The 2019 Buick Envision is among those quietly skilled vehicles that is worthy of more attention than it gets. Comfortable, peaceful, powerful (with the turbo engine at least), and blessed with a luxury-biased flight and managing balance, the Envision has gradually climbed the sales charts at Buick considering that its intro 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 meaningful handful of revisions to the drivetrain, brakes, and styling this year, the 2019 Envision makes its case a 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 unchanged. That engine is now connected to a 9-speed automated, changing last year’s 6-speed. The brakes get a new booster that increases responsiveness. Elsewhere 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 cam. Lastly, there are a few tweaks to the exterior styling, with the nose and tail getting subtle but elegant updates.
2019 Buick Envision Features
None of this is groundbreaking stuff, however it makes a qualified vehicle even much better. The torquier engine provides its power through the new 9-speed immediately in the sort of seat-of-the-pants distinction that’s tough to miss. The steering feels good 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 way it is, the comfort-biased flight and handling is probably a good call. It certainly meshes well with the car’s quiet highway flight, which is one of the 2019 Envision’s strongest points. When equipped with active cruise control and other driver aids, this is the sort of premium SUV that asks for journey.
The other stuff is subtler, and more a reflection of Buick’s capability to incorporate customer feedback in a rapid way. The off-switch for the start-stop system is a fine example. Because it was currently 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 much better ones out there. The exact same holds true for toggling in between routine and active cruise. Finally, there’s rate, with each model of the new Envision getting a notable price cut. More things, much better looks, and a lower cost. Seems like a winning mix to us.
2019 Buick Envision Styling
Though it might originate 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 of which are now HID or LED systems depending upon the trim level rather than halogens. Additionally, the Envision’s grille design has actually been modified, 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 few feature updates. Its seat heating systems 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. In addition, the car manufacturer’s OnStar concierge and safety services are standard– albeit with a charge for services after a trial duration. Major security gear like automated emergency braking is still on the options list, although a rearview electronic camera, 10 airbags, park assist, and a rear-seat reminder that sounds an alarm if it believes a kid or pet might 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 must 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– 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 area, and we’re not completely positive that the 2019 changes will be enough to sway customers, however we’ll reserve complete judgement till we’ve driven one.