The 2019 Buick Envision is one of those quietly competent 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 managing balance, the Envision has actually gradually climbed up the sales charts at Buick considering that its intro two years earlier, and is now poised to surpass the Encore as the brand’s second very popular vehicle.
2019 Buick Envision Engine
Thanks to a little however 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 generate 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, replacing last year’s 6-speed. The brakes get a brand-new booster that increases responsiveness. In other places 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 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 things, but it makes a competent vehicle even better. The torquier engine provides its power through the brand-new 9-speed without delay in the sort of seat-of-the-pants difference that’s difficult to miss out on. The steering feels excellent too, enough so that we were wishing for a bit more bite to the suspension, although considering the sales success Buick is enjoying with the Envision the method it is, the comfort-biased trip and handling is most likely a good call. It definitely meshes well with the car’s quiet highway ride, which is one of the 2019 Envision’s greatest points. When equipped with active cruise control and other motorist aids, this is the sort of premium SUV that pleads for journey.
The other stuff is subtler, and more a reflection of Buick’s ability to integrate customer feedback in a fast manner. 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 dislike the system, despite the fact that we believe it’s one of the better ones out there. The same holds true for toggling between routine and active cruise. Finally, there’s cost, with each model of the new Envision getting a noteworthy price cut. More stuff, better appearances, and a lower price. Seems like a winning combination to us.
2019 Buick Envision Styling
Though it may come from China– Buick’s biggest market– the Envision’s styling suits well between the pint-size Encore and the three-row Enclave. This year, Buick has actually modified its head- and taillights, the former which are now HID or LED units depending on the trim level rather than halogens. Furthermore, the Envision’s grille design 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 unchanged aside from a few feature updates. Its seat heaters are said to work faster and it now consists of an air ionizer to keep the outside world, well, out.
The Envision comes requirement 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 cost for services after a trial period. Major safety equipment like automated emergency situation braking is still on the choices list, although a rearview cam, 10 airbags, park assist, and a rear-seat reminder that sounds an alarm if it believes 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 five stars 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 in 2015. 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 positive that the 2019 changes will suffice to sway customers, however we’ll book full judgement up until we’ve driven one.