2019 Buick Envision
The 2019 Buick Envision is among those quietly qualified vehicles that is worthy of more attention than it gets. Comfortable, peaceful, effective (with the turbo engine a minimum of), and blessed with a luxury-biased flight and handling balance, the Envision has slowly climbed up the sales charts at Buick since its introduction two years earlier, and is now poised to overtake the Repetition as the brand’s second best-selling vehicle.
2019 Buick Envision Engine
Thanks to a small but significant handful of revisions to the drivetrain, brakes, and styling this year, the 2019 Envision makes its case a little bit more powerfully. There’s more torque from the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo, enough to produce a bit more velocity with no hot-rod like shenanigans; the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter 4-cylinder is the same. That engine is now connected to a 9-speed automated, replacing in 2015’s 6-speed. The brakes get a new booster that increases responsiveness. Somewhere else there are other changes, such as an “off” switch for the start/stop function, a toggle in between active and regular cruise control, and a better backup electronic camera. Finally, there are a couple of tweaks to the exterior styling, with the nose and tail getting subtle however elegant updates.
2019 Buick Envision Features
None of this is groundbreaking stuff, but it makes a skilled vehicle even better. The torquier engine delivers its power through the new 9-speed quickly in the type of seat-of-the-pants difference that’s tough to miss. The steering feels great too, enough so that we were wanting a bit more bite to the suspension, although thinking about the sales success Buick is delighting in with the Envision the way it is, the comfort-biased flight and handling is probably a good call. It definitely meshes well with the car’s peaceful highway ride, which is among the 2019 Envision’s strongest points. When equipped with active cruise control and other motorist help, this is the sort of premium SUV that asks for road trips.
The other things is subtler, and more a reflection of Buick’s ability to integrate customer feedback in a rapid manner. The off-switch for the start-stop system is a fine example. Considering that it was currently offered in China (where the Envision is made), Buick easily integrated it for those who do not like the system, despite the fact that we think it’s one of the much better ones out there. The very same is true for toggling between regular and active cruise. Finally, there’s price, with each model of the new Envision getting a noteworthy cost cut. More stuff, much better looks, and a lower rate. Seems like a winning combination to us.
2019 Buick Envision Styling
Though it might come from China– Buick’s largest market– the Envision’s styling suits well in between the pint-size Encore and the three-row Enclave. This year, Buick has actually modified its head- and taillights, the previous of which are now HID or LED units depending on the trim level rather than halogens. In addition, the Envision’s grille style has been modified, disposing of in 2015’s waterfall look for a big chrome wing.
It’s a pleasing, if conservative take on a five-seat compact crossover. Inside, the Envision is unchanged aside from a couple of feature updates. Its seat heaters are stated to work faster and it now includes an air ionizer to keep the outside world, well, out.
The Envision comes standard with an 8.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment that’s Apple CarPlay- and Android Auto-ready. Furthermore, the automaker’s OnStar concierge and security services are standard– albeit with a cost for services after a trial period. Significant safety equipment like automatic emergency braking is still on the choices list, although a rearview video camera, 10 airbags, park help, and a rear-seat pointer that sounds an alarm if it thinks a child or animal might be in the back seat, are all standard. The 2018 model scored a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS and 5 star overall from the NHTSA, so the 2019 model ought to score well in crash tests, too.
2019 Buick Envision Price
Buick hasn’t detailed specifications for the Envision, which now starts at about $34,000– approximately $2,000 less than last year. Turbo versions run about $1,500 less expensive, topping out around $44,600 for the Premium II. That’s well into Volvo XC60 area, and we’re not completely positive that the 2019 changes will be enough to sway clients, but we’ll book full judgement until we’ve driven one.