The U.S.-spec 2024 Buick Envista made its official debut in April of the 2023 calendar year, dropping in as the Tri-Shield brand’s affordable, small, premium crossover. However, despite its “premium” aspirations, the Buick Envista currently does not offer a premium / up-level sound system from a high-end sound equipment manufacturer, such as Bose. And that could be seen as somewhat strange – so why is this the case?
“Six speakers is the standard and only sound system [in the Buick Envista]. With this vehicle, there were decisions we had to make – do we want to offer Bose for a $700 dollar premium, or do we want to have the largest screen in the small SUV segment?” Teen told GM Authority.
The 2024 Buick Envista is equipped as standard with an 11-inch diagonal HD color touchscreen and an eight-inch diagonal color Driver Information Center, which includes Bluetooth audio streaming for two active devices, voice command pass-through to compatible smartphones, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities.
Indeed, while the standard six-speaker audio system could be seen as lacking in the eyes (and ears) of some audiophiles, GM Authority found the stereo to be more than adequate during our firsthand experience with the new 2024 Envista.
“It sounds pretty good. In the five R&B and Hip Hop songs I played on the Envista’s speakers, I didn’t hear much distortion or other negative audio qualities,” says GM Authority executive editor Alex Luft.
As a reminder, the 2024 Envista cradles the turbocharged 1.2L I3 LIH gasoline engine as standard across the lineup, with maximum output rated at 136 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. The GM VSS-F vehicle set provides the underpinnings.