2019 Buick Envision AWD Premium II new car reviews

"Versatility Has Found its Style" proclaims a large banner across the Envision's page on Buick's website. Yes, that's right, they still make Buicks!

The page goes on to cover the Envision's exceptional qualities, including one section titled: "A HIGHER LEVEL OF REFINEMENT," that has this to say about the Envision: "From its unmistakable Buick grille to its sculpted rear profile, one glance at the New 2019 Envision confirms that this compact luxury SUV is crafted to a higher level of refinement."

All this refinement is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo four paired with a nine-speed automatic, a drivetrain you'll find elsewhere in GM's lineup. The most remarkable part of the Envision's spec sheet is its final assembly point: Yantai ETDZ,P.R., China. That's right: The Buick Envision is the first GM product to be imported to the U.S. from China.

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After spending some time in the Buick, I came away impressed. “Wow,” I thought, “Buick is making a pretty darn decent little crossover thing. Sure, it’s no Lexus, but for $35kish this is a perfectly good enough place to spend time on the highway.”

Then I saw the sticker price. OMG! $48k?! For something with this drivetrain and interior? Look, the Buick is nice, but it’s no Cadillac or Lexus. GM seems to be pricing it similarly to its competitors, but in my opinion this isn’t a competitor to a Lexus or a Cadillac. It’s a competitor to a Chevy Equinox, and those start at $23,800. For nearly $50k, I want something faster, quieter and fancier, and sorry for being a snob, but I want it to carry a badge my neighbors won’t crack jokes about.

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MadScientistMatt
MadScientistMatt PowerDork
5/24/19 7:24 a.m.

Still got that problem with the make going to "None" in the title tags.

I have to wonder what that drivetrain could do in something much lighter, like a Citation X11.

BlueInGreen - Jon
BlueInGreen - Jon SuperDork
5/24/19 7:37 a.m.

That may just be the most generic looking smallish crossover yet.

mad_machine
mad_machine MegaDork
5/25/19 12:56 a.m.
BlueInGreen - Jon said:

That may just be the most generic looking smallish crossover yet.

"Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!"

Buicks have not been known for cutting edge styling.. for about as long as I have been alive. They were the cars for people who wanted some luxury without paying for it. Every buick I have driven was a "nice car", that was all I could say about them.

1988RedT2
1988RedT2 UltimaDork
5/25/19 8:42 a.m.

We looked at the larger Buick thing before we bought the CX-9.  Interior was nice, styling was okay, roomy enough.  In the end, value and my general lack of fondness for GM removed it from consideration.

Kreb
Kreb UberDork
7/28/19 9:56 p.m.

Utterly bland. Yet the same company also makes this, which I find pretty fetching:

 

 

Datsun310Guy
Datsun310Guy UltimaDork
7/29/19 6:01 a.m.

My UAW retired father-in-law went to look at one two years ago - $199/month lease with a down payment and taxes, title.  I go with to help.  

Hey, it says on the sticker most of it’s made in China.  UAW guy is 81 years old and doesn’t care any more.  

Its not a Buick to him - he traded in his 15 year old LeSabre.  Rides rough but you bought an SUV?  I was also shocked at he $41,000 price.  

SPG123
SPG123 HalfDork
7/30/19 8:31 p.m.

Got one as a company car. Always liked Buicks including a 71 GS convert and a 66 Electra.Nice enough vehicle. Two days later I was rear ended hard by a lifted pickup. Car was a total loss. Five months later I can still feel where the seat hit me in the middle of my back among other effects including a really nasty concussion. I feel much safer commuting in a Tahoe now.    

MazdaFace
MazdaFace Dork
7/30/19 11:18 p.m.
BlueInGreen - Jon said:

That may just be the most generic looking smallish crossover yet.

Well said. That wagon they can't sell is the best looking product they've made in a very very long time 

Feedyurhed
Feedyurhed UltraDork
7/31/19 6:01 a.m.

Around here, Encores are the cheapy lease deals pushed by Buick and they are everywhere. It's hard to tell the Envision from an Encore unless they were sitting next to each other. A co-worker recently leased an Encore. I asked her what kind of vehicle she leased and she responded, "I don't know, it's silver". 'Nuff said.  

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