Buick Envision vs. Buick Enclave

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Originally from Cairo, Egypt, Bassem Girgis is a Freelance Writer with a strong passion for creativity. Bassem strongly connects with writing, music, photography, and martial arts.


, - October 27, 2016

The Chinese-built Envision slots between the Encore and the Enclave in Buick's crossover lineup. When introduced in 2016, it was offered only in high-end trim levels. For 2017, Buick offers more affordable trims as well.

Its big brother, the Buick Enclave, is a large three-row crossover that brings a lot to the table. The interior is specious and elegant, and the exterior has plenty of presence with signature touches like the LED lighting.

The Buick Envision has the advantage of being a newer design, but can it compete with the well-regarded Buick Enclave?

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What the Envision Gets Right

The lower trim levels of the Envision come equipped with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 197 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. Pricier trims get a turbocharged 252-horsepower four-cylinder. Exterior styling is soft and elegant. The interior offer available luxuries like leather seats, a panoramic roof, and a heated steering wheel. Buyers can get advanced safety features like surround-view cameras, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and lane keeping assist. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard. If you don't need a third row of seats, this crossover may be an ideal near-luxury choice.

What the Enclave Gets Right

The Buick Enclave comes equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 cylinder engine that produces 288 horsepower. The comfort-biased suspension produces a smooth, quiet ride. The Enclaves offers a open, airy interior with a surprisingly spacious third row. With the rear seats folded, cargo space is exceptional for this class. The interior can be dressed up with acres of wood trim and soft leather for a decidedly luxurious feel.

Can the Envision Compete with the Larger Enclave?

The Envision offers a lot, but the Enclave gives you substantially more for a small increase in price.

Our Verdict: Buick Enclave

While it's an aging design, the Buick Enclave offers abundant space, solid luxury, and impressive technology at a competitive price.

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Originally from Cairo, Egypt, Bassem Girgis is a Freelance Writer with a strong passion for creativity. Bassem strongly connects with writing, music, photography, and martial arts.