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New Buick Vehicles

The 2024 Buick Envista Avenir

Napleton News Review: Is that a Buick?

The new 2024 Buick Envista Avenir is a subcompact SUV that borrows from the legacy and profile of the BMW X6 and Mercedes GLC. Just with a lot less power and for a lot less money. Here at Napleton News, we always enjoy saving a few bucks. However, is it worth spending them on a Buick? Hop in as we find out.

What’s under the hood of the Buick Envista Avenir?

Buick’s 1.2L turbocharged 3-cylinder engine.

It’s small, and almost mighty. We’re talking about GM’s Mexican-built 1.2-liter turbocharged 3-cylinder engine. This relatively tiny engine delivers 136-hp and 162-lb-ft of torque. It’s not a lot but it’s not nothing either. Power is sent to the front wheels by a six-speed automatic transmission. But there is no all-wheel drive availability.

What does the Napleton team think of the Envista Avenir’s looks?

Buick Envista in Ebony Twilight Mist.

Imagine a fastback, non-boxy shaped subcompact SUV. With a lot of blinginess around the sweptback roofline and greenhouse, the Avenir looks larger than it really is. Which is a good thing. The front is a successful swipe from the Buick Wildcat concept that appeared a few years ago. Overall, it seems Buick’s intent was to attract younger buyers with a more accessible vehicle. We think they have succeeded.

The exterior of the Envista features a sculpted visage that blends in with a distinctly European look that pips many of the SUVs on the road today in North America. Squint and the grille almost looks like one that belongs on a Lamborghini Urus, but for a lot less money.

Since our tester was painted black metallic, or in Buick-speak, “Ebony Twilight Metallic,” it was the perfect candidate for the chrome accent trim around the body. It helped to set the Envista apart from other blacked-out models.

What about inside the ride?

View of the driver’s seat in 2024 Buick Envista Avenir interior in Gideon with Ebony accents.

The interior of the Buick Envista Avenir features a sharp looking set of features with all the technology you would expect today. These include a 11.0-inch diagonal touchscreen display, wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and wireless Qi smartphone charging. A Bose premium audio system pumps out the decibels, but if the outside ambient sound gets to be too much, Buick’s QuietTuning with active noise cancellation will engage to cancel out any road noise that may try to find its way inside. Think of this system as a larger-than-life set of Bose Noise-Cancelling headphones.

The seats are comfortable for a cross-country escapade, and they would only be better with the addition of ventilation to keep things cool in sunny South Florida. There’s plenty of headroom in the front seat but the sloping roofline in back may complicate things for taller members of the population. Cargo space behind the second row measures up at 20.7 cubic feet with the seat up. Fold them forward and that space increases to more than 42 cubic feet. Speaking of the cargo area, the Avenir includes an automatic liftgate with footswipe control. Just wave your foot underneath and the liftgate will go up on its own.

Close-up view of the new Ultrawide Infotainment Display in the 2024 Buick Envista.

The one thing that hurts the Envista Avenir and almost every other GM vehicle is their use of substandard plastics. After a while, the plastic will begin to gum up or deteriorate in other ways.

Napleton get’s behind the wheel of the Buick Envista Avenir

The Envista Avenir is a front-drive SUV that is quite agile cutting through traffic and around seasonal visitors to South Florida. Did we mention it’s Season yet? Yep, it is! But that’s ok. We need the local revenue!

Front 3/4 view of the 2024 Buick Envista in Cinnabar Metallic.

That means there are plenty of amateur drivers on the road once again. It’s okay, for the most part, because the Envista is quite agile in moving in and out of gaps around slower moving traffic. Under the hood of the Envista Avenir is the little engine that could. It seems tiny, checking in as a 1.2-liter three-cylinder. Think of that: It’s like half the size of a V6 engine. With half the cylinders, too!

It is surprisingly peppy for such a tiny mill, and it does let you know when it’s giving its all but the bottom line is it’s the perfect engine for this type of vehicle. And it most definitely isn’t your father’s Buick.

Buick Envista Avenir Specifications

2024 Buick Envista Avenir Specifications

Engine Type 1.2-liter 3-cylinder turbocharged engine
Horsepower 137 hp @5,000 rpm
Torque 162 lb-ft 2,500 rpm
Transmission 6-speed automatic transmission
Fuel Economy (Combined/City/Hwy) 30 avg / 28 city/ 32 hwy
Suspension F/R MacPherson Strut /Multi-link
Turning Circle 11.4
Also Available Other trim levels

Specs

Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles
NHTSA Safety Rating Not Rated
Max Seating Capacity 5
Wheelbase 106.3 inches
Overall Length 182.6 inches
Width 71.5 inches
Height 61.3 inches
Cargo Room (Behind 1st and 2nd row) 42.0 / 20.7 cubic feet
Headroom, Front 39.4 inches
Headroom, 2nd 37.3 inches
Legroom, 1st 41.9 inches
Legroom, 2nd 38.7 inches
Shoulder room, 1st row 56.0 inches
Shoulder room, 2nd row 54.5 inches

This post was published on March 14, 2024

Mark Elias

I've loved everything on wheels: Trains, Planes and definitely Automobiles. I am constantly in search of the latest in new technology, which makes our lives better each day, but will always respect the classics. You can't continue forward without first taking a look back at where you've been.

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