2019 Chevrolet Blazer vs. 2019 Buick Envision

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Blazer are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Envision doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Both the Blazer and the Envision have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, 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, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

There are over 47 percent more Chevrolet dealers than there are Buick dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Blazer’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Buick vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Buick is ranked 16th, below the industry average.

Engine

The Blazer’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 53 more horsepower (305 vs. 252) than the Envision Premium’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Blazer V6’s fuel efficiency. The Envision doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Blazer uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Envision Premium requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Blazer FWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Envision (19.4 vs. 17.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Blazer AWD’s standard fuel tank has 4.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Envision (21.7 vs. 17.3 gallons).

The Blazer has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Envision doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Blazer has larger standard tires than the Envision (235/65R18 vs. 225/60R18). The Blazer RS/Premier’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Envision (265/45R21 vs. 235/50R19).

The Blazer RS/Premier’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 Blazer RS/Premier offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Envision’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

The Chevrolet Blazer’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Buick Envision only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling

The Blazer 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 Blazer’s wheelbase is 4.4 inches longer than on the Envision (112.7 inches vs. 108.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Blazer is 4.4 inches wider in the front and 4.2 inches wider in the rear than on the Envision.

Passenger Space

The Blazer has 7.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Envision (107.8 vs. 100.6).

The Blazer has .1 inches more front legroom, 1.2 inches more front hip room, 2.1 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom, 2.1 inches more rear legroom, 1.1 inches more rear hip room and 2.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Envision.

Cargo Capacity

The Blazer has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Envision with its rear seat up (30.5 vs. 26.9 cubic feet). The Blazer has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Envision with its rear seat folded (64.2 vs. 57.3 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Blazer. The Envision doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Towing

Maximum trailer towing in the Buick Envision is limited to 1500 pounds. The Blazer offers up to a 4500 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

On a hot day the Blazer’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Envision can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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