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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-01-2018, 04:17 PM Thread Starter
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2019 Buick Envision Gets More Power For Less

Buick has listened to current Envision owner feedback and they’ve made a series of improvements based on that for the 2019 model year. The interior remains unchanged, but its exterior has been marginally redesigned and the powertrain upgraded.

Looking at the front, you’ll notice a new set of standard HID headlights on either side of the update grille that now features Buick’s more common winged design instead of a "waterfall" type unit. Moving along the side to the rear, Buick has added a new set of trim specific 19-inch alloy wheels and its taillights are slightly larger than before.

Most exciting of all is the 2.5L 4-cylinder turbo that has been tuned to produce more torque, upping the final output to 252 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Still fitted to Envision Premium and Premium II trim levels only, the unit is now paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission instead of a 6-speed and it comes exclusively in all-wheel drive.

Those opting for the Base, Essence, and Preferred trim levels will find a 2.5-liter, naturally aspirated inline-4 under the bonnet. Delivering 197 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque, power is sent to either the front or all four wheels via a 6-speed automatic.

Once again, nothing has been changed on the inside though MotorAuthority notes that the heated seats should warm up faster than before.

When the 2019 models go on sale, buyers can expect see a price drop of around $2,000 for the base model, which brings it down to roughly $34,000. The Turbo models will see a drop of $1,500.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-02-2018, 01:35 PM
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Does make me wonder how Buick can afford to give us more while charging us less to purchase the Envision. This is great news for anyone whose going for a Premium and Premium II Envision with the power boost and all. Not so much those going for the base trim, though that $2,000 reduction combined with negotiations can make it more appealing to those on a tighter budget.
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My local dealer has all 2018 Envision Essence discounted either $10,176 or $10275 which puts them all a hair over $30,000 from stickers between $40,705 and $41,100. Discounts are almost as good as this time last year, which convinced me to buy my first Buick.
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-07-2018, 04:41 PM
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Better priced than a loaded Honda CR-V.

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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-09-2018, 01:40 PM
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So it looks like March is a good time to buy cars if these deals crop up every year around this time. May just wait for next March to get a steeply discounted 2019 Envision if that's the case or go for the $30k 2018 model. The Honda CR-V is just horrible even if it's fully loaded.
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Was really happy to see that Buick has addressed most of the issues that owners cited with the current generation Envision. Not sure if its better to try and get a discounted new model or a steep discount on the outgoing one. The Honda CR-V is transitioning towards a 7 passenger vehicle, so they wont be comparable for much longer.
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9 Speed versus 6 speed

Do you know of performance differences between the 9 and 6 speed transmissions? I purchased a 2018 Premium Envision, 2.0 liter turbo last week. I was considering the GMC Terrain and it had the 9 speed. I liked the interior styling and fit & finish of the Buick.
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I think there is a typo above the 2.5 was a carryover power plant and the 2.0 Turbo was upped in torque as well as 6 to 9 speed. We also purchased a 2018 Premium, all the stars aligned with the pricing, trade, options and dealer so we saw no reason to wait. There are subtle styling differences and of course the bump in torque and 3 additional speeds. However, we did not believe that the cost differential would be worth the wait. We too are very impressed with the fit and finish. Obviously the individuals who assembled the car took pride in their work and I believe GM invested the necessary dollars in the manufacture and workforce training. Clearly they are intending to keep Buick as a top brand as they rebuild it here.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-04-2018, 10:57 PM
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After doing quite a bit of reading about it, mind you I am not an engineer, the 9 speed is supposed to provide a negligible increase in gas mileage and a second or two betterment of the 0-60 performance run which if you read different publications the 6 speed 2.0 provided anywhere from 7.1 to 7.8 seconds. The increase in torque should provide an added boost in low speed take off and perhaps make the car feel peppier. We have an '18 2.0 and it seems to have a very good feel across the power range. The 9 speed is supposedly a stronger transmission that can handle more power hence the bump from 260 to 295 in torque. The Buick probably received it first since 1 - it was in a mid cycle refresh and 2 - the other GM models got the 9 speed last year, we need some differentiation here. When I compared the '18 to '19 what was most important to me is safety, reliability, comfort and cost. The '18 checked off each box with the '19 higher in cost ('18 with incentives). In addition, the 9 speed is relatively new and the 6 speed has already been heavily utilized across the models of two major manufacturers and has proven reliability. May sound crazy but I always buy a car 4-5 years into the design. By that time any true issues have surfaced and should be resolved by the manufacturer. The '18 is 5 years in having a proven track record (even if offshore) won the JDPower award in its category as well as is an IIHS best pick in crash testing. Therefore, even with both on the lot the comparison came down to the better value in the '18 model for me.
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