Panoramic Sunroof, Rear Vision Camera, Remote Start, Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert with Lane Change Alert, Heated Perforated Leather, Heated Steering Wheel, Bose® Premium 7-Speaker System with Amplifier, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Compatibility, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, 2.0L Turbo DOHC SIDI, 19″ 10-Spoke Aluminum with Premium Manoogian Finish, Balance of Factory Warranty and only 35,360 kms
The 2017 Buick Envision offers a smaller, upscale crossover SUV with a calm and refined driving manner and a roomy interior. Basically, it’s the Buick of compact crossover SUVs, but in the modern sense, where you’re getting a sophisticated and elegant vehicle, and not grandma’s church-mobile.
The new Buick Envision competes against premium SUVs like the Acura RDX, Lincoln MKC and Audi Q5. The 2017 Buick Envision Premium models come with a 252-horsepower 4-cylinder mated to all four wheels through a 6-speed automatic. It’s an impressive combination, with the 4-cylinder providing enough juice to call the Envision “playful.” On the rough pavement in Detroit, the Envision showed great composure, feeling much more relaxed and quieter than rivals like the RDX and Q5. Okay, it’s not going to be the quickest in its segment, but the Premium models certainly won’t be the slowest, either. The all-wheel drive uses an “active twin-clutch” system that Buick says helps maintain stability and grip in corners, as well as offering all-weather capability.
QUIET CABIN – Between Buick’s QuietTuning technology — which is basically smart use of sound-deadening materials — and high-tech active noise cancellation, the 2017 Buick Envision is a sanctuary from the noise and stress of the outside world.
REAR-SEAT ACCOMMODATIONS – There is a decently sized rear seat, as you’d expect in an SUV. But unlike many of its competitors, the Buick has no hump on the floor to ruin the middle seating position. Some clever engineering eliminated this hump, even in all-wheel-drive models.
The 2017 Envision seats five passengers in comfort, including the center position thanks to the flat rear floor. Rear passengers in Premium models get their own climate controls, plus USB ports and a 120v outlet. Nestled in their heated seats, the driver and front passenger will enjoy easy-to-see-and-use controls and buttons for the climate and audio systems, mainly because they’re actual buttons and knobs, and not the finicky touch-based systems employed by others. We’ll let you decide if the analog clock on the upper right of the 8-inch infotainment screen is odd or refreshing! It certainly serves up a decent helping of utility, what with its power liftgate and pair of levers on the side of the cargo area that have the 60/40 rear seats folding flat in a jiffy. Lift the floor panel and you’ll find a shallow compartmentalized storage space.
Buick’s 2017 Envision cuts a clean profile, bearing a definite family resemblance to the subcompact, nearly nubby Encore SUV and the larger, bloated-looking Enclave, while managing to look better than both. True, it’s conservative, but handsomely so, with nice proportions and just enough sculpting on the sides and hood to keep you interested without assaulting your vision.
Being slightly narrower than the class average, the Envision is nicely manoeuvrable in town and easy to park. Adding to the Envision’s calm disposition are the unfashionably tall aspect-ratio tires that help soak up most road irregularities. Tellingly, within the first few meters of riding in the Envision, my 89 year-old dad immediately commented on its smooth and quiet nature. If that isn’t a confirmation of this intermediate crossover’s inherent Buick-ness, well, I’ll eat my prunes!
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