“At the proving grounds, we tested the 2016 Buick Envision on a miles-long loop intentionally laced with the kind of surfaces most public roads aim to avoid. Poor pavement, big dips, bumps and contusions that make vehicles shake, rattle and roll. For comparison, Buick also brought three rivals to the party: the Audi Q5, Acura RDX and Lincoln MKC.
“If you’re a get-to-the-point type of person, the Envision’s ride quality is best described as “relaxed with a playful side.”
“Considering the Envision is a Buick, that first quality isn’t a surprise. In a segment where every player wants to be sporty this and performance that, it’s refreshing to have a crossover SUV that’s commendably comfortable and quiet. The Envision was notably quieter than the competitors here, and absorbed road bruises without bruising us.
“Drive-wise, it felt most like the Lincoln MKC. But we prefer the Buick’s airy cabin to that of the more closed-in MKC. Also not surprisingly, the Envision didn’t feel as zippy or agile as the Acura RDX, whose 279-horsepower V-6 has 27 more ponies than the turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder in the 2016 Envision. Still, the turbo engine used in this Envision offers good acceleration thanks to its impressive horsepower and more impressive torque (260 lb-ft starting at a low 2,000 rpm). Turbo lag was a non-issue, and the 6-speed automatic transmission is a smooth operator.” -- KBB.com