Road Show gave the 2017 Buick Envision 4.5 stars out of five and an overall score of 7.1 out of ten. Not bad for a crossover that’s sitting in the near premium segment, something that is neither mainstream nor luxury, but still fancier than the average crossover.
Though its “anonymous” exterior design is not the most attention grabbing, the interior cabin feel more than makes up for it. The interior materials are easy on the eyes and fingertips with comfortable leather seats that heats up quickly along with the steering wheel, a great feature for those who live in colder climates. There’s ample space for front and rear passengers unless you’re taller than 6-foot, at that point your passengers may find the rear headroom lacking.
In the tested top-trim Premium II Envision sits an 8-inch touchscreen with Buick's IntelliLink system and standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. IntelliLink is pretty much the equivalent of Cadillac's Cue and Chevrolet's MyLink.
If that’s not enough, there’s a multifunction screen in the gauge cluster that can display a small nav map or music information. There’s even an optional head-up display to bump up the amount of display screens to three.
Editor Andrew Krok found the Envision’s ride quality to be soft with suspension that was tuned to soak up bumps and make the ride more comfortable than its German or Japanese rivals. Combined with active noise cancellation, the Buick Envision is more than capable of delivering a comfortable ride for a full car.