If you plan on shopping for a small luxury crossover SUV, the 2018 Buick Envision deserves to be on your list. Although its exterior styling is generic, yet comes with generous features, the price is friendly and the interior is trimmed with high quality materials. It stand between the larger Enclave and compact Encore in Buick lineup. Thus, it is quite easy to maneuver around the city but still has a luxurious interior and decent cargo space.
Trim, Features and Engine Specs
The 2018 Buick Envision is a five-passenger midsize crossover SUV. There are five trim levels offered: the base Envision, Preferred, Essence, Premium and Premium II trim.
Standard equipment for the base Envision includes 18-inch wheels, keyless ignition and entry, foglights, rear parking sensors, auto-dimming and heated mirrors, remote start, a hands-free power liftgate, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, power-adjustable front seats, 60/40-split folding rear seats. a rearview camera, OnStar with Wi-Fi hotspot and 4G LTE connection, an 8-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, Android Auto smartphone integration and Apple CarPlay, four USB ports and a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio.
The 2018 Buick Envision Preferred trim is similar but is eligible for more options. The Essence adds blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, three-zone automatic climate control, driver-seat memory settings, a heated steering wheel, leather upholstery and heated outboard rear seats.
The Premium trim will get you front parking sensors, 19-inch wheels, automatic wipers, lane departure warning and intervention system, a forward collision alert system, a larger driver information display, a 110-volt household power outlet, and a seven-speaker Bose premium audio system.
The 2018 Buick Envision Premium II trim adds automatic high beams, adaptive xenon headlights, an automated parking system, a head-up display, a navigation system, ventilated front seats and an extendable thigh support for the driver seat. It’s also eligible for the Driver Confidence package that includes a top-down parking camera system, adaptive cruise control and forward collision mitigation system with automatic braking.
Some features are available on supporting trims as options. Other optional features include a cargo cover, a roof rack, side assist steps and a panoramic sunroof.
The 2018 Buick Envision offered with two engine choices, separated by trim levels. A six-speed automatic is the only transmission offered. All but the Premium trims come with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 197 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard but all-wheel drive is available as an option for the Preferred and Essence trims. EPA fuel economy estimates at 24 mpg combined (21 mpg city/28 mpg highway) for AWD and (25/22/29) for FWD models.
The Premium models get a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that generates output 252 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. These trims come standard with a more advanced all-wheel-drive system that distributes power both fore/aft and left/right. The fuel economy at 22 mpg combined (20 mpg city/26 mpg highway).
Properly equipped, the 2018 Buick Envision can tow up to 1,500 pounds.
The 2018 Buick Envision interior has a modern design and reasonable placement control. Material quality is better than we expected from vehicles in this class and price, close to the standards found in European base class vehicles.
From the driver’s point of view, the low dashboard provides good forward visibility with almost car-like shades. And like most other midsize SUV, roofing pillars tend to block out the outside view, making an electronic driver’s assistant indispensable when maneuvering in narrow places.
The front seats are comfortable and well-shaped and on the upper trim the extended thigh cushions are helpful for tall driver. The rear seats accommodate adults easily and equipped with a reclining or sliding feature. The absence of a hump in the middle of the floor makes the rear passengers also have enough leg room. Thanks to the standard active noise cancellation features and plenty of sound insulation, the 2018 Buick Envision cabins remain quiet on the highway.
The cargo space behind the rear seats at 26.9 cubic feet, which is average for the class. Remote release handles allow you to unlatch the rear seats, but for a flat load floor, you should push the seat down from the back door. With the seat folded, the capacity increased to 57.3 cubic feet, smaller than its rival. The interior storage is generous, with of space to store your personal belongings.
Release Date and Price
Based on production estimates, the 2018 Buick Envision is expected to arrive at dealership this fall. It will compete with the Acura RDX, Volvo XC60 and Lexus NX 200t.
Official pricing will range from $34,990 including destination for the base model to $45,935 for the range-topping Envision Premium II with all-wheel drive.