The 2022 Buick Envision is a small luxury vehicle that provides several features at an affordable price, positioned between the smaller Encore GX and the larger three-row Enclave. For 2021, Buick gave the Envision a much-needed makeover, so this year’s model is essentially identical to last year’s.
The small luxury SUV market is a crowded and competitive one. With their European finesse, the Mercedes-Benz GLC and Volvo XC60 lead the pack, while Acura’s RDX offers excellent handling and a pleasant cabin. If you want to keep expenses low, Mazda’s near-luxury CX-5 may be had for thousands less than its premium rivals.
Overall, we believe Buick’s Envision is a good SUV, but it would be well worth your time to shop around. For a detailed explanation of its most notable successes and failures, read the Expert Rating below.
The Essence trim level falls right in the middle. The Envision Essence will be available with trim-specific 18-inch wheels, a power-operated rear liftgate, heated front seats, and a 10.2-inch infotainment display for $4000 over the base Preferred model.
For a little extra, you can add the optional Sport Touring option, which comes with 20-inch wheels and darkened exterior trim. Those seeking a luxury automobile with all of the trimmings should look no further than to the top-level Avenir.
Just one engine is available under the 2022 Envision’s curvaceous hood. It’s a 228-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with a displacement of 228 cubic inches. It has a nine-speed automated gearbox and front-wheel drive as standard. All-wheel drive is optional on any of the three trim levels, although it comes standard on higher trims
The Envision feels lively on the road, but it never manages to feel particularly quick, especially when compared to key competitors such as the Audi Q5 and BMW X3. Its zero-to-60 mph time of 7.3 seconds at our test track was uninspiring; its actual performance on the road, however, will be excellent for most drivers.
We wish Buick had incorporated more athleticism into the Envision redesign, but instead the suspension is designed to provide for maximum ride comfort and has lost much of the handling poises that made its predecessor so appealing.