicker-sidewall tires to the 19-inch rollers, though we found every wheel option plenty comfy.

High-cost safety tech. The Buick Envision’s base trim boasts the interior tech most buyers look for today, including a standard 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay.

Even some of the more premium models, like the X3 and GLC-Class, lack standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In the case of the X3, Android integration isn’t even on the options list.

Where the Envision comes to a screeching halt – or doesn’t come to a halt, maybe – is its lack of standard advanced safety tech. While most family-hauling crossovers now come standard with automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, and other advanced stay-safe goodies, the Envision wants you to pay top dollar for them.

Not only is automatic emergency braking part of the $1,545 Driver Confidence Package, it's only available in the range-topping Premium II trim, which results in a $46,835 price tag (destination fees included).

Buick Envision

Final thoughts. Buyers who want a crossover that rides like a luxury rig and has all the technology they crave will find this in the 2020 Buick Envision. That said, the Envision’s expensive automatic emergency braking system shows a lack of … well, vision.

Buyers who must have all the tech and more accessible advanced safety equipment can throw a stone at any other showroom and hit a model that includes this and more. Not that we recommend tossing rocks at cars.

The CX-5 includes this safety equipment on all trims above the base model, and the three German brands – Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz – include it standard on theirs.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.5L I-4 / 197 HP / 192 ft.lbs.
6-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
22 / 29 / 25 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.5L I-4 / 197 HP / 192 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
22 / 29 / 25 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
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
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
18.0 " Painted Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
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
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan
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
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
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
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
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles

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