Over the River and Through the Woods

We take a test drive in the new Buick Envision.

As the Holidays approach, perhaps it's time to upgrade your old ride before setting out for Grandma's house! We recently visited with Gary Coley of Cronic Chevrolet, Buick, GMC in Griffin to check out the new Buick Envision. The Envision is a standout in the competitive compact SUV market, offering a blend of style, comfort, and technology. 

The model we drove was the upscale Envision Avenir. It offers a premium experience that goes beyond the standard model. Features included a full leather interior, panoramic moonroof, wireless phone charging, and Apple Car Play or Android Auto connectivity. 

When you first sit down in the driver's seat, you'll find a sumptuous and well-appointed cabin, on par with some costing thousands of dollars more. The Envision Avenir boasts premium leather upholstery, comfortable seats with heating and ventilation for the front row, and wood-grain accents that add a touch of warmth to the interior. You can also get heated seats for the rear. Both front and rear passengers will enjoy ample legroom and a serene environment, thanks to Buick's Quiettuning active noise canceling technology.

The Envision Avenir excels in the technology department. Its infotainment system, displayed on a large 10.2-inch touchscreen, is responsive and user-friendly. You can also use voice commands to operate many of the functions. You'll find a 9-speaker premium Bose audio system that delivers impressive sound quality. The Avenir also benefits from a 360-degree camera system, a head-up display, and an augmented reality navigation feature that enhances the driver's perspective.

Under the hood, the Envision Avenir features the same turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine found in the standard Envision. This engine produces 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, which provides sufficient power for most driving situations. The 9-speed automatic transmission is smooth and the standard all-wheel drive helps with traction and handling. All this, while still achieving impressive MPGs! 

The entire Buick lineup prioritizes safety with a range of advanced features. Standard across many models are forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking to prevent front-end collisions. Lane departure warning and lane-keep assist help drivers stay in their lanes, while blind-spot monitoring enhances awareness. Rear cross-traffic alert boosts confidence when reversing.

Many Buick models also offer adaptive cruise control which adjusts speed to maintain a safe following distance, and a head-up display that projects critical information onto the windshield reducing the need to take eyes off the road. Buick's commitment to safety ensures peace of mind for drivers and passengers alike.

While the car we drove was a 2023 model, Gary let me know that the new 2024 will be even better, with a new grille design, thinner LED headlights, and Buick's brand new logo. You can see for yourself when you visit Cronic. Their entire sales team is standing by to assist you in finding the Buick that fits your family's needs. As for Gary Coley, he takes to heart the advice of his father Roosevelt. "Wherever you go, whatever you do, that place should be better because of you."


MSRP: $46,705

MPG: 26 Combined

Engine: EcoTec 2.0 L Turbo

Transmission: 9 Speed Automatic 

Cronic Chevrolet, Buick, GMC Inc. 

2676 N Expy, Griffin, GA 30223

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