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The 2021 Buick Envision, Buick’s compact SUV, has been improved since 2020. The Envision received a major redesign for the 2021 model year. Here’s a look at how the 2021 Buick Envision is one of the most improved SUVs of the year.

The 2021 Buick Envision is the 2nd generation

A 2021 Buick Envision driving on a highway with tall blurred buildings in the background.
2021 Buick Envision | General Motors

According to U.S. News, the 2021 Buick Envision was having a tough time in the segment. It was mainly because the luxury compact SUV segment is competitive, and the Envision seemed to have fallen behind the curve. Buick has seemingly fixed many of the issues that customers and critics complained about with this redesign of the Envision.

According to U.S. News, one of the chief issues was the Envision not being luxurious enough to compete in the segment. Buick addressed that issue by doing a couple of things that were only possible by redesigning the car.

Like with any car that enters a new generation, the 2021 Envision is dramatically different from the first generation of the car. One of the more apparent changes to the Envision has to do with its style and size. Not only did Buick give the Envision a brand-new look, but Buick also made it bigger and lower to the ground. This means the Envision is a bit more spacious and also a bit easier to get into and out of than before.

How the 2021 Buick Envision was 1 of the most improved SUVs of the year

U.S. News reports that Buick revamped the interior of the Envision as well. Not only are the seats more spacious, but the ride quality is also very comfortable. Buick has given the Envision some upgrades that are more typical of a luxury compact SUV.

For instance, the 2020 Envision didn’t have many standard smart safety features, while the 2021 Envision does. The 2020 Envision also had cloth upholstery as standard. According to U.S. News, the 2021 Envision has cloth and synthetic leather upholstery as standard. There are more upgrades than that, but they’re why U.S. News ultimately bumped up the Envision’s score by a lot.

Currently, U.S. News gave the 2021 Envision an overall score of 7.8 out of 10. This is a one-point improvement from the 2020 Envision, which had an overall score of 6.8 out of 10. This is a very significant improvement, and very few cars had a similar change in their overall scores. Overall, the 2021 Envision was the fifth most improved SUV of the year, according to U.S. News.

An overview of this luxury compact crossover

A smaller update to the Envision has to do with its powertrain. According to U.S. News, every Envision now has the same engine. It’s a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder, and it gets about 228 hp. U.S. News said that it’s a good enough engine, but it definitely won’t “blow you away.”

Buicks are supposed to be the semi-luxury brand for GM. They’re more luxurious than a regular GM car but less luxurious and expensive than a Cadillac. It’s why the Envision starts at just under $32,000. But Buick has options. There are two trims available, the Essence and the Avenir. The Essence trim starts at about $36,000, while the Avenir starts at just over $40,000.


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