18 Dec Buick Envision 2017 on the Road
By Lacey Elliott
ON THE ROAD
Buick’s active noise cancellation does an incredible job of keeping sounds from creeping into the cabin. This makes conversations among passengers much easier and long rides more enjoyable. Not much road noise gets into the cabin, however, when I put my foot down to drive a bit more aggressively I can hear the hum of the engine working. Nothing to complain about, the same as other vehicles in this class.
Driving this new Buick Envision on the long stretches of highway south of Calgary, I am happy with the peppiness of the 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder engine. The 6-speed automatic transmission is super smooth and the 252 horses are right at home on these long windy roads. I spent my entire time in this SUV and didn’t get a chance to try out the base 4-cylinder.
All models here in Canada come standard with AWD.
Keep it in mind that people are not going to buy a Buick because they want an aggressive or sporty ride. The Envision delivers exactly what Buick owners want; a ride that is relaxed and luxurious while keeping all occupants inside very comfortable. This SUV feels like it is gliding over any bumpy surfaces, has very little body roll and delivers impressive grip on all road types.
SAFETY & TECHNOLOGY
The base Preferred trim starts at close to $40,000 and the base turbo, Premium, starts at just over $46,000. The Buick Envision comes with a long list of standard features like heated front and rear seats, heated steering wheel, tri-zone climate control, and an 8inch touchscreen infotainment system. The Premium trim gives you everything you need to enjoy driving even more.
Standard safety features include Forward Collision Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross traffic alert. Other features such as Surround Vision Camera and Front Automatic Braking are available as options on the Premium II trim.
With the changes Buick has made over the years, I understand why this brand is so popular in other countries. With a pretty impressive package and uncomplicated style, this middle sibling is going to win a lot of people over.