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    Jerome is offline Full Member My Buick(s): 2014 Verano Leather, 2008 Saab 9-3 2.0T
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    Swung by the local dealer yesterday and they had a Silver Premium I on the lot. We took it for a test drive. Initial impression was that it is very nice. Quiet ride, good power delivery from the engine, nice features. There were a few spots where I questioned items, for one, the rear seat release handles in the cargo area were strange, also I'm not sure about what the trim is supposed to even look like. Overall I really liked it though.

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    Thank you for this quick review, Jerome! The Envision is a really nice SUV. I'm expecting to see a great many on the road. What about the trim are you confused about? Here are a couple of pictures for reference. How's the leather? Does it feel high quality? Soft?




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    Thanks for the review. I have only seen a small bit of information about the Envision, and this is the standard stuff from Buick. I am interested in the size of the vehicle and how it compares to the Encore. I drive an Encore now, but it is just a bit too small for our needs. I was hoping the Envision would be the size we need, between the Encore and the Enclave. Has anyone seen a list of dimensions, for example?

    Granted I have a year or so before I have to get another vehicle, but I am wondering if I should continue to look at the Envision during this time or go back to Cadillac and look at the XT5. I have seen no Envisions at my local Buick dealer, or I would have scoped this out myself!

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    If I'm not mistaken the Envision is much closer in size with the Cadillac XT5 than the Buick Encore. I'd definitely keep the Envision on your shopping list...

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    The Envision is quite a bit bigger than the Encore. Here are the dimensions:
    Envision Encore Edge XT5
    Maximum Seating 5 5 5 5
    Front Head Room 40 in. 39.6 40 38.4
    Rear Head Room 38.5 in. 38.8 39.3 36
    Front Leg Room 40.9 in. 40.8 40.7 41.2
    Rear Leg Room 37.5 in. 35.8 39.6 39.5
    Front Shoulder Room 57 in. 54.2 58.9 58.3
    Rear Shoulder Room 55.8 in. 52.6 58.7 56.2
    Front Hip Room 54.4 in. 51.7 54.8 56
    Rear Hip Room 53.1 in. 50.1 56.1 54.7
    Wheelbase 107.9 in. 100.6 112.2 112.5
    Length 183.7 in. 168.4 188.1 189.5
    Width 72.4 in. 69.9 75.9 75
    Cargo Area 26.9 ft3 18.8 39.2 30


    Sal, the leather felt good, the carpet also seemed thick and nice. I'm not sure what the trim was supposed to look like. It wasn't made to look like wood, my wife described it as "Zebra"
    2016-buick-envision-interior-2016-new-york-international-auto-show-live-005.jpg

    The 3 Buick dealers close to me all seem to have Envisions in stock. The salesman said they had just come in this week though. I'm sure they will start showing up at more dealers.
    Last edited by Jerome; June 3rd, 2016 at 12:14 PM. Reason: Can't get spacing on dimensions right

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerome View Post
    The Envision is quite a bit bigger than the Encore. Here are the dimensions:
    Envision Encore Edge XT5
    Maximum Seating 5 5 5 5
    Front Head Room 40 in. 39.6 40 38.4
    Rear Head Room 38.5 in. 38.8 39.3 36
    Front Leg Room 40.9 in. 40.8 40.7 41.2
    Rear Leg Room 37.5 in. 35.8 39.6 39.5
    Front Shoulder Room 57 in. 54.2 58.9 58.3
    Rear Shoulder Room 55.8 in. 52.6 58.7 56.2
    Front Hip Room 54.4 in. 51.7 54.8 56
    Rear Hip Room 53.1 in. 50.1 56.1 54.7
    Wheelbase 107.9 in. 100.6 112.2 112.5
    Length 183.7 in. 168.4 188.1 189.5
    Width 72.4 in. 69.9 75.9 75
    Cargo Area 26.9 ft3 18.8 39.2 30


    Sal, the leather felt good, the carpet also seemed thick and nice. I'm not sure what the trim was supposed to look like. It wasn't made to look like wood, my wife described it as "Zebra"
    2016-buick-envision-interior-2016-new-york-international-auto-show-live-005.jpg

    The 3 Buick dealers close to me all seem to have Envisions in stock. The salesman said they had just come in this week though. I'm sure they will start showing up at more dealers.
    Thank you! Wow, that "Zebra" trim is pretty eye-catching... I like it. Very unique... I look forward to seeing my first Envision on the road!

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    Thanks, Sal and Jerome. I will definitely look at the Envision. It sounds like a perfect size.

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    Re: Test Drive

    Does anyone else think that the hard grained surface on the right dash front looks strange? Most luxury cars have soft touch dash material in that area. About the only things I am unsure of about this nice car are the grained area and the price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by desertpar View Post
    Does anyone else think that the hard grained surface on the right dash front looks strange? Most luxury cars have soft touch dash material in that area. About the only things I am unsure of about this nice car are the grained area and the price.
    Are you sure that hard grained surface isn't actually soft touch material? I can't tell by looking...

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    Good question. I saw one through the side window and it looked like a hard surface but I will sit in one and take a closer look (and feel) and report back.

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