2020 Buick Regal

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2020 Buick Regal Review

The 2020 Buick Regal has a spacious cargo hold and a good predicted reliability rating, but it trails its rivals in athleticism and luxury. It’s unranked among midsize cars because it has not fully undergone crash testing.

Pros & Cons

  • Good predicted reliability rating
  • Gentle ride
  • Lots of cargo space
  • Below-average fuel economy
  • Some cheap cabin materials

Research & Ratings

The 2020 Buick Regal is unranked in Midsize Cars due to missing safety data. Currently, the Buick Regal's overall score is not available, though its Critics' Rating, Performance score, and Interior score are based on our evaluation of 23 pieces of research and data.

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Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.3
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 7.2
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. As a result, it doesn't have an overall score and cannot be ranked against other midsize cars.
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Reliability:
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Is the Buick Regal a Good Car?

The 2020 Regal is an OK midsize car, but it does little to stand out in the class. It has a good predicted reliability rating and plenty of room for cargo, but it gets subpar fuel economy estimates and has cheap cabin materials. Its handling is decently balanced, but most rivals feel sportier.

Should I Buy the Buick Regal?

The Regal is a decent car stuck in a class full of great ones. Not only do most rivals cost less to buy, but they also provide more bang for your buck. The Honda Accord is a fun-to-drive sedan with more standard safety features, and the Toyota Camry excels across the board. Both sedans are more affordable than the Buick.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Buick Regal?

For 2020, Buick makes dual-zone automatic climate control standard in the Regal and eliminates the Preferred II trim. Otherwise, the Regal is largely unchanged for 2020, so shoppers may be able to get an older vehicle with similar features for less money. It's worth mentioning here that 2020 is the final model year for the Regal, as Buick is discontinuing the model thereafter.

Buick redesigned the Regal for the 2018 model year. The Regal Sportback gained the Avenir trim for 2019, but the TourX wagon was unchanged. Although you could save even more money with a previous-generation Regal, it would be a significantly different vehicle.

Be sure to read our 2017 Regal, 2018 Regal, and 2019 Regal reviews to help make your decision. 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: 23 Reviews Analyzed

By researching Buick Regal reviews, our hope is to provide you with the information you need to make car shopping a breeze. You'll find everything you need to know about this vehicle in our comprehensive Buick Regal review. It combines concrete data (like fuel economy estimates, predicted reliability ratings, and cargo space dimensions) with professional evaluations from 23 reviews.

This 2020 Buick Regal review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2018.

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How Much Does the Buick Regal Cost?

The 2020 Regal has a base MSRP of $25,370, which is the highest starting price in the class. The Buick Regal GS starts at $39,070, which is also higher than the top trims of many rivals.

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.

Buick Regal Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Buick Regal or Chevrolet Malibu?

The four-door Chevrolet Malibu is a sedan that’s built on the same platform as the Regal. The range-topping Malibu Premier even shares its turbo-four engine with the Regal, and the rest of the Premier's equipment resembles that of the Regal Avenir. The Malibu also has a more modern infotainment system. As a sedan, though, the Chevy has less cargo space than either body style of the Buick. Unless you want the Buick's extra room, available all-wheel drive, or the Regal GS’ V6 engine, the Malibu sedan is the better pick.

Which Is Better: Buick Regal or Ford Fusion?

For those who can do without the Regal’s cavernous cargo hold and the extra engine power of the Regal GS, the Ford Fusion is a better pick in the midsize car class. Despite offering less cargo room than the Regal, the Ford's trunk still eclipses many midsize sedans for total space. The Regal has more standard tech features, but the Fusion has more standard driver aids. What really gives the Fusion the edge is its lithe handling. Simply put, it’s a nimble, sporty sedan that’s fun to drive.

Compare the Regal, Malibu, and Fusion »

Regal Interior

How Many People Does the Regal Seat?

The 2020 Regal seats five on standard cloth seats. Leather upholstery, power-adjustable and heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a heated steering wheel are available. The GS is the only trim to come with a flat-bottom steering wheel and ventilated and massaging front seats.

Regardless of the body style or trim, the Regal has a good amount of head- and legroom in both rows. The seats are comfortable, and the cabin is quiet.

Regal and Child Car Seats

This vehicle has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the rear outboard seats and an upper tether for the rear middle seat.

Regal Interior Quality

Hard plastic surfaces and cheap-feeling upholstery lower the quality of this Buick’s cabin. By contrast, some class rivals have lower starting prices but higher-quality cabin materials.  

Regal Cargo Space

Cargo space varies by body type. The Regal Sportback (hatchback) has 31.5 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 60.7 cubic feet after folding them down. Both dimensions are great for a midsize car. The TourX wagon has even more space: 32.7 and 73.5 cubic feet, respectively.

Regal Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Regal comes standard with a 7-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, four USB ports, a seven-speaker stereo, and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

Several tech upgrades are available, including an 8-inch touch screen, a navigation system, an eight-speaker Bose stereo, satellite radio, HD Radio, wireless device charging, and a moonroof.

