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3 out of 5 stars

Great value with caveats

Dave, 09/19/2023
2024 Buick Envista Preferred 4dr SUV (1.2L 3cyl Turbo 6A)
46 of 51 people found this review helpful

To summarize my review in the first line-I like my Envista for the value of 25k, but may not buy it again. In August 2023 I purchased the 2024 Envista preferred in ebony twilight black for $25k, which was $900 below MSRP. It was the first one sold from the dealership I went to. Mine came with convenience 1 package and advanced safety package. These were the two packages I wanted at a minimum because of the value of options they add. A major disappointment in the advanced safety package is it doesn’t include rear parking sensors. Those are an additional $195 add which I would have gladly paid, but upon searching around Envistas on dealers lot, none of the preferred and most ST did not have them included as options. I firmly believe they should be included with the advanced safety package(ASP). I mean come on…. The only thing I can think is the dealers did not know it was not included in the ASP because the ASP includes the rear cross traffic alert while backing…. Which does work, I had salesman drive another car behind me while in reverse. The center and door arm rests are the hardest and most uncomfortable I have ever felt in a car. The stupid sewn seams are at the top corners of the arm rest right where the corner of your elbow is. Whoever designed it needs to be punched in the face. If it was softer then it may not be as bad. I laid a couple microfiber clothes on top and it feels a little better. The back seat does not have a fold down armrest unless you spend another $6k for the Avenir version. I think that is silly and all models should have it. The half cloth/half fake leather seats are comfortable and I prefer this so my back and bottom breathe better. The convenience 1 package has heated seats and steering wheel which work great. The vehicle is light and the 17” tires came from factory inflated to 41/42 psi. Driving on the interstate or 70 mph and higher, the vehicle felt like it was being blown side to side by the wind, but the wind was no more than 5-10 mph and it should not have been swaying in the wind. I lowered the psi to the recommended 35psi and most of the sway went away but I could still feel it. I am not sure if it is less on the 18” or 19” wheels on the ST/Avenir models. I only have 500 miles on the vehicle. No other vehicles I have owned have done this with the little bit of wind. I have driven several vehicle on daily basis including Kia Optima, Honda Odyssey, Chevy impala, Ford Taurus twin turbo, and Chevy Tahoe. Engine- comparing the 3 cylinder turbo engine to my other vehicles: the Buick’s turbo does not seem to be a twin turbo because from a stop, it takes a second to kick in, but when it does you can feel the torque. I am not sure if this was by design so you don’t spin the front wheel drive wheels when you floor it. I think Buick is quicker than my base 4 cylinder Kia. Gas mileage is great. Driving around town with nice and easy acceleration will get you about 27 mpg. But if you floor it a lot with the turbo it will be closer to 20. On the highway cruising at 70-75 I was getting 35 mpg. Speaking of cruising, the adaptive cruise control is great- it will adjust speed based on your setting and the car in front of you if it slows down. It will also brake for you on adaptive cruise control which I felt on the highway. I had my foot hovering the brake pedal just in case. The traffic slowed from 75 down to 60 mph and the cruise control adjusted on its own, followed by accelerating back to speed after the slowdown. The Buick transmission likes to keep the RPMs low, I’m guessing for better MPG’s, but the throttle is responsive to minimal input while driving along the road which I like. Some people say it shifts a lot, but not if you get the feel of the engine and shift points based on your throttle management. I like the 6 speed transmission compared to the CVT’s. The Buick drives smooth and quiet for a $25k vehicle. Quieter than the Kia, Taurus, Tahoe and the Odyssey. The wheel base is long for this small of a vehicle and there is more room behind the rear seats than other vehicles in this price range like the Mazda CX-30, Hyundai Kona, etc. The rear seats have ok leg room, but not near as much as my Kia Optima. My 5’4” daughter says there is not much leg room. The rear seats fold down and will be flat if you put weight on them. It will fit my 29” mtn bike with the front wheel removed. The technology and digital displays are very nice. The tachometer/speedometer could have been designed a little better. The top of steering wheel blocks the icons along the top of the screen. Maybe an update might give another display option where the headlight indicator and other icons can be along the bottom. No issues with the speed because it is always clear in the center. The Apple CarPlay works well and the screen is beautiful. The OnStar remote start/unlock-lock in the Buick app is a great feature to have at this price point. You get 3 years from the purchase date. Basically, I bought the Envista new for $25k instead of a used car I would have to put money into in a few years with the hopes the Envista will last 10+ years with minimal issues (fingers crossed). Am I happy with it now? Yes. Would I buy it again? Probably not. What would I buy instead for this price? No idea…. Car shopping with these ridiculous prices is not enjoyable. The Kia Sorento hybrid really had my eye, but 30k plus taxes etc was not in the budget. My wife liked the ride height of the Envista. She does not like driving low to ground in a sedan on daily basis or I would have purchased a Kia K5 or Hyundai Sonata for around the same price.

