The 2019 Buick Envision is among those silently skilled vehicles that is worthy of more attention than it gets. Comfortable, quiet, powerful (with the turbo engine a minimum of), and blessed with a luxury-biased flight and managing balance, the Envision has slowly climbed the sales charts at Buick because its introduction two years ago, and is now poised to overtake the Repetition as the brand’s second very popular vehicle.
2019 Buick Envision Engine
Thanks to a little however significant handful of modifications 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 generate a bit more acceleration with no hot-rod like shenanigans; 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 between active and regular cruise control, and a better backup video camera. Lastly, 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 things, however it makes a competent vehicle even much better. The torquier engine delivers its power through the brand-new 9-speed immediately in the sort of seat-of-the-pants distinction that’s hard to miss out on. The steering feels good also, enough so that we were wishing for a bit more bite to the suspension, although thinking about the sales success Buick is enjoying with the Envision the way it is, the comfort-biased trip and handling is probably a great call. It certainly fits together well with the car’s peaceful highway flight, which is one of the 2019 Envision’s strongest points. When equipped with active cruise control and other driver help, this is the sort of premium SUV that pleads for journey.
The other things is subtler, and more a reflection of Buick’s capability to incorporate consumer feedback in a quick way. The off-switch for the start-stop system is a fine example. Because it was already offered in China (where the Envision is made), Buick easily integrated it for those who do not like the system, although we believe it’s one of the much better ones out there. The same is true for toggling between regular and active cruise. Finally, there’s price, with each model of the new Envision getting a notable price cut. More stuff, much better appearances, and a lower price. Sounds like a winning combination to us.
2019 Buick Envision Styling
Though it may come from China– Buick’s largest market– the Envision’s styling fits in well in between the pint-size Encore and the three-row Enclave. This year, Buick has modified its head- and taillights, the previous of which are now HID or LED units depending on the trim level instead of halogens. In addition, the Envision’s grille style has actually been revised, disposing of in 2015’s waterfall search for 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 couple of feature updates. Its seat heating units are stated to work faster and it now consists of 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. Furthermore, the automaker’s OnStar concierge and safety services are basic– albeit with a charge for services after a trial period. Significant security gear like automatic emergency braking is still on the options list, although a rearview cam, 10 air bags, park help, and a rear-seat pointer that sounds an alarm if it thinks a child or pet may be in the back seat, are all requirement. The 2018 model scored a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS and 5 star in general from the NHTSA, so the 2019 model needs 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– roughly $2,000 less than last year. Turbo versions run about $1,500 cheaper, peaking 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 clients, but we’ll reserve full judgement up until we’ve driven one.