There are three different Buick Envision models to choose from: Preferred, Essence, and Avenir. Each is powered by the same 2.0-liter turbo-four mated to a nine-speed auto 'box that develops 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Both FWD and AWD configurations are available.
The Buick Envision Preferred comes outfitted with 18-inch alloy wheels and LED headlights and tail lamps. The cabin upholstery is a mix of leatherette and cloth, while standard features include automatic climate control, basic driver-assistance tech, and an eight-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Andriod Auto, and a six-speaker sound system.
Upper Buick Envision trim levels gain access to dual-zone climate control, more advanced safety systems - like front and rear parking assist, and a surround-view camera - as well as a 10.2-inch touchscreen with a seven- or nine-speaker premium sound system.
The most affordable way into Envision ownership is with the Preferred model which carries a starting MSRP of $33,400, excluding a destination charge of $1,395 in the USA. Next in line is the Essence at $37,500, followed by the Avenir with pricing for this variant beginning at $45,660. By adding AWD to any of the three trims, the Buick Envision price will climb by $1,800.
There are only a few package upgrades available across the range, but they're well-stocked with meaningful features. On the Preferred, the Comfort and Convenience Package bundles together extras like remote start, dual-zone climate control, and the larger touchscreen for $1,850. For customers who want their SUV to look a bit sportier, the Sport Touring Package costs $1,445 and includes 20-inch wheels with a dark finish, black roof rails, and a cargo cover.
The Essence offers the same Sport Touring Package at $1,495 but gets its own Technology Package I for $2,500. This adds a head-up display, navigation, front park assist (in addition to the standard rear park assist), a Bose sound system, and more. At this level, a power panoramic moonroof becomes available, but you have to specify the Sport Touring Package to add it.
The Buick Envision shines because it offers similar comfort found in luxury brands such as Acura, but closer to the price of mainstream offerings from Honda and Toyota. The base Envision's starting MSRP is pretty alluring, but we'd suggest stepping up to the Essence trim for a little more to get the most value. We'd stick with FWD. From there, we'd add the $2,500 Technology Package with the surround-view camera, HUD, Bose nine-speaker audio, HD Radio, and more. The Sport Touring Package seems worthwhile to make the Envision look more aggressive, bringing the total price to $44,240, including destination. You can spend a similar amount on a mainstream Mazda or Toyota, making the Envision somewhat of a premium value.