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Used 2017 Buick Envision Preferred SUV Review

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Read what other owners think about the 2017 Buick Envision Preferred SUV.

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4.1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Last Buick EVER!
Dissappointed Owner,05/06/2017
Preferred 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
Traded an 2015 Encore for the slightly larger 2017 Envision. Loved the Encore's quietness, shifting and general driveability. The Envision has more engine noise, transmission shifts like a 60's powerglide and the autostop is a horrible addition to any car. The little vibration it makes when it starts up is really annoying. Making a left turn from the middle of a busy intersection is very … scary when the engine cuts off and you have to hope it restarts. I doubt this car will make it two years in my garage and I seriously doubt that another Buick will ever be in my garage and by the way, I've had at least 3 or 4 previously. Still HATE the auto stop but found that if you shift to L and then use the manual shift button to shift up to 6 then the transmission upshifts and downshifts like any other transmission and the auto stop feature does not work. Worst Buick ever for road noise. Still hate the auto stop/start. Working around that. GM admitted it was a mistake by putting a button in the 2019 cars that disable that feature. The radio comes on every time you start the car. Dealer says that is normal. Very annoying! Transmission still shifts poorly and the road and engine noise is still the same. Looking at 2019 cars like the Forester, and Rav4. Not considering a GM of any kind! Well, I have had the car 4 years and have not had the first problem. The new car colors are awful, and the choice of interior color is poor. What's up with the cars that have black brake dust colored wheels? The fact that these new cars are selling tells me that I have been left out of the car market.
5 out of 5 stars
extremly satisfied with this buick
Joe B.,07/14/2019
Preferred 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
first off let me state , that if I knew where the final assembly country was, I wouldn't have purchased this SUV , and that would have been a mistake. I was on my 4th GMC terrain and was not sure about the ride quality compared to the Buick. My dealer has both lines so I test drove the Envision. within 10 minutes of driving it my wife and I were sold. We were retiring and planed to … travel some. we have hade this envision about 16 months now. We have put 33,000 miles on it in that time period, our only costs so far have been oil changes and gas, We drove to the East coast and Back through the mountains and running 70-75 with the a/c on and averaged 33.2 MPG..I will replace it next year with another Envision, I want to upgrade to the driver assist features, if you are looking for a great riding mid size SUV I recommend you take a test drive before you buy,
5 out of 5 stars
Great Value for the features included
Preferred 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
I recently purchased the Envision with the Preferred Package. I was looking for a mid-size SUV to go along with the small SUV I purchased a few months ago. The dealership I went to had over $12, 300 in incentives. With my trade in, I was able to upgrade from a 2014 Lincoln MKZ to the Envision. The technology available is the best I've ever had with a vehicle. The ride is classic Buick, … smooth and comfortable. I would recommend to anyone considering a mid-size SUV.
5 out of 5 stars
Great Vehicle
Keith McCall,08/05/2017
Preferred 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
Extremely easy to get in and out of if your age and joints are hindering your motion!

Edmunds Summary Review of the 2017 Buick Envision Preferred SUV

Pros & Cons

  • Manageable size makes it easy to drive and maneuver
  • The cabin is as quiet inside as premium luxury SUVs
  • You get a lot of features for the money
  • Cargo capacity is merely average for the class
  • Engine output is adequate but far from impressive

Full Edmunds Review: 2017 Buick Envision SUV

What’s new

The all-new Buick Envision debuted as a late 2016 model and was limited to its top two trim levels. For 2017, the Envision adds two lower trim levels that add the option of front-wheel drive.

Vehicle overview

In the market for an SUV that sits comfortably between compact and barely able to fit in the garage? Consider the 2017 Buick Envision, a midsize SUV that fits between the compact Encore and three-row Enclave in Buick's lineup. The manageable size makes it an excellent choice for a growing family while its choice of four-cylinder engines should deliver solid fuel economy. Inside and out, there's no missing the Buick design cues, and the use of high quality cabin materials make it feel more like an entry-level European vehicle.

Buick has positioned the Envision to compete against the Audi Q5, and in terms of pricing and feature content the Buick has an advantage. The Audi, however, still comes out on top for quality, performance and brand cache. We're more inclined to pit the Envision against comparably priced crossovers like the Edmunds A-rated Acura RDX and B-rated Lincoln MKC, Lexus NX200t and Volvo XC60.

After driving the 2017 Buick Envision, we wouldn't be surprised if it challenges the Acura with a strong rating of its own. As a near-luxury offering, the Buick exceeds expectations and is definitely worth consideration.

Standard safety features for all 2017 Buick Envision models include antilock brakes, traction/stability control, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, side and full-length side curtain airbags for front and rear outboard seats and knee airbags for the front seats.

