2019 Buick Envision vs. 2019 Jeep Cherokee

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Envision and Cherokee 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 Cherokee’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 Cherokee only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Envision and the Cherokee have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Buick Envision is safer than the Cherokee:

 

Envision

Cherokee

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Restraints

ACCEPTABLE

POOR

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Steering Column Movement Rearward

1 cm

4 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

20 cm

20 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

2.1/0 kN

3.5/1.6 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

1%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Tibia index R/L

.64/.38

.84/.45

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Envision the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 90 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Cherokee was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2018.

Warranty

The Envision comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Cherokee’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Buick’s powertrain warranty covers the Envision 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Jeep covers the Cherokee. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Cherokee ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Envision’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Cherokee’s (6 vs. 5 years).

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. Jeep doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Cherokee.

Reliability

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 15 points higher than the Cherokee.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Buick vehicles are better in initial quality than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick 13th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 23rd, below the industry average.

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 Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick third in reliability, above the industry average. With 72 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 28th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2018 Auto Issue reports that Buick vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Buick 12 places higher in reliability than Jeep.

Engine

The Envision has more powerful engines than the Cherokee:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Envision 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

197 HP

192 lbs.-ft.

Envision Premium 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

252 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

Cherokee 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

180 HP

171 lbs.-ft.

Cherokee 3.2 DOHC V6

271 HP

239 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Envision has 1.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Cherokee (17.3 vs. 15.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

The Envision stops much shorter than the Cherokee:

 

Envision

Cherokee

 

60 to 0 MPH

128 feet

138 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

The Envision’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Cherokee’s 65 series tires.

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

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Envision’s wheelbase is 1.8 inches longer than on the Cherokee (108.3 inches vs. 106.5 inches).

The Envision Premium handles at .81 G’s, while the Cherokee Trailhawk 4x4 pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Envision Premium executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the Cherokee Trailhawk 4x4 (27.5 seconds @ .63 average G’s vs. 28.6 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Envision’s turning circle is 1.2 feet tighter than the Cherokee’s (36.4 feet vs. 37.6 feet).

Passenger Space

The Envision has .6 inches more front headroom, .6 inches more front hip room, 3.2 inches more rear hip room and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cherokee.

Cargo Capacity

The Envision has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Cherokee with its rear seat up (26.9 vs. 24.6 cubic feet). The Envision has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Cherokee with its rear seat folded (57.3 vs. 54.9 cubic feet).

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

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Buick service is better than Jeep. J.D. Power ranks Buick 9th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 66% lower rating, Jeep is ranked 28th.

Ergonomics

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 Cherokee 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 Cherokee doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Envision’s front and rear power windows all lower 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 Cherokee’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully.

Consumer Reports rated the Envision’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Cherokee’s headlights, which were rated “Poor” to “Fair” (depending on model and options).

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 Cherokee’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 Cherokee 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 costs extra on the Cherokee.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Envision owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Envision with a number “8” insurance rate while the Cherokee is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Envision is less expensive to operate than the Cherokee because typical repairs cost much less on the Envision than the Cherokee, including $283 less for a muffler, $78 less for a starter, $179 less for a fuel pump and $164 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

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 Cherokee isn’t in the top three.

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