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2019 Buick Envision Review – Is That a Buick?

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2019 Buick Envision front quarter

2019 Buick Envision AWD Premium II

2.zero-liter turbocharged inline 4, DOHC (252 hp @ 5,500 rpm, 295 lb-ft @ three,000 rpm)

9-velocity automated transmission, all-wheel drive

20 metropolis / 25 freeway / 22 mixed (EPA Score, MPG)

eleven.7 metropolis / 9.four freeway / 10.7 mixed (NRCan Score, L/100km)

21.7 (noticed mileage, MPG)

Base Worth: $forty four,595 US / $fifty one,295 CAD

As Examined: $forty nine,925 US / $fifty nine,one hundred sixty CAD

Costs embrace $995 vacation spot cost in the USA and $1,995 for freight, PDI, and A/C tax in Canada and, due to cross-border gear variations, can’t be instantly in contrast.

Round these digital pages, Buick will get a dangerous rap. Some have damaging connotations of Buick as an previous individual’s car (disclaimer, my paternal grandfather was a Buick man) or maintain grudges just because the model was continued whereas Oldsmobile and Pontiac have been killed off through the Nice Recession (disclaimer, my father was an Oldsmobile man), appears few have good issues to say concerning the division from Flint.

Disclaimer: I hate the theme music from Buick’s TV commercials.

Let’s make a deal, then. Let’s attempt to ignore the badges on this 2019 Buick Envision for a jiffy. Let’s consider this entry-degree luxurious crossover towards the competitors, quite than towards no matter demons lurk inside our collective unconscious.

2019 Buick Envision profile

Since we final seemed on the Envision about two years in the past, the compact crossover has seen a couple of tweaks to the nostril and tail, tightening up the considerably saggy look of the pre-facelift mannequin. And whereas we examined the bottom 2.5-liter engine again then, now we’ve the uprated 2.zero-liter turbo, which lends 252 horsepower and a powerful 295 lb-ft of torque to maneuver this hefty tall wagon with verve.

2019 Buick Envision front

Thoughts you, the Envision makes no efforts to emphasise efficiency. Within the lengthy custom of mid-range, close to-luxurious marques all over the place, this Buick is gentle. Delicate leather-based, (principally) smooth-contact plastics, and delicate, compliant suspension. It’s quiet, and the driving force’s palms might be equally quiet with minimal suggestions. The 9-velocity automated transmission shifts almost imperceptibly. It’s not a bug however a feature – the Envision is just enjoying the posh aspect of the crossover card.

2019 Buick Envision rear

Whereas I’d by no means anticipate the Envision to grace museums as a paragon of design, it’s reasonably engaging in an inoffensive method. The ridge rising from under the aspect mirror, via every door deal with, to terminate within the tail lamp visually lengthens the car, making it look bigger than it truly is.

The interior is, with one vital exception, inoffensively engaging and purposeful. I’m delighted by the wi-fi charging slot aft of the shifter, which grips one’s telephone vertically with sufficient drive to discourage these “fast glances” at Twitter or the like. The standard eight-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay works effortlessly.

2019 Buick Envision interior

Seat consolation is superb entrance and rear, although the youngsters had a bit much less legroom within the rear than in equally sized crossovers I’ve examined. Whereas seated usually, the youngsters had no issues, however their stressed shifting as a street journey stretches past an hour put tween knees into mother and pop’s backs. Heated seats entrance and rear have been appreciated, and the ventilated entrance seats have been good since a week in Ohio can permit one to expertise no less than three seasons with little warning.

2019 Buick Envision dashboard

The obvious pimple on the face of the Envision’s interior is the huge swath of arduous plastic atop the dashboard unconvincingly completed to appear to be some kind of wooden. Critically – the vinyl woodgrain utilized to the 1983 Chrysler LeBaron City & Nation convertible I noticed at Automobiles and Espresso final weekend was extra reasonable. This isn’t good, and must be changed by smooth-contact plastics if not coated with leather-based.

2019 Buick Envision front seat

Cargo area is about what one would anticipate from the category, although the cargo area feels a bit slender with extra intrusion by the wheel wells than I sometimes see from the competitors. I’ll grant that I used to be shocked by the chrome levers atop these wheel wells – they seemed like (and doubtless are) repurposed interior door handles. They permit for a one-contact collapse of the second-row seatback from the rear, for whenever you’ve by accident purchased an excessive amount of stuff. I’ve been there.

2019 Buick Envision rear seat

My largest concern with the Envision is the shortage of worth. This loaded tester stickers for slightly below fifty thousand dollars, placing it towards luxurious fashions which have extra room, higher consolation, and higher features for roughly the identical price. Utilizing the construct-and-price device at Buick.com to create a minimal-viable Envision (with the two.zero-liter turbo and all-wheel drive), I’m solely capable of the first step trim degree right down to the Premium package deal, which loses navigation (meh, I’ve acquired Android Auto), cooled seats (this I’d miss), the heads-up show (I can handle). The one choice I’ve added was additional-value Satin Metal Metallic for $495, as a result of the one no-value paint is white. Delivered, that Envision stickers for $forty two,390 – which is rather more palatable.

2019 Buick Envision cargo area

A extra engaging supply sits on the backside of the web page – $four,750 in money allowances seem for me in Ohio, your mileage might differ. I don’t speak a lot about incentives or native market offers once I review automobiles, since these numbers differ from everyday, vendor to vendor, and place to put. However Buick has lengthy relied on incentives to attract consumers, and right here the Envision brings the dialogue into yet one more realm I attempt to keep away from: geopolitics. The B&B will heatedly talk about their considerations about labor relating to the Envision’s last meeting level, however for me, I’d be watching whether or not incentives dry up if commerce disputes result in additional tariffs from China.

That doesn’t reply the query you’ve certainly come right here to learn – would I purchase the Buick Envision?

It’s a robust one. At $50k for the car I drove, no. There are too many compelling options at that price. At $37k for a lesser trim with a bunch of money on the hood? I’d definitely envision myself wanting as soon as once more at this Buick.

2019 Buick Envision rear quarter

[Images: © 2019 Chris Tonn/TTAC]

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