Probably not the upgrade you've been waiting for.
Ben Hsu - Autoblog
One of the biggest stunners of the New York Auto Show came from an unlikely stand — that of Genesis, Hyundai's nascent luxury spinoff. The Genesis Essentia Concept was described as a multi-motor EV with a 0-60 time of 3 seconds and enough silicon to pass the Turing test, but that's not what made it special. It stood out because it's downright gorgeous, a proper show car seemingly plucked from the golden age of pre-OPEC oil embargo dream machines.
"We're in the fashion business," executive chief engineer Rick Spina told us as he introduced the 2019 Buick Envision. "Except with a lot of technology." Spina was referring to the changing whims of new-car buyers, which have prompted Buick to give the compact Envision crossover its mid-generational update early — just 18 months into its lifecycle — and drop its prices across all trim levels.
The cabin was overall a good place to get down to business. But what it doesn't have is the plushness or refinement of an Audi or Acura, to say nothing of Mercedes or Lexus. Perhaps even more egregious are the gappy fit and finish of the interior.
Ostensibly a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, VC-Turbo's party trick is the fact that the compression ratio can vary anywhere from 8:1 to 14:1, mechanically.
Enthusiasts finally have a subcompact Honda to get excited about.
An improved car in search of the right environment.