2017 Buick Envision Review

The 2017 Buick Envision ranks in the middle of its class. While it’s a good SUV with several positive traits, many rivals simply offer more all-around appeal.

Pros & Cons

  • Comfortable, spacious seats
  • Low ownership costs
  • Many tech features
  • Some low-grade cabin materials
  • Underpowered base engine

New for 2017

  • New base engine and trim levels
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto became standard

8.0

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.7
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
Safety: 9.3
Reliability:
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2017 Buick Envision Overview

Is the 2017 Buick Envision a Good Used SUV?

The Envision is a good SUV. It has a generous helping of standard features, and its spacious and upscale interior make it one of the comfiest vehicles in its class. It also has some of the lowest ownership costs among luxury compact SUVs. That said, the Envision’s base engine feels underpowered. Still, the Buick’s middling rank has less to do with its faults and more to do with how much better its rivals are.

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How Much Is the 2017 Buick Envision?

Based on more than 1,100 listings appearing on our site, you can expect to pay between $22,800 and $33,000 for this SUV. Its average list price is $26,500. The price you pay varies based on the vehicle’s mileage, condition, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2017 Buick Envision Cost to Own?

Five-year estimates for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repair costs for the Envision are around $26,400. Those costs are well below average for a luxury compact SUV.  

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Envision?

Buick mildly refreshed the 2019 Envision’s exterior styling and introduced a new nine-speed automatic transmission. The new model also has a window sticker price of $31,995, which is actually lower than the 2018 model’s base price. However, if the updates aren’t important to you, consider saving thousands of dollars with an older model.

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No new luxury compact SUVs can compete with the 2017 Envision’s average price. However, there are several options in the nonluxury compact SUV class. The 2018 Honda CR-V ($24,250) offers an upscale cabin (even in its base trim) with significantly more passenger and cargo space, and it boasts solid safety scores. The Ford Escape ($23,940) also offers more passenger and cargo space, and it has a range of lively engine options complemented by agile, nimble handling.

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Which Model Year of the Buick Envision Is Best?

Buick debuted the Envision late in the 2016 model year. The 2017 model gained a new base engine, new trim levels, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and the Teen Driver safety feature.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Buick Envision?

The 2017 Envision has an above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Buick Envision Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are three recalls for the 2017 Envision. Incorrect weight labeling may result in the vehicle being overloaded. Vehicles equipped with the tablet holder may encounter an issue in which the head restraint posts do not engage fully. Finally, a handful of models may have missing foam blocks, increasing the risk of injury in a crash. Before purchasing this vehicle, make sure these recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Buick Envision Model Is Right for Me?

The Envision is available in five trim levels: Envision (base), Preferred, Essence, Premium, and Premium II. Most shoppers will be satisfied with the base model. It comes standard with heated front seats, push button start, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and Buick IntelliLink with smartphone integration, an 8-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, satellite radio, two USB ports, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The Preferred model doesn’t add any features, but it’s the first trim available with all-wheel drive.

The Essence trim adds a heated steering wheel, leather upholstery, heated rear seats, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, and tri-zone automatic climate control. The Premium trim comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, rain-sensing wipers, and a few more advanced safety features. If you want the added power of the upgraded engine, stick with the Premium trim. But if you can do without it, the Essence provides a nice blend of features.

The top-of-the-line Premium II trim adds navigation, a head-up display, ventilated front seats, adaptive headlights, and parallel park assist. It’s also the only trim available with adaptive cruise control and a surround-view parking camera.

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Certified Pre-Owned Buick Envision Warranty

Consider a certified pre-owned Envision for an added sense of security in your purchase. With Buick’s CPO program, there is a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty, and the original new-car powertrain warranty is extended to six years or 100,000 miles. Buick CPO models must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Buick’s warranty page carefully. Buick offers a robust certified warranty program compared to rival brands.

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How Safe Is the Envision?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2017 Envision four out of five stars in front and rollover crash tests. It earned a five-star overall rating and the same score in the side crash test.

A rearview camera and rear parking sensors come standard on every Envision, along with the Teen Driver system. It allows you to set limits on audio, speed, and even a driving range for your vehicle.

