• (5.0) 45 reviews
  • MSRP: $34,065–$44,960
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 22-25 See how it ranks
  • Engine: 197-hp, 2.5-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 5
2017 Buick Envision

Our Take on the Latest Model 2017 Buick Envision

What We Don't Like

  • Long, vague brake-pedal action
  • Cabin feels narrow
  • Loaded models are expensive
  • Generic exterior styling
  • Steering response a little slow
  • Exhibits more body roll than competitors

Notable Features

  • Five-person compact SUV
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Fits in between baby Encore and mama Enclave
  • Standard 8-inch touchscreen, multiple USB and power ports

2017 Buick Envision Reviews

Cars.com Expert Reviews

The Verdict

There’s nothing wrong — in fact, there’s quite a lot right — with the new 2017 Buick Envision, but there’s little there to ignite one’s passion.

Versus the competition

The new Buick Envision compact luxury SUV impresses with its comfortable ride and usable technology, but it's dragged down by a high price and an interior that, while nice, doesn’t match up to the richness of the best in its class.

The Envision competes with the Acura RDX, Audi Q5 and Lincoln MKC (see them compared).

Value in Its Class

The more I drove the Envision the more I thought it was a worthy competitor to other small SUVs, such as the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape and others in our 2016 Compact SUV Challenge. What's bad for the Envision is that our test model cost roughly $8,000 more than those competitors — and even at that, I'm not convinced the Envision would win the Challenge.

Consider the Envision against comparably priced models — MDX, Q5 and MKC — and it starts to look worse for the Buick. While it does have a very good ride, it just can't measure up to the interior quality of the Acura or Audi. The MKC and Envision are close, but in terms of materials and quality, I still give the edge to the Lincoln.

It's a shame, because the Envision is a comfortable little SUV. Buick just needs to figure out a way to bring the price down, or spruce up the interior, to make it competitive.

Consumer Reviews

(5.0)

Average based on 45 reviews

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Love this Buick!!

by James from Bay City, Michigan on December 5, 2017

Very comfortable inside, love all the little creature comforts. Very nice for long drives, handles great smooth ride. Passengers have heaps of room in the back. Storage area is just right for most of ... Read Full Review

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2017 Buick Envision Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Buick Envision Base

Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Roof Strength
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Buick Envision Base

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
M

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
G
Overall Rear
G
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
G

Other

Roof Strength
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
G
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
G

Small overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Headlights
A
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
A
Small overlap front
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Buick Envision Base

Overall
Overall Front
Overall Side
Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Buick Envision Base

Overall
Overall Front
Overall Side
Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Side Barrier
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $1,400 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

48mo/50,000mi

Powertrain

72mo/70,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

72mo/70,000mi

Free Scheduled Maintenance

24mo/24,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

Other Years