By on February 26, 2018

Image: GM

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.

Image: GM

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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105 Comments on “2019 Buick Envision: Now $9,000 Cheaper Than the First Buick Envision...”


  • avatar
    IBx1

    Behold, the culmination of all things baby-boomer (read: ultimate outsourcing).

  • avatar
    make_light

    As much as I root for Buick and would defend several of their models, this big, dumb, soft looking thing is so unimpressive. Give me an Edge or Murano any day.

  • avatar
    Cactuar

    Is that the biggest one-piece rear bumper cover available on a new car today? That thing is huge and must wobble like crazy on the assembly line.

  • avatar
    Sub-600

    Vapid.

  • avatar
    dwford

    Maybe Buick realized that the price delta between an Envision and the larger Regal TourX was just too great.

  • avatar
    dukeisduke

    If they can whack $9,000 off of the MSRP without a thought, that tells me that the build cost is pretty cheap.

    • 0 avatar
      highdesertcat

      And even after whacking $9000 off of the MSRP, they’re still making money on each one they sell.

      But at last, the Chinese-made cars are beginning to arrive on our shores. This gives the less wealthy (or more frugal) among us a chance to buy a new car with a factory warranty, at a reasonable, palatable, price.

      Costco is very doing well selling cars. Here’s another one to add to the choices.

      • 0 avatar
        indi500fan

        Totally off topic, but I just got a pair of prescription eyeglasses at Costco for roughly 1/3 of what my optometrist quoted…and the minion doing the fitting was much more genial.

      • 0 avatar
        TwoBelugas

        If people are actually frugal all the people buying envisions would all in 17k Focus or Cruze hatchbacks made state side. No one buying these “premium” crossovers has the right to complain about the pricing forcing them to buy a Chinese made unit.

        • 0 avatar
          Hank

          I’d bet dollars to doughnuts most of the buyers are clueless to where it was made, some choosing it because Buick is ‘Merica.

          A friend of mine refused to agree to the RAV4 his wife wanted because he felt they should buy USAmerican. So, they bought an Equinox. At the time, that Equinox sported an engine made in Shanghai, a transmission from Japan, and was assembled at a factory in Canada…9 miles down the same supply railroad track from the factory that made the RAV4 his wife wanted.

          Happens all the time.

          • 0 avatar
            highdesertcat

            Hank, the RAV4 cars sold in my area are made in two different places according to the first two digits of their VIN; JT for Japan, 2T for North America.

            The ones with the JT VIN are the ones flying off the lots in my area.

            I own a 1989 Camry V6 born with the JT VIN, and it still runs great to this day. Not so for many others who fell for the “born in Kentucky” variety.

            Build-location matters. Many owners of Made in America Toyota vehicles have left the fold. And like many of GM’s former owners, they ain’t comin’ back.

          • 0 avatar
            indi500fan

            @highdesertcat

            1) I’m surprised the huge majority of buyers would differentiate purchase within a model line based on build location.

            2) I’m also surprised that the vaunted “Toyota Production System” would produce cars so dramatically different in long term dependability between US and Japanese locations.

          • 0 avatar
            ernest

            And my wife’s Camry came from Georgetown, Ky. with more domestic content than any vehicle sold in the US other than the Ford F150. The Charger it shares garage space with has more foreign parts content- how ironic is that?

          • 0 avatar
            highdesertcat

            indi500fan,

            I don’t know what the differences are but I have commented over my years on ttac the totally different experiences of my family members with the Toyota Highlander, as an example.

            Our 2008 was made in Japan. No problems. Still runs great today for my grand daughter in El Paso, TX. Over 185K.

            The ones my wife’s sisters each owned, a 2009, 2010 and 2011, all made in America, not so good.

            They each got rid of them after the warranty expired.

            But most people don’t differentiate where their vehicle is made, unless they have a bad experience.

            Here’s another example of my family’s experience. This time with the Jeep Grand Cherokee, imported from Detroit.

            Our 2012 Grand Cherokee was flawless, a pleasure to behold and a joy to drive. Still does DD duties for my grand daughter in Surprise, AZ.

