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Buick Envision vs. Volvo XC90 (2019 Update)

You have just started a family and you are looking for a new car. You want something safe but fun at the same time. You do not want to be another boring family in the neighborhood.

Now, you have to think hard about how you want to go about this and what type of car you want. First, you will need to see how much money you have. It would not be wise to spend too much money that will end up putting you into debt. Once you figure out how much money you have, it is time to shop around.

It is not wise to go into car shopping blindly. You have to keep in mind that you will have this car for quite a while. You want something that is safe, comfort, and style to stay with you until you need to buy another car. So, you will need to choose wisely.

Two cars are here to offer what you want and need: the Buick Envision and the Volvo XC90. On the surface, these cars look the same. But, both of them have different features that make them stand out from each other.

The Buick Envision

Buick Envision is stylish, but perfect for the family. The safety is ideal to keep your little ones safe. One problem is not being able to see around you. The surround vision has eliminated the problem.

This system will provide the driver with an overhead virtual “bird’s eye” view of the scene around them from the center stack display to prevent crashes. The safety alert seat will send vibration pulses instead of that annoying audible crash avoidance alerts.

The Buick Envision also has an intelligent airbag system. The rear vision camera and rear cross traffic alert will keep you safe behind. No more worrying about hitting anything when you are in reverse.

Lane keep assist with lane departure warning will keep you from drifting into another line while you are off in a daydream as you drive. Also, there is a lane change alert with side blind zone alert.

These little beauties will help you to avoid crashing into any vehicles in your blind spots while you are changing lanes. The forward collision alert will keep you from having a front end crash. The final piece is the front breaking that will help you stop after you get into an accident and prevent any additional damage.

The Volvo XC90

The Volvo has always been a classic. The Volvo XC90 has its own safety features that will put your mind at ease. The Homelink Compass in Inner Rear Mirror will help prevent crashes that can happen from behind. If you get lost anywhere, the compass will help you find your way.

The LED headlights with Thor’s Hammer Daytime Running Lights and Auto Highbeam will help you see better during the night and in bad weather.

Need a smoother drive while out on the road? The Pilot Assist driving assistant system is there to help. It also comes with adaptive cruise control. Worried about getting hit from the sides? The Volvo XC90 comes with a side impact protection system that will help out with just that.

Nothing that ultra-high strength steel cannot fix. A tire pressure monitoring system will let you know when the pressure in your tires is low. The Volvo XC90 will connect with your smartphone. The On Call system will help with GPS and Engine Remote Start.

This car also has a Whiplash Protection System, prepaid maintenance plans, and Volvo service contracts that will make your car that much safer for you and your family.

Previous 2016 Comparison

Sport Utility Vehicles are on the rise in the American market, so we brought you a comparison between two of the front-runners for the crown in this category. The first-of-its-kind 2016 Buick Envision meets its match in the luxurious 2016 Volvo XC90.

Let’s start talking fuel economy. The new generation of Chinese Buick SUVs is still to release its fuel economy numbers. The 2016 Volvo XC90, on the other hand, is one of the leaders of the class when it comes to these figures.

The front-wheel-drive Volvo XC90 T5 Momentum consumes an estimated 22 mpg in the city and 26 mpg driving on the highway.

Volvo’s SUV, the XC90 is also extremely fuel efficient in its most powerful version. Consuming an estimated 20 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, the all-wheel-drive Volvo XC90 T6 First Edition is an excellent option for those looking to balance economy and performance.

The T6 First Edition is powered by a Turbo/Supercharger Premium Unleaded I-4 engine that can provide the driver with 316 horsepower and 295 torque on a 2.0L engine.


Buick’s Chinese-built model is powered by a 2.0-liter Ecotec Turbo Engine, with which the Envision can deliver 252 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque.

While only one model of the Buick Envision will be available in the American market, Volvo has seven models available in its 2016 line of XC90s. The T5 R-Design, the T5 Momentum, and the T5 Inscription models are available in both front and all-wheel-drive. The four other models, exclusively available with all-wheel-drive are the T6 R-Design, the T6 Momentum, the T6 Inscription, and the T6 First Edition.

While the mystery of its fuel economy and the lack of models to pick and choose from might hurt the Envision’s case, the Buick vehicle has its pros when it comes to innovation.

Starting with the brand-new Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system, according to the brand, restlessly monitors the car’s traction and adapts to the road, getting ahead of the curve by sending power to the wheels with the most grip, which aids the Envision in making corners and staying impeccably connected to the road.

Nevertheless, the always-safe Volvo has the final say when it comes to safety.  The 2016 Volvo XC90 was recognized by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety as one of the safest cars in the category and received a Top Safety Pick Plus.

Volvo brought two new safety technologies for its 2016 XC90. The Volvo model is equipped with automatic breaking in intersections if a car drives into its path, as well as its Run Off Road Protection Package.

Now, while it leads the Buick in many categories, the Volvo CX90 is also the most expensive car of the two. The 2016 Volvo CX90 is available in the front-wheel-drive T5 Momentum trim starting at $43,950 and has its most expensive CX90, the T6 First Edition, starting at $65,700.

Official prices for the Buick SUV are yet to be released, but the base model of the 2016 Buick Envision is expected to be priced in the $30,000 range.