The 2022 Buick Envision GX comes with the coziness of the standard Envision, while offering a roomy third row to fill the void in your seating requirements. Expected to be priced at around $43,550, the Envision GX aims to offer refinement, space and practicality. The 2022 Buick Envision GX takes on rivals such as the Ford Explorer, the Acura MDX, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

After a long absence, Buick is finally bringing back the GX moniker with the Envision. The 2022 Buick Envision GX offers the refinement and compact dimensions of the standard Envision without having to settle with compromised seating. The 2022 Buick Envision GX comes with an extended wheelbase over the standard Envision, and aims to comfortably seat up to 7 passengers. The 2022 Buick Envision GX is based on General Motors’ E2XX platform, which means that the new GX will be slightly longer to accommodate those extra seats at the back. 

The upcoming Envision GX will share its platform with some well-established General Motors models, such as the Chevrolet Malibu, the Buick Regal, and the Cadillac XT4. This gives us a pretty solid idea about the updated SUV’s size and underpinnings. The 2022 Buick Envision GX is set to feature a 2.0L turbocharged Inline-4 engine, mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. The 2022 model year Buick Envision GX faces tight competition from rivals such as the Ford Explorer Limited, the Acura MDX, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited X.

What's new

  • Revived “GX” moniker. 
  • Large 3rd Row Seating.
  • Slightly Revised Interior Elements.

2022 Buick Envision GX Expected Price and Release Date

The 2022 Buick Envision GX is set to be officially launched in the second half of 2022. The release is expected for both of Buick’s primary markets- America and China. While we still don’t know when the Envision GX will arrive in American showrooms, sources tell us that China will probably get their hands on the GX a few weeks before we do. Additionally, the 2022 Buick Envision GX is expected to cost somewhere around $43,550, which will undoubtedly put it in a very competitive spot among rivals. 

2022 Buick Envision GX Trims and Features

The 2022 Buick Envision GX will most likely be offered as a separate trim, allowing customers to upgrade their Envision into a well-packaged three-row SUV. The Envision GX will feature roomy third-row seats, along with added ease of getting to the back. A few updated creature comforts are expected for the revised GX moniker, while most of the technology and cabin aids remain unchanged from the 2021 model year Buick Envision. 

Trim

Sierra 1500 Denali

Price (FWD)

$43,550 (Expected)

Price (AWD)

$45,475 (Expected)

 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

 

Massaging Driver Seats

 

Cabin Noise Insulation

 

In-Vehicle Air Ionizer

 

Forward Collision Alert

 

Wireless Smartphone Charging

The 2022 Buick Envision GX is expected to be as well-equipped as its two-row counterpart, featuring similar levels of comfort, technology and luxury in a more spacious package. With features such as ventalited and massaging seats, the Envision GX seeks to offer compelling luxury and class at a super competitive price point. 

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The 2022 Buick Envision GX will most likely be offered as a separate trim, so there’s not much to go on in that aspect. Additionally, Buick hasn’t much information about the packages to be offered with the updated Envision GX, so we recommend waiting till more details surface. 

What is the engine offered with the 2022 Buick Envision GX?

The 2022 Buick Envision GX retains its old 2.0L turbocharged Inline-4 engine, mated to a 9-Speed Automatic gearbox. The Envision GX’s engine makes a hearty 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, which is good enough to keep the three-row SUV going on highways comfortably. City driving is expected to be refined and comfortable, with minimal NHV from the engine and seamless gearshifts. 

The 2022 Buick Envision GX is offered with FWD as standard, while AWD is available with a simple upgrade. The transmission works well, keeping you in the right gear at the right time. The Envision’s gearbox is far from sporty, but shifts are quick and efficient, which is great for comfortable city driving. The 2022 Buick Envision GX is expected to go from 0 to 60 MPH in 7.3 seconds

Model

2022 Buick Envision GX

2021 Ford Explorer Limited

2021 Acura MDX

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited X

MSRP

$43,550

$45,005

$44,500

$45,500

Engine

2.0L Turbo Inline-4

2.3L Turbo Inline-4

3.5L V6

3.6L V6

Transmission

9-Speed Automatic

10-Speed Automatic

9-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Drivetrain

FWD

RWD

FWD

RWD

Power

237 hp @ 2,800 RPM

300 hp @ 5,500 PRM

290 hp @ 6,200 RPM

290 hp @ 6,400 RPM

Torque

258 lb-ft @ 1,450 RPM

310 lb-ft. @ 3,500 RPM

267 lb-ft @ 4,700 RPM

257 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

0 to 60 MPH

7.3 sec

5.6 sec

6.4 sec

6.7 sec

Comparing the competition, the 2021 Ford Explorer Limited has the most power output to offer, along with the most torque. The Buick envision falls on the underpowered side, but offers torque nearly at par with the Acura MDX and the Jeep Grand Cherokee. While the Buick and the Acura are offered with FWD as standard, the Ford and the Jeep come with RWD. All SUVs in the lot can be updated to feature AWD. The Ford Explorer stands the quickest in the lot, launching from 0 to 60 in 5.6 seconds

