2019 Buick Envision vs. 2018 Hyundai Tucson

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Safety

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Both the Envision and Tucson have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Envision has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Tucson’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The Envision Premium offers an optional Surround Vision to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Tucson only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Both the Envision and the Tucson have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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Buick pays for the first scheduled maintenance on the Envision. Buick will pay for the first oil change, lubrication and any other required maintenance in the first year. Hyundai doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Tucson.

There are over 2 times as many Buick dealers as there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Envision’s warranty.

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Envision’s reliability 46 points higher than the Tucson.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Buick vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick third in reliability, above the industry average. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked 6th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Buick vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Buick third in reliability. Hyundai is ranked 7th.

Engine

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The Envision’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 33 more horsepower (197 vs. 164) and 41 lbs.-ft. more torque (192 vs. 151) than the Tucson SE/SEL’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The Envision’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 22 more horsepower (197 vs. 175) than the Tucson Value/Limited’s standard 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. The Envision Premium’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 77 more horsepower (252 vs. 175) and 100 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 195) than the Tucson Value/Limited’s standard 1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Envision 4x4 with its standard engine gets better highway fuel mileage than the Tucson SE/SEL AWD (21 city/27 hwy vs. 21 city/26 hwy).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Envision’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Tucson doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Envision has almost a gallon more fuel capacity than the Tucson (17.3 vs. 16.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Buick Envision Premium, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Tucson.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Envision

Tucson

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

11.9 inches

The Envision stops shorter than the Tucson:

 

Envision

Tucson

 

60 to 0 MPH

127 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Envision has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Tucson SE/SEL.

The Envision has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Tucson doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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The Envision’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Tucson doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Envision’s wheelbase is 3.2 inches longer than on the Tucson (108.3 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

The Envision Premium executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Tucson SE (27.5 seconds @ .63 average G’s vs. 27.9 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

Chassis

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The front grille of the Envision uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Tucson doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Envision uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Tucson doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Envision has .4 inches more front headroom and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Tucson.

Cargo Capacity

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Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Envision’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Tucson doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Servicing Ease

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The Envision uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Tucson uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

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When two different drivers share the Envision Essence/Premium, the memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, outside mirror angle and radio stations. The Tucson doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Envision Essence/Premium’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Tucson doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Envision Premium offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Tucson doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Envision’s front and rear power windows all open fully with one touch of the switches and its driver’s window also automatically closes, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Tucson’s power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically.

The Envision Premium’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Tucson’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Envision Premium detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Tucson doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

When the Envision Essence/Premium is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Tucson’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Envision has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Tucson offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Envision has a standard dual zone air-conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air-conditioning is only available on the Tucson SEL Plus/Value/Limited.

Both the Envision and the Tucson offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Envision has standard rear air-conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Tucson doesn’t offer rear air-conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Envision Premium offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Tucson doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Envision Premium has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Tucson doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Envision Premium’s optional Automatic Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Tucson doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Envision third among compact suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Tucson isn’t in the top three in its category.

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