2018 Buick Envision

2018 Buick Envision
Save up to $5,887
MSRP range
$33,995 - $44,960
2018 Buick Envision
Save up to $5,887

Pros

  • The cabin is quiet at highway speeds
  • You get a lot of features for the money

Cons

  • Cargo capacity is below average for the class
  • Unsettled ride quality at times
  • Weak acceleration with base engine


Which Envision does Edmunds recommend?

We consider the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine upgrade the best fit for the 2018 Buick Envision. The base 2.5-liter engine struggles a bit by comparison. For this reason, we recommend the Premium or Premium II trims, which are the only ones to come with the turbocharged engine.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

Among small luxury crossover SUVs, the 2018 Buick Envision might be worth your attention. Though its exterior styling is generic, it comes with a generous amount of features for the price and has an attractive interior trimmed in high-quality materials. It slots between the compact Encore and larger Enclave in Buick's portfolio. As such, it's pretty easy to maneuver around town but still has a decent amount of interior and cargo space.

We recommend stepping up to the Envision's optional turbocharged 2.0-liter engine since it provides a more suitable amount of power for a luxury crossover. At that point, the Envision is priced similarly to crossovers such as the Acura RDX and Volvo XC60 but still less than what you'll likely pay for an Audi Q5 or BMW X3. In total, there's nothing about the Envision that makes it truly stand out in this class, but it nonetheless covers the bases well enough to make it worth a look.

Trim levels & features

The 2018 Buick Envision is a midsize crossover SUV with seating for five. There are five trim levels offered, starting with the base Envision trim. It is only available as front-wheel drive and comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine (197 horsepower, 192 pound-feet of torque). All-wheel drive can be added to the Preferred and Essence trims. The Premium and Premium II trims have all-wheel drive as standard and come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine (252 hp, 260 lb-ft). All Envisions use a six-speed automatic transmission.

Standard features for the base Envision trim include 18-inch wheels, foglights, auto-dimming and heated mirrors, a hands-free power liftgate with adjustable opening heights, rear parking sensors, keyless ignition and entry, remote start, dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable and heated front seats, and 60/40-split folding rear seats. Standard tech features include OnStar communications (includes 4G LTE connection and Wi-Fi hotspot), Bluetooth, a rearview camera, an 8-inch touchscreen, a rearview camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, four USB ports (two are charge-only), Bluetooth, and a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio.

The Preferred trim is essentially the same but is eligible for more options. The Essence trim adds three-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, driver-seat memory settings, heated outboard rear seats, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

Stepping up to the Premium trim gets you 19-inch wheels, front parking sensors, automatic wipers, a larger driver information display, a seven-speaker Bose premium audio system, a 110-volt household power outlet, a forward collision alert system, and lane departure warning and intervention system.

At the top of the range, the Premium II trim adds adaptive xenon headlights, automatic high beams, an automated parking system, a navigation system, a head-up display, an extendable thigh support for the driver seat, and ventilated front seats. This trim is eligible for the Driver Confidence package that includes adaptive cruise control, a top-down parking camera system, and forward collision mitigation system with automatic braking.

Some features are available on supporting trims as options. Other add-ons include a panoramic sunroof, side assist steps, a roof rack and a cargo cover.

Trim tested

Edmunds has only limited experience with the 2018 Envision. The following is our first take on what's significant about it and what you can expect.

Driving

With the turbo 2.0-liter engine, power is adequate. It's enough to merge onto highways without issue. Expect a more belabored experience with the base 2.5-liter engine. The Envision can feel a bit unsettled and ponderous when driven around turns.

Comfort

The seats are well cushioned and supportive for long drives. The suspension ably soaks up bumps in the road, and the active noise canceling system helps to keep the cabin nice and quiet.

Interior

Interior design and materials are up to entry-level luxury car standards. Forward visibility is excellent, but the thick rear roof pillars will obstruct the rearward view. There's plenty of space in the rear seats for three adults, and the slide/recline function should keep them comfortable.

Utility

There's an average amount of space behind the rear seats, but folding them down reveals 57.3 cubic feet of total cargo space, which is smaller than average. Interior storage is generous, with plenty of large bins and pockets to hold your personal items.

Technology

Buick's GM-based infotainment system is easy to use. The inclusion of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto makes operation even easier.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Buick Envision.

