The 2021 Buick Envision introduces an all-new second generation for the compact crossover, once again sliding between the smaller Buick Encore and Buick Encore GX, and the larger Buick Enclave. Now, non-profit consumer organization Consumer Reports has recognized the 2021 Buick Envision as one of the best SUVs under $40,000.
The 2021 Buick Envision starts at $32,995 for the base-level Preferred trim level. Consumer Reports classifies the crossover as “a comfortable, quiet, mildly upscale SUV that’s pleasant to drive,” also saying that the all-new second generation fixes some of the issues the organization identified with the initial first-generation model.
In addition the high-quality ride and quiet interior, Consumer Reports also liked the 2021 Buick Envision’s braking capabilities, as well as its infotainment system. Some of the criticisms include the gear selector switches, the lower dash vents, and crossover’s tendency to occasionally chirp the front tires when taking off from a stop.
Under the hood, the 2021 Buick Envision is offered with the turbocharged 2.0L I4 LSY gasoline engine, which is rated at 228 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque at 1,500 rpm. The four-cylinder mates to the nine-speed automatic transmission, which feeds the front wheels as standard, or all four wheels as optional.
The exterior of the 2021 Buick Envision offers a much sleeker design than the preceding first generation, with a low, wide stance, and sharp headlights. The taillights mirror the front end, while the body lines are smooth and curvy.
Inside the cabin, the 2021 Buick Envision offers a 10-inch diagonal touchscreen, while also including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A variety of active safety technology is standard, including Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, Following Distance Indicator, and Rear Park Assist.