Envista offers a more premium small crossover
Front-drive only, low purchase price
Buick has just launched the new Envista. Its new entry-level model replaces the Encore (not the Encore GX) with something bigger, more premium, and more stylish.
The automaker was one of the first to launch a premium entry in the extra-small crossover segment. But then it let that model sit for a decade. This makes up for it.
The 2024 Buck Envista is the first Buick here to use the brand’s new design language. This means you can expect to see more of that face and tail over the coming years. The design comes from the Buick Wildcat concept revealed last year, though there’s still no sign of the EV coming to market.
Like the Chevy Trax with which it shares a platform, this one is front-drive only. If you want AWD, go to the Encore GX. That decision, though, helps lower the price of the Envista. It will start from just $23,495 in the U.S. Less than Encore old or GX, despite being 11 inches longer.
Inside, the 2024 Envista will have 19 inches of screens. Most of that will be the 11-inch infotainment screen, which Buick says is the largest in the segment. Envista will also get more premium materials than before including colorful stitching, embroidery, and soft touch points.
A 1.2L engine will be standard, along with a six-speed automatic. The combination will deliver 136 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque. It should also deliver better fuel economy than the Encore.
Production is set to start next month, and it will hit dealers this summer. The top end of the price list is the Avenir trim, which will ring in at $29,695.