2024 Buick Envista Shoppers Like 1 Trim More Than the Rest
The 2024 Buick Envista is a debut SUV from the American brand, and it serves as the new entry-level model in its lineup despite being slightly larger than the subcompact Encore GX. To boot, the Envista sports Buick’s new design language based on the Wildcat EV concept and the brand’s new tri-shield badge. So, which trim of the 2024 Buick Envista is best for you? Here’s a look at the one trim favored most by consumers and what some automotive experts suggest.
The 2024 Envista is Buick’s most affordable model
The 2024 Buick Envista is available in three trims — Preferred, Sport Touring, and Avenir — with starting prices ranging from $23,495 to $29,695 MSRP, making it the most affordable model in the brand’s lineup.
However, the Envista’s sporty styling doesn’t equate to prodigious power, as all models are powered by a 1.2-liter turbocharged inline-three delivering 137 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent exclusively to the front wheels, and the engine pairs with a six-speed automatic transmission. The Envista is rated for 29 city mpg, 31 highway mpg, and 30 combined mpg by the EPA.
Starting at $23,495, the base Preferred model comes standard with 17-inch wheels and LED headlights. Inside, the dash is highlighted by a standard 8-inch driver’s information display and an 11-inch touchscreen, which features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity with a Wi-Fi hotspot. Other features include a flat-bottom steering wheel, cloth/leatherette seats, and automatic climate control. All models are equipped with automatic forward emergency braking, automatic high beams, lane-keep assist, lane departure warning, and other features.
The mid-range Sport Touring starts at $25,195 and includes embroidered front head restraints, 18-inch wheels, LED-accented taillights, an exclusive grille, and gloss black exterior trim. Lastly, the range-topping Avenir model ($29,695) adds a power liftgate, heated front seats and steering wheel, 19-inch wheels, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, wireless charging, an exclusive grille, leather seating, remote start, and automatic climate control.
Buyers can also add features like a moonroof, adaptive cruise control, blind zone monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and other amenities as options.
The base Envista is proving to be the most popular
According to Edmunds, the Preferred trim is the most popular among buyers. Buick has long been an in-between brand versus mainstream and luxury buyers. Apparently, buyers appreciate the Envista’s low starting price and admirable features listed in its base model. Considering the Envista is only offered with a single powertrain and all-wheel drive isn’t available, its sub-$24,000 starting MSRP seems to provide the best value among buyers.
Which Buick Envista do automotive experts suggest?
While buyers are most interested in the base 2024 Buick Envista model, Car and Driver suggests the top-tier Avenir trim. The publication states its 19-inch wheels, exclusive grille, and other styling features “make it look a lot more expensive than its price would suggest.”
An Envista review from Motor1 commended the Buick’s “attractive pricing,” sound fuel economy, ample connectivity, and tech, and overall enjoyed the Sport Touring trim. Still, it took some issues with cheaper-feeling materials in the mid-range trim’s cabin.
Newsweek’s review didn’t specifically outline the most appealing trim. Still, for compact SUV buyers who only need front-wheel drive and place a premium on styling, it noted that the Envista is worth checking out. The review said shoppers should also consider the Hyundai Kona and Kia Seltos, noting they are excellent options with more standard features “but less of a premium feel.”