CARS.COM — Compact SUVs are, to borrow a phrase from the “Zoolander” movie, so hot right now, and Buick is looking to capitalize with a refreshed 2019 Envision, a vehicle first sold in the U.S. as a 2016 model. The updates are modest, offering some slight drivability and styling changes. I road-tested a loaded 2019 Envision Premium II, but first let’s take a look at what’s changed.
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Up front, there are new headlight clusters incorporating updated headlights across the trim levels: bi-xenon headlights on 2.5L models and LED headlights with the optional turbo engine. Buick also changed the grille and fascia, including different foglight housings. The rear also gets updated styling, including new squared-off dual exhaust ports. The styling differences on both sides are rather minor, and the dimensions and overall shape are untouched.
Under the hood, the base powertrain is also untouched, a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 197 horsepower and 192 pounds-feet of torque mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional on all trim levels up to the Premium and Premium II, on which the 252-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder takes over, mated to standard all-wheel drive. Though the engine’s horsepower rating is the same as in the 2018, a new nine-speed automatic transmission that Buick says can handle extra torque allowed engineers to retune the engine for 295 pounds-feet of torque rather than the previous 260 pounds-feet.