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Rankings & Research

The 2019 Buick Regal ranked #10 in Midsize Cars. Currently the Buick Regal has a score of 7.3 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 22 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

7.3

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.3
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 6.9
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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Reliability:
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2019 Buick Regal Review

Despite having plenty of cargo space and a good predicted reliability rating, the 2019 Buick Regal sits in the bottom half of the midsize car class. It trails its rivals in nearly every other area, including cabin quality and cornering agility.

Pros & Cons

  • Spacious seats
  • Huge cargo hold
  • Good predicted reliability rating
  • Outdated infotainment system
  • Rivals have nicer cabins
  • Below-average fuel economy
  • Less agile than rivals

Is the Buick Regal a Good Car?

Compared to its rivals, the Buick Regal is not that good of a car. Despite a recent redesign, the infotainment system feels outdated, and some cabin materials are unimpressive. The Regal doesn’t fare much better against its rivals when it comes to performance. Its fuel economy is subpar, and most competitors offer nimbler handling.

This Buick is at its best when it comes to utility. It's available in two body styles: a Sportback – essentially a hatchback – and a wagon called the TourX. Both models offer a lot of cargo space, and there's plenty of second-row seating room as well. 

Should I Buy the Buick Regal?

Nearly every other midsize car is a better buy than the Regal. The Ford Fusion is a little more well-rounded, bringing athletic handling for an affordable price. It also has plenty of cargo space like the Regal. A better predicted reliability rating gives the Regal an overall advantage over the Chevrolet Malibu, a General Motors cousin.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Buick Regal?

Buick redesigned the Regal for the 2018 model year. The 2019 Regal Sportback gained a new top-tier Avenir trim, but the Regal TourX wagon saw no major changes. A 2018 model with the same features and options is likely to cost less than a 2019 model. You could also get a previous-generation Regal, but you’ll miss out on upgrades from the redesign, such as a spacious trunk, roomy seats, a stronger base engine, and the new wagon body style.

Visit our reviews of the 2016, 2017, and 2018 Buick Regal if you're interested in a used model. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 20 Reviews Analyzed

Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to make car shopping a breeze. You'll find everything you need to know about the Buick Regal in our comprehensive review. It combines concrete data like fuel economy estimates and cargo space dimensions with professional evaluations from 20 automotive sources. This Buick Regal review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for the 2018 model year.

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How Much Does the Buick Regal Cost?

The Buick Regal has a starting MSRP of $25,070. That’s higher than some class leaders. The Regal GS retails for $39,070, which is also higher than the top trims of many rivals.

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Buick Regal Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Buick Regal or Honda Accord?

The Honda Accord is one of the best new midsize sedans you can buy. The Buick has a larger trunk and a potent V6 engine in the GS trim, but that’s not enough for us to recommend it over the Honda. The Accord offers peppy turbocharged engines, lithe handling, and lots of standard safety features. Its cabin is classy, and using the infotainment system is simple. The base Accord has a lower MSRP than the Buick by about $1,300, and the Accord’s annual fuel costs are roughly $600 lower.

Which Is Better: Buick Regal or Chevrolet Malibu?

The four-door Chevrolet Malibu shares its platform with the Regal, and the top-trim Malibu Premier has the same turbo-four engine that comes standard in the Buick. Both cars have a balanced and gentle ride, roomy seats, and some cheap cabin materials. The Chevy sedan has a weaker base engine but better fuel economy estimates, and its starting price of $22,090 will save you around $3,000 compared to the Buick. Neither of these are top-notch choices in the class, but unless you need the Buick’s bigger trunk or available all-wheel drive, the four-door Malibu is the better pick.

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Regal Interior

How Many People Does the Regal Seat?

Both the Regal Sportback, a hatchback, and the Regal TourX wagon seat five people on standard cloth upholstery. Upgrades include power-adjustable, heated, and ventilated front seats; a leather-wrapped, heated steering wheel; and, for the GS only, a massage function.

The seats are comfortable and supportive. Both rows offer plenty of head- and legroom, especially compared to previous-generation models.

Regal and Child Car Seats

The Regal has two complete sets of LATCH child car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats. The rear middle seat has a single tether anchor.

Regal Interior Quality

While the Regal has a fairly attractive cabin, it’s not as upscale as you might expect for a vehicle at this price point. No one expects it to resemble a Mercedes-Benz, but even more affordable rivals, such as the Subaru Legacy and Mazda6, use some higher-quality materials.

Regal Cargo Space

The Regal Sportback has 31.5 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and a maximum of 60.7 cubic feet with them folded down. The Regal TourX wagon has even more room: 32.7 cubic feet behind the rear seats and a total of 73.5 cubic feet of space with the seats folded. Both totals are well above average among midsize cars. The Regal Sportback has more cargo room than the Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima, while the Regal TourX's total capacity meets or exceeds what many compact SUVs offer.

Regal Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features in the base Regal include a 7-inch touch screen, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a seven-speaker sound system, two USB ports, and Bluetooth. Available features include a navigation system, wireless device charging, an 8-inch touch screen, satellite radio, HD Radio, a premium Bose stereo, dual-zone automatic climate control, remote start, and a moonroof.

Most rivals have infotainment systems with quicker response times and software that is more modern. There are some intuitive physical controls, though, and smartphone users will appreciate standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

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Regal Performance

Regal Engine: Capable Turbo, Better V6

Buick offers two engine choices in the Regal. Standard in all but the GS trim is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 250 horsepower. The GS features a 3.6-liter V6 engine that puts out 310 horsepower and 282 pound-feet of torque. All models come with either an eight- or nine-speed automatic transmission, depending on trim and drivetrain.

