2016 Buick Envision

Pros: Spacious, well-finished interior; generous level of standard equipment for the money

Cons: High base prices; only one drivetrain available; limited trim levels available for now

CG Says: The 2016 Buick Envision is a new premium compact 5-passenger SUV that slots between the subcompact Encore and midsize Encore SUVs in Buick’s model lineup. Envision is built in China on a new platform and competes with the Audi Q5, Acura RDX, Lexus NX 200t, and Lincoln MKC. All-wheel drive is standard and the lone powertrain is a 252-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Standard equipment includes a fuel-saving auto start/stop feature, leather upholstery, heated front/rear seats and steering wheel, and keyless access and starting. Available safety features include adaptive cruise control, blind-spot alert, lane-keep assist, forward-collision alert with front automatic braking, and a surround-view camera. The 2016 Envision is available in two well-equipped trim levels that start at around $43,000. After a short 2016 model year, the 2017 Envision will offer less expensive versions that are available with front-wheel drive and start at around $35,000. Some traditional buyers may have a hard time getting their heads around the idea of a Chinese-made Buick, but those that can will find a likable, comfortable small crossover that offers an upscale feel and a lot of value for the dollar.

The Facts
Class Premium Compact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Buick
Nation of Manufacture China
Base Prices AWD Premium I: $42,070
AWD Premium II: $44,710

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
252
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
20
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
26