JD Power chooses an unlikely model for the best compact SUV

As an automotive journalist, being interested in this seems as the most important patterns are at any given time is easy. The problem is that we can sometimes miss other great models because the “Gatekeepers” have not exploited them. JD Power, one of the most trusted names in the business, has chosen an unlikely model for the best compact SUV. What do you know about the 2022 Buick Envision?

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What is the best compact SUV?

According to JD Power, the 2022 Buick Envision is the best compact SUV our world has to offer. The Envision is described as having “head-turning elegance and dynamic performance”. This is literally the first sentence of the review. JD Power really likes this one.

JD Power gave the 2022 Buick Envision a rating of 85/100. The four main categories examined by reviewers are quality and reliability, driving experience, resale and dealer experience. The Envision earned top marks in every category.

Interviewed by JDP, owners said they liked the quietness of the cabin, the sound of the engine and the quality of the interior.

2022 Buick Envision Price and Specs

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The Buick Envision comes with a surprisingly lively 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four that produces 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. This turbo powertrain is linked to a nine-speed automatic gearbox and is available in FWD and AWD.

Gas mileage doesn’t benefit that much from the 2.0-litre engine; in fact, the Buick Envision only gets 22 mpg in the city and 31 on the highway. While that’s actually pretty good for an SUV, it’s not the most fuel efficient.

The 2022 Buick Envision starts at $31,800 and climbs to $42,200 before options.

The Buick Envision is packed with technology

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Although Buick has lost some steam over the years, there is a long history of luxury associated with the brand. While many customers may have overlooked this, the Envision has not.

Features like hands-free trolley open and close sensor are standard. Buick’s infotainment system is compatible with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and the built-in Wi-Fi hotspot can accommodate up to seven devices. And with available Buick Connected Services, you can control your Envision with your smartphone.

Is the 2022 Buick Envision safe?

Buick offers standard airbags and an HD rearview camera. There is also HD Surround vision available which uses multiple cameras to give you a 360 degree view from above of what is around your car. And according to JD Power, when Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning Rear Cross Traffic Alert or your Envision’s other driver-assist technologies sound a warning, the Safety Alert Seat emits its own signal.

Are Buicks worth it?

We can’t tell you which car would be worth it for you and your family. However, JD Power is very committed to the 2022 Buick Envision. If it beat the Subaru Forester and the Honda CR-V, there must be something.

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