What kind of MPG will the 2022 Buick Envision GX offer?

The Buick Envision has been a very fuel-efficient SUV, outperforming most of its competition in the gas mileage department. The 2022 model year Envision GX is expected to follow suit, offering impressive fuel economy standards, and setting the benchmark for the segment. The 2022 Buick Envision GX is expected to return 24 MPG in the city, 31 MPG on highways, and a combined MPG figure for 26.

Much like the standard Envision, the 2022 Envision GX is set to feature a 15.9-gallon fuel tank. This, coupled with the impeccable fuel economy, is expected to return excellent driving range. The Envision GX can possibly manage to deliver a driving range of up to 493 miles on the highways before having to stop at the gas station. 

Model

2022 Buick Envision GX

2021 Ford Explorer Limited

2021 Acura MDX

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited X

MPG (City)

24

21

19

18

MPG (Highway)

31

28

26

25

MPG (Combined)

26

24

22

20

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

15.9

18.6

18.5

24.6

Range (miles) (city/highway/combined)

382/493/413

391/521/456

352/481/407

467/640/517

Among the competition, the 2022 Buick Envision GX clearly offers the best fuel economy among the competition. The Ford Explorer does come close in terms of gas mileage, but not quite. The Jeep Grand Cherokee offers the least fuel efficiency among the competition, and stands at 20 MPG of combined economy. Meanwhile, the Grand Cherokee offers the highest driving range thanks to the fat 24.6-gallon fuel tank. 

What are the changes in the interior of the 2022 Buick Envision GX?

While most of the interior remains unchanged, the 2022 Buick Envision GX will feature a third row of seats at the back. The Envision GX is expected to feature a roomy first row, much like the standard Envision, followed by a slightly tight second row of seats. There’s no information available about the GX’s third row space, but we can estimate that it should be fairly close to what is being offered with the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The interior will retain its class and charm.

The Envision GX’s cabin is set to feature plenty of leather on the dash and on seating surfaces, along with piano black trim pieces around the center console. The GX is also expected to offer heated, cooled and massaging front seats, finished in premium leather. There’s also a heated leather steering wheel on offer, which also houses several driver controls for ease of access. Additionally, the 2022 model year Envision GX will most likely retain the hybrid gauge cluster seen on the two-row Buick Envision. 

Model

2022 Buick Envision GX

2021 Ford Explorer Limited

2021 Acura MDX

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited X

Passenger Capacity

7

7

7

7/8

Front Row (head/should/legroom) (in)

40.0/57.0/40.9

40.7/61.8/43.0

38.5/61.9/41.6

39.7/58.7/40.3

Second Row (head/should/legroom) (in)

38.5/55.8/37.5

40.5/61.9/39.0

38.1/60.3/38.5

39.2/58.0/38.6

Third Row (head/should/legroom) (in)

N/A

38.9/54.6/32.2

36.2/55.2/29.1

37.3/50.5/30.3

Cargo Capacity (Cu.ft)

N/A

18.2

16.3

17.2

2021 model year data used*

Comparing the competition, the Ford Explorer offers the most headroom in the front row, while the Acura MDX has the most shoulder room to offer, albeit by a small margin over the Ford. The Explorer also offers the most legroom at the front, clearly establishing its lead at the first row. At the second row, the Explorer yet again shines in terms of space, offering the greatest headroom, shoulder space, as well as legroom. The rear gets rather tight in this segment, but the Ford manages to offer the best value among the competition, clearly establishing itself superior in terms of cabin space. Some key interior features offered with the 2022 Buick Envision GX include:

  • Leather Dashboard. 
  • Heated & Ventilated Seats. 
  • Massaging Driver’s Seat. 
  • Two Cup Holders. 
  • Laminated Windshield. 
  • Active Noise Cancellation.
  • Dual-Winged Center Console. 

