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2018 Buick Envision Review

The 2018 Buick Envision places in the middle of our luxury compact SUV rankings. It boasts a wealth of standard features, an outstanding predicted reliability rating, and a roomy interior. However, its base engine isn't all that powerful.

Pros & Cons

  • Peppy optional turbocharged engine
  • Comfortable, roomy seats
  • Lots of tech features come standard
  • Underwhelming base engine
  • Rivals have more luxurious cabins




Critics' Rating: 6.9
Performance: 6.6
Interior: 7.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 9.3
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2018 Buick Envision Overview

Is the 2018 Buick Envision a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the 2018 Buick Envision is a solid used luxury compact SUV. It offers a decent cabin with a good amount of space, but some rivals are more luxurious inside.

The 2018 Envision is appealing for several reasons:

  • Stellar predicted reliability rating
  • Includes a bounty of standard tech features
  • User-friendly infotainment system and dashboard controls
  • Easy-to-load cargo area
  • Roomy seats
  • Sliding and reclining back seats
  • Quiet interior
  • Plush ride
  • Good outward visibility
  • Great fuel economy

But it lags behind rivals in a few ways:

  • Underpowered base engine
  • Less agile than rivals
  • Cabin isn't as luxurious as those of competitors
Why You Can Trust Us

Our Buick Envision review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 26 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has more than a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, we never accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2018 Buick Envision?

Based on listings for the 2018 Buick Envision on our site, the average price is $26,900. Prices range from $23,000 to $32,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Buick Envision Cost to Own?

The 2018 Envision’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $26,700, or $5,340 per year. That’s below average for a luxury compact SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Envision?

Prices for the 2019 Buick Envision start at $31,995. For 2019, the available turbocharged four-cylinder engine gains a bit more torque and now pairs with a nine-speed automatic transmission instead of the six-speed found in prior models. These combine to give the upgraded Envision better acceleration. If you're thinking about an Envision with the turbo engine, you might want to consider the slight performance upgrade you’ll get with the 2019 model. If you’re going for the base Envision, however, you’re better off getting a used model, which will likely cost less and be very similar to the 2019 model.

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The 2018 Envision is included in a generation that began with the 2016 model year. There were few changes made to this SUV between the 2016 and 2018 model years. You’ll get the most savings and a very similar vehicle with an older model.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Buick Envision?

The 2018 Buick Envision has an excellent predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Buick Envision Recalls

At the time of writing, there are no recalls for the 2018 Buick Envision.

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Which Used Buick Envision Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Buick Envision comes in five trims: base, Preferred, Essence, Premium, and Premium II. Most shoppers will be happy with the base Buick Envision’s abundance of standard equipment, which includes a hand’s-free liftgate and an intuitive infotainment system with a Wi-Fi hot spot. If you want an SUV that can reach highway speeds with relative ease, you should go for one of the two Premium trims, which come standard with the stronger engine.

  • Buick Envision: The base Buick Envision comes standard with an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio, six speakers, Bluetooth, two USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a power liftgate, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, and rear parking sensors.
  • Buick Envision Preferred: The Buick Envision Preferred trim adds no additional standard features, but it’s the first trim available with all-wheel drive.
  • Buick Envision Essence: The Buick Envision Essence trim features leather upholstery, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, tri-zone automatic climate control, blind spot monitoring, lane change assist, and rear cross traffic alert.
  • Buick Envision Premium: The Buick Envision Premium comes with the turbocharged engine and all-wheel drive, as well as forward collision warning, front parking sensors, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, and a safety alert seat.
  • Buick Envision Premium II: The Buick Envision Premium II adds navigation, a head-up display, active park assist, and ventilated front seats.

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What Does Buick's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Buick offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Qualifying vehicles receive a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty after the four-year/50,000-mile new-car warranty expires. This warranty includes free maintenance for two years or 24,000 miles, 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 has one of the better CPO programs among affordable carmakers. According to our analysis, only Kia and Mini have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Envision?

