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.