The 2023 Buick Envision is a premium compact crossover SUV with striking exterior styling and spacious, comfortable interiors that you’ll be proud to be seen driving around Yellowknife or anywhere else. The Envision has broad appeal as it’s a model that straddles the line between mainstream and luxury. At the entry level, the 2023 Envision is more premium than mainstream alternatives. But top-of-the-range versions of the compact Buick certainly encroach on full-blown luxury.
The 2023 Buick Envision model lineup is as compact as the vehicle itself, with three trim levels for shoppers to choose from. The most affordable model in the family is the Preferred, the mid-range model is the Essence, and the top-of-the-range version of the Envision is the Avenir. The Preferred trim is front-wheel drive in its standard form and is the only one of the three trims that offer a front-wheel drive option. All-wheel drive is available for the Preferred trim, but the Essence and Avenir versions of the compact Buick get all-wheel drive as part of the standard specification.
Six exterior colours are available, including the standard Summit White, four metallic options, and the highly premium White Frost Tricoat. Shoppers may also be pleased to learn that the Envision offers light and dark upholstery options: Ebony and Whisper Beige in cloth and leatherette or perforated leather, depending on the trim level.
The 2023 Buick Envision features the same engine for all three trim levels, and it’s a unit that delivers an ideal blend of performance, economy, and comfort for a vehicle of this stature. The engine in question is a 2.0-litre turbo-four that develops 228 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. That decent amount of power gets sent to the front or all four wheels through a standard nine-speed automatic transmission, and 0 to 100 kph takes just a little over seven seconds. And if you want the driving experience to be more engaged, you can override the automatic transmission with the standard paddle shifters.
The premium billing of the 2023 Buick Envision is well justified when you examine the list of standard features at all levels, especially the range-topping Avenir. The impressive standard specifications cover all areas, including comfort, safety, and infotainment. All models have standard automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, rear parking sensors, active lane control, automatic high beams, following distance indicator, and blind-spot monitors.
All versions of the Envision get an impressive infotainment system with a 10.2-inch touchscreen and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Essence and Avenir models also feature an 8.0-inch colour Driver Information Centre and cluster display. Many of the Avenir’s most impressive standard features are optional with the Essence, including adaptive cruise control, a Bose nine-speaker sound system, and a head-up display. All models get heated front seats and a heated steering wheel, and Essence and Avenir trims also get heated outboard rear seats.
It would be much easier to list the kind of people who might not be interested in the 2023 Buick Envision than to list those whom the Envision could be ideal for today. Unless the lowest possible price is your priority, the Envision is spacious, comfortable, safe, engaging to drive, attractive, and very desirable. Check this excellent compact crossover out today with a test drive from Yellowknife Motors at 360 Old Airport Rd, Yellowknife, NWT, or call us at (867)-766-5000 to book an appointment that fits your schedule.