A man about to load a bike onto a black 2019 Buick Encore

A Legendary Journey with the 2019 Buick SUV Lineup


If you’ve ever read a fantasy novel like the Lord of the Rings while thinking about cars, trucks, and SUVs, then perhaps you have wondered what kind of character each vehicle would represent. No? Maybe that’s just me. No matter – it’s time to answer this important question, at least in part, and take a look at the 2019 lineup of Buick SUVs with an eye toward considering what kind of character each vehicle would be in a party of adventurers. Yes, that’s strange, and yes it will teach you a bit about these vehicles – but it’s an adventure nonetheless.

What kind of adventure can we take if we’re just discussing the specs and details of different SUVs? Well, we might not slay a dragon or reclaim an ancient dwarven kingdom, but we’ll discover what Buick has to offer in 2019 and learn something about what we could be driving this year. And who knows, maybe there will be a dragon? Maybe there will be a hoard of gold and ancient treasure to discover… let’s find out!

The 2019 Buick Encore

We’re going to look at these Buick SUVs by order of increasing size, so let’s start off with the small SUV in the 2019 lineup, the Buick Encore. If the Buick SUV lineup is a party of adventurers on a quest, then this is the halfling in the group – maybe he’s a rogue or some kind of trickster magician, who knows? The 2019 Encore has seating for up to 5 people and up to 48.4 cu. ft. of cargo storage. It starts at just $23,200, so you can get it at a price that would make even the greediest of halfling merchants quite happy.

There are four different trim levels available, and each one increases the included and available options, with greater luxury and comfort at each point. Even the luxurious 2019 Buick Encore Essence still has a starting price of less than $30,000 – so no matter how much comfort and safety you want, you can still hang onto your treasure. The Encore Essence includes leather-appointed seating, rear cross traffic alert, and a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel all standard. It’s a gorgeous vehicle inside and out, and other safety features include a lane departure warning and a side blind zone alert that activates when you change lanes.

The 2019 Buick Envision

Next up in our party of adventuring Buick SUVs is the 2019 Buick Envision, a compact SUV that would probably be the dwarf in the party – rugged and dependable, but with a taste for luxury and comfort. He’s probably a warrior of some kind, but he knows how to enjoy the road too. The Envision starts off at $31,995 and has seating for five, with up to 57.3 cu. ft. of cargo space available. So you can see it’s a bit larger inside than the Encore, but still not as large as some of Buick’s other offerings.

There are five different trim levels available for the 2019 Buick Envision, including the Essence, but also going up to not just Premium but Premium II. What does Premium II include, you ask? Well, standard features include a 2.0L Turbo 4-cylinder engine that provides up to 252hp and 295 lb.-ft. of torque for solid performance and power.

Remember, this is the dwarf in the party, so you expect a lot of rugged strength, and a beard… Well, there’s no beard here, but the Premium II also includes heated and cooled front seats as well as automatic parking assist. At this trim level, there’s even a heads-up display for the driver, which provides you with key information without the need to take your eyes off the road.

The 2019 Buick Regal TourX

Next up in our band of adventurous Buick SUVs is the 2019 Buick Regal TourX, which you can think of like the bold and wise elf in the party. While it’s not technically an SUV and not quite as large as the Buick Enclave, it does come in with a larger size and more luxury than some other offerings. It starts off at just $29,070, so this elf knows how to spot a bargain with its keen eyes, and comfortably seats five with up to 73.5 cu. ft. of cargo space. You can pack a lot into this beauty, which is ideal for going camping or hiking in the wide, sylvan expanses that elves love so dearly.

There are only three trim levels available for the 2019 Buick Regal TourX, but within those options, you can find just about everything you would want. Fewer choices might seem restrictive, but it just means each level features quite a bit more than the one before it. The highest trim level, the Regal TourX Essence, features heated leather-appointed front-passenger and driver seats, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a hands-free power liftgate in the rear.

Safety features for the Regal TourX, because elves may be immortal but they still like to stay safe, include automatic front pedestrian braking at low speeds, with an audio and visual alert. There is also a rear cross traffic alert when in reverse, to help back up safely, and a lane change alert with a side blind zone alert to help you stay out of harm’s way when changing lanes. There is also a lane keep assist system with lane departure warning, which can help prevent drifting that causes a lot of accidents.

The 2019 Buick Enclave

A gray 2019 Buick Enclave with the rear door open and cargo in back

Finally, we come to the 2019 Buick Enclave, the rugged, mysterious human within the band of Buick SUVs that make up our adventuring party. Maybe he’s the lost descendant of an ancient royal line, struggling with the weight of his bloodline and legacy, or perhaps he seeks to avenge some terrible tragedy. Either way, the 2019 Buick Enclave is available starting at $40,000, far less than a dragon’s hoard and offers a ton of luxury options for a mid-size SUV. You get seating for seven in the Enclave, which has more than 97 cu. ft. of maximum cargo space.

There are four trim levels available for the Buick Enclave, including the exclusive and unbeatable Avenir level – the Enclave is the only Buick SUV that features the Avenir as an option. The 2019 Buick Enclave Avenir includes standard features that go beyond anything else you will find on a Buick SUV, including a unique grille style that immediately sets it apart from other models, a rear camera mirror, and a wireless charging pad for compatible devices.

As the leader of our noble group, it is important that the Enclave Avenir keep everyone safe, which it does with features that include a surround vision display that gives you a virtual bird’s eye view of the vehicle. The Enclave Avenir includes a low-speed forward automatic braking system to help avoid collisions or pedestrian accidents, and a forward collision alert that warns you about potential crashes. There is also a lane change alert system with side blind zone alerts and electronic traction control.

Consider the Fellowship of Buick SUVs

It may seem strange to think of the 2019 lineup of Buick SUVs like a fantastical party of adventurers, but so what? Life is all about looking beyond the surface level and examining things in new ways. With an eye toward adventure, go ahead and explore what Buick has to offer, maybe you’ll find the SUV that takes you on your next quest.