10 Things Families Need to Know About the Buick Envision

While the Buick Envision has been selling like hotcakes in China, it doesn’t make its U.S. debut until 2016. Before it arrives at dealerships, here is what families need to know.

They’re calling it a four-door, five-passenger compact crossover. That means that Buick is positioning the Envision to complete with the Acura RDX, Audi Q5, Lincoln MKC.

It’s exterior probably won’t get your motor going. We’d hate to say it looks like everything else on the market but… yeah, it looks like everything else on the market.

The second row seat bends and snaps. Not unlike Elle Woods, the second row seating will slide into place and features a 60/40 split. The sliding seat will offer second row passengers leg row options and may make it less likely you’ll get kicked in the back by your toddler.

Envision a connected crossover. The new vehicle comes with available OnStar with 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot as well as IntelliLink with an 8-inch color touch screen.

There’s your standard safety technology. Safety Alert Seat and Lane Keep Assist, as well as available Automatic Park Assist, and Surround Vision 360-degree camera system all come standard.

Your bottom will stay warm if you want it to. It may not be the most important feature of your vehicle, but anyone who prefers staying warm on cold days will appreciate that standard heated front seats, heated rear seat and heated steering wheel the Envision offers. Prefer a cooled fanny? Don’t worry, cooled front seats are an option.

One of our favorite features is standard. Don’t dig in your purse for those keys! Passive entry and push-button start are everyone’s friend. Remote start is also standard.

The power under it’s hood won’t blow any doors off (but it doesn’t have to). The Envision comes with a 252-horsepower 2.0L turbo engine with stop/start technology.

We think we know how much it will cost. Based on the vehicles Buick has named as the Envision’s competitors, you can probably expect it to have a starting MSRP around $40,000.

We know it will go on sale in 2016. Yep, that’s all they’ve teased us with. When we get a more exact date, we’ll let you know.

image courtesy of Buick

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