The 2019 Buick Envision is one of those silently skilled vehicles that should have more attention than it gets. Comfortable, quiet, effective (with the turbo engine at least), and blessed with a luxury-biased flight and handling balance, the Envision has slowly climbed the sales charts at Buick considering that its intro 2 years ago, and is now poised to overtake the Repetition as the brand name’s second best-selling vehicle.
2019 Buick Envision Engine
Thanks to a little but meaningful handful of modifications to the drivetrain, brakes, and styling this year, the 2019 Envision makes its case a little bit more forcefully. There’s more torque from the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo, enough to produce a bit more velocity without any hot-rod like shenanigans; the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter 4-cylinder is the same. That engine is now linked to a 9-speed automated, changing in 2015’s 6-speed. The brakes get a brand-new booster that increases responsiveness. Somewhere else there are other changes, such as an “off” switch for the start/stop function, a toggle between active and routine cruise control, and a much better backup video camera. Lastly, there are a couple of tweaks to the exterior styling, with the nose and tail getting subtle however stylish updates.
2019 Buick Envision Features
None of this is groundbreaking stuff, but it makes a proficient vehicle even better. The torquier engine delivers its power through the new 9-speed without delay in the type of seat-of-the-pants difference that’s difficult to miss. The steering feels great as well, enough so that we were wishing for a bit more bite to the suspension, although thinking about the sales success Buick is delighting in with the Envision the method it is, the comfort-biased trip and handling is most likely a great call. It definitely meshes well with the car’s quiet highway flight, which is one of the 2019 Envision’s greatest points. When equipped with active cruise control and other motorist aids, this is the kind of premium SUV that asks for journey.
The other stuff is subtler, and more a reflection of Buick’s capability to include client feedback in a fast way. The off-switch for the start-stop system is a fine example. Since it was already available in China (where the Envision is made), Buick quickly incorporated it for those who dislike the system, although we believe it’s one of the better ones out there. The same is true for toggling in between routine and active cruise. Lastly, there’s rate, with each model of the brand-new Envision getting a notable cost cut. More things, better appearances, and a lower rate. Sounds like a winning combination to us.
2019 Buick Envision Styling
Though it may originate 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 revised its head- and taillights, the previous which are now HID or LED units depending on the trim level instead of halogens. Furthermore, 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 heating systems are said to work faster and it now includes an air ionizer to keep the outdoors world, well, out.
The Envision comes standard with an 8.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment that’s Apple CarPlay- and Android Auto-ready. In addition, the car manufacturer’s OnStar concierge and security services are standard– albeit with a cost for services after a trial duration. Major safety gear like automated emergency situation braking is still on the options list, although a rearview video camera, 10 air bags, park assist, and a rear-seat reminder that sounds an alarm if it believes a kid or animal might be in the rear seats, are all standard. The 2018 model scored a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS and five stars overall from the NHTSA, so the 2019 model must 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 more affordable, topping out around $44,600 for the Premium II. That’s well into Volvo XC60 territory, and we’re not totally confident that the 2019 changes will be enough to sway consumers, however we’ll reserve full judgement up until we’ve driven one.
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