2019 GMC Acadia vs. 2019 Buick Envision

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The Acadia Denali’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Envision doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

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 Acadia 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.

The Acadia has a standard front seat center airbag, which deploys between the driver and front passenger, protecting them from injuries caused by striking each other in serious side impacts. The Envision doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Forward Automatic Braking optional in the Acadia as “Superior.” The Envision scores at most only 4 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

Both the Acadia 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 all-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the GMC Acadia is safer than the Buick Envision:

 

Acadia

Envision

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

138

220

Neck Injury Risk

22%

32%

Neck Stress

162 lbs.

271 lbs.

Neck Compression

16 lbs.

27 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.7 inches

Neck Injury Risk

37%

51%

Neck Stress

152 lbs.

170 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

10/95 lbs.

230/563 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the GMC Acadia is safer than the Buick Envision:

 

Acadia

Envision

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Abdominal Force

155 G’s

155 G’s

Hip Force

253 lbs.

297 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

33 G’s

39 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Engine

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The Acadia’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 58 more horsepower (310 vs. 252) than the Envision Premium’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

The Acadia 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 Acadia AWD’s standard fuel tank has 4.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Envision (21.7 vs. 17.3 gallons).

The Acadia 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.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Acadia’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Envision are solid, not vented.

The Acadia stops shorter than the Envision:

 

Acadia

Envision

 

60 to 0 MPH

126 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Acadia has larger standard tires than the Envision (235/65R18 vs. 225/60R18). The Acadia’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Envision (255/65R17 vs. 235/50R19).

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

The GMC Acadia’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

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The Acadia offers an available 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 Acadia has 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 Acadia’s wheelbase is 4.2 inches longer than on the Envision (112.5 inches vs. 108.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Acadia is 2.5 inches wider in the front and 2.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Envision.

The Acadia SLT AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the Envision Premium pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Acadia SLT AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Envision Premium (26.9 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 27.5 seconds @ .63 average G’s).

Passenger Space

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The Acadia has standard seating for 7 passengers; the Envision can only carry 5.

The Acadia has 43.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Envision (143.8 vs. 100.6).

The Acadia has .3 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front legroom, 1.3 inches more front hip room, 2.4 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom, 2.2 inches more rear legroom, .2 inches more rear hip room and 2.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Envision.

Cargo Capacity

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The Acadia’s cargo area provides more volume than the Envision.

 

Acadia

Envision

Third Seat Folded

41.7 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

26.9 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

79 cubic feet

57.3 cubic feet

Towing

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Maximum trailer towing in the Buick Envision is limited to 1500 pounds. The Acadia offers up to a 4000 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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The Acadia’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Envision’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Acadia is less expensive to operate than the Envision because typical repairs cost much less on the Acadia than the Envision, including $3 less for front brake pads, $54 less for a starter and $587 less for front struts.

Recommendations

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The GMC Acadia outsold the Buick Envision by almost three to one during 2018.

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