Buick’s Envision compact crossover, introduced for 2018, entered its second generation two years ago with a complete makeover, and now returns for 2023 with no major changes.
The China-built Envision has become one of Buick’s best-selling models.
For 2023, there are three trim levels, beginning with the Preferred model ($33,400 plus $1,395 freight, front-wheel drive; $37,050, all-wheel drive), followed by the Essence ($37,500, front drive; $39,300, AWD) and the top-of-the-line Avenir ($45,660, front drive; $47,460, AWD).
Avenir is Buick’s high-end sub-brand, and the Envision joined other models in the SUV lineup with this model with the 2021 redesign. It’s similar to the Denali sub-brand in the GMC fleet – the fanciest and most fully-equipped versions available.
As before, there is room for up to five passengers in the Envision, which comes with a full array of standard and available high-tech safety features, along with a list of standard active safety technologies.
All Envision models are powered by a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbo engine, which produces 228 horsepower and 258 foot-pounds of torque. It’s connected to a nine-speed automatic transmission.
For the second generation, the Envision is lower and wider than before, with styling designed to combine the exterior features of a sedan with the practicality of an SUV.
Our tester for this report was the Essence AWD model, with the Summit White exterior color (no extra charge) and Ebony perforated-leather interior with Ebony accents.