The 2019 Buick Envision is among those silently proficient vehicles that is worthy of more attention than it gets. Comfy, peaceful, effective (with the turbo engine a minimum of), and blessed with a luxury-biased trip and managing balance, the Envision has actually gradually climbed up the sales charts at Buick because its intro 2 years back, and is now poised to surpass the Repetition as the brand name’s second very popular vehicle.
Thanks to a little however significant 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 shenanigans; the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter 4-cylinder is the same. That engine is now linked to a 9-speed automated, changing in 2015’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 routine cruise control, and a much 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.
None of this is groundbreaking things, 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 difficult to miss out on. The steering feels excellent too, 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 trip and handling is most likely a great call. It definitely fits together well with the car’s peaceful highway flight, which is among the 2019 Envision’s greatest points. When geared up with active cruise control and other chauffeur help, this is the sort of premium SUV that pleads for trip.
The other things is subtler, and more a reflection of Buick’s capability to integrate consumer feedback in a quick way. The off-switch for the start-stop system is a fine example. Because it was currently offered in China (where the Envision is made), Buick quickly included it for those who do not like the system, despite the fact that we believe it’s one of the much better ones out there. The very same holds true for toggling in between routine and active cruise. Lastly, there’s rate, with each model of the new Envision getting a notable cost cut. More things, much better appearances, and a lower cost. Seems like a winning mix to us.
Though it might originate from China– Buick’s biggest market– the Envision’s styling suits well in 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 systems depending upon the trim level instead of halogens. In addition, the Envision’s grille style has actually been modified, disposing of in 2015’s waterfall search for a huge 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 requirement 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 security services are basic– albeit with a cost for services after a trial duration. Significant security equipment like automated emergency situation braking is still on the alternatives list, although a rearview cam, 10 air bags, park help, and a rear-seat tip that sounds an alarm if it believes a kid or animal may be in the rear seats, 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 ought to score well in crash tests, too.
Buick hasn’t detailed specs for the Envision, which now begins at about $34,000– approximately $2,000 less than in 2015. Turbo versions run about $1,500 more affordable, peaking around $44,600 for the Premium II. That’s well into Volvo XC60 area, and we’re not absolutely positive that the 2019 changes will suffice to sway clients, however we’ll book complete judgement up until we’ve driven one.