The verdict: Buick redesigned the Envision, a premium compact SUV, for 2021 with improved interior materials, additional technology and a new engine. The Envision also rides a slightly longer wheelbase than the outgoing model, which translates to more rear legroom. While the five-seat SUV’s Latch anchors were easy to find and use, we needed a bit more legroom to comfortably accommodate our rear-facing car seats.
Does it fit three car seats? No.
Take a look at how the Latch system and each car seat scored below in our Car Seat Check of the 2021 Buick Envision.
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- Latch: The two sets of lower anchors sit under plastic covers for easy access and connection. Three top tether anchors sit a third of the way down the seatback; they’re clearly marked, with good clearance around the anchors for quick connection.
- Forward-facing convertible: We did not need to raise or remove the head restraint to situate this car seat flush against the seatback. Connecting to both the lower anchors and the top tether anchor was easy.
- Infant seat: Installation was easy, but our 5-foot-6-inch front passenger needed more legroom to be comfortable with the infant seat installed behind her.
- Booster: Again, there was no need to raise the head restraint, and the booster fit well. The SUV’s buckles are on floppy bases that sit in recessed upholstery pockets, which might make them tough for kids to grasp and use independently. Also, the backseat technically has seats for three passengers, but the middle spot is too narrow; that passenger would have to sit atop the outboard passenger’s buckle on the driver’s side.
- Rear-facing convertible: Again, Latch connection was easy, but front passenger legroom was an issue with the seat installed behind; the passenger’s knees grazed the dashboard.
A: Plenty of room for the car seat and the child; doesn’t impact driver or front passenger legroom. Easy to find and connect to Latch and tether anchors. No fit issues involving head restraint or seat contouring. Easy access to the third row.
B: One room, fit or connection issue. Some problems accessing the third row when available.
C: Marginal room plus one fit or connection issue. Difficult to access the third row when available.
D: Insufficient room, plus multiple fit or connection issues.
F: Does not fit or is unsafe.
About Cars.com’s Car Seat Checks
Editors Jennifer Geiger and Jennifer Newman are certified child safety seat installation technicians.
For the Car Seat Check, we use a Chicco KeyFit 30 infant-safety seat, a Graco Contender 65 convertible seat and Graco TurboBooster seat. The front seats are adjusted for a 6-foot driver and a shorter passenger. The three child seats are installed in the second row. The booster seat sits behind the driver’s seat, and the infant and convertible seats are installed behind the front passenger seat.
We also install the forward-facing convertible in the second row’s middle seat with the booster and infant seat in the outboard seats to see if three car seats will fit; a child sitting in the booster seat must be able to reach the seat belt buckle. If there’s a third row, we install the booster seat and a forward-facing convertible. Learn more about how we conduct our Car Seat Checks.
Parents should also remember that they can use the Latch system or a seat belt to install a car seat, and that Latch anchors have a weight limit of 65 pounds, including the weight of the child and the weight of the seat itself.
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