2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs. 2017 Buick Envision

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Stelvio. But it costs extra on the Envision.

Both the Stelvio and the Envision have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Reliability

The engine in the Stelvio has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engines in the Envision have dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

The battery on the Stelvio is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the Stelvio’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Envision’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine

The Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 83 more horsepower (280 vs. 197) and 114 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 192) than the Envision’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 28 more horsepower (280 vs. 252) and 46 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 260) than the Envision Premium’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Stelvio gets better fuel mileage than the Envision Premium 4x4 turbo 4 cyl. (22 city/28 hwy vs. 20 city/26 hwy).

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Envision.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Stelvio’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Envision:

 

Stelvio

Envision

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.5 inches

12.4 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Stelvio has larger standard tires than the Envision (235/60R18 vs. 225/60R18). The Stelvio’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Envision (255/45R20 vs. 235/50R19).

The Stelvio’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Envision Premium’s 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Stelvio offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Envision’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling

The Stelvio offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Envision’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Stelvio has vehicle speed-sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Envision doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Stelvio’s wheelbase is 3.1 inches longer than on the Envision (111 inches vs. 107.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Stelvio is 1.5 inches wider in the front and 3 inches wider in the rear than on the Envision.

Passenger Space

The Stelvio has .2 inches more front headroom and .4 inches more rear headroom than the Envision.

Cargo Capacity

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Stelvio. The Envision doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Towing

The Stelvio’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Envision’s (3000 vs. 1500 pounds).

Servicing Ease

The engine in the Stelvio is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Envision. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

The Stelvio’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Envision’s passenger windows don’t close automatically.

The Stelvio has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Envision doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Stelvio’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Envision’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Stelvio to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Envision doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

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