SONS Automotive Group Compares 2019 Buick Envision VS 2018 Toyota Rav4 Near Braselton, GA

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2019 Buick Envision

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2019 Buick Envision

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2018 Toyota Rav4

Safety Comparison

Both the Envision and Rav4 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Envision has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Rav4’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The Envision has standard OnStar®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Rav4 doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Envision and the Rav4 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, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

The Envision comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Rav4’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Buick’s powertrain warranty covers the Envision 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Toyota covers the Rav4. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Rav4 ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Envision’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Rav4’s (6 vs. 5 years).

There are over 65 percent more Buick dealers than there are Toyota dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Envision’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Buick vehicles are more reliable than Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick third in reliability, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 8th.

Engine Comparison

The Envision’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 21 more horsepower (197 vs. 176) and 20 lbs.-ft. more torque (192 vs. 172) than the Rav4’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Envision Premium’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 76 more horsepower (252 vs. 176) and 123 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 172) than the Rav4’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Envision’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Rav4 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Envision has 1.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Rav4 (17.3 vs. 15.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Envision’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Rav4:

 

Envision

Rav4 LE

Rav4 XLE/SE/Limited/Platinum

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

10.8 inches

11.7 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

11.2 inches

11.2 inches

The Envision stops shorter than the Rav4:

 

Envision

Rav4

 

60 to 0 MPH

128 feet

135 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Envision’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Rav4 LE/XLE’s standard 65 series tires. The Envision Premium’s tires have a lower 50 series profile than the Rav4 SE/Limited/Platinum/Adventure’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Envision has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Rav4 LE/XLE. The Envision Premium’s 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Rav4 SE/Limited/Platinum/Adventure.

The Envision has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Rav4 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Envision’s wheelbase is 3.6 inches longer than on the Rav4 (108.3 inches vs. 104.7 inches).

The Envision Premium handles at .81 G’s, while the Rav4 XLE pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Envision Premium executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.5 seconds quicker than the Rav4 XLE (27.5 seconds @ .63 average G’s vs. 29 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the Envision uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Rav4 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Envision uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Rav4 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Envision has .2 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front hip room, .3 inches more rear legroom, 4.2 inches more rear hip room and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Rav4.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Envision’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Rav4 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Envision has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Rav4 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Envision Essence/Premium’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Rav4 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Envision Premium offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Rav4 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The power windows standard on both the Envision and the Rav4 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Envision is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Rav4 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Envision’s front and rear power windows all open fully with one touch of the switches and its driver’s window also automatically closes, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Rav4’s power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically.

The Envision’s standard variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The Rav4 LE’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent. The Envision Premium’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Rav4 XLE/SE/Limited/Platinum/Adventure’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Envision’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Toyota only offers heated mirrors on the Rav4 XLE/SE/Limited/Platinum/Adventure.

The Envision’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Rav4’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

When the Envision Essence/Premium is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Rav4’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Envision has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Rav4 offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Envision has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats are only available on the Rav4 SE/Limited/Platinum. The Envision Essence/Premium also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Rav4.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Envision Premium keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Rav4 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Envision has a standard dual zone air-conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air-conditioning is only available on the Rav4 XLE/SE/Limited/Platinum/Adventure.

Both the Envision and the Rav4 offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Envision has standard rear air-conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Rav4 doesn’t offer rear air-conditioning vents, only heat vents.

The Envision Premium’s optional Automatic Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Rav4 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Envision third among compact suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Rav4 isn’t in the top three.

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