What do you get when you combine a spacious and powerful vehicle with a fuel-efficient car filled to the brim with the latest technology? You get the 2023 Buick Envision. The Buick Envision wasn't Buick's first SUV, but it fits perfectly within the lineup between other famous Buick models like the Enclave and Encore. The Envision is a compact SUV, meaning it gives drivers the full-fledged SUV experience while being much more manageable than the full-size SUVs you see on the road. Between its turbocharged powertrain and foldable rear seats, the Envision is a versatile vehicle perfect for commuters, family drivers, and more.
The 2023 Buick Envision is available in the same three trims introduced for the 2021 model year redesign. The Envision retains the base Preferred trim, which contains a host of standard features from handy infotainment to driver-assist technologies. Not interested in the base model and want something with extra flair? If so, you should consider the Essence or the Avenir. The Essence swaps out the standard infotainment center for a larger one and adds leather seats, among other enhancements. The Avenir brings features like ventilation to the heated leather seats added on the Essence, has more safety features, and includes 20-inch wheels––up from 18-inches on the Essence.
The Envision doesn't hold back with its performance. Powering all three trims of the 2023 Envision is a standard turbocharged 2.0L I-4 engine that has been a part of the lineup since the 2021 model year. This engine is paired with a modern nine-speed automatic transmission to give you a smooth drive with punchy acceleration when bringing the Envision up to speed on the highway.
The 2023 Envision outputs 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Compact SUVs don't get praise for towing prowess, especially against towing-oriented vehicles like full-size SUVs, pickup trucks, and so on. However, the Envision comfortably completes light towing tasks thanks to a towing capacity of 1,500 lbs. As the only engine available, the turbocharged 2.0L I-4 lends premium performance to even the base-level Envision. Those looking to save money can take comfort in knowing their base Envision performs on par with the priciest Envision model––the Avenir.
Fuel efficiency is a top selling point for many turbocharged engines, and the Envision is no exception. As with any model allowing for alternative drivetrains, the fuel ratings you get with your Envision differ between front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. For any SUV, it's worth opting for all-wheel drive for extra versatility, and the Envision doesn't lose too much of its efficiency when you make that choice. With front-wheel drive, the 2023 Envision earns EPA-estimated ratings of 23 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on the highway. Even switching to all-wheel drive still provides excellent ratings of 22 MPG in the city and 29 MPG on the highway.
The 2023 Envision may surprise some with how spacious it is, especially given its status as a compact SUV. Each of the five occupants of the vehicle, including yourself, will have plenty of head, leg, shoulder, and hip room to make long and tedious drives relaxing. Aside from space, the Envision features comfortable seats with plenty of features offered depending on the trim you purchase. Cargo space is also generous because the Envision is an SUV in every sense of the word. If you fold the rear seats downwards, you'll more than double your available cargo space, going from 25.2 cu.ft. when the back seats are up to 52.7 cu.ft. when they are folded down.
When you're sitting inside the 2023 Envision, you won't be short on headroom or legroom, which is true for your passengers too. You and the passenger sitting next to you will have 39.6 inches of headroom. The same goes for the 40.4 inches of legroom, which is over three feet of room for your legs––a generous amount. In the back, the passengers sitting in the rear seats will have 38.9 inches of headroom and 39.3 inches of legroom. It's rare when the front and rear rows have such similar dimensions, but this affirms passengers in the back row shouldn't have any issue fitting in the cabin for long road trips. You won't feel tightly packed in the Envision either because of the 56.7 inches of shoulder room and 55.1 inches of hip room in the front row or 55.9 and 47.4 inches of shoulder and hip room in the rear seats.
With the base level Envision, you'll get an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat standard, as there's no manually-adjustable seat for the driver in any configuration. However, by default, the front-seat passenger gets a six-way manually-adjustable seat. Upgrading to the Essence or Avenir trims will treat them to the same eight-way power-adjustable seat you'll be sitting in. On the base trim, the driver's seat can be equipped with a four-way power lumbar support for your lower back, and the front-seat passenger can have this feature too on any succeeding trim for an extra cost.
The seats aren't heated as standard on the base model, but this feature can be added if you wish to do so––the same goes for the heated steering wheel. However, like the front-row passenger's power-adjustable seat, heated seats and a heated steering wheel come standard on the Essence and Avenir. A leather-wrapped steering wheel is standard with the Essence, and if you find it doesn't blend well with the cloth seats, you can opt to swap the cloth seats out with either leatherette or genuine leather for an extra dash of luxury. The Envision is a luxury-filled vehicle, and the available eight-way power-adjustable heated and ventilated leather seats with four-way power lumbar support and massage settings are a prime example.
The Buick Envision is packed with exciting features designed to keep you and your loved ones safe. The standard driver-assist features that come with the 2023 Envision include Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, which are features not commonly found standard on other vehicles. The enhanced Buick Driver Confidence package, which comes standard with the 2023 Envision, also includes Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning and a Following Distance Indicator. And of course, the 2023 Envision has a Forward Collision Alert with Automatic Emergency Braking, which has become a staple in driver-assist suites across the industry.
When you're driving the Envision, it's an encapsulating experience. Part of this comes from the smoothness of the ride, but the other part has to do with the quietness of the interior. QuietTuning Active Noise Cancellation keeps the unwanted noises of the outdoors, like heavy wind, out of the cabin, meaning conversations can be easily had, and music sounds better. However, for the best music-listening experience, you should opt for the Avenir trim, as it swaps the standard stereo system out for a premium Bose sound system. The Bose speakers provide a far more extravagant listening experience with crisp and clear audio emanating from the nine integrated speakers––a significant upgrade from the six-speaker system from the other trims.
Accessing all forms of media is far easier because of the infotainment center you'll get with the 2023 Envision, regardless of the trim. The 2023 Envision's infotainment center comes in two forms: eight-inch and 10.2-inch. Opting for the base Envision doesn't mean you can't utilize the bigger and better infotainment center because you can swap out the eight-inch screen for the 10.2-inch screen for an additional cost. Still, the 10.2-inch infotainment center comes standard with the Essence and Avenir trims, the latter of which also adds built-in navigation.
What makes both infotainment centers so incredible is the integrated features, which are ones we don't normally see on base models around the industry. Features like Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard with the 2023 Envision. Both of these features are further enhanced by wireless charging on the Envision Avenir to create a multimedia experience free from cords and cables.