Consumer Reports Top 2022 Compact SUV Will Surprise You

We fully expected a Lexus or Genesis SUV to show up first on Consumer Reports Best 2022 Luxury Compact SUV list. Or how about Cadillac’s or even Land Rover’s various midsize haulers. But no, for 2022 CR picked the Buick Envision SUV

Is the 2022 Buick Envision all-new for 2022?

2022 Buick Envision
2022 Buick Envision | GM

In only its second year since the new generation of Envision, it only received minor cosmetic tweaks from last year. Yet it was enough to bounce it into first place this year with a score of 84. So what does that represents, and how does CR do its ratings?

The 84 is the Envision’s overall score out of 100 points. These points are assigned based on various categories including extensive road testing and owners’ comments about what they like, don’t like, and more. Of course, safety and standard and optional equipment are also factors. 

What were Consumer Reports’ likes and dislikes?

2022 Buick Envision
2022 Buick Envision interior | GM

CR felt that the 2022 Envision’s ride quality was excellent. So too its quiet cabin, braking performance, and infotainment system. On the dislike side, it faults the gear selector, low dash vents, and the test car’s habit of spinning the front tires under aggressive take-offs. This happened even with the all-wheel-drive switched on.

The Consumer Reports road testers gave the Envision a 79 in overall testing, a five out of five for reliability, and a three out of five for owner satisfaction. This last category is a bit disappointing for a compact luxury SUV that is rated the highest. Other drawbacks include less cargo space than others in this category, and some find the cabin materials lacking for a luxury vehicle. JD Power gave the 2022 model an 85 out of 100 points for reliability, which is considered a good score.

What’s to like?

2022 Buick Envision
2022 Buick Envision | GM

The Envision is built on the GM E2 platform. Others underpinned with this Epsilon architecture include the Chevy Malibu, Buick LaCrosse and Regal for China, and the Cadillac XT4. It is positioned just above the Encore GX and below the Enclave. Power comes from the 2.0-liter I4 LSY engine, with 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. All Buick Envision SUVs are built at the GM Jinqiao plant in China. 

2022 Buick Envision
2022 Buick Envision | GM

One overall complaint is that the Envision has nothing that really breaks it into the Acura RDX, BMW X3, or Volvo XC60. But in the handling department, body roll is minimal, with excellent brakes, and engine response is smooth yet immediate compared to those other models. 

Base 2022 Envision models start at $33,000 and optioned out can rise to $41,650. That comfortably places it between the Encore GX base model at $26,000 and the Enclave base at almost $43,000. The fuel economy is about in the middle at 24 mpg City, and 31 mpg Highway. So compared to the others it tested this year, it looks like you can’t go wrong with the Envision if you’re looking in the small luxury SUV segment in 2022.