It is absolutely absurd that Buick makes you pay $1,500 extra for the Preferred trim level when it only provides four extra color choices over the base model. Nevertheless, it's still reasonably priced compared to similarly equipped compact SUVs. As such, going with that or the Essence is a good call. We like the turbocharged engines of Premium trims, but paying more than $40,000 for an Envision seems questionable considering what else is available at that price point. Find a Buick Envision for sale
How Much Does a 2022 Buick Envision Cost?
The 2020 Buick Envision is available in five trim levels: 1SV, Preferred, Essence, Premium I and Premium II.
The 1SV trim level ($31,995) comes standard with 18-in wheels, automatic xenon headlights, LED running lights, fog lights, a hands-free power lift gate, rear parking sensors, a backup camera, remote ignition, proximity entry and push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated 8-way power front seats, a 60/40-split back seat (folds, reclines and slides), cloth/leatherette upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an autodimming rearview and driver-side mirrors, OnStar emergency and remote services, in-car Wi-Fi, an 8-in touchscreen, four USB ports, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack and a 6-speaker sound system. The base trim is available only with FWD and white paint. There are no options available.
The Preferred trim level ($33,500) has a higher price but doesn't actually add any extra equipment. It does, however, grant you access to five paint choices. You can also specify it with some optional vehicle accessory packages and AWD, but that comes with a further charge of about $2,000.
The Essence ($35,800) does add extra equipment, including roof rails, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems, tri-zone climate control, leather upholstery, driver memory settings, heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel.
The Premium I ($40,700) adds the turbo engine, an upgraded front suspension, 19-in wheels, bi-LED headlights, front and rear parking sensors, automatic wipers, forward-collision warning, lane-keeping assist, an upgraded trip computer and a 7-speaker Bose sound system. Both Premium trims are only available with AWD.
The Premium II ($43,600) adds an automatic parking system, automatic high beams, a head-up display, ventilated front seats, driver thigh support adjustment, wireless smartphone charging and integrated navigation (optional on the Essence and Premium I). The optional Driver Confidence package adds automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and a surround-view parking camera.
Every 2020 Envision comes standard with 10 airbags (front, front knee, front- and rear-side, side-curtain), a backup camera and OnStar emergency communications. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems are included on the Essence trim and above. Both Premium trims include forward-collision warning and lane-keeping assist, but only the Premium II can be outfitted with optional automatic emergency braking.
In government crash tests, the Envision received 5-star overall and side ratings, and 4-star frontal and rollover ratings. The nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave it top marks in crash tests and a rating of Advanced for the Premium II's crash prevention system.
2022 Buick Envision vs the competition
2020 Honda CR-V Touring -- For about the same money as the base Envision, you get even more equipment in the CR-V Touring, plus a more efficient engine, better driving dynamics and immensely more interior space.
2020 Mazda CX-5 Signature -- The range-topping CX-5 trim levels are genuinely luxurious and come with more equipment than a comparably priced Envision. The Signature trim comes standard with a strong turbocharged engine, AWD and a turbodiesel option.
2020 Lincoln Corsair -- If you're seeking an SUV from a premium American brand, the all-new Corsair boasts similar size and pricing. It's a more modern and technologically advanced crossover than the Envision and some may appreciate that it's built in the United States rather than China.
2020 GMC Terrain -- Since Buick dealers are invariably GMC dealers as well, it's also worth looking at the Terrain. It has a newer, more sophisticated vehicle architecture, and although it may not be as quiet as the Envision, we think it's a stronger vehicle overall.
Used Cadillac XT5 -- The XT5 is a step above the Envision in terms of both size and luxury, but you're going to want to look for a used or certified pre-owned (CPO) model to bring the price down. This is a great option if you want a nice luxury crossover with a little more room in the back seat.
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