2017 Buick Envision Reviews
Cars.com Expert Reviews
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.