Terrain

Envision

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

159

220

Neck Injury Risk

17%

32%

Neck Stress

190 lbs.

271 lbs.

Neck Compression

10 lbs.

27 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.7 inches

Neck Injury Risk

26%

51%

Neck Stress

153 lbs.

170 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

264/236 lbs.

230/563 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Engine

The Terrain’s standard 1.5 turbo 4-cyl. produces 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (203 vs. 192) than the Envision’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Terrain

FWD

1.5 turbo 4-cyl.

26 city/30 hwy

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

AWD

1.5 turbo 4-cyl.

25 city/28 hwy

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/26 hwy

Envision

FWD

2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

AWD

2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

21 city/27 hwy

Premium 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/25 hwy

The Terrain has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Envision doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

The Terrain stops shorter than the Envision:

Terrain

Envision

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

136 feet

153 feet

Consumer Reports

Chassis

The GMC Terrain may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 pounds less than the Buick Envision.

Passenger Space

The Terrain has 2.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Envision (103.2 vs. 100.6).

The Terrain has .2 inches more front shoulder room and 2.2 inches more rear legroom than the Envision.

Cargo Capacity

The Terrain has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Envision with its rear seat up (29.6 vs. 26.9 cubic feet). The Terrain has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Envision with its rear seat folded (63.3 vs. 57.3 cubic feet).

Towing

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

Ergonomics

The Terrain’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Envision does not have an oil pressure gauge.

On a hot day the Terrain’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Envision can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the GMC Terrain Denali has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Envision doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Terrain is less expensive to operate than the Envision because typical repairs cost much less on the Terrain than the Envision, including $605 less for front struts and $192 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

The GMC Terrain outsold the Buick Envision by almost four to one during 2018.

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