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We just bought a 2017 Buick Envision Midnight Amethyst. We really are liking this great new SUV. Hoping to share, learn more about the Envision and discuss all the likes and dislikes etc. :)
 

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Hi,

We just bought a 2017 Buick Envision Midnight Amethyst. We really are liking this great new SUV. Hoping to share, learn more about the Envision and discuss all the likes and dislikes etc. :)
Hi Marc...welcome. Curiously, do you have a Cadillac XT5? I had a 2012 SRX previously and seem to remember your name. And have been on the Cadillac XT5 forum as well.

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Hi Marc...welcome. Curiously, do you have a Cadillac XT5? I had a 2012 SRX previously and seem to remember your name. And have been on the Cadillac XT5 forum as well.

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Hi Tom,

Yes I am a member on the XT5 Cadillac forum I have a Platinum Red Passion XT5. I had thought of looking to buy an Envision before I decided to buy my XT5. My wife has the new Buick Envision. I just joined this forum to learn more about the Buick Envision and share ideas etc. What vehicle model do you own now?

Thanks for saying HI! :)
 

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Hi Tom,

Yes I am a member on the XT5 Cadillac forum I have a Platinum Red Passion XT5. I had thought of looking to buy an Envision before I decided to buy my XT5. My wife has the new Buick Envision. I just joined this forum to learn more about the Buick Envision and share ideas etc. What vehicle model do you own now?

Thanks for saying HI! :)
Hi Marc...we have the '16 Premium II with ACC and surround cameras, 2.0 Turbo AWD, silver exterior/light interior (Texas). Have little over 10K miles on it, since buying it last August. Perfect size for the two of us with occasional grandkid hauling. Very happy with the workmanship and performance. The cameras could be improved providing better resolution.

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Hi Marc...we have the '16 Premium II with ACC and surround cameras, 2.0 Turbo AWD, silver exterior/light interior (Texas). Have little over 10K miles on it, since buying it last August. Perfect size for the two of us with occasional grandkid hauling. Very happy with the workmanship and performance. The cameras could be improved providing better resolution.

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Nicely equipped model! We have the AWD Essence model with the pano-roof and NAV included. Sorry to hear about the quality of the cameras but I really love the 360 Camera on my XT5. I think the quality of the new Buick Envision is really great. Do you have any of the all-weather floor mats?
 

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Nicely equipped model! We have the AWD Essence model with the pano-roof and NAV included. Sorry to hear about the quality of the cameras but I really love the 360 Camera on my XT5. I think the quality of the new Buick Envision is really great. Do you have any of the all-weather floor mats?
Just have the standard carpeted mats, but I bought a $25 set at Walmart to cover the factory mats. No problem with them moving around. They absorb any moisture from the shoes. Here we rarely get weather that would require the all weather version.
 

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Welcome! How do you like the 2.5 motor?
We have only had the Envision for two weeks now but I have been very impressed with the noise level which is very minimal compared to GM's previous 2.4L engines. It delivers more of its torque at lower rpm, giving the Envision a stronger feel at launch and during on-demand maneuvers, such as passing or accelerating on a freeway entrance ramp. For my wife's needs she is very pleased with the response and she just got out of her Terrain that had a 3.0 L engine in it. We are also expecting to get a lot better gas mileage from this new engine too.

Certainly time will tell us how good this new 2.5L engine will be. :)
 

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Just have the standard carpeted mats, but I bought a $25 set at Walmart to cover the factory mats. No problem with them moving around. They absorb any moisture from the shoes. Here we rarely get weather that would require the all weather version.
I can understand that in Texas you probably don't need any heavy duty floor mats. That being said I live up North and I need them and have bought several WeatherTech all season floor mats in the past and thought they were a very good product until I was at my Buick dealerships parts department and saw the new GM's version of their all-season floor mats. I was very impressed with the material used. It is more of a rubber compound that is much more flexible/ pliable than my XT5's and our previous GMC Terrain's WeatherTech floor mats were. Next time if you are looking for all-season floor mats give GM accessories a look. I did and was very happy I bought them.
 

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Welcome to the forums! Congratulations on the purchase!

I have heard that GM floor mats are getting a lot better and actually are comparable to Weather Techs if not better. But what are the pricing for them? If they're in the same price range, I think it'll definitely be worth it but I've always been a Weather Tech fan and it'd be sure hard for me to break away from them.
 

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Welcome to the forums! Congratulations on the purchase!

