2017 Buick Envision Preferred vs Essence Trims

Buying a new vehicle requires many important decisions. If you’ve decided that the Buick Envision is the crossover for your driving needs, then you’ve already made a big first step, as well as a great choice. You may have also decided that the entry level features on the vehicle don’t quite meet all of your desires, and therefore, you’ll need to compare the 2017 Buick Envision Preferred vs Essence trims.

Of course, there is no right or wrong choice here. It is all dependant on what your driving needs are. Before we look at the differences, let’s talk about some things that are similar, such as the engine under the hood. Both the Preferred and Essence trim levels are equipped with a 2.5L engine that is capable of pumping out up to 197 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque, which should be plenty for most drivers. Plus, they are both available with AWD.

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Preferred VS Essence
From $35,870 MSRP From 37,720
18-inch painted aluminum wheels, hands-free power liftgate Exterior Features 18-inch polished aluminum wheels, chrome roof rails
Heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, front bucket seats Interior Amenities Heated rear outboard seats, heated steering wheel, leather-appointed seating
OnStar, Rear Park Assist, Rear Vision Camera Safety Tech Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert with Lane Change Alert

Comparing the 2017 Buick Envision Preferred and Essence Models

As you can see from the chart, there are many different features added to the Essence model for those who move up from the Preferred trim level. Of course, the Essence adds many of these features on top of the ones already found on the Preferred model.

For instance, the Preferred model is generously equipped with heated front seats, but the Essence model improves upon this by also heating the rear outboard seats. When it comes to safety, The Envision Preferred has OnStar, a rear vision camera and Rear Park Assist, helping to give everyone peace of mind. Drivers who put more of a priority on safety may be interested in moving up to the Essence model, however, which adds Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

Although we can’t look at every feature between the 2017 Buick Envision Preferred vs Essence trims, you should now have a better understand of what comes with each model. So, is the equipment found on the Envision Preferred enough, or should you add the features from the Essence model? The choice is yours, but be sure to schedule a test drive at Holiday Automotive to experience the vehicle for yourself.

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