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Willis Kuelthau
Automotive Editor - November 20, 2018

2019 Buick Regal OVERVIEW

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:


The base 2019 Regal starts at $25,995 (all prices include a $925 destination charge), a tiny price increase over last year. It’s a minimalist trim, but it still includes a few niceties like automatic headlights, heated and powered side mirrors, 17-inch aluminum wheels, keyless entry, and push button start. Infotainment runs through a central seven-inch touchscreen, with features like a 4G LTE WiFi hotspot, a seven-speaker audio system, two USB ports, and a rearview camera. On this trim, that’s all you get. Buick offers no substantial options or packages for the base trim – all-wheel drive isn't even available. The only standard exterior color is white; black and silver cost extra.


At a starting price of $28,595, the Preferred begins to add bits of luxury. A leather-wrapped steering wheel is standard, as are an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. All-wheel drive still isn't available.

The Preferred also open the door to certain option packages. First up is the Sights and Sounds Package ($1,720), which upgrades the infotainment system to an eight-inch touchscreen, and adds navigation, HD radio, remote start, a 4.2-inch information display, and a Bose sound system. The Driver Confidence Package I ($1,245) adds rear cross-traffic alert, lane change alert, blind-spot monitoring, rear park assist, cornering and auto-leveling LED headlights, and 18-inch wheels. A power moonroof is available as a standalone option for $1,000, as are illuminated sills ($395), sport pedals ($195), and remote start ($325).

Preferred II

Starting from $30,695, the Preferred II trim continues to add welcome standard features. Among them are dual-zone automatic climate control, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, 18-inch rims, fog lights, leatherette-trimmed sport seats, remote start, a driver information display, and the larger eight-inch infotainment touchscreen. Preferred II is the first trim to offer all-wheel drive, which is $2,000 extra.

The Sights and Sounds Package is still available, but because the infotainment screen and remote start are already included, it costs just $945 here. The Driver Confidence Package I adds wireless charging but still sees a price cut to $1,080. Other options remain the same as the Preferred trim.


For $32,695, the Essence’s feature set steps into luxury sedan territory. Seats are upholstered in leather, and the front row is heated, while the passenger gets an eight-way power-adjustable seat. All-wheel drive is still available, but on the Essence trim it costs $2,100.

The Sights and Sounds Package remains unchanged, but the Driver Confidence Package I ($1,580) adds seat memory settings, extra lumbar adjustment, and an auto-dimming driver’s side mirror to its features. Also available is the Driver Confidence Package II ($1,090), which adds adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, collision alerts, lane keeping assist, and a following distance indicator. Standalone options remain unchanged.


New for 2019, the luxurious Regal Avenir starts at $36,590. Oddly, Buick only offers this trim in premium, extra-cost exterior colors, which is factored into the starting price. Somewhat perplexingly, this trim is available in front-wheel drive only. It gets quilted leather upholstery, a fancier grille, 19-inch wheels, and the equipment from both the Driver Confidence I and Sights and Sounds Packages as standard. The Driver Confidence Package II remains in place, as do the usual standalone options.


Squeezing in at $39,995, the Regal GS is the sporty entrant in the lineup. All-wheel drive is standard, as is the beefy 3.6-liter V6 and a sport-tuned suspension. The wheels are 19-inch aluminum units hiding upgraded Brembo brakes. The rear decklid gets a spoiler, and the underbody sees sporty air dams and a new exhaust. The seats are perforated leather, heated, ventilated, and massage-capable buckets. Front and rear parking assist are standard, as are lane change alert and blind-spot monitoring.

The remainder of the safety features are available in the Driver Confidence Package II GS, which also adds a head-up display in addition to the safety equipment from the earlier trims for a total cost of $1,690. The Sights and Sounds Package remains in place for $945, while an Appearance Package ($485) adds wireless charging and auto-leveling and cornering LED headlights. Standalone options remain the same as the lower trims, minus the sport pedals (which are standard).

CarsDirect Tip

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.

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