2019 Buick Envision Introduction

The 2019 Buick Envision stands apart from the compact competition in one particular way. It’s the first crossover SUV that wears an American badge, but is manufactured in China.

The five-passenger Envision first came to North America as a 2016 model. It sees several changes for the 2019 model year. It gets a new grille; a new 9-speed automatic goes into models with the 2.0-liter turbo-4; and that engine gets stop/start.

Five trim levels are available: Base (1SV), Preferred, Essence, Premium, and Premium II. In 1SV, Preferred, and Essence models, a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder produces 197 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. A 6-speed automatic transmission sends that power to standard front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is optional for Preferred and Essence trim levels.

Both Premium trim levels upgrade to a more muscular 2.0-liter turbo-4 that generates 252 horsepower and 295 pound-feet. That turbocharged engine transmits power to all four wheels, also through a 9-speed automatic.

The IIHS scores the 2019 Envision at “Good” in the tests it’s completed. The NHTSA gives all-wheel-drive 2019 Envisions five stars overall.

Buick restricts most active-safety technology to the top Premium II trim level. Even then, automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control are part of a $1,545 option package. Blind-spot monitors are included with Essence and higher trim levels. Turbocharged Envisions add active lane control and forward-collision warnings.

1Dealer Discount applied to everyone.

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