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5 out of 5 stars

Got two Envistas, get rear suspension upgrade

LA city slicker, 01/16/2024
2024 Buick Envista Sport Touring 4dr SUV (1.2L 3cyl Turbo 6A)
10 of 10 people found this review helpful

We got two Envistas. One was an ST with CQ I and CQ II packages. Another was a rare no-option Avenir because optioned-out Avenirs get closer to other makers' superior offerings; every $1k increase greatly changes the value proposition. Overall, these cars provide more than their price point should offer, but there are no miracles in terms of what you get for the money. Our ST has the base torsion beam rear suspension with 225 mm section width Goodyear Assurance tires on 18" rims. The Avenir has 19" rims on wide for its weight 245 mm section width tires Continental ProContact TX tires plus the rear suspension is a Watts linkage setup (still not fully independent). You may think the taller sidewalls of the base ST tire setup would ride better. Not at all. The ST rides well on the highway, but on the bumpy Los Angeles city roads at lower speeds, the ride is mediocre, especially on rippled pavement, tar strips, road reflectors, and speed bump half-rounds. I'm almost clenching my teeth if I see bumps coming up. The low-speed city-road ride on my '95 Trans Am, '98 Trans Am, and '15 1LT Corvette was better. The Avenir, by contrast, rides like a gem. It feels as comfortable or more so than my '10 Audi A5, '13 Cadillac ATS (praised for its ride/handling tuning), '19 Genesis G70, and mother's '22 BMW X3. All the video and press reviews miss this. One can get the same wheel/suspension/tire setup as the Avenir in the ST through the Experience Buick Package (EBP) that also gets you a tiny moonroof. The Preferred can theoretically get the EBP with arguably nicest looking rims (although 18", not 19" like ST-EBP or Avenir), but it doesn't seem like Buick produces any in reality. Dealers also don't want to custom order this overseas built car. Speaking of production, Buick is hardly making any of these yet. As of writing, there are no Avenirs or STs between 200-300+ miles from downtown LA. At the same time, word is getting around on these cars' overall appeal that it's much harder to get deals if you can buy one than in summer/early fall. As a result, some dealers are listing lightly used Envistas for up to thousands more than MSRP. The motor is much quieter than the '21 Encore GX 1.2L I3 we had and it's as refined as the best four-cylinders in its class. Some magazine reviews say this motor is more refined than NA 4-cylinder rivals that don't benefit from turbo muffling. Whatever sound comes through is more pleasant than a typical 4-cylinder. This I3 has some complex timbre of an 80s V6 American family sedan. Since these are driven around parking-lot-like LA streets, the available acceleration is good enough. A snappy 0-45 mph is all we need and it delivers. But if you drive hilly areas at higher speeds with multiple passengers, you may need to look elsewhere or shell out more $. Motor Trend got 8.5-sec. 0-60 mph on an 18" tired Trax; as good as "quick" sports sedans in the early 1990s. Maybe our ST would be close to that. 0-60 mph is 9.3-9.4 sec. for Envistas with larger 19" rim/tire. Fuel economy is good and doesn't underperform EPA's rating. Some online got up to 42 mpg highway. Consumer Reports gets 31 mpg combined on their Trax. Noise-level wise, both cars are quiet up to around 70 mph. Buick's quiet tuning may make this a deal-maker over the Trax. Car and Driver got 68 dBA at 70 mph for their wider tired Avenir, 1 dBA quieter than a Lexus NX. However, unlike many luxury cars we had that get modestly louder to 90+ mph, this Envista gets rapidly louder above 70 mph from primarily tire noise. The seats are reasonably comfortable in the ST for shorter rides, but the seat bottom cushions are a bit short for my 5'10" height, and the padding is minimal/firm. The Avenir's leather front seats are modestly more comfortable. Rear seat room, especially legroom, is a big bright spot. It may be class-leading and I think it's more than the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry rear seat legroom. Interior styling and features are outstanding and punch well above its price point. I don't understand why some reviewers ding the virtual cockpit's excessive bezel on the right side when you can't get a virtual cockpit on virtually anything under $30k. I rather have the artistic shape with bezel than a tiny bezel and a sharp corner. At least the screens are on the bigger or best-in-class range. Fit and finish is excellent too. The flat-bottomed steering wheel is a nice bonus that Buick didn't have to put in, but they did. You don't feel like you're in a bargain penalty box. The radio is OK and tolerable if you have a good source (e.g., Tidal high resolution and bit rate through wired connection). Hard and virtual controls are excellent. The wireless charger, however, seems to be useless. The exterior styling is good too, and can be excellent depending on your tastes and options. It looks like a MB GLE Coupe from the rear and distantly like a Lamborghini Urus from the front. This car is long for its price class, and rivals look dinky by comparison. Trunk space is excellent. The sloping back window cuts into the height, but at 20.7 cubic feet of space with rear seats up, that's still 0.1 cubic fee more than a Ford Crown Victoria. TRIMS/OPTIONS TO GET: If you drive on bumpy roads at lower speeds, get any trim with the EBP option or Avenir. If you want sweet spot value, a Preferred or ST with CQ I and II give stuff you can't match anywhere else (incl. Trax) for the $. Preferred with no option or color only option is good if you want the cheapest virtual cockpit car that looks good.