The 2018 Buick Envision received the highest rating of Good in the five crashworthiness tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Headlights in the Envision Premium II trim earned the second-highest rating of Acceptable for how well they illuminate the road ahead. Headlights in all other trims received the lowest rating of Poor. Models with forward collision alert and automatic emergency braking received the second-highest rating of Advanced for front crash prevention. Models that have front collision alert but not automatic braking earned a Basic rating for front crash prevention.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the front-wheel-drive 2018 Buick Envision a four-out-of-five-star rating in the frontal crash test and five stars in the side crash test. The all-wheel-drive model earned those same ratings in addition to a five-star overall rating and four stars in the rollover test.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera
  • parking sensors

Available advanced safety features:

  • head-up display
  • forward collision warning
  • automatic emergency braking
  • lane keep assist
  • lane departure warning
  • rear cross traffic alert
  • blind spot monitoring
  • front parking sensors
  • parallel and perpendicular park assist
  • 360-degree parking camera
  • safety alert seat (works alongside other safety features to vibrate the driver’s seat when a potentially dangerous situation occurs)

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2018 Buick Envision Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Buick Envision or 2018 Acura RDX?

Although the 2018 Acura RDX has a lower predicted reliability rating and less standard features than the Envision, the Acura is a better choice overall. It offers more passenger and cargo space, as well as nimbler handling. The RDX also comes standard with a powerful V6 engine, which can run circles around the Envision’s lackluster four-cylinder engine.

Which Is Better: 2018 Buick Envision or 2018 Buick Encore?

Buick fans who like the Envision but not its high price tag should consider the 2018 Encore. You could save about $7,000 on average by choosing the Encore over the Envision. The two share many standard features, but the subcompact Encore has better fuel economy and higher safety scores. However, you'll get far less passenger and cargo space and weaker engines than you will with the Envision.

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2018 Envision Performance

How Does the 2018 Buick Envision Drive?

The base engine has fairly weak power and provides sluggish acceleration, particularly on inclines and when getting up to highway speeds. The available engine is better, delivering quicker acceleration and satisfying power. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Buick tuned the Envision’s ride for comfortable cruising. It has light steering, so it’s best to avoid taking sharp turns at high speeds. The suspension does a good job of absorbing bumps in the road to maintain a comfortable ride.

  • Base engine: 197-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder
  • Available engine: 252-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Drivetrain: standard front-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: six-speed automatic
Does the 2018 Buick Envision Get Good Gas Mileage?

With either engine, the 2018 Buick Envision returns great gas mileage for the class.

  • 2.5-liter, FWD: 22/29 mpg city/highway
  • 2.5-liter, AWD: 21/27 mpg
  • 2.0-liter, AWD: 20/26 mpg

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2018 Envision Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Envision Seat?

The 2018 Envision seats five people in two rows. The front seats are comfortable and supportive and offer generous legroom. Two adults can fit comfortably in the back seats, which can slide and recline for added comfort. Despite the SUV’s wide roof pillars, it's easy to see out of the SUV in all directions. The cabin is quiet, has contemporary styling, and features decent-quality materials, but it isn't as upscale as some rivals’.

Standard seating features:

  • cloth upholstery
  • heated and power-adjustable front seats

Available seating features:

  • leather upholstery
  • heated steering wheel
  • ventilated front seats
  • heated rear seats
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Buick Envision?

The 2018 Envision has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this system the second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use.

2018 Buick Envision Features

The IntelliLink infotainment system comes standard in every Envision. It’s a user-friendly system that includes smartphone integration for Apple and Android devices. Climate and audio settings are controlled by physical buttons and knobs so you won't have to glance at the infotainment screen to change settings on these functions.

  • Standard infotainment features: the IntelliLink infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, two USB ports, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, and a Wi-Fi hot spot
  • Available infotainment features: navigation and a seven-speaker Bose audio system
  • Additional standard features: push-button start and dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Other available features: tri-zone automatic climate control and a moonroof

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2018 Buick Envision Dimensions

Buick Envision Cargo Space

The Envision has an average amount of cargo space for a luxury compact SUV, with 26.9 cubic feet of room behind the rear seats and 57.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. The back seats can slide fore and aft to suit passengers or allow for more cargo space. The cargo area has a low floor, so you won’t have to lift items too high to load them. All Envision models have a hands-free power liftgate that opens when you wave your foot under the rear bumper.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Buick Envision Length and Weight
  • Length: 15 feet, 3 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,755 to 4,083 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Buick Envision Built?

Buick built the 2018 Envision in China.

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