Review: The sleek new 2024 Buick Envista offers a touch of style at a great price.

Review: The sleek new 2024 Buick Envista offers a touch of style at a great price.

The all-new 2024 Buick Envista is a compact SUV with a sleek profile aimed at young city dwellers. It’s also the cheapest new Buick. Pricing starts at $23,495.

Having carved out a niche for itself somewhere between the mainstream and luxury car sectors, Buick has veered more into the former with the new Envista, even if it looks a lot more luxurious. It’s one of the first small SUVs to come with a stylish roof, appealing to buyers who are happy to sacrifice a little in the pursuit of maximum style. The Envista also has good ride quality and an exceptionally quiet cabin, so it will feel classy in these respects.

2024 Buick Envista Price

2024 Buick Envista Avenir.


The 2024 Buick Envista starts at $23,495. That’s for the base Preferred trim and makes it the cheapest new Buick.

2024 Buick Envista Recommended


2024 Buick Envista Sport Touring


2024 Buick Envista Avenir


These figures include the manufacturer’s suggested retail price and a $1,295 factory-to-dealer shipping fee (destination charge).

At these modestly determined prices, potential rivals include the Hyundai Kona (starting in the low 20s), the Mazda CX-30 MZDAY,
Honda HR-V HMC,
and Kia 000270,
Seltos (all from the mid-20s) – none look as stylish as the Envista, but each has its own particular attractions. If anyone wanted something similar, but with a standard SUV body, the Buick Encore GX is priced from around $27K.

Before you buy an Envista small SUV, check the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price to find out what you should pay. We expect a medium package performance in terms of sales values.

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What’s new for 2024

Envista is brand new and something of a departure for GM’s GM,
Buick brand. The company’s older products were set slightly above the norm and were more conservative in their appeal. This model skews less and more found.

Power, transport and handling

2024 Buick Envista ST


The new Envista employs a 3-cylinder turbo engine with just 137 horsepower, but a solid 162 lb-ft of torque helps make it more than adequate around town (where most Envista drivers are expected to be) and able to grab those gaps in traffic. But what it lacks in power it makes up for in calmness. The Envista is among the quietest cars in its class or at this price, even.

We’ve spent hundreds of hours driving and researching the current lineup of small SUVs, including the Buick Envista.

Fuel economy

Buick says the new Envista gets 30 mpg combined (28 city, 32 highway). That’s the same as the others in the class.

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Stylish interior

The high-end exterior can make it easy to forget the Envista is among the cheapest cars on the market. Interiors provide a measure of reality. We like the big screen, the interesting shapes and the overall design, but some of the plastics still suffer from the cheap overall price. The Honda HR-V, for example, feels richer than this Buick.

On the plus side, 38.7 inches of rear legroom is good for the small SUV class. Not surprisingly, the 37.3 inches of rear room is unmatched, thanks to that sliding roof.

Cargo space of 20.7 cubic feet behind the rear seats (60:40 split/fold) compares favorably with some competitors, even 42 cubic feet with those seats down. If this is too much of a consideration, however, consider the Kia Seltos with 26.6 and 62.8 cubic feet.

Out of Snazzy

A new design philosophy applies to the 2024 Envista, with a front end inspired by Buick Wildcat electric car concept. In our eyes, this is a successful look – sweeter than anything the company has come up with in a long time.

The rest of the body looks heavily inspired by the BMW X4 BMW,
Sportback versions of the Audi SUV, or any other SUV with a sloping roof – as opposed to the usual square way.

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Features and technology we love

Wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
We always like to see wireless connectivity, for convenience. It is standard in the new Envista.

Wireless charging
Standard on the top Avenir, optional on the other two trims. Another important feature that also helps keep the cabin clean.

Powered tailgate
It’s very easy when your hands are full. Standard in Avenir, optional elsewhere.

This comes as standard in the Avenir, though not available in any other trim.

The roof of the moon
Optional in the two upper trims, it adds air to the cabin.

Heated steering wheel
Another Avenir-only feature, we’ve enjoyed having it on cold California nights, so imagine how great it would be on a cold Michigan morning.

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Engine and transmission

A turbocharged 1.2-liter 3-cylinder engine is the sole powertrain for the 2024 Envista. Output is 136 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque, which goes to the front wheels only through a 6-speed automatic transmission. There are no options for all wheel drive.

3-year/36,000-mile warranty

A new Buick car warranty lasts for three years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first. Powertrains are covered for five years or 60,000 miles. This is all common among conventional manufacturers, but Kia and Hyundai have the best conditions. Roadside assistance is also offered for five years or 60K miles, and the first service is free.

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Safety rating

Too new to be tested by any independent agencies in the U.S., Envista’s standard safety equipment includes forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, as well as lane-keeping assist. Blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are available on the top trim level.

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