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5 out of 5 stars

Awesome Vehicle!

Roadrunr, 12/22/2023
2024 Buick Envista Avenir 4dr SUV (1.2L 3cyl Turbo 6A)
7 of 7 people found this review helpful

I bought a 2024 Chevy TRAX R/S for my son and it is a fantastic SUV I love it so much that I was considering buying one for myself, however after careful consideration I decided to spend a few more dollars and go with the 2024 Buick Envista Avenir. This vehicle has all the awesome features and comfort of my son’s TRAX but has all the luxury of a Buick! So if you are in the market for a comfortable very well priced SUV then look no further. This Buick will check all the boxes.

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5 out of 5 stars

Lovely Envista!

B. Hardisty, 09/26/2023
2024 Buick Envista Avenir 4dr SUV (1.2L 3cyl Turbo 6A)
12 of 14 people found this review helpful

Finally, I'm back in a Buick after 10 years and I love it! The ride is excellent. It has many safety features I didn't know existed. As a senior citizen, I do feel safer. The interior feels very luxurious. We like the screen features; it was fairly easy to get used to. I purchased an Ocean Blue Metallic Envista; no other color would do. I'm receiving a lot of looks and compliments on it.

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5 out of 5 stars

Very good value

STL envista owner, 08/25/2023
2024 Buick Envista Preferred 4dr SUV (1.2L 3cyl Turbo 6A)
9 of 11 people found this review helpful

I purchased the Envista and traded in my Encore GX. I'm very happy with the ride, tech and room of the Envista. I received several compliments on the style of the Envista. Buick has came through with a solid vehicle with a very good price point. I purchased the preferred base with options and couldn't be happier.

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