The Buick Envision SUV gets some subtle updates for 2019, including a fresh look, a new transmission option, and more power from the top engine. Many of the changes promise to address issues that our testers had with the current vehicle, which could make the new Envision a better choice.

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Buick announced the changes this week; the new Envision goes on sale later this spring, the automaker says.

Perhaps the biggest change is the Envision’s price. The vehicle now starts at $32,990 in base trim, down from the 2018 Envision’s asking price of $34,990. Depending on trim level, buyers can expect a drop in MSRP from $1,000 to $2,300. Price was one of CR’s biggest concerns about the current Envision, which we said was “overpriced by about $10,000” given what buyers get. While the price realignment likely won’t make the 2019 Envision a stellar value, the new numbers help narrow that gap.

Aside from the lower sticker price, the most noticeable changes are slight nips and tucks. Buick says a redesigned grille, headlights, and taillamps give the Envision a similar appearance to the compact Encore and full-sized Enclave crossovers—a look the automaker calls “the new face of Buick.”

A new nine-speed automatic transmission is available with an upgrade to the available 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Buick says the new transmission cuts 0-60 mph time by a half-second. Our tests show the current Envision does the sprint in 7.9 seconds.

Our testers complained that the current car’s six-speed automatic transmission didn't shift smoothly, and that it often shifted with a jolt. Unfortunately, it is still the only choice on any Envision equipped with the standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine.

2019 Buick Envision rear

Buick also upgraded the Envision’s brake booster, promising better braking with less effort. CR lamented the current car’s “mushy” brake feel, so this could be a welcome improvement.

However, none of the 2019 updates appear to address the current Envision’s handling, which we called “clumsy.” Furthermore, automatic emergency braking (AEB) remains part of the optional Driver Confidence Package, which is only available on the top-of-the-line Premium II trim.

Other changes are minor, but plentiful: The engine’s auto start/stop feature can now be deactivated, and it’s easier to switch between adaptive and standard cruise control. Buick also says the seat heaters warm up more quickly, the rearview camera is clearer, and the wireless phone charger is more powerful.

The updated 2019 Buick Envision goes on sale this spring.

Read our current Buick Envision road test.