The Leather trim adds rear cross-traffic alerts and a blind-zone monitor, while the Premium trim comes standard with frontal collision alerts, lane keeping assist, a safety alert driver seat and front parking sensors. Optional on the Premium II trim are frontal collision mitigation and a surround-view camera system.

2017 Buick Envision models

The 2017 Buick Envision is a midsize crossover SUV with seating for five. There are four trim levels offered, starting with the base-level Convenience trim which is available with either front- or all-wheel drive. Then there's the Leather trim level, which is also available with either front- or all-wheel drive. The Premium and Premium II models round out the lineup and are all-wheel drive only.

Standard Convenience trim features include 18-inch wheels, automatic headlights, LED running lights, fog lights, hands-free power liftgate with programmable opening height, roof rails, keyless entry/ignition, remote start, rear parking sensors and cruise control.

Inside, you get active noise cancellation, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, cloth upholstery with leatherette trim, heated eight-way power-adjustable front seats, 60/40 split-folding sliding and reclining rear seats, a universal garage door opener, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and streaming audio, an eight-inch touchscreen with Buick's IntelliLink infotainment system, a six-speaker stereo with two USB ports, auxiliary audio input, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The Leather trim level adds tri-zone automatic climate control, driver seat memory functions, rear cross-traffic alerts, a blind-zone monitor, leather upholstery, heated rear outboard seats and a heated steering wheel.

The Premium trim adds 19-inch wheels, automatic wipers, forward collision alerts, lane keeping assist, a safety alert driver seat that buzzes to warn the driver of hazards, front parking sensors, an 8 -inch virtual center gauge cluster, a Bose premium seven-speaker audio system and a household power outlet behind the center console. The Premium II trim adds adaptive xenon headlights with automatic high beams, an automated parallel and perpendicular parking system, a navigation system, a head-up display, ventilated front seats and a thigh extender cushion for the driver seat.

Some features are available on supporting trim levels as options. Other add-ons include a panoramic sunroof, side steps, a trailer tow package, roof rack cross bars, a cargo cover and universal tablet holders for the rear seats. The Premium II trim is eligible for the Driver Confidence package that adds adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera system and frontal collision mitigation.

The 2017 Buick Envision is available with two engine choices, separated by trim levels. The Convenience and Leather trims come with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 197 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. These models come standard with front-wheel drive but all-wheel drive is available as an option. A six-speed automatic is the only transmission offered. EPA fuel economy estimates are not yet available.

The Premium models receive a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that increases output to 252 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. These trims come standard with a more advanced all-wheel-drive system that distributes power both fore/aft and left/right. The EPA estimates fuel economy at 22 mpg combined (20 mpg city/26 mpg highway).

Properly equipped, the Envision can tow up to 1,500 pounds.


We spent a day driving the 2017 Buick Envision with the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and were pleased with its linear power delivery that had no detectable turbo lag. There is enough power to confidently merge onto the highway and pass slower traffic. In the absence of testing results, we consider the acceleration adequate but not impressive.

The active all-wheel drive is standard with this engine and directs power to the appropriate wheel in order to maximize traction. From behind the wheel, it's undetectable as the SUV confidently tackles corners. Even over broken pavement, the vehicle tracks unfazed along the intended path, filtering out most of the imperfections before they reach occupants. Overall, the Envision is easy to drive and is as capable and comfortable as any of its competitors.


The 2017 Buick Envision's interior features a modern design and thoughtful placement of controls. Materials quality is better than we expect from this class and price, approaching the standards found in entry-level European vehicles.

From the driver's perspective, the low dash gives a good forward view with an almost car-like feel. As is typical of other midsize SUVs, the roof pillars tend to obstruct the outward view, forcing heavy reliance on the electronic driver assistants when maneuvering in tight quarters.

Front seats are well cushioned and shaped and the top trim's thigh cushion extender should be of particular interest for taller drivers. Rear seats can easily accommodate adults and are further enhanced by sliding/reclining features. Thanks to the absence of a center floor hump, even the rear center passenger will have enough legroom. With plenty of sound insulation and standard active noise cancellation, the Envision's cabin remains pleasantly quiet on the highway.

Cargo capacity behind the rear seats maxes out at 26.9 cubic feet, which is about average for the class. Remote release handles in that space allow you to unlatch the rear seats, but in order to get a flat load floor, you have to push the seatbacks down from the rear doorway until they lock in place. With those seats stowed, capacity increases to 57.3 cubic feet, which is smaller than rivals. Interior storage is generous, with plenty of large bins and pockets to hold your personal items.

Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2017 Buick Envision in Virginia is:

$90.50 per month*