2017 Buick Envision First Drive: Room for one more?

‘Room for one more?’ seems to be the battle cry of automakers eager to cash in on the unrelenting popularity of SUVs, and the 2017 Buck Envision bellows this inquiry at the top of its gilded lungs. Poised to participate in the nebulous ‘premium compact’ segment that at any given time encapsulates offerings from Lexus, Acura, Volvo, and Lincoln, the Envision hits the ground running thanks to strong support from smaller (Encore) and larger (Enclave) sport-utility siblings in the Buick showroom.

The 2017 Buick Envision also represents something new from corporate parent General Motors past its status as the newest member of the brand’s SUV family. After a small run of 2016 models hit the streets early this year, the entire reason the full five-passenger line-up is being offered to American audiences is because it has already played well in its native China, where it is currently assembled, making it a somewhat unique example of the cross-cultural pollination that is currently helping steer the Buick ship.


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