2019 Buick Envision: Now $9,000 Cheaper Than the First Buick Envision

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
2019 buick envision now 9 000 cheaper than the first buick envision

Last week we brought you a taste of the facelifted 2019 Buick Envision, already on sale in its Chinese homeland. General Motors has now graced us with details on the U.S.-bound model, which should appear this spring wearing the same trims you’re become used to.

While there’s a new transmission and tech content to go with the updated front- and rear-end styling, one feature of the new model stands out: its price. To lure new buyers to the brand (and tempt Encore owners to move up the ladder), Buick is offering the Envision with a new pricing scheme.

“All trim levels have been adjusted toward the heart of the premium compact SUV market,” the automaker said today.

Just how much has a Buick Envision slipped in price in the two years since its introduction? A cool nine grand.

So, has the 2019 Envision become a cut-rate, bargain-basement stripper? No, but it’s definitely less expensive than the 2018 model, regardless of trim. When it appeared partway through the 2016 model year, the only Envisions rolling off the boat from China were uplevel, all-wheel-drive Premium and Premium II models. As such, Buick was forced to advertise its new compact crossover with an after-delivery entry price of $42,995. Ouch.

Mere months later, the 2017s arrived with a full gamut of trims and a $34,990 after-delivery starting point. That pricing carried over for 2018, but now it’s poised to sink further.

A base 2019 Envision carries an after-delivery sticker of $33,895. For that price, buyers see a carryover 2.5-liter inline-four (197 horsepower, 192 lb-ft of torque), six-speed automatic, and front-wheel drive. HID headlamps become standard equipment for 2019, along with GM’s child-protecting Rear Seat Reminder. Drivers can now deactivate the start/stop system if it gets too annoying.

Also standard is an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. There’s a Wi-Fi hotspot, as well.

Moving up to the Prefered trim now costs $2,370 less, while an Essence model demands 1,920 fewer dollars. As before, all-wheel drive is optional on lower-rung models. Premium and Premium II models come standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (252 hp, 295 lb-ft), mated to a new-for-2019 nine-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. LED headlamps joint the top two trims for the coming model year, along with a full suite of driver assist features.

The 2019 Envision Premium stickers for $1,620 less than a 2018 model, while the Premium II shaves $1,400 off the price of its predecessor.

Buick claims, “Nearly 60 percent of all Encore buyers come from outside General Motors,” adding that these customers are increasingly becoming Buick return buyers. Nearly 50 percent of those customers say they would buy another Buick, apparently.

[Images: General Motors]

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  • Namstrap Namstrap on Feb 27, 2018

    As a GM parts guy, now retired, I remember a customer who ordered a dip stick tube for his diesel Silverado. When he picked it up, he took the box outside before opening it. The tube had a "Made in Mexico" sticker on it. He brought it back in, seething, and promised to put the sticker on one of the cars in the showroom. I didn't have the nerve to tell him his engine was made by Isuzu and the "3" starting his VIN meant the truck was made in Mexico.

  • Buickman Buickman on Feb 27, 2018

    Stop the Invasion, Boycott Envision!

  • SCE to AUX Probably couldn't afford it - happens all the time.
  • MaintenanceCosts An ugly-a$s Challenger with poor equipment choices and an ugly Dealership Default color combination, not even a manual to redeem it, still no sale.
  • Cha65689852 To drive a car, you need human intelligence, not artificial intelligence.Unfortunately, these days even human brains are turning into mush thanks to addiction to smartphones and social media.
  • Mike1041 A nasty uncomfortable little car. Test drove in 2019 in a search for a single car that would appease two drivers. The compromise was not much better but at least it had decent rear vision and cargo capacity. The 2019 Honda HRV simply was too unforgiving and we ditched after 4 years. Enter the 23 HRV and we have a comfy size.
  • SCE to AUX I wonder who really cares about this. "Slave labor" is a useful term for the agendas of both right and left."UAW Wants Auto Industry to Stop Using Slave Labor"... but what will the UAW actually do if nothing changes?With unrelenting downward pressure on costs in every industry - coupled with labor shortages - expect to see more of this.Perhaps it's my fault when I choose the $259 cell phone over the $299 model, or the cheaper parts at RockAuto, or the lower-priced jacket at the store.Do I care about an ethical supply chain? Not really, I just want the product to work - and that's how most consumers are. We'd rather not know.Perhaps the 1990s notion of conflict-free, blood-free, ethically-sourced diamonds will find its way into the auto industry. That would be a good thing.