Buick Envista Is The Crossover Coupe For The Masses

The U.S.-spec 2024 Buick Envista officially broke cover this past April, with GM pulling the sheets on an affordable, small, premium crossover. Notably, the new Buick Envista presents what’s known as a “crossover coupe” body style, which is a vehicle design that’s become increasingly popular over the years. As such, the new Envista could be considered a crossover coupe for the masses.

For those readers who may be scratching their heads, the crossover coupe body style typically refers to a crossover with a sloping, graceful roofline, as opposed to the more boxy, upright roofline of a traditional crossover model. The crossover coupe design is thought to provide a more sporty and elegant look compared to the utilitarian styling of a more traditional crossover roofline.

A few popular examples of the crossover coupe body style include the BMW X4 and X6, Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe and GLE-Class Coupe, the Audi Q5 Sportback and Q8, and the Porsche Cayenne Coupe. However, looking over this list, one thing should be glaringly obvious – the crossover coupe body style is typically relegated to high-end luxury vehicles, with the models listed here ranging between $50,000 and $150,000.

The Buick Envista looks to buck this trend, bringing the crossover coupe body style to the masses thanks to a starting price of $23,495. One could even argue that the Envista helps to “democratize” the crossover coupe body style, and could provide motivation to other automakers thinking about bring additional crossover coupes to market with non-luxury vehicle price tags.

As a reminder, the 2024 Buick Envista features the turbocharged 1.2L I3 LIH gasoline engine as standard, with output rated at 136 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. Vehicle styling was inspired by the Buick Wildcat EV concept, while an 11-inch diagonal touchscreen and eight-inch diagonal Driver Information Center are both equipped as standard.

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Jonathan Lopez: Jonathan is an automotive journalist based out of Southern California. He loves anything and everything on four wheels.

View Comments (74)

  • Problem is, try finding one. According to AutoTrader, that most dealers are on, there are only 2,000 on lots nationwide. 9,000 Trax. Most clustered on the West Coast. Only 60 Trax within 300 miles of me on the SC coast. Something is VERY wrong with this picture. Hyundai/Kia have no issues getting Korean-made models across the country.

  • I still can’t get past calling anything with 4 doors a “coupe.” Otherwise, it looks nice.

  • The next step will be lowering it and calling it a "sedan hatchback"!

    What is next, stretching SUVs into mini-van like vehicles?!

    Over many years I've seen vehicles morph into different "new" body types and come full circle to become a fresh new, old shape.

    • California has a high demand for NON US built cars that is why. Even preferring import brands vs US brands built by the same people. NUMI GM models were excoriated and Toyotas were praised- exact same car exact same production line. Only difference was the badges.if people’s tastes did not change we still would be driving Belvederes and Impalas.

  • Hey, Google. I can't tell you how much I appreciate the never-ending trashy pop-up ADs .
    Like I said, "Can't tell you."

    • Kyle,Go Out And Test Drive One, Take It out On The Highway, You Will Be Surprised At The Performance Of That 3 cylinder!

      • No thanks John, I will keep my full sized 2019 Buick Lacrosse V6 AWD that gets 31mpg (on demand cylinder deactivation) with a 9 speed automatic. No problems in 3 years, 41,000 miles. When that wears out I will find another low mileage Lacrosse or 2019 Chevy Impala. Buick has nothing I would want now except an Enclave and those run $48,000 to $56,000. Way too much $$.

  • At this price point, there won’t be any in stock anywhere. A great looking car. Very under powered, but, would make a good city / village errand vehicle. Kudos to the styling folks.

    • I have to disagree , we have a new Trax in the fleet and the power is completely adequate for those that buy it.
      We had a 21 Nissan Sentra and this car replaces it. It feels every bit as powerful as the Nissan, I had it on the highway last week with 3 passengers aboard. The little turbo climbed hills with ease and had surprising power to pull out and pass traffic on the hills.
      People who complain about the lack of power simply have not driven the car ! The Trax/ Envista is one of the best new cars GM has brought to market in decades !!!

    • It's not underpowered at all, but it's not a Corvette stalker either. Has absolutely no trouble getting up and going, you can even roast the tires if you care to. The numbers on paper don't do it justice.

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