2019 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2019 Buick Envision

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The CX-5 has standard Whiplash-Reducing Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Whiplash-Reducing Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Envision doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Smart City Brake Support optional in the CX-5 as “Superior.” The Envision scores at most only 4 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

Both the CX-5 and the Envision 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and lane departure warning systems.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Mazda CX-5 is safer than the Buick Envision:

CX-5

Envision

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

82

220

Neck Injury Risk

23%

32%

Neck Compression

23 lbs.

27 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

156

161

Chest Compression

.5 inches

.7 inches

Neck Injury Risk

37%

51%

Leg Forces (l/r)

449/262 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 Mazda CX-5 is safer than the Buick Envision:

CX-5

Envision

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.5 inches

.8 inches

Abdominal Force

126 G’s

155 G’s

Hip Force

189 lbs.

297 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

32 G’s

39 G’s

Hip Force

435 lbs.

477 lbs.

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

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CX-5 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 45 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Envision has not been fully tested, yet.

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 CX-5’s reliability 22 points higher than the Envision.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than Buick vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mazda third in reliability. Buick is ranked 19th.

Engine

The CX-5 GT Reserve/Signature’s standard 2.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (310 vs. 295) than the Envision Premium’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

The CX-5’s 2.2 turbo diesel produces 98 lbs.-ft. more torque (290 vs. 192) than the Envision’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the CX-5 gets better fuel mileage than the Envision:

MPG

CX-5

FWD

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/31 hwy

2.5 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/28 hwy

AWD

2.2 turbo 4 cyl. Diesel

27 city/30 hwy

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

24 city/30 hwy

Envision

FWD

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

AWD

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

21 city/27 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

20 city/25 hwy

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the CX-5 2.5 non-turbo’s fuel efficiency. The Envision doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Mazda CX-5 higher (7 out of 10) than the Buick Envision (5). This means the CX-5 produces up to 8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Envision every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

The CX-5 stops shorter than the Envision:

CX-5

Envision

60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

144 feet

153 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling

The CX-5 has engine 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 better maneuverability, the CX-5’s turning circle is .4 feet tighter than the Envision’s (36 feet vs. 36.4 feet). The CX-5’s turning circle is 3.5 feet tighter than the Envision Premium’s (36 feet vs. 39.5 feet).

Chassis

The Mazda CX-5 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 200 pounds less than the Buick Envision.

The CX-5 is 4.6 inches shorter than the Envision, making the CX-5 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The CX-5 has 3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Envision (103.6 vs. 100.6).

The CX-5 has .1 inches more front legroom, .8 inches more front hip room, .1 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, 2.1 inches more rear legroom and 2.2 inches more rear hip room than the Envision.

Cargo Capacity

The CX-5 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Envision with its rear seat up (30.9 vs. 26.9 cubic feet). The CX-5 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Envision with its rear seat folded (59.6 vs. 57.3 cubic feet).

Towing

The CX-5’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Envision’s (2000 vs. 1500 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Buick Envision is only 1500 pounds. The CX-5 offers up to a 3500 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

The CX-5’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 CX-5 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.

Consumer Reports rated the CX-5’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Envision’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The CX-5’s headlights were rated “Good” to “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Envision’s headlights are rated “Acceptable” to “Poor.”

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the CX-5 Grand Touring/Signature has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Envision doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the CX-5 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the CX-5 with a number “1” insurance rate while the Envision is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the CX-5 is less expensive to operate than the Envision because it costs $459 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the CX-5 than the Envision, including $200 less for a water pump, $138 less for a muffler, $113 less for front brake pads, $53 less for a starter, $156 less for a fuel pump, $542 less for front struts, $398 less for a timing belt/chain and $485 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Mazda CX-5, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Buick Envision isn't recommended.

The CX-5 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 2 of the last 2 years. The Envision has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

The Mazda CX-5 outsold the Buick Envision by almost five to one during 2018.

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