How intuitive is the infotainment system of the 2022 Buick Envision GX?

The 2022 Buick Envision GX is expected to feature an 8.0-inch infotainment screen, but Buick might give you the option of upgrading to a larger 12.0-inch unit. The Envision GX’s infotainment is expected to feature wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with Amazon Alexa Support. If you have a home automation setup, Buick lets you control things at home while being inside the cabin of your Envision GX. The infotainment system also lets you save several preferences, which allows ease of access while driving. 

Buick also offers a wireless charging pad for supported devices, along with 4G LTE Wifi hotspot. Sound is channeled via a premium sound system, while Bluetooth audio streaming is offered standard. The hybrid gauge cluster features a small screen in the middle, which can be accessed to view several driving parameters, including real-time fuel economy and trip details. Some key infotainment features offered with the 2022 Buick Envision GX include:

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. 
  • Amazon Alexa Support. 
  • Easy-Access Preferences. 
  • Wireless Smartphone Charging. 
  • 4G LTE WiFi Hotspot. 
  • Buick Driver Information Center. 
  • Head-Up Display. 
  • Buick Connected Services. 

What are the changes to the exterior of the 2022 Buick Envision GX?

While most of the design of the 2022 Buick Envision GX remains the same as the present model year Buick Envision, the three-row SUV sees some changes in terms of rear-end design and dimensions. The updated Evision GX will be longer than the standard Envision, and will feature a longer 111.5-inch wheelbase. The GX will mostly retain its front fascia, along with the design of the hood and front fenders. 

From what we know, the Envision GX will feature a larger grille, and might possibly sport a GX badge up front. There could possibly be a front light bar, which might connect the headlights, along with modified bumpers to accommodate this updated aesthetic. The side profile will obviously undergo a change, and we expect the sloping roofline to straighten to fit the third row of seats. There should also be an increase in the rear overhang, which would possibly give the Envision GX a slightly more beefy look. 

Model

2022 Buick Envision GX

2021 Ford Explorer Limited

2021 Acura MDX

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited X

Curb Weight (lbs)

4385*

4,727

4,271 

4513

Length (in)

190.7

198.8

198.4

189.8

Width (in)

74.1

78.9

78.7

76.5

Height (in)

67.1

69.2

67.1

69.3

Ground Clearance (in)

7.9*

8.2

7.3

8.6

Wheelbase (in)

111.5

119.1

113.8

114.8

2021 model year data used*

Among the competition, the Ford Explorer measures as the heaviest SUV, while the Acura MDX stands much lighter. The Acura and the Ford measure nearly identical in length, being the longest, while the Jeep Grand Cherokee measures the shortest. The Explorer also measures the widest, while the Jeep Grand Cherokee measures the tallest. The Ford also comes with the most ground clearance and the longest wheelbase, clearly establishing itself as the biggest car in the lot. 

What are the changes to the safety features of the 2022 Buick Envision GX?

The 2022 Buick Envision GX is expected to offer the same set of compelling safety features as the present-generation Buick Envision. Buick offers some compelling safety tech with the Envision, and the 2021 Envision has established its passenger protection merit by being acknowledged with excellent safety scores. The NHTSA has awarded the 2021 Buick Envision with an impressive 5-Star Safety Rating, while the IIHS has rated the 2020 Envision with a “Good” score under most categories. Some key safety features that are expected to be offered with the 2022 Buick Envision GX include:

  • Buick Driver Confidence Plus. 
  • Forward Collision Alert.
  • Automatic Emergency Braking.
  • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning.
  • Following Distance Indicator.
  • IntelliBeam Auto High Beams.
  • Front Pedestrian Braking.
  • Side Blind Zone Alert.

Should you buy the 2022 Buick Envision GX?

The Buick Envision has already established itself as a brilliant SUV, featuring excellent comfort features and great fuel economy at a great price point. The 2022 Buick Envision GX is expected to follow suit, offering the same levels of class and refinement as a three-row package. The Envision GX is set to feature impressive technological aids, along with a potentially roomy third-row. Not only does this allow the GX to compete with a slightly bigger SUV such as the Ford Explorer and the Jeep Grand Cherokee, it allows customers to opt for a bigger Envision. 

While the powertrain lacks power from a performance standpoint, the noiseless cabin and compliant suspension offset the numb engine with staggering comfort and refinement. If you’re looking for a classy SUV with loads of comfort features and excellent practicality, the 2022 Buick Envision GX should offer you an excellent alternative to many other three-row SUVs in the market.