Both transmissions shift with precision. With its standard turbo-four engine, the Regal has little trouble on the road, though the GS is quicker and has a lot more power for passing.

Regal Gas Mileage: Disappointing

This Buick gets an EPA-estimated 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. The TourX wagon gets 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. Both estimates are less than the ratings of other nonhybrid midsize cars, including the Mazda6 and Volkswagen Passat, and the Buick’s use of premium fuel means you’ll pay more at the pump.

Regal Ride and Handling: Not Regal but Composed

The Regal provides a smooth, comfortable ride, though the TourX tends to feel a bit floaty over larger bumps. The handling feels composed on the road, with little body lean around corners. Rivals such as the Ford Fusion and Mazda6 are more fun to drive. Front-wheel drives comes standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

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Regal Reliability

Is the Buick Regal Reliable?

The 2019 Buick Regal earns a good predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

Buick Regal Warranty

Buick covers the Regal with a four-year/50,000-mile basic warranty and a six-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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Regal Safety

Regal Crash Test Results

As of this writing, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2019 Regal.

Regal Safety Features

Standard safety features in the 2019 Regal include a rearview camera and Teen Driver, which lets you do things like set speed and audio limits for secondary drivers. Available driver assistance technologies include lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a following distance indicator, rear parking sensors, and adaptive headlights.

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Which Buick Regal Model Is Right for Me?

Buick offers the Regal in two body styles: Sportback (hatchback) and TourX wagon. The Sportback is the base model, and it’s available in six trim levels. They are Base, Preferred, Preferred II, Essence, Avenir, and GS. The TourX is available in three trims: Base, Preferred, and Essence. All trims except the GS share the same turbocharged four-cylinder engine; the GS has a V6. Front-wheel drive is standard in all Sportback models; all-wheel drive is available in higher trims and standard in the TourX and GS.

Regardless of body style, the Essence trim is a good choice. This is the first trim available with safety features like adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning, and it features comfort amenities like leather seats.

Buick Regal

The base Regal has an MSRP of $25,070. In addition to a turbo-four engine and a nine-speed automatic transmission, it comes standard with proximity keyless entry, push-button start, alloy wheels, cloth seats, a rearview camera, Teen Driver, two USB ports, Bluetooth, a seven-speaker stereo, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 7-inch touch screen.

The base Regal TourX starts at $29,070 and has many of the same features, as well as all-wheel drive.

Buick Regal Preferred

The Preferred ($27,670) adds an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat.

This is the first trim to offer packages. For $1,720, the Sights and Sounds package adds a larger 8-inch touch screen, a navigation system, HD Radio, an eight-speaker Bose stereo, and remote start. Buick also offers a Driver Confidence package I ($1,245) with adaptive headlights, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane change alert, rear parking sensors, and larger alloy wheels. Most of these are available as individual options too, and a moonroof is available for $1,000.

The Regal TourX Preferred ($32,670) has the same standard features and packages, though pricing may be different.

Buick Regal Preferred II

The Preferred II has a starting price of $29,770. It adds a heated steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, remote start, and satellite radio.

The Driver Confidence package I is available for $1,080, and it also adds wireless device charging with this trim. The other options and packages remain available too, though pricing is reduced for some of them. Getting AWD costs $2,000. Notably, cars with AWD (except the GS) have an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Buick Regal Essence

The Buick Regal Essence (MSRP: $31,770) features leather upholstery, heated front seats, and an eight-way power-adjustable front passenger seat.

Aside from the Sights and Sounds and Driver Confidence I packages, Buick also offers the Essence trim with the Driver Confidence II package. Available for $1,090, it gets you forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, a following distance indicator, and adaptive cruise control. Opting for AWD costs $2,100 for the Essence trim.

The Regal TourX Essence ($35,070) has the same standard features, plus a hands-free power liftgate.

Buick Regal Avenir

With an MSRP of $35,270, the Avenir trim gains the contents of the Sights and Sounds and Driver Confidence I packages as standard equipment, along with larger alloy wheels and upgraded leather seats.

The Driver Confidence package II and moonroof remain available, though all-wheel drive is no longer offered in this trim.

Buick Regal GS

The Buick Regal GS retails for $39,070. As the sporty model in the lineup, the GS features all-wheel drive and a V6 engine producing 310 horsepower. Additionally, it has front sport seats with heating, ventilating, and massage functions, as well as a flat-bottom steering wheel and Brembo brakes.

Available packages include the Sights and Sounds package, the Driver Confidence II package, and a $485 Appearance package with wireless device charging and adaptive headlights.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Buick dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Buick deals page.

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The Final Call

Although it has a huge cargo bay and a good predicted reliability rating, the 2019 Buick Regal struggles to appeal in other areas. Many other midsize cars offer more value, combining potent engines with an athletic ride, better fuel economy, a higher-quality cabin, and a more sophisticated infotainment system. It’s best to shop around before buying this car.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • Faults are few, and aside from the utility of the hatchback and comfort, the Regal Sportback is pretty much average or above average in just about every other metric. If you need some excitement with your Sportback, the previously mentioned Regal GS ups the performance factor a few levels. Overall, if you consider an SUV too stodgy or too big but you do want a comfortable interior with more storage volume, the Buick Regal Sportback is worth a look." -- Edmunds
  • While the new Regal is not quite as sharp as the outgoing model—nor, for that matter, the new Honda Accord, which we consider the benchmark in this price range—it is remarkably composed and still quite mannerly." -- Car and Driver (2018)
  • Buick is at the tail end of a large lineup shift. Every car in its stable has been recently refreshed, and the Regal is the final piece of that puzzle. The Regal Sportback is a fine car, but being just OK is a hard sell in a price category where there are so many good vehicles." -- CNET (2018)
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