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2019 Base Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $31,995
2019 Preferred Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $33,500
2019 Preferred All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $35,250
2019 Essence Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $35,800
2019 Essence All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $37,550
2019 Premium I All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $40,700
2019 Premium II All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $43,600


The 2019 Buick Envision receives a mid-cycle refresh that brings updated styling and feature enhancements to reach out to a younger demographic.

What's New for 2019

The 2019 Buick Envision receives updated styling, powertrain, and additional features – including standard LED taillights, new front and rear fascias, a new grille design, and stop/start engine technology.

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Choosing Your Buick Envision

The Buick Envision seeks to build on the success of its smaller crossover, the Encore, and receives sharper styling and an enhanced powertrain. The China-made crossover is shorter and narrower than many of its segment competitors. However, its flexible interior helps it adapt to the customer’s needs.

A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission is a carry-over engine applied to the first three trim levels. It generates 197 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque, while the two Premium trims receive an updated 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. It produces 252 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque and puts that power through a nine-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. Just in case any owners are interested in the art of power-braking their crossover, Buick claims this update improves zero-to-60 mph times by half a second.

The front-wheel-drive and 2.5-liter engine drivetrain team up to achieve EPA estimates of 22 miles per gallon city, 29 mpg highway, and 26 combined. Adding all-wheel drive, a $1,750 option, reduces those figures to 21 city, 27 highway, and 24 combined. The turbocharged engine, with its standard all-wheel drive, is rather thirsty at 20/25/22 mpg city/highway/combined.

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The base trim is called the Buick 1SV and starts at $32,990 (all prices include the $995 destination charge). It comes equipped with 18-inch aluminum wheels, a power tailgate, HID headlights with Buick’s LED signature lighting, and LED taillights. The seats are partially covered in synthetic leather while eight-way power adjustment and heating are added to the front seats. Proximity entry with push button start, active noise cancellation, dual zone climate control, an eight-inch touchscreen, a six-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and XM Radio are also included. Remote start, OnStar, and 4G LTE WiFi round out the notable standard features. White is the only exterior color offered.

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The Preferred trim, priced from $34,495, can be considered the entry point for many retail customers who prefer an exterior color other than white. All-wheel drive is available but beyond that, there are few feature gains seen with the Preferred trim outside of a hands-free power liftgate and rear park assist. An optional Active Package ($640) enables the Envision to tow up to 1,500 pounds.

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Climbing up the next rung is the Essence trim, priced from $36,795. Newly included features are perforated leather seating, tri-zone climate control, heating for the rear outboard seats and steering wheel, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. The Active Package ($640) returns, and a Road Trip Package ($370) adds all-weather floor mats and roof rack rails. Available options include a panoramic moonroof ($1,495) and a navigation system ($495).

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Premium I

The Envision Premium starts at $41,695, and is only available with all-wheel drive and the upgraded 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Also included are 19-inch wheels, LED headlights, and additional safety equipment such as forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, and lane departure warning. A larger eight-inch display resides in the instrument cluster and a 110-volt outlet ensures quick charging for those devices, which can now be played through a premium Bose seven-speaker sound system. The Active Package and Road Trip Package are still offered.

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Premium II

Starting at $44,595, the Premium II is the top tier and receives active park assist, wireless charging, navigation, and a head-up display. The front seats receive ventilation and a manual thigh extension. Available for the first time is the Driver Confidence Package ($1,545) that includes adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera system, and forward automatic emergency braking.

CarsDirect Tip

The 2019 Buick Envision makes some improvements for the new model year. However, the exclusivity of the active safety package is a bit of a head-scratcher and its meager fuel economy is surpassed by competitors with similar power. The base trim, in its white-paint-only glory strikes us as the most appealing trim.

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Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

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: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Back in the dark days of 2009, Americans were shocked when Buick was given a stay of execution while Pontiac proceeded to be led in front of the proverbial firing squad. Time heals all wounds, though, and there's no doubt that the pain of losing the progenitor of the muscle car has numbed considerably while Buick itself is on a winning streak. The Envision, a mid-size crossover that bridges the gap between mainstream conveyance and luxury motoring, reflects the brand's confidence that the market has a newfound respect for the storied Tri-Shield marque. Unfortunately, we have not yet had an opportunity to drive the 2019 Envision.

Best Value

The Envision offers a flurry of trim levels to choose from, ranging from the base model (which goes by the eloquent moniker 1SV) to the snazzy – and expensive – Premium II. Of this spread, we're most tempted by the all-wheel-drive Essence. The biggest benefit of the Essence is that the interior is classed up with niceties like a heated steering wheel, heated rear outboard seats, tri-zone climate control, and leather upholstery, all of which are unavailable on the next-step-down Preferred trim.

