The 2019 Buick Envision is one of those silently competent vehicles that should have more attention than it gets. Comfy, quiet, effective (with the turbo engine a minimum of), and blessed with a luxury-biased flight and handling balance, the Envision has slowly climbed the sales charts at Buick since its intro 2 years back, and is now poised to surpass the Encore as the brand’s second very popular vehicle.
2019 Buick Envision Engine
Thanks to a small but meaningful handful of modifications to the drivetrain, brakes, and styling this year, the 2019 Envision makes its case a 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 antics; the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter 4-cylinder is the same. That engine is now connected to a 9-speed automatic, changing last year’s 6-speed. The brakes get a new booster that increases responsiveness. In other places 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 much better backup video camera. Finally, there are a few tweaks to the exterior styling, with the nose and tail getting subtle however classy 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 without delay in the type of seat-of-the-pants difference that’s tough to miss. The steering feels excellent as well, enough so that we were longing for a bit more bite to the suspension, although thinking about the sales success Buick is enjoying 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 quiet highway flight, which is among the 2019 Envision’s strongest points. When equipped with active cruise control and other driver aids, this is the sort of premium SUV that begs for trip.
The other things is subtler, and more a reflection of Buick’s ability to include customer feedback in a fast way. The off-switch for the start-stop system is a fine example. Considering that it was currently readily available in China (where the Envision is made), Buick easily included it for those who do not like the system, even though we think it’s one of the much better ones out there. The very same holds true for toggling between routine and active cruise. Finally, there’s cost, with each model of the brand-new Envision getting a noteworthy cost cut. More stuff, better appearances, and a lower price. Seems like a winning mix 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 modified its head- and taillights, the former which are now HID or LED units depending upon the trim level instead of halogens. Additionally, the Envision’s grille style has actually been modified, discarding last year’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 heaters are stated 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. Additionally, the automaker’s OnStar concierge and safety services are basic– albeit with a fee for services after a trial period. Major safety equipment like automatic emergency situation braking is still on the alternatives list, although a rearview electronic camera, 10 airbags, park assist, and a rear-seat tip that sounds an alarm if it thinks a child or pet may be in the back seat, 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 begins at about $34,000– approximately $2,000 less than last year. Turbo versions run about $1,500 cheaper, topping out around $44,600 for the Premium II. That’s well into Volvo XC60 territory, and we’re not completely confident that the 2019 changes will suffice to sway clients, however we’ll book complete judgement up until we’ve driven one.