Choosing a car is a very personal choice and experience. Adding children into the car shopping equation can make things even harder as we shop for just the right mix of features. We test drove the Buick Envision along the coast of Southern California and quickly realized why so many people like this mid-size SUV from General Motors.
The Buick Envision provides drivers with a nicely appointed mid-size SUV with upscale features to enhance the driving experience while keeping the entry price comfortable for a family of five.
Buick Envision Size
The size of the Buick Envision made driving around the streets of La Jolla so easy; the size truly is ‘just right’. We could fit our family of four with plenty of room for our luggage and life packed around us.
We went from a minivan to a Buick Enclave, which was perfect for us at the time. But as the children got older, we didn’t require quite as much space. Enter the Buick Envision.
With 57.3 cubic feet of space compared to 97.6, a family of five could easily drive in comfort in the Buick Envision as well with the kids in the back seat. We did not test the comfort with multiple adults in the back seat.
Buick Envision Interior and Comfort
The roads of California are a tough test on almost any vehicle with uneven pavement, plentiful starts, and stops, and longer than desired time in a car.
We test drove the Buick Envision over the course of four days and were truly pleased with the ride experience. With a two hour drive down to Estancia La Jolla, my husband and I were able to catch up after the week with minimal road noise.
The kids could also – well, be kids – in the second row with the space they require as tweens and teens. On our way home, we chose to take the scenic route and drive up the coast from La Jolla so we could enjoy the Pacific Ocean and take in the ocean side towns.
Everyone was more than comfortable for the extended drive so we could focus on the important thing – our time together as a family.
Buick Envision Features that Stand Out
There is a lot to love in the Buick Envision, but here are some features that we think deserve some appreciation:
- Buick Envision Gas Mileage – 22 city / 29 highway, but we saw mentions of over 30mph consistently when driving 72-75. That’s impressive
- Surround Vision – Let’s just say I do not have this in the car I own and found myself missing it after just four days of driving the Envision. For parents who pick children up in busy school parking lots, this camera is a game changer where safety is concerned.
- Panoramic Moonroof – The moonroof was really a noteworthy feature for our children and it goes back – way back.
- Smooth AWD handling – We noticed the smooth ride and that the wheels gripped the road in sunny California. The AWD would come in very handy in snow and rain.
- Peppy Engine – For a 4 cylinder, the Envision has some pep and get up and go. I am a stickler about this living in a larger metro area because the daily game of Frogger does not come with three lives. 😉
The only feature both my husband and I did not care for was the side blind zone alert. The light was at the outer edge of the mirror and colored orange, the same color, and location as the blinker.
So we would check our mirrors before changing lanes and then the blinker would cause a minor panic thinking we were going to collide with someone. A different color or location change of these alerts is a simple fix and given the long list of features to love, this is minor.
Buick Envision Price
With a starting price around $33,000, the Buick Envision is a great match for families looking for a premium vehicle that won’t break the bank.
There are three build options for the Buick Envision including the base starting at $33,995, the Preferred that starts at $35,870, and the Essence with pricing starting at $37,720. There are many available features drivers can choose to add on to make what they Envision a reality.