Those who have spent some quality time with the Buick Envision may have noticed something peculiar in the cargo area: a set of door release handles on each side of the trunk.
We have gotten several questions about this from readers, with the most peculiar one coming from Gene. During a test drive, a salesperson told him that the handles open the liftgate from inside the vehicle. Questioning the accuracy of the reply, Gene wrote to us for clarification.
In reality, the handles actually fold the 60/40-split rear seats. In driving the Envision, we grew to prefer the handles over the nylon straps that are typically used in their stead, since the door handles feel more “solid”.
To fold down the rear seats in the Envision, one must:
- Start by placing the front seatbacks in the upright position
- Fold the rear seat head restraints
- Pull the lever to activate the automatic folding feature
- Verify the seat is locked in the folded position by pushing down on the seatback
Buick also advises owners to keep the rear seatbacks in the upright and locked position when not in use.