The 2017 Buick Envision is, in its greatest role, a Buick. The stylish cabin and roomy back seat have the ability to quietly isolate you from the real world, providing three options, the base Envision, Premium, and Premium II. While the former pairs a 197-hp 2.5 litre V-4 with six-speed automatic and front wheel drive, the latter receive a 252-hp, 2-litre turbo V-4 with all-wheel drive.
The peace and quiet comes thanks to the Envision’s active noise cancellation, and like many newer models, the vehicle features an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system pre-installed with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Some additional safety options include a 360-degree camera, adaptive cruise, and automated emergency breaking.
While the drop in the price of the base Envision does mean some features do not appear in this model, it does have an impressive list of standard equipment. Along with heated front seats and automatic climate control, this model also has a backup camera and remote start. The mid-level trims (Premium and Premium II) offer additional options like a panoramic sunroof, leather seats, heated rear seats, and a blind-spot warning system.
As far as the size goes, the Envision is a compact luxury SUV, aiming to combine responsive performance, design, and intelligent innovations to help fit into driver’s lifestyles.
One incredible highlight of these innovative features is the all-new Teen Driver Mode, designed to help parents teach their teen’s to drive, without necessarily having to be present in the car. Through the settings initiated by the parent, certain system features can be controlled. The radio and sound system along with any external media devices can be muted until all occupants have buckled their seatbelts, and the radio can be set to a lower maximum volume for fewer distractions behind the wheel. When equipped, the system automatically activates any optional safety equipment, can set a maximum speed with an audible reminder that will chime until they have slowed down if that speed is ever exceeded. An in-vehicle report will provide parents with information on how their child has been driving.
Pricing for the 2017 Buick Envision will begin at $40,095.