            My wife’s sisters each traded off their Highlanders and purchased a 2014, 2015 and 2016 Grand Cherokee respectively, when their factory warranty expired.

            Yo! You guessed it. Little nit-noy schit, like the EHPS fluid disappearing, shaking and shuddering when shifting gears, engine warning light coming on and rough running, clunking in the rear differential when backing up, etc.

            Many of the problems were cleared up with a re-flash, but not all. And that does require a dealer visit, usually for at least two days. (The dealer can only flash it when the engine is cold for obvious reasons like sensors.)

            Toyota isn’t the only automaker in America that’s having issues. Hyundai/Kia had a spate of their own. How about VW?

            In today’s world maybe it is all about the luck of the draw. Or maybe the suppliers.

            I’ve had two excellent Tundra pickup trucks made in San Antone and our main ride is still the problem-free 2016 Sequoia.

            My DD is a Japan-built 1989 Camry V6. And it still runs great.

          • 0 avatar
            gtem

            With all due respect HDC That’s a bunch of horses*ht, pure and simple. While certainly I enjoy my Tahara-built 3rd gen 4Runner, the difference in build quality and the cheaping-out on materials on Toyotas has been independent of place of manufacture. A 5th gen 4Runner from that same Tahara plant in Japan now has crappy paint and thin ding-prone sheetmetal, nothing to do with place of manufacture. A Georgetown built ’92-’96 Camry mops the floor with a J-VIN ’07-’11 Camry in terms of interior plushness and overall sensation of being well screwed together. A J-VIN 6th gen Camry is just as likely to burn oil as a US made one. I don’t believe your anecdote about people inspecting VINs for Japanese build either.

          • 0 avatar
            highdesertcat

            gtem, I don’t have a problem with you rejecting my comment. To each his own. I’m not trying to win you over.

            My best friend who sold me his 1989 Camry V6 told me HE would not buy another Camry if it was made stateside. Other previousToyota owners have told me the same.

            I had an excellent ownership experience with the two Tundras I used to own, and both were made in San Antone. And our 2016 Sequoia remains trouble free.

      • 0 avatar
        Asdf

        So those who have become poor as a result of manufacturing having been shut down in the US and moved to China, will finally be able to afford a cheap, crappy Chinese car. Race to the bottom, we salute you…

    • 0 avatar
      ghostwhowalksnz

      They arent ‘whacking’ $9k off.
      The initial models were ‘only the top level trim’, when the full trim range was available the minimum price dropped $8k and now its dropped another few hundred.
      Thats all.

    • 0 avatar
      RHD

      If this is how these things depreciate before they are purchased, how’s it going to go after driving one off the lot?

      The Envision will be the first Buick for which cheap counterfeit aftermarket parts will be OEM.

      • 0 avatar
        jkross22

        There are just over 7000 new Buick LaCrosses available on cars.com. 2017 LaCrosses. There are over 1700 of the 2018 model, too.

        The resale value this brand gets beat up by is directly proportional to how many leftovers there are of the prior year model.

        • 0 avatar
          PrincipalDan

          And like I’ve stated before – you can now get your $42,000 2017 Lacrosse for a bit over $30K.

          If you don’t care about residuals and keep cars for a long time, it’s a screaming deal.

          I love the new 2018 Regal GS but the last time I looked at one online – suddenly the ads on my page were filled with 2017 Regals… lol.

          • 0 avatar
            dwford

            I just got 2 2017 Chevy Cruze service loaners for $21k total off their $46k total MSRP. They really are giving the cars away.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            @PrincipalDan

            30? Way too much. Hahahahaha.

