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Sunday Drive: 2024 Buick Envista a fusion of luxury and performance

By Craig and Deanne Conover - Daily Herald | Jun 15, 2024
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A front three-quarters view of the 2024 Buick Envista ST in Sunrise Red Metallic.
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A passenger-side view of the 2024 Buick Envista ST front cabin showing ST logo stitching with an ebony interior and Santorini blue accents.
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A rear three-quarters view of the 2024 Buick Envista ST in Sunrise Red Metallic.
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A view of the 2024 Buick Envista ST front cabin in ebony with Santorini blue accents.
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A side profile of the 2024 Buick Envista ST in Sunrise Red Metallic.
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A close-up view of the new ultrawide infotainment display in the 2024 Buick Envista ST.

Over the past say 10 years, there has been a dramatic shift away from sedan-type vehicles to most families and drivers wanting something in the SUV category. In this now very competitive landscape, Buick has consistently aimed to carve out its niche by offering a blend of luxury, performance and practicality.

We found that the 2024 Buick Envista Sport Touring has emerged as the latest entrant in Buick's lineup, and it promised us a week of fantastic, elevated driving experiences.

With its striking design, advanced technology features and potent performance, the Envista is seeking to captivate drivers seeking a premium SUV that doesn't compromise on style or substance and leaves room in the pocketbook for other things.

Design and exterior

Our first impression of any vehicle often begins when it arrives in our driveway, with our first view of the exterior design, and the 2024 Buick Envista definitely made a statement with its sleek and contemporary shape. The exterior design was characterized by clean lines, sculpted contours and bold accents that portrayed sophistication and refinement. The Sport Touring trim level added distinctive touches such as a sport grille, unique wheels and sleek body enhancements that, in our opinion, elevated the Envista's visual appeal.

As we took in the SUV from the front, the signature Buick grille commanded our attention and was complemented by sleek LED headlights that seamlessly integrated into the design.

Moving along the sides, the Envista's sculpted profile and airplane-like, aerodynamic silhouette created a sense of dynamic movement and agility, hinting at its performance capabilities. From the rear, unique LED taillights and dual exhaust outlets further enhanced the SUV's sporty demeanor, leaving a lasting impression with us and others as we navigated throughout the week.

Interior comfort and features

Getting inside the cabin of any new vehicle we receive is always the highlight of the week, and the 2024 Buick Envista was no exception to the rule. We were greeted by a sanctuary of luxury and comfort, and we would have expected nothing less from the designers at Buick.

The interior showcased Buick's meticulous attention to detail, with premium materials, refined finishes and thoughtful amenities located throughout the cabin.

The spacious and ergonomically designed seats offered exceptional comfort and support. No matter how much time we spent driving the new SUV, we always came home feeling great, as it ensured a relaxed driving experience. Available with leather upholstery and heated seats, the Envista elevated the simple, everyday comfort to a whole new level, cocooning us in an environment that was hard to get out of at the end of each day.

Of course, technological innovation took center stage inside the Envista's cabin, with a host of cutting-edge features designed to enhance connectivity, convenience and entertainment.

The centerpiece of the dashboard is the intuitive 11-inch infotainment touch screen, which integrated seamlessly with our smartphone devices via Apple CarPlay, with Android Auto also an option. With voice commands and touch screen functionality, accessing navigation, music and apps came naturally to us and seemed effortless, as it kept us always connected and informed on the go.

Performance and handling

Under the hood, the 2024 Buick Envista Sport Touring boasted impressive performance credentials, courtesy of its more-than-adequate powertrain options. Equipped with a turbocharged engine, the Envista delivered robust acceleration, responsive throttle response and ample torque no matter where we were, proving to be a great choice in the small SUV market.

The Sport Touring trim introduced some performance enhancements, including a sport-tuned suspension and upgraded brakes, further enhancing the SUV's dynamic capabilities. We loved that whether we were navigating winding mountain roads or cruising through urban streets, the Envista delivered us a refined and composed driving experience, striking a fine balance between comfort and agility.

Safety and technology

Safety, of course, was a top priority in the 2024 Buick Envista, with a comprehensive suite of advanced driver-assistance features designed to enhance confidence and peace of mind behind the wheel.

From forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking to lane departure warning and blind-spot monitoring, the Envista offered an array of cutting-edge safety technologies to mitigate the risk of accidents and collisions, which gave us a feeling of security every time we were out for a drive.

In addition to the robust safety features, the SUV boasted a plethora of technology-driven conveniences, including rear cross path alert, adaptive cruise control and a 360-degree surround-view camera system.

Usability

Beyond the impressive performance and luxurious amenities, the 2024 Buick Envista excelled in practicality and versatility. With ample cargo space and flexible seating configurations, the Envista offered the versatility to accommodate passengers and cargo with ease. Whether one was embarking on a weekend getaway or running daily errands, the Envista proved to be a capable and accommodating companion for any adventure.

Conclusion

AT the end of the week, we found that the 2024 Buick Envista represented a departure from what we had expected in the luxury and performance department. With its striking design, refined interior, great performance and advanced technology features, the Envista redefined what it means to drive in style and comfort.

Whether cruising down the highway or navigating urban streets, the Envista delivered a premium driving experience that is sure to impress most any driver. If you're in the market for a new SUV that excels in both form and function and is easy on the pocketbook, the 2024 Buick Envista Sport Touring deserves serious consideration.

Base price: $24,100

Destination charge: $1,095

Price as driven: $29,215

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