An impressive number of safety features are available, including blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, front and rear parking sensors, a following distance indicator, and a driver’s safety alert seat that vibrates to alert drivers of a potential hazard.

The top-of-the-line Premium II adds a head-up display, adaptive headlights, parallel and perpendicular park assist, and is the only trim available with adaptive cruise control, a surround-view parking camera, and automatic emergency braking.

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2017 Buick Envision Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Buick Envision or 2017 Acura RDX?

The 2017 Acura RDX is one of the best luxury compact SUVs you can buy. It offers more passenger and total cargo space, better cornering agility, and higher safety scores than the Buick. It also comes standard with a powerful V6 engine. However, the Envision has more standard features, such as a touch-screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Though the RDX is generously equipped compared to its rivals, it doesn’t offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Acura RDX costs about $6,000 more on average, but if that’s in your budget, go for the RDX.

Which Is Better: 2017 Buick Envision or 2017 Buick Encore?

The 2017 Buick Encore is one of the best subcompact SUVs you can buy. It has a luxurious interior without the luxury price tag; on average, it’s around $6,400 cheaper than the Envision. The two share many standard features, but the Encore has better fuel economy and higher safety scores, while the Envision has more cargo space. The Envision has more rear-seat legroom and more overall passenger space. One thing the Encore can’t do is match the Envision’s 252-horsepower engine. If you don't need much passenger or cargo space, the Encore is a great pick.  Otherwise, choose the Envision.

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2017 Envision Performance

How Does the 2017 Buick Envision Drive?

A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine making 197 horsepower comes standard in the Envision. A stronger 252-horsepower, turbocharged engine is available. Both are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard. All-wheel drive is standard on models with the turbo engine, and it’s optional in other models (except the base trim).

The base power plant is noisy and feels a bit rough and sluggish, especially at higher speeds. Most shoppers will prefer the turbocharged engine, which delivers plenty of pep for everyday driving. The Envision’s ride remains comfortable even over bumps and potholes. It handles confidently and has solid grip on winding roads. Still, this Buick prioritizes comfort over sporty driving dynamics.

Does the 2017 Buick Envision Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Envision returns 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. Those are good fuel economy estimates among luxury compact SUVs. All-wheel-drive models lose 1 mpg in both the city and on the highway. Fuel efficiency drops a little with the Envision’s turbocharged engine, to 20/26 mpg city/highway. For comparison, the Audi Q5 – with its standard AWD – delivers 1 more mpg on the highway.

2017 Buick Envision Towing Capacity

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

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2017 Envision Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Envision Seat?

The Envision seats five on cloth and leatherette upholstery. Heated and power-adjustable front seats are standard. Available amenities include leather-appointed seats, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel.

The Envision is one of the comfiest SUVs in the class, offering generous head- and legroom in both rows. The rear seats slide and recline, and unlike many vehicles, the rear floor is flat without a hump cutting into legroom. Although the cabin has mostly quality, soft-touch materials, there are a few hard plastics scattered about.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Buick Envision?

The Envision has two full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an additional tether anchor for the middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Envision’s LATCH system the second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use.

2017 Buick Envision Features

The Envision comes with a generous amount of standard features, including a hands-free liftgate, push button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. The standard Buick IntelliLink infotainment system comes with smartphone integration, an 8-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, satellite radio, two USB ports, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Available features include tri-zone automatic climate control, navigation, a moonroof, a head-up display, a seven-speaker Bose premium sound system, and numerous advanced safety technologies.

Along with its touch screen, the Envision’s infotainment system employs redundant buttons and knobs, making it easy to use even while driving. Numerous tech features come standard, and the Envision is one of the few SUVs in its class to offer both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

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2017 Buick Envision Dimensions

Buick Envision Cargo Space

The Envision has 26.9 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats, expanding to 57.3 cubic feet when you fold down the rear seats. A hands-free liftgate comes standard, allowing for easy access to the hatch.

2017 Envision Length and Weight

The Envision is about 15.3 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,755 pounds for front-wheel-drive models to 3,929 pounds for all-wheel-drive models.

Where Was the 2017 Buick Envision Built?

Buick manufactured the 2017 Envision in China.

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