            MY17 Buick Lacrosse Essence FWD V6

            2/23/18 $18,000 14,879 3.9 6G/A Black
            2/23/18 $21,000 17,329 4.2 6G/A BlackL
            2/22/18 $19,300 15,453 3.9 6G/A Silver
            2/22/18 $16,700 *7,429 2.7 6G/A White
            2/22/18 $23,800 3,225 4.8 6G/A Brown
            2/21/18 $21,000 15,022 4.6 6G/A Black
            2/21/18 $20,600 14,430 4.6 6G/A Silver
            2/21/18 $21,000 10,823 4.7 6G/A White
            2/21/18 $20,600 10,016 4.6 6G/A Black
            2/21/18 $19,000 17,192 4.6 6G/A Blue
            2/21/18 $21,600 24,210 4.1 6G/A White
            2/20/18 $21,200 14,400 4.4 6G/A Blue-
            2/20/18 $20,600 22,981 4.4 6G/A Blue
            2/20/18 $19,900 23,265 4.6 6G/A Silver
            2/20/18 $19,000 27,291 4.6 6G/A Red
            2/20/18 $21,200 11,521 4.8 6G/A Black
            2/19/18 $24,400 *4,754 4.8 6G/A Blue-
            2/19/18 $20,200 24,641 4.2 6G/A White
            2/19/18 $21,500 17,523 4.6 6G/A Blue-
            2/16/18 $20,500 16,486 4.3 6G/A Black
            2/16/18 $19,500 18,445 3.9 6G/A Silver
            2/15/18 $21,200 4,248 3.7 6G/A Black
            2/15/18 $20,600 14,461 5.0 6G/A Black
            2/15/18 $21,500 7,260 5.0 6G/A White
            2/15/18 $21,000 12,312 4.6 6G/A Black

          • 0 avatar
            PrincipalDan

            @28 – If I wanted to buy used, I’d buy used.

            That’s why I was talking about new cars (albeit one that is over a year old just sitting there on the dealer’s lot sucking up floor-plan space.)

          • 0 avatar
            NormSV650

            2018 Lexus ES is $46K and LaCrosse is $38K on cars.com. 2017 ES is $36K and LaCrosse is $26K, both with a $10,000 drop in a year.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            @PrincipalDan

            Ah, I misunderstood.

        • 0 avatar
          NormSV650

          Thr LaCrosse residuals will smoke the Lexus ES residuals, guaranteed as Buick is not luxury but near-luxury.

      • 0 avatar
        Proud2BUnion

        Certi-Fit-Now with O.E.M. !

    • 0 avatar
      bd2

      Again, only took off around $1,500-1,600.

      The much lower starting MSRP is due to adding several lower trims (previously, only the premium trims were offered).

  • avatar
    pdog_phatpat

    If I wanted to read a nice slant on buying chinese, because mah communism, Id hit up jalopnik and click the links to the garbage contained on that site.

  • avatar
    Secret Hi5

    That last piece of the greenhouse, above the rear wheel – Glass or black plastic?? D:

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    Still too much, show me a 27K msrp. Who do you think you are?

  • avatar
    krhodes1

    The headline seems more than a bit disingenuous. It’s not really $9K cheaper, there is just a $9K cheaper model without a bunch of stuff. It looks like the top trim is all of $1400 cheaper. And I very much doubt anyone paid MSRP for the originals, so likely all they did was bring MSRP closer to reality and cut the discounts. So ATP probably hasn’t changed at all, model for model.

    But regardless, these pudgy hatchbacks on stilts get stupid expensive really fast.

  • avatar
    30-mile fetch

    $33K for a 2.5 four cylinder in a 4100 lb CUV doesn’t sound like any better a deal than $43K for one with more equipment and engine.

  • avatar
    readallover

    If nothing else, Buick seems to ship their cars faster from China than Europe. My local dealer STILL does not have a single 2018 Regal.

  • avatar
    pmirp1

    The arrogance of GM is beyond measure. After getting help from American taxpayer to survive, least they can do is sell cars to Americans made in America. Yet we have to now see this nonsense sold on our shores. Absolute corporate greed is manifested in this utterly useless vehicle.

  • avatar
    jalop1991

    Last year when I looked at them, the Premium II with all the goodies stickered out at FIFTY KAY!

    And when I asked to see pricing, the dealer absolutely refused to show me pricing for that model. He showed me pricing for the cheapest thing they could call an Envision. The reason? “There’s no cash back on that model you looked at.”

    So not only is Buick corporate smoking crack, the dealer was so incompetent he could sell only on price.

