For most of the past decade, Buick has been desperately trying to convince buyers that it’s a legitimate alternative to the luxury power players. The 2019 Buick Regal is its latest evidence. The Regal slots between mainstream models and European luxury sedans, offering practicality and decent value for the right buyer.
What's New for 2019
The big addition for 2019 is a new range-topping Avenir trim, which is also new on the Lacrosse and Enclave. Otherwise, the Regal sees a few (mostly aesthetic) upgrades: new rim and interior options, plus an ionizing air cleaner.
Choosing Your Buick Regal
Most Regal models house a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, good for 250 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available on select trims. Mileage with this engine checks in at an EPA-estimated 22 miles per gallon city, 32 mpg highway, and 26 combined. Opting for all-wheel drive drops those numbers to 21/29/24 mpg (city/highway/combined).
Front-wheel drive models get a nine-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive means switching to an eight-speed automatic, with the exception of the sporty GS trim, which has standard all-wheel drive but retains the nine-speed transmission.
The GS also gets an upgraded 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 310 hp and 282 lb-ft of torque. It’s the most performance-oriented model in the lineup, although, at 19/27/22 mpg, fuel economy does take a hit.
The Regal Sportback’s eponymous feature cleverly disguises an impressive 31.5 cubic feet of standard cargo space. That number rises to 60.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. That’s not quite as spacious as the wagon-bodied Regal TourX (covered separately), but it’s closer than you might imagine.
The remaining features are divided across the Regal's six trims, which range from spartan to stately:
To make the most of the value-luxury proposition of the 2019 Buick Regal, it’s worth upgrading to the Essence trim. It gets leather seats and most of the available luxury features, along with opening up the safety options we wish were included on lower trims.