2018 Buick Envision Driving Impressions

We found the optional turbocharged 2.0-liter feels confident and competent. The exhaust note is muffled and distant, releasing a light thrum under hard acceleration. There’s some turbo lag before the power hits, but when it does it’s smooth. This engine is used in other GM cars from the Chevy Malibu to Cadillac CT6. The 6-speed automatic transmission is always smooth.

We haven’t driven the 2.5-liter in the Envision but we have experience with this engine in other GM cars and weren’t impressed. Its 197 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque doesn’t sound like a lot for a 3800-pound crossover.

Envision’s strength is its excellent ride, its composure on choppy roads. Even with the bigger 19-inch alloy wheels and all-season tires, there’s not much road noise.

We drove an all-wheel-drive Premium on gravel roads, and had no problems with grip. The system is front-wheel-drive based, but sends power to the rear when traction is needed there. And then splits that power between rear wheels to help cornering and control.

Never mind the inviting steering wheel, the Envision isn’t into spirited cornering. However there’s not much body lean, and the electric power steering is steady, whether in a sweeper or switchback The system can counter-steer in crosswinds..

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