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Buick Envision Avenir Finds Its Stride in a Crowded Field

The first generation 2014 Buick Envision, manufactured by the joint venture formerly known as Shanghai GM, was a work of styling anonymity.

After cosmetic updates, the new 2021 Buick Envision Avenir compact crossover SUV has found its stride amid a crowded field of competitors. As the dimensions and profile of all vehicles are all determined by the same set of crash-worthiness, aero-dynamic and fuel economy standards, the Buick Envision manages to fit in while still standing out.

Supple soft-edged athleticism are hallmarks of the new Envision, with a tidy front grill and lighting layout worthy of the heritage-laden Buick logo. The rear design accentuates the hatch-back cargo space, which lost a bit of volume capacity in this makeover.

Inside the top trim $42,000 Avenir, quality touch and feel and impressive tech are highlighted by the thick leather wrapped steering wheel, the angled color 10.2 inch infotainment center, a rear-camera mirror and quilted, perforated heated and cooled front seats.

Paired with a confident AWD and standard 2.0 liter 4 cylinder, this 288 horsepower crossover is great for long-haul driving as well as some civilized off-pavement picnic parking.