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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Forward Collision Assist optional in the Sportage as “Superior.” The Envision scores at most only 4 points and is rated only “Advanced.”
The Sportage’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Envision doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Both the Sportage 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, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors 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 Kia Sportage is safer than the Buick Envision:
New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.
For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Sportage the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 105 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Envision has not been fully tested, yet.
The Sportage comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Envision’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.
Kia’s powertrain warranty covers the Sportage 4 years and 30,000 miles longer than Buick covers the Envision. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Envision ends after only 6 years or 70,000 miles.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sportage first among small suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Envision isn’t in the top three in its category.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Buick vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 22 more problems per 100 vehicles, Buick is ranked 11th.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Buick vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Kia 9 places higher in reliability than Buick.
On the EPA test cycle the Sportage FWD with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the Envision FWD with its standard engine (23 city/30 hwy vs. 22 city/29 hwy).
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Kia Sportage uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Envision Premium requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The Sportage stops shorter than the Envision:
60 to 0 MPH
60 to 0 MPH (Wet)
For better traction, the Sportage SX Turbo’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Envision (245/45R19 vs. 235/50R19).
The Sportage SX Turbo’s 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 handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Sportage is 1.4 inches wider in the front and 1.9 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Envision.
The Sportage SX Turbo AWD handles at .83 G’s, while the Envision Premium pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.
The Sportage SX Turbo AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Envision Premium (26.8 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 27.5 seconds @ .63 average G’s).
For better maneuverability, the Sportage’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the Envision’s (34.8 feet vs. 36.4 feet). The Sportage’s turning circle is 4.7 feet tighter than the Envision Premium’s (34.8 feet vs. 39.5 feet).
The Kia Sportage may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 450 pounds less than the Buick Envision.
The Sportage is 7.3 inches shorter than the Envision, making the Sportage easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The Sportage has .6 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom and .7 inches more rear legroom than the Envision.
The Sportage has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Envision with its rear seat up (30.7 vs. 26.9 cubic feet). The Sportage has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Envision with its rear seat folded (60.1 vs. 57.3 cubic feet).
The Sportage’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Envision’s (2000 vs. 1500 pounds).
The Sportage 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.
Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Sportage to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Envision doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.
Consumer Reports rated the Sportage’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Envision’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”
Insurance will cost less for the Sportage owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Sportage will cost $720 less than the Envision over a five-year period.
The Sportage will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Sportage will retain 47.06% to 51.29% of its original price after five years, while the Envision only retains 39.59% to 40.17%.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sportage is less expensive to operate than the Envision because it costs $246 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Sportage than the Envision, including $94 less for a water pump, $119 less for front brake pads, $223 less for a starter, $173 less for a fuel pump, $525 less for front struts and $273 less for a timing belt/chain.
IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Kia Sportage will be $9761 to $12598 less than for the Buick Envision.
Consumer Reports® recommends the Kia Sportage, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Buick Envision isn't recommended.
The Kia Sportage outsold the Buick Envision by almost three to one during the 2019 model year.
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