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2020 Buick Envision Performance Review

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Performance: 7.2

The 2020 Buick Envision has an unremarkable base engine, a more energetic turbocharged option, and a comfortable ride, but it lacks the enthusiastic road manners of many rivals.

  • "The Envision's performance shortcomings are highlighted by rivals who offer similar levels of comfort and refinement but provide better feel and responses from both the steering and the transmission. This segment is very competitive, and average is often not enough." -- Edmunds
  • "There are two things that immediately impress about the 2019 Buick Envision. First is its on-road quiet. Buick's 'Quiet Tuning' … does an admirable job of isolating occupants from the harsh outside world, even at highway speeds; the comfortably controlled suspension helps. The other is the sharp steering. While it's no Porsche 911, the Envision's steering was nicely communicative over all sorts of surfaces." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)
  • "… with so little relative power driving the 3,700-pound crossover, the engine is often working pretty hard to keep the Envision moving. It feels it, too; noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) control is severely lacking. The four-banger is coarse and loud on throttle and unrefined off throttle, vibrating the driver's seat." -- Motor Trend (2017)

Acceleration and Power

Buick offers two powertrains in the Envision: a 197-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and a 252-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission.

Models with the base engine have enough power for most driving situations, but heading uphill or passing on the highway can be a struggle. If you want more energy, go with the turbocharged option.

In its base setup, this SUV earns fuel economy estimates of 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, which are well above average for the luxury compact SUV class. Models with the turbocharged engine get 20 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.

  • "I'm happy to report that, as with the original turbo Envision, the updated one offers plenty of muscle for a vehicle of its size, and its willingness to ascend the lesser peaks of the Appalachians proved to me that, even loaded down with cargo and passengers, it would be capable of keeping up with traffic around it." -- New York Daily News (2019)
  • If you skip the standard 2.5-liter 4-cylinder and head straight for the turbo, you'll be rewarded with an additional 35 lb-ft of torque. Coupled with the new 9-speed automatic, the turbo is about a half-second quicker from 0-60 mph than before; still not a rocket ship, but noteworthy nonetheless. The 9-speed is a champ, too, with smooth shifts and seamless operation." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)
  • "We didn't get a chance to sample the 2.5-liter Envision, but the upgraded turbocharged four-cylinder and new nine-speed automatic are excellent. Acceleration is brisk and would certainly break the front tires into a haze of smoke if it weren't for the all-wheel-drive system. Buick says the powertrain modifications drop almost a half-second from the 0-60-mph times." -- Autoweek (2019)

Handling and Braking

The Envision opts for comfort over agility, so many of its rivals are sportier. Its ride is gentle, and the SUV remains composed around turns. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

  • And while it's stable enough in turns, the Envision is primarily tuned for comfort rather than handling precision. Its steering is fine around town and on the freeway, but it feels sluggish and inaccurate on twistier roads." -- Edmunds
  • Handling was also acceptable for a relatively tall-riding people mover like this one." -- New York Daily News (2019)
  • The steering of the higher-spec Premium models we tested with both front- and all-wheel drive was fluid and linear, the ride erring slightly more toward feeling placid rather than sporty." -- Autoblog (2017)
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