The Essence is also a good $3,000 cheaper than the next step up, the Premium. While that model does include the higher-output turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, it's forty-something-grand starting price puts it in a class of luxury crossover that outdoes the Envision in both style and prestige. Here's our Envision as it would roll off the assembly line:

  • Model: 2019 Buick Envision Essence
  • Engine: 2.5-liter inline-four
  • Output: 197 hp / 192 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Six-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel drive
  • Fuel Economy: 21 City / 27 Hwy
  • Options: All-wheel drive ($1,750), Navigation ($495)
  • Base Price: $36,795 (including a $995 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price: $39,040


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Don't envision the Envision to be a paragon of performance, because it's decidedly not. From the outset, Buick designed this people-mover to adhere to that classic Tri-Shield attribute of hushed comfort.

It's this philosophy that explains why a 2.5-liter four-cylinder making under 200 horsepower is found under the hood of three of the five Envision trims. Specifically, this motor pumps out 197 hp and 192 pound-feet of torque; it's hooked up to a six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy for the AWD models is EPA rated at a rather average 21 miles per gallon city, 27 mpg highway, and 24 combined, which trails the highway rating of the Acura RDX and Lincoln MKC but slightly edges out their city performance.

For those who crave more speed, the Premium and Premium II trims come standard with a 252-hp, 295 lb-ft of torque, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. This forced-induction powerplant is hooked up to an all-new nine-speed automatic. Once we drive it, we'll have more to say on whether it shifts with aplomb or if we'll be pining for the old six-speed. Fuel economy for this powertrain is 20/25/22 mpg city/highway/combined.


For 2019, Buick has seen fit to powder up the aging fascias of the three-year-old Envision. This includes slimmer, more modern-looking taillights out back and a new grille up front that features a pair of wings sprouting out from the badge. There's also new HID headlights for 2.5-liter models and LEDs for the turbo trims.

Unfortunately, these little brush-ups do little to help the Envision's general lack of style. Some might call the unexciting look conservative, but we just find it bland. There's little here to suggest any cohesion with the Buick lineup as a whole, yet there's also nothing that lets it stand alone in the showroom in that same vein a Riviera used to remain discerningly aloof from LeSabres and Park Avenues. It's all very generic 2010s crossover, and ergo the Envision looks more like a video-game anycar rather than a identifiable product of an established manufacturer.

At least the interior doesn't suffer from these woes. There's a handsome, modern-looking dash, and we especially like the wood-veneer stretching across the dash from the touchscreen to the passenger-side air vent – it keeps things looking upscale.

On the safety front, the 2018 model received a five-star rating from the NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick accolade from the IIHS, so we imagine that the lightly refreshed 2019 iteration should be no less impressive in that regard.

The Best and Worst Things

For not a lot of money, buyers can get themselves in a well-equipped crossover that offers everything the luxury models have except for the brand snobbery, and this alone merits taking a closer look at an Envision.

Unfortunately, a closer look means having to literally look at the Envision, which is a sleep-inducing act in itself. We hope there's a major design overhaul for this crossover in the works, because it's a snoozefest compared to the competition and the rest of the Buick lineup.

Right For? Wrong For?

Buick Envision

The Encore – Buick's smallest and cheapest crossover – has managed to bring in a lot of customers new to the brand, many of them young and without children. Once these youngbloods start families, they'll need something bigger, and the Envision would be a perfect choice.

We imagine many of these buyers, though, will be wanting more power and style than what the more affordable trims of the Envision offer. If these two attributes matter but the turbo-equipped Premium trims are too pricy to consider, look elsewhere.

The Bottom Line

The 2019 Buick Envision is a solid offering. It's well-equipped, affordable, economical, and safe – in other words, what the vast majority of buyers want from their next crossover. If Buick can squeeze a few more ponies from that base 2.0-liter and add a smidgen of style, the Envision would make a great alternative to the established luxury brands. As it stands, though, this is still a good choice in a crowded segment.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.5L I-4 / 197 HP / 192 ft.lbs.
6-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
22 / 29 / 25 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.5L I-4 / 197 HP / 192 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
22 / 29 / 25 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
17.3 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
57.3 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
183.7 "
Exterior Width
72.4 "
Exterior Height
66.8 "
Front Headroom
40.0 "
Rear Headroom
38.5 "
Front Legroom
40.9 "
Rear Legroom
37.5 "
Front Shoulder Room
57.0 "
Rear Shoulder Room
55.8 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,755 Lbs.
Wheel Base
108 "
Turning Radius
18.2 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
18.0 " Painted Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Ultrasonic Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
72 Months / 70,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
12 Months / Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
72 Months / 70,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles

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