Buick Silences the Skeptics with the Envision
The fear of the Chinese taking over the US automotive market with vehicles that are built as shoddily as some of the toys and other products we’ve seen from China in the past is gone with the advent of the new Envision. The Buick Envision is the first vehicle built in China by a US company to be imported to the US and it certainly worthy of the badging, the name and the place it’s holding for Buick. Not only did GM make the Envision to be a great crossover SUV, they stuck it right in the most competitive part of the market and so far the Envision is everything you could hope for.
While this is the first vehicle to be built in another country by one of our own automakers and then shipped here, the idea of the global automotive market isn’t anything radical at all. Buick has been one of the favorite brands of the Chinese drivers and as one of the largest Buick markets in the world it only seemed fitting to put a plant in China and build a vehicle there, which is where the Envision came from.
The Envision is a gorgeous midsized crossover SUV that represents the premium brand extremely well. The seats are comfortable, there’s a generous amount of wood trim used inside the cabin, the equipment works extremely well and the exterior is bold, elegant and stylish to give you the feeling you want from the new Buick lineup. This is certainly an SUV worthy of the brand and of its name with the quiet cabin that makes for an enjoyable ride wherever you need to go. You’ll love the clarity of the sound system which is uninterrupted by road noise, making it a veritable concert hall inside your new Envision.
Under the hood you have a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. This is one of the only places the Envision feels like a throwback because most SUVs today use an eight-speed automatic, but the vehicle performs extremely well. This is not an SUV that’s going to break any speed records, but the 20 city/26 hwy mpg is enjoyable enough in this market, making it a vehicle you can certainly love to drive wherever it is you need to go.
When it comes to safety the Envision does a great job with the driver alert technologies needed. There is a vibrating driver’s seat to let you know when you’re going to his something behind you and the forward collision warning system flashes a bright red bar of light across the driver’s side of the windshield to let you know you shouldn’t be as close as you are. These systems ca help you stay safe and aren’t overly intrusive on your driving, making for a great partnership between you and the Envision when you’re on the road.
Overall, the Buick Envision offers you everything you need in a midsized crossover SUV as it fits in between the Encore and Enclave on the market. You won’t even know this SUV is made in China, unless you ask or your Buick dealer tells you it is. What you will notice is the quiet ride, the soft and comfortable seating, the enjoyable features, the space you need in the back for passengers and cargo and the engaging features of this SUV. This is the vehicle you want when you’re looking for something better at a reasonable price. The Buick Envision is something better and it comes to you in a way that can make it the vehicle you love to drive more than any other.