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Surprise and Delight: The 2024 Buick Envista Avenir FWD

I just spent a week behind the wheel of a game-changer vehicle: the 2024 Buick Envista Avenir. Let's see if the all-new 2024 Buick Envista Avenir FWD is ready to rewrite the rulebook on what a Buick can be.

Let's be honest, Buicks haven't exactly been at the forefront of the automotive enthusiast talk. But step aside preconceptions, because the 2024 Envista Avenir might just surprise you in a big way. Buick revealed the 2024 Envista last year in April , which became Buick's new entry level model, replacing Encore. The Envista, which will be Buick's last ICE-powered SUV, is giving buyers a real choise when looking for a new vehicle.

Generally speaking, Buick is making bold push with refreshed lineup and 2025 Enclave in production.

First off, the design. It's a head-turner. At least four people asked me, "Is that a new Porsche?" Buick ditches the stodgy for a sleek, sophisticated look that whispers "adventure." Inside, the Avenir trim pampers you with premium touches that feel undeniably luxurious. Sink into the rich, supportive seats and imagine cruising down a scenic highway, the wind whispering through the sunroof.

2024 Buick Envista Avenir FWD, rear seat

The Envista, a brand-new nameplate for the brand, is poised to hit dealerships this summer as a 2024 model. This fresh arrival promises to shake things up for Buick, offering a unique blend of style, comfort, and affordability.

What Kind of Engine and Transmission Does The Buick Envista Have?

The 2024 Envista prioritizes a smooth, comfortable ride over neck-snapping acceleration. All models pack a 1.2-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine that delivers a perky 136 horsepower – perfect for navigating city streets and keeping the pace with everyday traffic. While the Envista might not win any drag races (clocking 0-60 in 9.3 seconds), it reaches highway speeds with a respectable 6.7-second burst to 50 mph. 

2024 Buick Envista Avenir FWD engine

This focus on comfort extends to the transmission. A smooth-shifting six-speed automatic handles gear changes seamlessly, and pairs with front-wheel drive for a confident feel on the road. The Envista's handling inspires confidence with precise steering and a firm brake pedal, while the well-controlled ride ensures you'll arrive at your destination feeling relaxed and refreshed.

Filling up less often is always a welcome benefit, and the 2024 Buick Envista delivers on that front. The EPA estimates a reassuring 28 mpg in city driving and an impressive 32 mpg on the highway. And here's the good news: during our own highway fuel economy test, the Envista lived up to that 32 mpg promise exactly. That means you can cruise further on a single tank, saving you money and reducing trips to the pump. For even more detailed fuel economy information, be sure to visit the EPA's website.

Interior of the Buick Envista

Slide inside the Envista and you're greeted by a surprisingly spacious cabin for a compact SUV. Four adults can comfortably settle in, and the cleverly designed roofline maintains ample headroom despite its stylish slope. While materials might not quite reach the stratosphere of luxury cars, they feel a cut above rivals like the Nissan Kicks and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport or PHEV. The Envista prioritizes comfort and convenience, offering a generous helping of tech and amenities. A large glass panel dominates the dashboard, housing both a crisp digital gauge display and an infotainment touchscreen for a sleek, modern feel.

2024 Buick Envista Avenir FWD, front interior and infotainment

Stepping up to the Avenir trim elevates the interior experience even further. The materials and ambiance approach the best in the class, creating a truly luxurious atmosphere. However, it's important to remember that the Envista doesn't directly compete with established German luxury brands like Audi, BMW, or Mercedes-Benz. Instead, it offers a compelling blend of affordability and near-luxury comfort.

The Envista doesn't skimp on tech, offering a driver-centric cockpit designed to keep you informed and entertained. The centerpiece is a stunning dual-screen setup. An 8-inch digital display keeps you up-to-speed on vital vehicle information, while a larger 11-inch touchscreen handles all your infotainment needs. Below the central air vent, you'll find a dedicated panel for climate controls, ensuring easy access to temperature adjustments without fumbling through menus.

Buick equips the Envista with its latest software, putting a wealth of functionality at your fingertips. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto seamlessly integrate your smartphone, so you can access your favorite music, podcasts, and navigation apps on the go. And if you need to stay connected on the road, an available Wi-Fi hotspot keeps you and your passengers entertained throughout the journey. Whether you're cruising down the highway or navigating city streets, the Envista's infotainment system keeps you informed and in control.

How The 2024 Buick Envista Avenir Drives

Now, about the ride. Don't expect a muscle car, but the Envista Avenir FWD is a smooth, comfortable companion. It glides over bumps with surprising ease, making even the most mundane errands feel pleasant. The turbocharged three-cylinder engine might seem small at first, but it provides enough pep for everyday driving. Think of it as zippy, not dragstrip fast.

Of course, there are compromises. All-wheel drive isn't an option, so if you live in snowy climes, the Buick Envista might not be your ideal chariot. And while the interior materials are a vast improvement for Buick, they can't quite match the opulent feel of some established luxury brands. But here's the beauty: the Envista Avenir offers a luxurious experience at a refreshingly affordable price tag.

2024 Buick Envista Avenir FWD exterior design view profile

The 2024 Buick Envista arrives in three distinct flavors, each offering a unique twist on the Buick experience. While all Envistas offer a peppy 1.2-liter turbocharged engine and front-wheel drive, the trim level you choose unlocks a range of features and a touch of personalization.

The Envista Preferred: This gateway to the Envista family starts at a friendly $23,495. It's a solid choice for value-conscious drivers who prioritize the Buick essentials – a comfortable ride, a smooth-shifting transmission, and the confidence-inspiring Buick Driver Confidence suite.

The Envista Sport Touring: Craving a touch more pizzazz? The Sport Touring steps it up for $25,195. Imagine this: you're cruising down a coastal highway, the wind whipping through your hair (thanks to the available sunroof, of course). The Sport Touring elevates the experience with sportier 18-inch wheels and a wider selection of available options, letting you tailor the Envista to your adventurous spirit.

The Envista Avenir: Now, let's talk about turning heads. The top-of-the-line Avenir trim starts at $29,695 and injects a dose of undeniable luxury into the Envista. Picture yourself behind the wheel, gazing out at gleaming 19-inch nickel-finished wheels and a sophisticated mesh grille. The Avenir exudes an elegance that belies its price tag, making you feel like you've pulled up in a far more expensive set of wheels.

One thing to note: all-wheel drive enthusiasts, this might not be your ride. Sadly, AWD isn't currently available on any Envista trim. Similarly, if you crave a powerhouse engine, you'll need to look elsewhere for now. But for those who prioritize comfort, style, and affordability, the Envista offers a compelling proposition.

2024 Buick Envista Avenir FWD, front view

So, who's this Envista Avenir for? It's for the driver who wants a touch of class without the stratospheric price tag. It's for the style-conscious adventurer who craves comfort and a little unexpected delight.

Tell me, what are your must-haves on a car? What would surprise you in a Buick? Let's chat in the comments by clicking the red link below – and don't be afraid to ask if the Envista Avenir could be your next adventure buddy.


Armen Hareyan is the founder and the Editor in Chief of Torque News. He founded in 2010, which since then has been publishing expert news and analysis about the automotive industry. He can be reached at Torque News TwitterFacebookLinkedin, and Youtube. He has more than a decade of expertise in the automotive industry with a special interest in Tesla and electric vehicles.