2017 Buick Envision Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Buick Envision was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.8

Climb inside the 2017 Buick Envision, and you’ll find high-quality materials throughout the well-constructed interior. However, there are some low-grade plastics if you look closely, which is not something you’ll find in many other luxury SUVs.

The Envision’s seats are one of its strong points. The front seats are supportive, and the rear seats are among the most spacious in the class. There’s also a flat rear floor, so sitting in the rear middle seat is more comfortable than it is in many rivals. The Envision has a decent amount of cargo space, and a low liftover height makes it easy to load objects.

Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a Wi-Fi hot spot come standard in the Envision, offering access to the latest in connectivity technology. There are also plenty of standard and optional driver assistance features. Still, some critics note that despite the Envision’s tech offerings, it doesn’t feel as cutting edge as some other luxury vehicles.

  • The Envision's cabin does little to distract from the lackluster driving experience. At first glance, it seems to hit all the luxury crossover marks. It's got nice leather, your requisite wood trim, a solid infotainment system, and a big back seat." -- Motor Trend
  • Still, the interior of the Buick is a definite step up for the brand and is cleanly executed, with little evident GM default to cheap plastics you can even find in brands like Cadillac. However, it's just not quite as tech-cool as what Audi has achieved." -- Autoblog
  • "Indeed, the care and attention show in how well the Envision is put together. The gaps between exterior body panels are tight and uniform. Interior construction is equally meticulous." -- Autotrader (2016)

Seating

The five-seat Envision comes standard with cloth upholstery and power-adjustable, heated front seats. Leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats are available. Drivers will immediately notice the commanding road view the Envision provides. The front seats also have ample legroom and provide plenty of support, which helps you stay comfortable on longer drives.

The rear seats draw praise for providing some of the most spacious accommodations in the class. Adults can easily ride in the back, and even taller riders won’t feel confined. Unlike many other vehicles, the Envision has a flat rear floor, so middle-seat passengers won’t have that awkward hump ruining their legroom and foot placement. The rear seats slide and recline, making it even easier for passengers to find a suitable position.

Though there are two full sets of LATCH connectors, installing car seats can be difficult in the Envision. The anchors are relatively easy to find, but they aren’t clearly labeled and the in-seat anchors are pretty deep and hard to access. Once you actually manage to get to them, it takes a fair bit of force to secure a car seat.

  • "There is a decently sized rear seat, as you'd expect in an SUV. But unlike many of its competitors, the Buick has no hump on the floor to ruin the middle seating position. Some clever engineering eliminated this hump, even in all-wheel-drive models." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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." -- Edmunds
  • "You sit high in the Envision, or more accurately, the SUV's dashboard and beltline are low, giving a commanding view of the outside world and avoiding the 'sitting in a hole' feeling that one can experience in the Acura RDX and Audi Q5. There's plenty of legroom up front, but width is a little compromised by a wide center console and a cabin that feels narrower than some of the competition. The backseat is where the Envision shines, however, with leg- and knee room that the Acura, Lincoln and Audi can only dream of." -- Cars.com (2016)

Interior Features

Standard features in the Envision include dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, push-button start, a rearview camera, a Teen Driver system, rear parking sensors, and the IntelliLink infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, two USB ports, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. OnStar 4G LTE with a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot is also standard.

Available features include tri-zone automatic climate control, a seven-speaker Bose audio system, forward collision alert, front automatic braking, a head-up display, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, a driver safety alert seat, blind spot monitoring, front parking sensors, parallel and perpendicular park assist, a surround-vision camera, a moonroof, and an upgraded IntelliLink system with navigation.

If you want easy-to-use features, then you’ve come to the right place with the Envision. A touch screen comes standard, but there are also buttons and knobs for adjusting audio and climate settings, which some people find easier to use than touch-screen menus and sliders.

There are plenty of features that give the Envision a high-tech feel. Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto provide you with a wealth of smartphone connectivity options, and a standard Wi-Fi hot spot lets you have internet access wherever you go.

There are several driver assistance features as well. Parents will surely love the standard Teen Driver feature, which allows you to set speed and volume limits for the vehicle, so you won’t have to worry about your son or daughter speeding even when you aren’t in the car with them.

Several available active safety features can help you stay safe on the highway, including lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, and lane departure warning. Other features are more beneficial around the neighborhood. Forward collision alert and a rear cross traffic alert can help you avoid hitting something at slower speeds. And who wouldn’t appreciate parallel and perpendicular park assist? It can ease your mind during those high-pressure park jobs, like parking on a crowded street.

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  • "Nestled in their standard heated seats, the driver and front passenger will enjoy easy-to-see-and-use controls and buttons for the climate and audio systems, mainly because they're actual buttons and knobs, and not the finicky touch-based systems employed by others, including some GM brands. We'll let you decide if the analog clock on the upper right of the standard 8-inch infotainment screen is odd or refreshing." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Yes, standard equipment like rear park assist and eight-way power front seats are dandy, but you can get into a roomier Jeep Grand Cherokee with AWD for $31,290. Or a Hyundai Santa Fe Sport with AWD for $26,495. Like the Jeep, the Hyundai is roomier than the Buick, and it offers features like automatic-follow cruise control, pedestrian detection, around-the-corner headlamps, and lane-departure warning. Get all of that sweet tech and still Hyundai wants only $38,945 from you for its roomier rig – cheaper than a loaded Envision, which goes all the way up to nearly $50,000." -- Autoblog
  • The Envision is packed with technology and conveniences that are either standard or available." -- Autotrader (2016)

Cargo

The Envision features 26.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 57.3 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded. Those aren’t the highest totals in the class, but they aren’t the lowest either. In addition to folding flat, the rear seats slide, so you can give yourself a little extra cargo room if rear-seat passengers don’t need a ton of legroom.

Besides having a decent amount of space, the Envision’s cargo area is also relatively easy to use because it has a low liftover height, meaning you won’t have to struggle as much when loading heavy items. A hands-free power liftgate comes standard, letting you easily open the hatch even if your hands are full.

  • The nicely finished cargo hold has a reasonably low liftover height as well as handles to drop the rear seatbacks should you need to accommodate more than 27 cubic feet of chattels. That cargo figure places it just ahead of the MKC and the RDX but behind the Q5 and the XC60." -- Car and Driver
  • 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." -- Edmunds
  • The 60/40-split rear bench seat folds almost flat to allow for a large cargo area. That rear bench also slides fore and aft if you'd rather trade legroom for cargo room, or want a shorter reach from the front seat to a child in a car seat." -- Cars.com (2016)

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