With the arrival of an all-new second-generation for the 2021 model year, the 2021 Buick Envision is now even more attractive, desirable, well-equipped and fantastic value for money than it’s ever been. The luxury compact crossover segment is crowded and competitive, but the dramatic restyling of the Envision now makes it one of the standout models to look out for in that part of the market.
There’s nothing too complicated about the 2021 Buick Envision so it won’t baffle or confuse prospective buyers who are now drawn to it by its fabulous new look. There are three straightforward trim levels to choose between where the entry-level model is called the Preferred, the mid-range model is the essence, and the top-of-the-range version is called the Avenir. All three models are standard front-wheel-drive, but all three trims can be upgraded with the extra capability of all-wheel-drive if buyers prefer.
Exterior styling is usually what attracts buyers to begin with and the new look of the Envision for 2021 is sure to attract new buyers in their droves. From the front, the Envision is easily identifiable as a modern Buick crossover but the sculptured, angular lines down the side of the Buick bring a more futuristic and aggressive style to the side view.
A single powertrain is found throughout the new Buick Envision lineup but it’s a seriously impressive one that’s more than adequate for a crossover of this size. Some rivals stick with somewhat old-school, naturally aspirated V-6s in their compact crossovers but the unit found in the new Envision is a thoroughly contemporary 2.0-liter turbo-four that develops an impressive 228 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque.
Power is sent to the front or all-four-wheels through an excellent nine-speed automatic transmission, and AWD models can disconnect power to the rear axle to help with fuel economy.
Speaking of which, front-drive versions of the all-new Buick Envision are rated by the EPA at 24 mpg in the city, 31 mpg on the highway and 26 mpg combined. That power disconnect technology keeps the economy penalty for AWD capability down to a minimum, so AWD versions of the new Envision are rated at 22/29/35 mpg respectively.
There are two rows of seats in the Buick Envision which gives a seating capacity of five, but refusing to squeeze a small third-row means plenty of room for those five and their gear. This version of the Buick has 52.7 cu.-ft. of cargo volume with the rear seats folded down, and there’s now an extra two inches of second-row legroom.
Safety is a big feature of the new Envision with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, active lane control, blind-spot monitors, automatic high beams, and parking assistance being standard across the range. Optional equipment includes the likes of a surround-view camera system and even a head-up display.
Standard equipment in the entry-level Preferred trim includes an HD rear vision camera, keyless open and start, LED headlights, ambient lighting, active noise cancellation, rear park assist, climate control and an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
The 2021 Buick Envision is a superb redesign of what was already an extremely popular compact crossover SUV. If you are good with five seats and you want a great value luxury crossover that looks fantastic and goes as well as it looks, check out the all-new Envision today with a test drive from GR Chevrolet here at 930 Fairystone Park Highway, Stanleytown, VA.