$44,395 is the suggested retail price of the Essence FWD, which flaunts a 3.6-liter V6 connected to a nine-speed automatic transmission. The direct-injection lump is good for 310 horsepower at 6,800 revolutions per minute and 266 pound-feet (361 Nm) of torque at 2,800 revolutions per minute.
The EPA-estimated fuel economy is 21 miles per gallon (11.2 liters per 100 kilometers) on the combined driving cycle. Upgrading to all-wheel drive adds $2,000 to the tally, and gas mileage drops by one mile per gallon.
Essence customers aren’t missing out on the good stuff either. Standard features include a heated steering wheel, wireless phone charging, heated bucket seats up front, a hands-free power liftgate with logo projection, cordless Apple CarPlay, and cordless Android Auto.
The $51,395 mid-range trim level, dubbed Premium, sweetens the deal with a head-up display, Bose audio, ventilated front seats with more adjustments, heated second-row outboard seats, a rear camera mirror, HD Surround Vision, Rear Pedestrian Alert, as well as an 8.0-inch Driver Information Center.
$56,695 excluding destination and delivery gets you the range-topping Avenir, which is a bit cheeky of Buick, considering that all-wheel drive is an optional extra. Avenir-specific highlights include Rainsense automatic wipers, 20-inch aluminum wheels featuring the Avenir Pearl Nickel finish, a power moonroof with Rear Fixed Skylight, Enhanced Automatic Emergency Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, and carpeted floor mats for all three rows.