Buick isn’t a brand that immediately springs to mind when it comes to luxury, but the 2023 Buick Envision does its best to model today’s leading compact luxury SUVs.
The Buick’s gorgeous exterior design cocoons a comfortable cabin that’s available with high-end features and materials. It comes with a 228-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine that provides adequate acceleration.
Still, the Envision doesn’t deviate from Buick’s comfort-over-performance history. Although Buicks aren’t classy and luxurious SUVs, they’re comfortable and good-looking.
Buick offers only one engine under the Envision’s hood. It’s a 228-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. It pairs with a nine-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive is standard.
Buyers can option all-wheel drive on any of the SUV’s three trim levels, though. While the Envision feels perky around town, it never manages to feel particularly quick, especially when compared with luxury models such like the BMW X3.
At testing, the Buick delivered an uninspired 7.3-second zero-to-60-mph run; its subjective performance on the road, however, will be perfectly fine for the majority of drivers.
By the EPA’s yardstick, the front-wheel-drive Envision is good for 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. Going with an all-wheel-drive model drops those numbers to 22 and 29 mpg, respectively.
The Envision’s interior design looks quite snazzy, and of the three trim levels, the Avenir is the one that best competes with rivals such as the Q5, X3, and Mercedes-Benz GLC-class.
Although the Preferred and Essence models offer plenty of standard features, the Avenir brings luxuries such as quilted leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and a massaging driver’s seat.
The cabin offers similar amounts of passenger space as the previous-generation model, but the current Envision’s slightly shorter length means it has a little less cargo space than before. While the old model holds a maximum of 26 carry-on suitcases with its rear seat folded flat, the new one can hold only 21.
Buick offers plenty of driver-assistance features as standard and more advanced features are optional. Other safety features include; standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist, standard automated emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and adaptive cruise control.
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