I have heard that GM floor mats are getting a lot better and actually are comparable to Weather Techs if not better. But what are the pricing for them? If they're in the same price range, I think it'll definitely be worth it but I've always been a Weather Tech fan and it'd be sure hard for me to break away from them.
It is my understanding that I cannot post photos until I reach a minimum of 10 posts. Thus, I will post some photos as soon as I am able to. WeatherTech lists around the same as GM's version of all-weather floor mats but you have to add in shipping costs if you purchase from their website. When I able to post comparison photos you will see a huge difference in the protection (size & fit) coverage of GM's version vs WeatherTeck. *see below

WeatherTech for Buick Envision front set only $109.95 + Shipping Costs
GM Buick Envision All-season version 1 is --- $110.00 before GM employee Accessories Discount of 20%





 

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WOW Looks like I am able to post some comparison photos. :)


IMHO: WeatherTech has a couple of big disadvantages compared to GM's version. WeatherTech is made of a more rigid material and doesn't always fit as snuggly as one might like. GM's version is made of a combination of a flexible type rubber so it shouldn't scratch or discolor like WeatherTechs floor mats are know to do. Yes you can buy WT's cleaner and protector sprays but their spray easily wears off see photo of my XT5's driver floor mat below. Yes they are different fit because they are different style vehicles but you can see they don't fit as well as the Buick's version. Since the GM's is more deeper and more flexible they will snug up closer on the edges. See how WT" warps slightly away from the center counsel where GM's version does not. * Friend of mine had to send his WT driver mat back to get a new one because the warping actually interfered with his gas pedal.


*More details and photo comparisons will be coming soon.

 

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Since GM's version of their all-weather mats where a relatively new product for me or perhaps most of us who hadn't actually seen or even heard about them until now. I was on my way into the dealer's parts department that is where I saw a sample of GM Chevy Truck all-season floor mats on display. I was so impressed with the quality and the flexibility of the rubber compound I decided to order a full set of them for my wife's Envision. Not only did I like the fact that they were GM OEM accessories I liked that they had the Buick logo built in on them too! While I was there I also looked at the some of GM's new great looking "painted" mud guards/ flaps too and was so impressed with them I ordered both front and back too.


Look at how superb the passenger side fits in and completely covers the whole foot well/ floor area with zero gaps. It provides a lot fuller coverage than my WT mats do.

 

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I wanted to share how great looking the painted mud guards really are. They definitely look like they are custom designed to fit in perfectly!

What do you think of them?

 

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I took a snap shot off of WeatherTech's website (I am not sure how accurate WT Envision image is) but you can see in this view that the WT floor mat coverage certainly does not appear to have anywhere near the complete coverage/ protection that the new GM's all-weather floor mats gives you.

*If anyone has an actual photo of their WT mats to share please do.


Again, WeatherTech's image below shows a very low side and bottom area coverage/ protection.
 

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I definitely appreciate all the work put into those posts and you've definitely convinced me there. It's really hard not to see that the GM mats have a much more snug fit where the WT look like they're designed to fit, but just have that slack all around it because like you said, more rigid.

Haven't actually seen the Weather Techs fade like that but that would really drive me insane. Thankfully for me, I'm very picky and have slight OCD so as soon as mats get slightly dirty, out they go and get a full on clean and put back in haha.
 

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Best of all we don't need to have the ugly Weather Tech logo staring us in the face every time we look in that area. It was one thing I never liked about the mats. A lot of WT owners are like that too so much that they try to make these look "official".
 

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Best of all we don't need to have the ugly Weather Tech logo staring us in the face every time we look in that area. It was one thing I never liked about the mats. A lot of WT owners are like that too so much that they try to make these look "official".
I agree... I have had a number of WT mats over the years but now I am really pleased that GM has started to come out with some great products to compete with WT. Frankly I like GM's version a lot better now that I have experienced the Buick Envisions set.... and they have the Brand's great looking logos on them too! ;)
 

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First off my Platinum XT5 feels and drives like a slightly larger size vehicle with a few more amenities than my wife’s Essence packaged Buick. The 3.6L – 310 HP has more torque and power compared to the 2.5L engine has. But I am very impressed with the level of quietness and power the 2.5L engine has. I test drove the 2.5L and thought it was very sufficient for my wife’s needs so I never test drove the Turbo version which I am sure is closer to the feel of the 3.6L engine.
One of the most appreciated options on my XT5 is the wide angle pano-video rear camera mirror which gives you about 300% more vision coverage than a standard rear view mirror. When I got used to the great view I would now not want to be without one. I can visually see cars coming up alongside of me while they are passing me (on either side) and I can follow them until they hit my side view mirrors so they are never completely out of my sight. In the Platinum model I have suede accents on the headliner, dash and door panels along with the up graded leather seating appointments. The HUD display is nice along with the foot activated rear hatch. The 8 speed electronic-transmission is awesome to have and yes it sets it apart from the Buick. I can keep the AWD version in a FWD mode most of the time until I want or need to have added traction. This feature does allow me to save on fuel costs while staying in the FWD mode.
The XT5 has LED lighting and great corning lights that will only light up the front side areas when you reach the intersections under lower speeds. I like the folding side mirrors and of course I like the 360 camera viewing too. The top tier models of the Buick Envision also has many of the other same options that the XT5 has too so comparing them would not be necessary.
Buying the top level Buick vs the XT5 Platinum saves one 20K so it is a great reason to own a Buick Envision. I could have purchased a lower level of an XT5 but I found that the Envision is very quiet and has very comfortable seating and nicely added appointments too. The Envision also has paint and no body cladding like a lot of the SUVs of today. I like that and the mud guards are painted to match the body color which is something I would like to see on my XT5.
I highly recommend the Buick Envision which to me adds a nice level of luxury without having to pay top dollar for other similar features that are on other top of the line vehicles.
 
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