The new design of the 2021 Buick Envision is meant to draw buyers back into the Buick fold with a crossover SUV that has features you won’t want to miss. A lower, wider stance takes the place of the previous design to improve performance, along with a new 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and intelligent all-wheel drive available on all trims. Buick delivers unprecedented safety with nine standard driver-assisted safety features and an even longer list of available features in upper trims. Conveniences like standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and push-button ignition are just a few reasons to be excited about the new Envision.
In the winter months, the 2021 Envision will be a delight to drive with conveniences like standard heated exterior mirrors, available heated seats, and snow and ice driving mode. New electronic grade braking will manage your speed while going downhill so you won’t have to ride the brakes, and standard LED headlights will brighten the way on dark nights. No matter what road conditions or weather you experience, the Envision will keep you comfortable with the dual-zone automatic climate control and powered lumbar support. This is a vehicle built for a silky driving experience that insulates you from exterior noise while you relax in ultimate comfort.
With the new 2021 Envision, details make a difference. It’s the small things that truly make driving a Buick a pleasant experience every time you shut the door on the rest of the world, starting with the active noise cancellation and quiet tuning that provides the peaceful cabin Buick owners have come to know and love. When you’re ready to pull out of the driveway, the available HD Surround Vision gives the driver a bird’s eye view of the entire vehicle and all the surroundings, so you know it’s safe to pull out of your parking space. Your climate control system has an air ionizer with cabin air quality control as standard equipment to keep your air clear of harmful chemicals.
When you’re on a trip with a passenger, you no longer need to be disturbed by having to move when someone needs access to the center console storage. The split top allows you to leave your side closed when your passenger opens the other side. Another convenient feature of the interior is the increased space gained by removing the shift knob, replaced by buttons and levers to electronically shift gears. It may take practice to get used to it, but the savings in space means you have better access to the center stack controls and more room for storage.
During colder months, Buick offers snow and ice driving mode to help increase your traction and control on those slippery roads so you can drive with confidence. Once you get to your destination, pull luggage or gear out of the cargo area with a simple kick under the rear bumper where the logo appears on the ground. This thoughtful feature means you don’t have to guess where the sensor is because the light with the Buick logo will appear where you need to place your foot. Hands-free made simpler.
Buick has really raised the game with its new Driver Confidence Plus Package of standard safety features. The list is impressive, and it’s not just a few alerts to remind the driver to watch the road or wait to change lanes. This set of features adds driver-assisted features that will take measures to keep you safe if an accident seems imminent, but that’s not all; there are more features added to upper trims or as options that will make your life so much easier. Of course, these features are added on top of the passive safety features like airbags, traction and stability control, and seatbelt pretensioners.
Many manufacturers offer up to six safety features in a standard suite, but Buick has decided safety is important enough to add more. Many features will look familiar to drivers of newer vehicles, like forward collision alert, lane change alert with side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, and possibly even rear park assist. These features are the type that warn you an accident could happen, so the driver will pay closer attention and react if necessary. Now, Buick has added several more features that take a more active role in protecting you in case you don’t react quickly enough.
Automatic emergency braking will add more brake pressure if you suddenly depress the pedal, or it can apply brakes if the sensors detect an impending crash. Front pedestrian braking is a similar feature, though instead of objects, it detects the slower motion of a person crossing in front of you and will brake automatically. Automatic high beams will assist drivers on dark nights when you pass oncoming traffic; this feature automatically turns down your bright lights so you won’t have to think about it. Lane keep assist with lane departure warning will scan the roadway to indicate lane markings and will either brake or steer to keep you in your lane if you drift without signaling. Finally, the following distance indicator will warn you if you get too close to cars in front of you.
While this list is impressive, there are other driver-assisted features that provide more than safety assistance. The HD rearview camera is another standard feature that will provide much clearer views of the rear of the vehicle when backing up. Available adaptive cruise control will slow down and speed up according to traffic conditions when you engage the cruise control, so you won’t have to brake and re-engage the cruise when a car slows down in front of you. Possibly the most exciting feature is the enhanced automatic parking assist, which will park your vehicle in either perpendicular or parallel spaces. It then can help you unpark your Buick Envision with the press of a button after parallel parking.
Buick is taking its luxury styling to a whole new level with the Avenir trim line it has begun to offer on specified vehicles, and now the Envision is on the exclusive list. The Avenir is the trim that not only offers a full list of the most preferred features available, but it is also has those extra touches that are unmistakably top of the line. Such details as wood accents on the door trim, a “signature” grille and alloy wheels with a pearl nickel finish, and diamond-pattern stitching in the seats will elevate the appearance of the high-quality finishes.
This trim is meant to take features to excess, with the ultimate sense of both refinement and comfort. Some of the features offer conveniences like heated front and outboard seats, a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and ventilated front seats. An enhanced instrument cluster with a head-up display for the windshield makes keeping the driver’s eyes on the road easier. Standard wireless charging combined with the standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto means no more unsightly wires to clog up the center console. Perhaps the most luxurious feature of all is the massaging driver’s seat feature, which is also standard only on the Avenir trim.
Some features are only available for the Envision Avenir as options, such as the enhanced automatic parking assist, adaptive cruise control, a rear camera mirror, and enhanced LED headlights. For the exterior, the Avenir trim can add a rear camera washer, wheel locks, and the delightful effect of the ambient lighting that will turn on when you approach and shut off after you walk away. There are other benefits to the Avenir trim, such as the standard larger 10-inch infotainment screen, available Amazon Alexa connectivity, and the premium Bose audio system with nine speakers. For Buick lovers who understand the benefit of Buick quality, the Avenir trim elevates all the most pleasing qualities of the brand and takes them far beyond.