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2019 Buick Envision Review

The 2019 Buick Envision finishes in the bottom third of our luxury compact SUV rankings. Though it does some things well and has a good predicted reliability rating, the Envision lags well behind its rivals in key areas, leading to its low class ranking.

Pros & Cons

  • Spacious, supportive seats
  • Good gas mileage
  • User-friendly tech features
  • Uninspiring base engine
  • Rivals have more-upscale interiors
  • Dull handling

New for 2019

  • New nine-speed automatic transmission with turbo engine
  • New headlights and taillights
  • Updates to existing tech features
  • More torque for turbo engine

Is the Buick Envision a Good SUV?

The Buick Envision is a pretty good SUV. It certainly delivers on some fronts: Both rows of seats are roomy and comfortable, there are plenty of easy-to-use tech features, it gets good gas mileage, and it has a decent amount of cargo space. It also has an above-average predicted reliability rating. But in other areas, it simply doesn't compare to higher-ranking SUVs. It isn't as opulent inside as some rivals, and many competitors have better handling and are more fun to drive.

Should I Buy the Buick Envision?

The Envision has a lower starting price than most of its class rivals, but that's really the only reason to prioritize this SUV over its classmates. Its low class ranking means you can probably find another SUV in or outside of the class that you'll enjoy and appreciate more. Consider competitors like the Acura RDX and Ford Edge instead.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Buick Envision?

The 2019 Buick Envision is part of a generation that began with the vehicle's 2016 debut. For 2019, the turbo-four engine gets more torque (by 35 pound-feet) and a nine-speed automatic transmission. Beyond that, the 2019 Envision is largely the same as the 2018 model. There were no major changes between the 2017 and 2018 models.

That means shopping for a used model can get you an Envision that's nearly the same as the new model but potentially thousands of dollars less expensive. If you're interested in a used model, be sure to visit our overviews of the 2017 Buick Envision and 2018 Buick Envision. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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This review uses applicable research and data from all model years of the current Envision generation, which runs from 2016 to 2019.

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How Much Does the Buick Envision Cost?

The Envision has a starting price of just under $32,000. That's one of the lowest starting prices in the class. To escape the underpowered base engine, however, you'll need to move up to at least the Envision Premium trim, which starts at $40,700. That's comparable to the starting prices of many higher-ranking class rivals. The Envision's top trim, the Premium II, starts at $43,600, which is less than the cost of many rivals' top trims.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Buick dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Buick deals page.

Buick Envision Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Buick Envision or Acura RDX?

The Acura RDX finishes near the top of our luxury compact SUV rankings, putting it well ahead of the Envision. The RDX is more powerful and more agile than its Buick rival, making it noticeably more fun to drive, and it gets similar fuel economy. Though both SUVs provide spacious seats, the Acura looks and feels more upscale and gives you a little more cargo space. The Buick has a much lower starting price, though the gap disappears if you step up from the Envision's weak base engine. Overall, the RDX is just a better SUV than the Envision, and it's a better choice for buyers.

Which Is Better: Buick Envision or Ford Edge?

The Ford Edge exudes a different vibe than the Envision. Its sporty nature is one of this Ford's biggest selling points. It boasts a range of powerful engines, including a peppy standard four-cylinder and a particularly potent twin-turbo V6 option. The Edge feels athletic on winding roads, but it retains a smooth ride. Inside, the Envision feels more upscale, but both SUVs have similar features. If you prefer a sportier ride and like saving money, go for the Edge. For a touch of extra luxury, you'll want the Envision.

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Envision Interior

How Many People Does the Envision Seat?

This Buick SUV seats five. The front seats are comfortable, supportive, and roomy. The rear seats have ample room as well, and you can slide them backward to create more space.

Envision and Car Seats

There are two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the Envision. It's a frustrating setup. The tether anchors are easy to confuse with other hardware, and the lower anchors are set deep in the seat. On the bright side, there's enough rear-seat space for most car seats to fit easily. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Envision's LATCH system an ease-of-use rating of Marginal (the second-lowest rating).

Envision Interior Quality

This Buick's cabin looks great and features many high-end materials, but it can't match some class rivals when it comes to interior opulence.

Envision Cargo Space

With the rear seats up, the Envision has about 27 cubic feet of cargo space, which is enough room for your tailgate supplies. Fold the rear seats down, and you have about 57 cubic feet of cargo space. That's enough room for some furniture, provided you can fit them through the rear hatch.

Envision Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features in the 2019 Envision include satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and the IntelliLink infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, two USB ports, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Available features include a moonroof, a seven-speaker Bose audio system, wireless device charging, and navigation.

IntelliLink provides you with an easy way to control the Envision's tech features. There are plenty of physical controls in addition to the touch screen, and the menu layouts are intuitive. Smartphone users have a bevy of connectivity options, and available wireless charging ensures that your cellular sidekick won't run out of juice.

