2019 Toyota Rav4 vs. 2019 Buick Envision

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Pre-Collision System in the Rav4 as “Superior.” The Envision scores at most only 4 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Rav4 (except LE) offers optional Rear Cross-Traffic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Envision doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Rav4 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, 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, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Rav4 for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Buick only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Envision.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Buick vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Buick is ranked fifth.

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

Engine

The Rav4’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 6 more horsepower (203 vs. 197) than the Envision’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Rav4 gets better fuel mileage than the Envision:

 

 

 

MPG

Rav4

 

FWD

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/35 hwy

 

AWD

LE 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

27 city/34 hwy

 

 

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/33 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

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Rav4 uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Envision Premium requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping

The Rav4 stops shorter than the Envision:

 

Rav4

Envision

 

60 to 0 MPH

126 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Rav4 is .7 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Envision.

For better maneuverability, the Rav4 LE/XLE’s turning circle is .3 feet tighter than the Envision’s (36.1 feet vs. 36.4 feet). The Rav4 XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited’s turning circle is 2.1 feet tighter than the Envision Premium’s (37.4 feet vs. 39.5 feet).

Chassis

The Toyota Rav4 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 450 pounds less than the Buick Envision.

Passenger Space

The Rav4 has .1 inches more front legroom, .8 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom, .3 inches more rear legroom and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Envision.

Cargo Capacity

The Rav4 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Envision with its rear seat up (37.6 vs. 26.9 cubic feet). The Rav4 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Envision with its rear seat folded (69.8 vs. 57.3 cubic feet).

Towing

Maximum trailer towing in the Buick Envision is limited to 1500 pounds. The Rav4 Adventure offers up to a 3500 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

The Rav4’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.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Toyota Rav4 XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) for the front seat. The Envision doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Toyota Rav4 XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) for the front seat. The Envision doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Recommendations

The Toyota Rav4 outsold the Buick Envision by over 14 to one during 2018.

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