The powerful and stylish 2019 Buick Envision may be produced under the banner of the oldest automobile manufacturer in America, but this luxury SUV is their first being built overseas in China. The newly global SUV boasts five seats and includes an option of the more powerful turbo-four engine. This is an SUV that demands attention.
This year’s updates to the Envision give it a luxury feel and makes it look expensive without breaking the bank.
The smooth curving lines of the Envision make it stand out among other SUVs in its class. At 184 inches long, the length coupled with a 108-inch wheelbase give the Envision small overhangs for a stylish edge over its competitors. These features along with its unmistakable, classic Buick grille and strong rear silhouette speak to a finesse that leaves other SUVs in the dust.
The 2019 Buick Envision continues its impressive display of refinement by offering five distinctive trim levels each with their own unique offerings. The available trim levels for 2019 are — Base, Preferred, Essence, Premium I, and Premium II.
The Base Envision is a great introduction to SUVs with a starting price at around $34,000. It beats other non-luxury SUVs with its synthetic leather upholstery, heated front seats, power lift-gate, convenient keyless ignition, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto infotainment system with an 8.0-inch touchscreen. It is available only in white.
If white isn’t your color, the Envision Preferred may be a better choice than the base model. Choose any one of its five available colors and also enjoy its several added options including a power moonroof and all-wheel drive.
The added features get even better with the Essence, which comes with opulent leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, blind-spot monitors for added safety, a roof rack, and rear seat climate controls for the ultimate in passenger comfort.
These three trim levels — Base, Preferred, and Essence — put out 197 horsepower with a 2.5-liter inline-four powering a six-speed automatic transmission.
The Premium I and II trims stand out for their 2.0-liter turbo-four engine that boasts 252 horsepower while working in sync with a nine-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive for precision handling with power. Order the Premium II with automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control for an unmatched riding experience. Those who live in cold climates with lots of winter weather will find the available all-wheel drive especially helpful.
The Envision’s front seats are the ultimate in comfort no matter the trim level. They all come with an eight-way power adjustment with lumbar support that will remain comfortable even on those long road trips. The Premium II trim includes thigh support for the driver and cooled front seats for those hot and sunny summer days.
All trim levels come standard with a power lift-gate that opens up to a large space with plenty of room to store materials for any adventure. With the rear seat up, expect to get about 27 cubic feet of storage space. With the rear seat folded down, that space is more than doubled to 57 cubic feet of storage.
The trim level with the highest fuel economy is the base model with front-wheel drive. These models were tested and rated at 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. All-wheel drive in combination with the inline-four base engine changes those numbers to 21 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.
Because Buick is committed to safety, blind-spot monitors are standard on all trim levels starting at Essence and above. Premium models take safety to the next level by offering forward-collision alerts and active lane control as standard. Even though the Envision earned a Top Safety Pick award in IIHS tests last year, it is possible to take safety measures to the next level by adding an optional package that includes adaptive cruise control and automatic braking for peace of mind in any driving conditions.
One ride in the polished new 2019 Buick Envision with its comfortable interior and smooth handling will leave anyone craving a road trip adventure. 18-inch alloy wheels give the Envision a solid ride and acoustic window glass keeps the interior quiet so the focus stays on the road ahead.
So, adjust the heated seat, grab hold of the heated and wrapped steering wheel, crank up the music and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime. Come down to Fletch’s in Petoskey, MI to test drive the new Buick Envision for yourself.