    FIFTY KAY. They’re smoking crack.

    Then I came home and searched Autotrader, and found a used one of that same model year with low miles for $30K.

    • 0 avatar
      NormSV650

      So did you get the Highlander?

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        I hope he did.

        “Our Envision Premium with the optional moonroof, navigation, and Saffron red paint came to a whopping $45,380.”

        45,3+ dest is easily 46.

        There is no AWD Highlander I4 in MY16, but the V6 AWD trades for $31,800 -$34,500 in Limited trim. Here’s the “Buick”:

        MY16 Buick Envision Prem I

        2/20/18 $27,200 6,030 4.8 4GT/A Black Regular
        1/31/18 $29,000 2,313 4.6 4GT/A Silver Regular
        1/24/18 $27,100 11,435 4.3 4GT/A Black Regular
        12/19/17 $28,300 7,507 4.7 4GT/A Silver Lease
        11/21/17 $27,000 18,853 4.5 4GT/A Silver Lease
        10/24/17 $28,400 9,973 4.9 4GT/A Silver Regular

        https://www.consumerreports.org/envision/2016-buick-envision-suv/

        • 0 avatar
          NormSV650

          $30K is retail prices on autotrader for a Envusion Prem l for 2018. So they are only depreciating $1,500 the first couple of years?!

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            Cute.

            Huebner Chevrolet Subaru of Canton, OH, is offering a 2016 Buick Envision AWD Premium for $30,5 with 2,314 miles. This was a $46,000 vehicle in MY16 because only the Premium was offered, and its barely been used. So yeah $18K+ in two MY and no use is great. I say put your money where you mouth is since you have such high confidence in this POS.

            For the sane, I can’t get an exact read but I’m guessing either demand is not there or word of mouth has spread to avoid this. I cannot recall the last time I saw a mainstream vehicle with 2,000 miles offered to the general public, and this one is almost two to two and a half years old. Can you buy a MY16 RX350 with 2,000? I can’t find one on Autotrader less than 10K miles.

            The dealer will never recover the depreciation of his floorplan on this, so its a bath since you see the auction valuations. The last time I saw a dealer offload newer cars to the public they could not sell was the first year Regal. If you really want one of these, go $28,000 because I don’t think these can be sold which is why margin is so low to begin with.

      • 0 avatar
        jalop1991

        I bought a GTI.

  • avatar
    ajla

    I’ll give them $33K for a brand new 2003 Park Avenue Ultra.

  • avatar
    deanst

    As much as I want to like Buick, having about half your sales come from a $20,000 Korean blob does not create a luxury brand. Introducing the next size up, made in China cuv at twice the price is ridiculous. Buick should have 3 solid cuvs made in North America, augmented by the oddly popular cuv coupes or whatever they go by these days – and those can come from whatever country GM has not yet abandoned.

  • avatar
    el scotto

    If you’re used to buying your shoes at Wal-Mart (Chevy); then shoes from Sears (BUICK) are PURE PREMIUM LUXURY!!!!! Nvermind there are other, better choices at this price point. Perhaps you can get a Trifecta Tune on elevator shoes. In white vinyl.

  • avatar
    Sub-600

    Years ago the Electra 225 was luxury… if you couldn’t afford a Caddy. It’s all relative.

  • avatar
    Cactuar

    Someone please explain what Trifecta Tuning is.

  • avatar

    Nissan and Toyota can produce small cars in America

  • avatar
    bultaco

    Nobody outside the flyover states is going to mistake any Buick for a “luxury” vehicle. Their competition is other American manufacturers (none of which are “luxury”, either), entry Japanese brands, and Korean brands. All one has to do is consider resale/trade-in value when comparing a Buick to, say, a Honda or Mazda at the same price point to make the decision obvious. The idea that a buyer is going to cross shop Buick and, say, Lexus is laughable.

  • avatar
    TheEndlessEnigma

    Sorry GM, you could be giving those things away for $0 with money on the hood; I’m not purchasing a vehicle built in The People’s Republic of China.

  • avatar
    namstrap

    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.

  • avatar

    Stop the Invasion, Boycott Envision!

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