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.

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.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

CX-5

Envision

 

2WD

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

25 city/31 hwy

22 city/29 hwy

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

4WD

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

24 city/30 hwy

21 city/27 hwy

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

 

2.5 Turbo/Auto

22 city/27 hwy

20 city/25 hwy

2.0 Turbo/Auto

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the CX-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

124 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 200 to 250 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 3.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Envision (103.8 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 area 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 area 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).

Ergonomics

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.”

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” in 2018. 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 the 2018 model year.

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