The Envision might be a sign of what's to come for the Buick brand. The Envision feels modern in so many ways, and it's quite practical as well. It has a lot to offer as a compact SUV. Many prospective buyers should be pleased with the fresh design of this SUV, along with its capability, luxury amenities, and technology.
What’s New for 2021?
Several things have been changed about the Buick Envision for the 2021 model year. 2021 marks the first time the market gets to see the second-generation Envision. The company has given the model a new body that's lower to the ground and wider than it was previously. This gives it a more athletic feel. Helping in this regard are narrow LED headlights and a horizontal bar that crosses the front grille.
A notable addition to the Envision's lineup is the Avenir trim. This is a top-level trim that feels elegant, whether one is looking at it from the outside or from within the cabin.
There are some other changes associated with the transition from the 2020 to the 2021 model year. The SUV now has more leg room in the second row, it has a few new technological features, and it has a more comprehensive safety system.
Engine and Performance
The Buick Envision runs on a 2.0-liter turbo engine. This engine has four cylinders and is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Envision can generate 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, which is plenty of power. All-wheel drive is an option in case anyone feels that they would benefit from the additional traction that this type of drivetrain can provide. To smooth out the drive, there's a five-link suspension in the rear of the vehicle.
Fuel economy numbers are decent with the new Buick Envision. Front-wheel drive models can earn up to 31 miles per gallon on the highway. City driving results in an estimated fuel economy of 24 miles per gallon. These numbers drop by two miles per gallon when the Envision has all-wheel drive.
As a luxury brand, Buick has a lot of experience in designing refined models. The 2021 Envision has plenty of features to appreciate. The list of available amenities is quite lengthy, and it includes power-adjustable front seats, quilted leather upholstery, and a massage function built into the driver's seat. To keep people comfortable, there's an available dual-zone climate control. Up front, both seats can be heated and ventilated, and people in the back can also enjoy heated rear seats. Even the leather-wrapped steering wheel can have an integrated heater.
Both rows of seating are generously sized. The front bucket seats are supportive and very comfortable, and they offer up to 40.4 inches of leg room. In the back, adult passengers should be happy with 39.3 inches of leg room. Since the rear seats are part of a bench that has a 60/40 split, one side or both sides can be lowered to expand the cargo area. Maximum cargo capacity is about 53 cubic feet. This should be more than sufficient for most situations.
Buick has done an excellent job of bringing technology into the 2021 Envision. The base model, which is the Preferred, has an eight-inch touchscreen. This screen comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, both of which can connect to a smartphone wirelessly. Bluetooth is a standard component, and streaming audio is supported. On the two other trims, which are the Essence and Avenir, the touchscreens measures 10.2 inches. In addition to having the standard components, these screens can be customized and can be enhanced with certain third-party apps.
Navigation is standard on the Avenir and available on the Essence. Navigation can be particularly useful when people are driving through areas they're not too familiar with. Even for those times when someone is dealing with a regular commute, the navigation program can come in handy because it can keep people updated with traffic conditions.
Beyond just keeping people entertained and informed, technology is also used to protect passengers. Multiple sensors have been placed on the outside of the vehicle, allowing it to know when thing aren't right. If the Envision is approaching another vehicle or a pedestrian too quickly, it will warn the driver and can slow itself down. The blind zone monitoring system can provide important information about vehicles that the driver might not be able to see. Also, if the driver starts to veer to one side or another, the Envision can again send out a warning, and it can correct steering to center itself in a lane.
The Preferred trim comes standard with an HD Rear Vision Camera. This camera provides a clear image of what's behind the SUV when it's backing up. That same camera is found in the Essence, but the Essence gives customers the option to upgrade to an HD Surround Vision system. This system, which is what the Avenir is equipped with, uses more than one camera to provide a 360-degree perspective of what's around the Buick. With this all-around view, people can stay aware of how they're doing in relation to other objects. That feeling of uncertainty when getting in or out of a parking spot might become a thing of the past.
Formula for Calculating Dealer Cost:
Total Dealer Cost - Rebate and Incentive + Taxes / Licensing Fees = True Dealer Cost. (You can get rebates and incentives here.)
Note: All Buick Envision MSRP, invoice and dealer cost dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.
A note about rebates: Most rebates are subtracted from the "on the road" figure. In most cases, you can have the rebate if you are arranging your own financing or you are paying cash. If you decide to use the manufacturer’s low interest financing, you do not usually get the rebate. Ask your dealer for details.