Inside the 2018 Buick Envision

The 2018 Envision didn't get any updates. It is the same size CUV as the 2017 model. Inside, the Envision is comfortably roomy and fairly nice equipment. The problem is some of the interior features seem a bit mediocre and, well, cheap for what should be a luxury CUV. It certainly is well worth taking for a test drive, though, if you are looking to buy a new CUV. Here are the answers to questions you may have about this medium-sized crossover SUV.


Does the Envision have leather seats?

Lower 2018 Envision trims have cloth seats. The top three trims have "leather-appointed" seats. That means the outer edges of the seats are covered with leather but the center of the seats, both the bottom part and back, are cloth. While this may seem like a cheap, cost cutter move for Buick, most people find such seating to be more comfortable. The cloth parts breathe, whereas leather doesn't and can be uncomfortable on long drives.


How many rows of seats are there in the Envision?

There are two rows of seats in the Buick Envision with room for five people, including the driver. The front seats are bucket seats.


Are the seats heated in the 2018 Envision?

The top three trim levels have heated seats. The seats also have cooling capabilities in the Envision Premium II, which is the top trim level.


Is there storage in the center console between the front bucket seats in the 2018 Envision?

Yes, the Envision actually has a well-designed center console. It opens from both sides, allowing for easier access for the driver and the front passenger.


Is the 2018 Envision reasonably priced?

The 2018 Buick Envision base model has a starting MSRP of $34,015. That is more expensive than most of its competitors. If you opt for the top trim level, the Envision Premium II, it will cost about $45,000.


How much cargo space is there in the new Envision?

The 2018 Envision has a total of 57.3 cubic feet of cargo volume when you fold down the back seats. That's about average for a mid-sized CUV. With the back seats in their upright positions, there are 26.9 cubic feet of space behind the second row of seats. The Envision also comes with a foot-activated power liftgate and a low floor to make it easier to load. The back seats are adjustable, too, so you can slide them forward rather than fold them down. That's a nice convenience for those times when you have passengers but need a little more room in the back.


How fuel-efficient is the new Envision?

The base Envision trim, which comes equipped with a 2.5-L engine, gets 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. That is pretty efficient for a CUV. The Envisions that come equipped with the 2.0-L DOHC 4-cylinder Turbo engine get 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.


Does the 2018 Envision come with Bluetooth connectivity?

Yes, and much more. The infotainment system in the 2018 Envision includes IntelliLink in all trim levels. IntelliLink includes an 8" touchscreen, two USB ports, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for smartphone integration. The Envision also comes with a 110-volt power outlet, three 12-volt power outlets, a six- or seven-speaker sound system, SiriusXM Radio and OnStar 4G LTE with a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot.


Does the new Envision have a smooth, quiet ride?

The 2018 Envision offers a smooth, comfortable and quiet ride. In fact, this is one of its better attributes. The Envision has very responsive handling and bumps in the road are barely even noticeable. Buick's noise-canceling technology ensures that you will enjoy a nice, quiet ride.


Does the Envision come with any good safety features?

All of the 2018 Envision trim levels are equipped with Rear Park Assist, a rear vision camera, a StabiliTrak stability control system, a Tire Pressure Monitoring system and a Teen Driver system. Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Alert systems, Lane Keep Assist, Automatic Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Monitoring, Front Parking Sensors, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist as well as a 360-degree camera are available.


Has the 2018 Envision undergone crash testing?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has tested the all-wheel-drive 2018 Envision. They gave it a five-star Overall Safety Rating. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) hasn't tested the 2018 model yet. They gave the 2017 model their Top Safety Pick+ award, though. The 2018 Envision will probably do just as well since it hasn't been changed.

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