The 2019 Buick Envision is one of those silently qualified vehicles that should have more attention than it gets. Comfy, quiet, powerful (with the turbo engine at least), and blessed with a luxury-biased ride and managing balance, the Envision has actually gradually climbed the sales charts at Buick given that its introduction 2 years back, and is now poised to overtake the Encore as the brand’s second very popular vehicle.
2019 Buick Envision Engine
Thanks to a small however significant handful of revisions to the drivetrain, brakes, and styling this year, the 2019 Envision makes its case a little more powerfully. There’s more torque from the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo, enough to produce a bit more acceleration without any hot-rod like antics; the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter 4-cylinder is the same. That engine is now linked to a 9-speed automatic, replacing 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 in between active and routine cruise control, and a better backup cam. Finally, there are a few 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 proficient vehicle even better. The torquier engine delivers its power through the brand-new 9-speed without delay in the kind of seat-of-the-pants difference that’s hard to miss. The steering feels great also, enough so that we were wanting a bit more bite to the suspension, although thinking about the sales success Buick is taking pleasure in with the Envision the method it is, the comfort-biased flight and handling is probably a great call. It definitely fits together well with the car’s peaceful highway trip, which is among the 2019 Envision’s strongest points. When equipped with active cruise control and other driver help, this is the type of premium SUV that asks for trip.
The other things is subtler, and more a reflection of Buick’s ability to incorporate customer feedback in a rapid way. The off-switch for the start-stop system is a good example. Considering that it was currently readily available in China (where the Envision is made), Buick quickly integrated it for those who dislike the system, despite the fact that we think it’s one of the better ones out there. The exact same is true for toggling between regular and active cruise. Finally, there’s price, with each model of the brand-new Envision getting a noteworthy cost cut. More things, better looks, and a lower price. Seems like a winning mix to us.
2019 Buick Envision Styling
Though it may come from China– Buick’s biggest market– the Envision’s styling fits in well between the pint-size Encore and the three-row Enclave. This year, Buick has actually modified its head- and taillights, the previous which are now HID or LED units depending upon the trim level instead of halogens. Furthermore, the Envision’s grille style has been modified, discarding in 2015’s waterfall try to find a big chrome wing.
It’s a pleasing, if conservative take on a five-seat compact crossover. Inside, the Envision is the same aside from a few feature updates. Its seat heating units are said to work faster and it now consists of 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 car manufacturer’s OnStar concierge and safety services are standard– albeit with a charge 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 airbags, 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 in general from the NHTSA, so the 2019 model should score well in crash tests, too.
2019 Buick Envision Price
Buick hasn’t detailed specs for the Envision, which now starts at about $34,000– roughly $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 totally positive that the 2019 changes will be enough to sway consumers, however we’ll reserve complete judgement till we’ve driven one.