Perception is not always reality
Ron Consiglio,06/03/2018
My Buick Envision is an excellent machine. It's major problem is perception. It is supposed to be a luxury SUV, but when most people think of a luxury SUV, they think Cadillac, Lincoln, Acura, BMW,Mercedes or other brands. When I was shopping for an SUV, I went to a GMC dealer looking for a Terrain. The dealer also sold Buicks. I Had never even heard of the Envision. The saleswoman showed a better equipped Envision for much less than the Terrain. Test driving both vehicles, I liked the Envision better. Not that the Terrain was bad, but the Buick was a better value, and here lies the problem. Someone looking for a Chevy, Ford or a Japanese or Korean SUV would not even think of a Buick, just like someone wanting a "luxury " SUV would probably overlook a Buick. It seems that Buick SUVS are neither fish nor fowl. So if you are considering an SUV, give Buick a look and see if there is more value there for you
Fantastic Ride
Becky - grandma,08/09/2018
Could have a little more cargo space. Front console could have space to hold 2 cans , does bot.
2018 Buick Envision Preferred AWD
Richard Kell,09/05/2018
We own a 2007 Honda Pilot that now has over 360,000 miles on it. Still runs and looks great, but we decided it was time to a new car. Naturally, we thought we would purchase another Pilot, but we really did not need 3rd row seats now. We test drove the Honda CR-V, it was nice but a little small. We decided to look at the GMC Terrain. After the test drive, we were not sold on it. Parked next to the Terrain was the Buick Envision. We asked to take that for a test drive. It is definitely not your grandparent's car. We loved it. It handles well and is extremely quiet inside on the highway. The hardest thing getting used to was the stop/start technology where the engine shuts down when the car is stopped and then starts up again when your foot comes off the brake. We are extremely happy with our choice.
I'm Mostly Satisfied
David Gardner,09/13/2018
In general, I'm very satisfied with my Buick Envision. It is exactly the right size. It's not too small, but not so large that I sacrifice mileage. One disappointment I have is the Apple Car Play system is very inconsistent in the way that it operates. It takes a long time to load some of the applications. When you turn them off, they don't stay off, and when you want to launch them, they either don't launch or it takes an inordinate amount of time to launch. This is not Buick's fault, but any technology they install should check out perfectly. The performance is adequate for me. There is obviously slower acceleration with a 2.5 4 cylinder engine. Also, I would like for the interior to be a little less "plasticy." Other than those things, I'm relatively satisfied. This is a very good car that is worthy of consideration.
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Features & Specs

MSRP
$37,720
MPG
22 city / 29 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Flex-fuel (ffv)
197 hp @ 6300 rpm
MSRP
$39,570
MPG
21 city / 27 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Flex-fuel (ffv)
197 hp @ 6300 rpm
MSRP
$35,870
MPG
22 city / 29 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Flex-fuel (ffv)
197 hp @ 6300 rpm
MSRP
$42,320
MPG
20 city / 26 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
252 hp @ 5500 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Envision safety features:

Safety Alert Seat
Vibrates the driver seat on the left or right side to alert the driver of a possible hazard detected by other safety systems.
Side Blind Zone and Rear Cross-Traffic Alerts
Alerts the driver if a car is lurking in the blind spots or if one is approaching from the sides while backing up.
Teen Driver Mode
Activates all safety features and silences the radio until front seat belts are fastened. Also monitors speed and location of the vehicle.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    RolloverNot Rated
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover15.9%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Good
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

2018 Buick Envision for Sale

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More about the 2018 Buick Envision

The 2018 Buick Envision is a five-passenger crossover SUV that fits between the smaller Encore and the larger Enclave. Standard feature highlights for the base Envision trim include a 197-horsepower 2.5-liter engine, auto-dimming and heated mirrors, a power liftgate, rear parking sensors, keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, OnStar telematics, an 8-inch touchscreen, a rearview camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a six-speaker stereo. The Preferred trim is essentially the same but is eligible for more options.

The Essence trim adds tri-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, driver-seat memory functions, heated outboard rear seats, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

Stepping up to the Premium trim gets you a 252-hp turbocharged engine, front parking sensors, a larger driver information display, a seven-speaker Bose premium audio system, a 110-volt household power outlet, a forward collision alert system, and lane departure warning and lane keeping assist. The Premium II trim adds adaptive xenon headlights, automatic high beams, an automated parking system, a navigation system, a head-up display, an extendable thigh support for the driver seat, and cooled front seats. This trim is eligible for the Driver Confidence package that includes adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera system and forward collision mitigation.

In terms of price, the Envision is similar to the Acura RDX and Lexus NX 200t. The Premium trims are about as expensive as the base BMW X3 and the Audi Q5, but the Buick does offer more in the way of features. Compared to these entry-level luxury SUVs, the Envision remains largely competitive thanks to its quiet and attractive interior that makes use of high-quality materials.

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2018 Buick Envision Overview

The 2018 Buick Envision is offered in the following submodels: . Available styles include Essence 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A), Essence 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A), Preferred 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A), Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Premium II 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Preferred 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A), and 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A).

What do people think of the 2018 Buick Envision?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Buick Envision and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Envision 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 Envision.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

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What's a good price for a New 2018 Buick Envision?
2018 Buick Envision Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2018 Buick Envision Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $45,245. The average price paid for a new 2018 Buick Envision Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $5,399 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $5,399 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$39,846.

The average savings for the 2018 Buick Envision Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is11.9% below the MSRP.

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2018 Buick Envision Essence 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A)

The 2018 Buick Envision Essence 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $38,715. The average price paid for a new 2018 Buick Envision Essence 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is trending $5,887 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $5,887 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$32,828.

The average savings for the 2018 Buick Envision Essence 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is15.2% below the MSRP.

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2018 Buick Envision Preferred 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A)

The 2018 Buick Envision Preferred 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $37,260. The average price paid for a new 2018 Buick Envision Preferred 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is trending $4,714 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,714 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$32,546.

The average savings for the 2018 Buick Envision Preferred 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is12.7% below the MSRP.

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Should I lease or buy a 2018 Buick Envision?

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