2019 Buick Envision

Starting Price: $32,990 | Price yours

Above Average: Refinement, comfortable interior, whisper-quiet and smooth ride, high crash test scores, teen driver monitor, optional 252-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo with 9-speed automatic

Below Average: Not very sporty, base model only makes 197 horsepower, 6-speed automatic is a bit behind the times, resale value is average at best

Consensus: The 2018 Buick Envision is a luxurious, quiet SUV that comfortably fits five, all for a starting price under $35,000.

 

2019 Infiniti QX50

Starting Price: $37,545 | Price yours

Above Average: Great style, plenty of high-tech features, efficient engine, great safety features, roomier interior than previous model

Below Average: CVT can drone under aggressive acceleration, certain tech features only available in higher trim levels, steering feel can feel numb at times, gets very expensive fully loaded

Consensus: Completely revamped for 2019, the QX50 boasts an extremely efficient engine and a revamped and more spacious interior, but trades some of its previous sportiness for fuel efficiency.

 

In the crowded midsize luxury SUV segment where previously the Germans reigned supreme, the 2019 Buick Envision and 2019 Infiniti QX50 make convincing cases for themselves with roominess, fuel-efficient engines, and lots of interior style and tech features. The Envision’s strengths include great safety scores, lots of luxury touches inside and out, and an available 252-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter on the top trim level for those who frequently drive on mountains roads or carry a lot of cargo and passengers. A flat floor also helps the 5 passengers to ride in comfort. Previously, the Infiniti was the sporty choice, but as part of its complete revamp for 2019, the emphasis is on engine efficiency and better packaging over dynamics. Consequently, the steering’s become a bit numb and the CVT drones during hard acceleration. Still, it has a certain amount of style and many great tech features, although you have to upgrade to a higher trim level for the full suite of tech.

Similarities

Comfort for 5 passengers, respectable fuel economy, good safety and tech features

Buick Envision Advantages

Luxury, comfort, smooth and quiet ride

Infiniti QX50 Advantages

Good value, improved cargo and rear legroom, 8.6 inches of ground clearance.

Final Recommendation

If you value luxury, the fully revamped 2019 Infiniti QX50 with a more efficient engine and better cargo space, is a bit pricier but should retain its value. If you’re a more budget conscious buyer, the China-built Envision offers a lower sticker and is a great choice for a 5-passenger SUV in the mid $30,000 range.

  2019 Buick Envision 2019 Infiniti QX50
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 2.5-liter I4 2.0-liter I4, turbo
Horsepower 197 hp @ 6,300 rpm 268 hp @ 5,600 rpm
Torque 192 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm 280 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm
Transmission 6-speed automatic CVT
Fuel Economy 25 mpg (22 city, 29 hwy) 27 mpg (24 city, 31 hwy)
Also Available 2.0-liter turbo I4, 9-speed automatic, AWD AWD
Specs    
Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 4 years/60,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 Stars (AWD model) n/a
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase  108.3 inches 110.2 inches
Overall Length 183.7 inches 184.7 inches
Width  72.4 inches 85.1 inches
Height 66.8 inches 66.0 inches
Turning Diameter 36.4 feet 36.4 feet
Headroom, Front 40.0 inches 41.0 inches
Headroom, Rear  38.5 inches 39.1 inches
Legroom, Front 40.9 inches 39.6 inches
Legroom, Rear 37.5 inches 38.7 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 57.0 inches 57.9 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 55.8 inches 57.1 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 100.4 cu.ft. 135.8 cu.ft.
Cargo Volume 2nd row up 26.9 cu.ft. 31.4  cu. ft.
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