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Envision Performance

Envision Engine: Go for the Turbo

You have two engine choices with this Buick: the base 197-horsepower four-cylinder or the 252-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder. The turbo-four delivers better acceleration and doesn't feel underpowered on the highway, as the base engine does. However, it's only available with all-wheel-drive models.

Envision Gas Mileage: A Real Fuel-Sipper

The 2019 Envision gets great fuel economy for the class with its base engine, earning 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. The ratings aren't as impressive with the turbo-four engine – 20/25 mpg city/highway.

Envision Ride and Handling: Smooth, but not Sporty

This Buick provides a cushioned ride in most conditions, but many other luxury compact SUVs are more fun to drive. The Envision doesn't feel overmatched on winding roads, but it's not a vehicle that encourages you to carve corners.

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Envision Reliability

Is the Buick Envision Reliable?

The 2019 Envision earns an above-average predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

Buick Envision Warranty

Buick backs the Envision with a four-year/50,000-mile warranty and a six-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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Envision Safety

Envision Crash Test Results

The 2019 Envision earned a five-out-of-five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it the highest rating of Good in five crash tests categories.

Envision Safety Features

The Envision comes standard with a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and Teen Driver, which lets you set parameters on top speed and audio volume when others drive your car. Available features include adaptive cruise control, a head-up display, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, front parking sensors, parallel and perpendicular park assist, a 360-degree camera, and a safety alert seat that vibrates to alert you of hazards in conjunction with the other safety systems.

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Which Buick Envision Model Is Right for Me?

You can choose from five Envision trims, but the lower trims don't offer anything beyond the standard features, so you may want to skip over them. The best choice in the lineup is the Premium trim. It's the lowest trim that has the turbo-four engine (which you'll want because the base engine feels weak), and it comes with most features that the Envision offers.

Buick Envision 1SV

The Envision 1SV has a base price of $31,995. It features a 197-horsepower four-cylinder engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, push-button start, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and the IntelliLink infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, two USB ports, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

This is the only trim that isn't offered with all-wheel drive, and there are no notable available tech features.

Buick Envision Preferred

The Envision Preferred starts at $33,500. The Preferred comes with the same features as the 1SV and offers some accessories the base trim does not. You can add all-wheel drive for $1,750.

Buick Envision Essence

The Envision Essence has a starting price of $35,800. Standard features include leather upholstery, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, tri-zone automatic climate control, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

You can add all-wheel drive for $1,750, a panoramic moonroof for $1,495, and navigation for $495.

Buick Envision Premium

The Envision Premium starts at $40,700. The Premium trim comes with a 252-horsepower turbo-four engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive. Other standard features include a seven-speaker Bose audio system, front parking sensors, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, and a safety alert seat.

You can add a panoramic moonroof for $1,495 and navigation for $495.

Buick Envision Premium II

The Envision Premium II has a starting price of $43,600. The Premium II trim comes standard with ventilated front seats, navigation, wireless device charging, a head-up display, and parallel and perpendicular park assist.

You can add a panoramic moonroof for $1,495. The Driver Confidence package ($1,545) adds automatic emergency braking, a 360-degree camera, and adaptive cruise control.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Buick dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Buick deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2019 Buick Envision has a spacious interior and some user-friendly tech features, but it doesn't have the all-around quality of many other luxury compact SUVs. That's why it finishes near the bottom of its class rankings and why you should consider rivals like the Acura RDX and Ford Edge when shopping for your next SUV.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "If there's one thing crossover buyers today have plenty of, it's choices. And the Envision has strong competitors in its size and price class from every continent. The case for the Envision is strongest in the lower, less expensive trim levels. This is a solid vehicle in that low-$30,000 price class. But as much as we liked our Envision and its strong turbo, the near-$45K sticker is pricey. After all, you can slide into a base Mercedes-Benz GLC300 for $40,050 or the Audi Q5 for $41,500. And those are both machines we'd enjoy piloting more on our morning commute." -- Autoweek
  • "The 2019 Envision's improvements are certainly welcome, but they register as a walk when Buick really needs a home run to draw buyers away from its benchmark, the Audi Q5, and crossovers of its ilk. Buick has the tech part down, and the updates and new pricing structure address the gripes we had with the Envision's transmission and value, but these seem more like calculated moves rather than a brand-defining stand. … The Envision is still missing an ‘X factor,’ that unique style and clear identity to help it stand out in the crossover crowd. For better or for worse, in fashion, brand and style still count for a lot." -- Autoblog
  • "In total, there's nothing about the Envision that makes it truly stand out in this class, but it nonetheless covers the bases well enough to make it worth a look." -- Edmunds (2018)

Buying

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Last Updated: March 21, 2019

Declining Sales: Sales of the Buick Envision have declined 20.4 percent so far this year compared to the same period in 2018. The Envision places mid-pack in the luxury compact SUV sales race. Comparatively, the subcompact Buick Encore is the darling of Buick showrooms, outselling the Envision nearly 4 to 1.  

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