2017 Buick Envision review

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Buick Envision highlights

Customer rating


  • Easy maneuverability
  • Quiet interior
  • Feature-rich


  • Subpar cargo capacity
  • Lackluster engine performance
  • Roof pillars obstruct the outward view

Mileage (EPA estimate)

20 city, 26 highway, 22 combined

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Compact, with a spacious luxury feel

The 2017 Buick Envision is a compact SUV defined by its upscale features. The Envision is more than just a pretty face, however. With standard all-wheel drive, it may suit you if you're looking for control in all types of weather. Whether you're looking for a car small enough for city commuting or one spacious enough for running the kids around, the Buick Envision could be right for you.

All Buick Envision years

What is new for the 2017 Buick Envision?

  • The Envision is available in a variety of new trims, including the Base, Essence, and Preferred.
  • Envision trims have been upgraded with Leatherette & Cloth, Flex Fuel Vehicle, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto as standard equipment this year.

2017 Buick Envision trims

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Premium I

Premium II

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5 reasons to buy the 2017 Buick Envision

1. Standard All-Wheel drive

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In the compact SUV class, few vehicles come standard with all-wheel drive. If you buy a 2017 Buick Envision, however, you can rest easy knowing that all-wheel drive is standard. This might be particularly important if you live in a wintry or rainy climate, or occasionally find yourself on dirt and gravel roads. The Envision can get you where you need to go in a variety of driving conditions.

2.Easy to maneuver.

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The Buick Envision's small size makes it perfect for city driving. Compared with other, larger SUVs, the Envision can slide into tight parking spots or slip through traffic with ease. In addition, the automatic parking assist feature, available on the Premium II trim level, will park your Envision in a parallel or perpendicular spot with the push of a button.

3. Straightforward tech connectivity

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The 2017 Buick Envision comes standard with Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto, and Bluetooth® connectivity. This makes it easy to listen to your favorite podcasts or music while you drive, with no fuss. The Envision also comes standard with a six-speaker audio system, so your tunes can always sound their best. In addition, the Envision comes with an available Wi-Fi hotspot that can keep you connected on the road.

4. Rooms to stretch your legs

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Despite its compact size, the Buick Envision is spacious enough to give you and your passengers a comfortable ride. The 2017 Envision has more than 40 inches of legroom in the front and more than 37 inches for rear passengers. That means that even adults can sit comfortably in the back seat, and if you've got little ones there will be plenty of space for rear-facing car seats.

5. Upscale touches

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The Buick Envision feels like a luxury SUV, even in the base trims. The base-level Envision has cloth seats with leatherette accents, but all other trims have leather seating. The Envision comes standard with features that will make your life a bit easier and more comfortable, including heated front seats, a hands-free liftgate, and QuietTuning® technology to block road noise in the cabin.

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The Acura RDX is a compact luxury SUV with seating for five. Model years 2016–2018 come standard with a 279 hp, 3.5-L V6 engine paired with front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is an available option. In 2019 Acura redesigned the RDX, swapping the V6 for a 272 hp 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Even in the base trim, the Acura RDX has standard leatherette seats for all model years.

2016–2021 Acura RDXs come with the following features:

  • 279-horsepower V6 on model years 2016–2018; 272 hp turbo-four on model years 2019 and later

  • Standard seven-speaker audio system with USB and Bluetooth connections

  • Standard leatherette seats, heated in the front

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

The 2017 Buick Envision is a luxury SUV that customers like for its features and solid ride.

RepairPal gave the Buick Envision an overall reliability rating of 5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Buick Envision 1st out of 32 among Midsize SUVs.

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Buick Envision features and specs

Base 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cruise Control
  • Flex Fuel Vehicle
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Leatherette & Cloth
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Remote Start
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • CD Audio
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Running Boards
  • Tow Hitch

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Leg room

F 40.9"/R 37.5"

Head room

F 40"/R 38.5"

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More about the 2017 Buick Envision

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Exterior colors:

  • Bronze Alloy Metallic

  • Chili Red Metallic

  • Ebony Twilight Metallic

  • Galaxy Silver Metallic

  • Midnight Amethyst Metallic

  • Summit White

Interior colors:

  • Ebony leather-appointed seats with dark plum accents

  • Ebony leather-appointed seats with ebony accents

  • Light neutral cloth or leather-appointed seats with ebony accents

  • Chestnut brown leather-appointed seats with ebony accents

Interior description

The base trim of the 2017 Buick Envision comes with cloth seats with leather accents, while all other trim levels come with leather-appointed seats. The real strength of the Envision's interior is its spaciousness. The SUV has 40 inches of legroom in the front and more than 37 inches in the back. The Envision has two cupholders in the front, and two in the rear.


The 2017 Buick Envision with the base 2.5L 197 hp engine can go from zero to 60 in 9 seconds (according to the manufacturer, when new). It has a top speed of 125 miles per hour. With the turbo engine, the car can do zero to 60 in 7.5 seconds (according to the manufacturer, when new) and reach speeds of up to 136 miles per hour. When properly equipped, both available engines on the Buick Envision can tow an estimated 1,500 lbs, enough for a small trailer or jet ski.


According to EPA estimates, the 2017 Buick Envision's tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions are 356 grams per mile with the standard 197 hp 2.5L four-cylinder engine. The optional 252 hp 2L turbo engine's tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions are 399 grams per mile.

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