2021 Hyundai Tucson vs. 2020 Buick Envision

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Safety

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

The Tucson’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 Tucson 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, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, daytime running lights, 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 Hyundai Tucson is safer than the Buick Envision:

Tucson

Envision

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

172

220

Neck Injury Risk

21%

32%

Neck Stress

219 lbs.

271 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

64/54 lbs.

110/265 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.7 inches

Neck Injury Risk

37%

51%

Neck Stress

162 lbs.

170 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

45/43 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, results indicate that the Hyundai Tucson is safer than the Buick Envision:

Tucson

Envision

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.8 inches

.8 inches

Abdominal Force

107 G’s

155 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

482 lbs.

492 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, with its optional vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, with its optional vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Tucson the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 32 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Envision last would have qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2016.

Warranty

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The Tucson 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.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Tucson 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.

The Tucson’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Envision’s (7 vs. 6 years).

Hyundai pays for scheduled maintenance on the Tucson for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Hyundai will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Buick only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Envision.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tucson first among compact SUVs in their 2020 Initial Quality Study. The Envision isn’t in the top three.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Buick vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 12 places higher in reliability than Buick.

Fuel Economy and Range

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Hyundai Tucson 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

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The Tucson stops shorter than the Envision:

Tucson

Envision

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

138 feet

153 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Tucson Sport’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Envision (245/45R19 vs. 235/50R19).

The Tucson Sport’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.

Suspension and Handling

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The Tucson has vehicle 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 handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Tucson is 1.2 inches wider in the front and 1.7 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Envision.

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

The Tucson Limited AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Envision Premium (27.1 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 27.5 seconds @ .63 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Tucson’s turning circle is 1.5 feet tighter than the Envision’s (34.9 feet vs. 36.4 feet). The Tucson’s turning circle is 4.6 feet tighter than the Envision Premium’s (34.9 feet vs. 39.5 feet).

Chassis

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The Hyundai Tucson may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 450 pounds less than the Buick Envision.

The Tucson is 7.3 inches shorter than the Envision, making the Tucson easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Tucson has .6 inches more front legroom, 1.2 inches more front hip room, .1 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom, .7 inches more rear legroom and 1.4 inches more rear hip room than the Envision.

Cargo Capacity

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The Tucson has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Envision with its rear seat up (31 vs. 26.9 cubic feet). The Tucson has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Envision with its rear seat folded (61.9 vs. 57.3 cubic feet).

Towing

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Maximum trailer towing in the Buick Envision is limited to 1500 pounds. The Tucson offers up to a 2000 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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The Tucson 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.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Tucson Limited offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Envision doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Tucson owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Tucson will cost $330 less than the Envision over a five-year period.

The Tucson will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Tucson will retain 47.11% to 48.69% of its original price after five years, while the Envision only retains 32.33% to 37.32%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Tucson is less expensive to operate than the Envision because it costs $200 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Tucson than the Envision, including $114 less for a water pump, $33 less for a muffler, $135 less for front brake pads, $95 less for a starter, $169 less for a fuel pump, $583 less for front struts, $502 less for a timing belt/chain and $477 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Hyundai Tucson will be $10977 to $14757 less than for the Buick Envision.

Recommendations

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The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Hyundai Tucson, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels. The Buick Envision isn't recommended.

The Hyundai Tucson outsold the Buick Envision by over four to one during 2019.

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