Although the infotainment system lacks the more modern software in other GM products, it’s straightforward, with plenty of well-placed physical controls for things like climate and audio settings.

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Regal Performance

Regal Engine: Robust

Most versions of the 2020 Regal have a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 250 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque (295 pound-feet in the TourX wagon). This turbo-four feels energetic and helps this vehicle accelerate swiftly, but the nine-speed automatic transmission that comes standard with this engine can be slow to downshift when needed. Regal TourX models come with an eight-speed automatic.

The Buick Regal GS engine provides even more muscle. This Sportback-only model features a 3.6-liter V6 that makes 310 horsepower and 282 pound-feet of torque.

Regal Gas Mileage: Thirsty

The base Regal returns an EPA-estimated 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway, which are below average figures for the class. The Buick Regal TourX gets fuel economy estimates of 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, and the Buick Regal GS gets 19/27 mpg city/highway. Unlike other trims, though, the GS does not require premium gasoline.

Regal Ride and Handling: Serene Ride

Despite its responsive steering, this Buick focuses heavily on ride comfort, so few road flaws translate to the cabin. Some rivals, such as the Ford Fusion, are more fun to drive. Front-wheel drive comes standard in the hatchback, and all-wheel drive is available. All-wheel drive is standard in the TourX wagon body type.

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Regal Reliability

Is the Buick Regal Reliable?

The 2020 Buick Regal has a good predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

Buick Regal Warranty

The Regal comes with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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Regal Safety

Regal Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not crash tested the 2020 Regal. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not tested the 2020 Regal as of this writing, but it gave the 2019 model the highest rating of Good in three crash tests.

Regal Safety Features

Standard safety features include a rearview camera and the Teen Driver system, which lets you set speed and audio restrictions for secondary drivers. Safety upgrades in the Regal include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rear and front parking sensors, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane change alert, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, a following distance indicator, adaptive cruise control, a head-up display, adaptive headlights, and automatic high beams. Many rivals have more standard driver aids.

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Buick Regal Dimensions and Weight

The 2020 Regal is between 16 and 16.4 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,708 to 4,270 pounds.

Where Is the 2020 Buick Regal Built?

General Motors builds the 2020 Buick Regal in Germany.

Which Buick Regal Model Is Right for Me?

Buick offers the Regal in two body types: the Sportback (hatchback) and the TourX (wagon). The Sportback comes in five trim levels: Regal, Preferred, Essence, Avenir, and GS. The TourX comes in three variants: Base, Preferred, and Essence.

All but the top-trim GS have a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The Buick Regal GS boasts a 3.6-liter V6 engine. For the Sportback, you’ll have to get the Essence or GS trim if you want all-wheel drive. All TourX wagon models come standard with all-wheel drive.

Buick Regal

The entry-level Regal Sportback has a starting MSRP of $25,370. Standard features include a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hot spot, four USB ports (including two rear-seat charge ports), Bluetooth, a seven-speaker stereo, dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, and the Teen Driver system. You’ll also get QuietTuning, which helps block unwanted road noise.

The Buick Regal TourX wagon starts at $29,370 and has the same features, plus all-wheel drive.  

Buick Regal Preferred

The Preferred trim retails for $27,970 for the Sportback and $32,970 for the TourX. Both body types gain an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

Most other additions come in packages. The Sights and Sounds package adds remote start, an 8-inch touch screen, a navigation system, an eight-speaker premium Bose stereo, HD Radio, and a 4.2-inch multi-color driver information display for $1,720 ($1,870 in the TourX). The Driver Confidence Package I adds rear parking sensors, adaptive headlights, blind spot monitoring, lane change alert, and rear cross traffic alert for $1,245 ($1,240 in the TourX).

A moonroof is available for $1,000 in the Sportback or $1,200 in the TourX.

Buick Regal Essence

The Essence trim has a base price of $31,770 for the Sportback and $35,070 for the TourX. Additional features include leather upholstery, heated front seats, an eight-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, a heated steering wheel, satellite radio, an 8-inch touch screen, and an in-car air purifier. The wagon gets all these features, plus a hands-free power liftgate.

The Sights and Sounds package remains available, though it costs a bit less and adds a navigation system, HD Radio, and Bose stereo. The Driver Confidence II package outfits your vehicle with adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, and a following distance indicator. It costs $1,090 in the Sportback and $1,190 in the TourX.

The moonroof remains available too, and you can also add wireless device charging.

Buick Regal Avenir

The Regal Avenir (Sportback only) has a starting MSRP of $35,770. It comes with upgraded leather seats and the contents of the Sights and Sounds package, as well as the Driver Confidence I package and wireless device charging. Otherwise, the same options are available.

Buick Regal GS

The performance-oriented GS trim has an MSRP of $39,070 and only comes in the Sportback body style. As the sport-oriented model in the lineup, the GS is the only trim to feature standard all-wheel drive and a V6 engine. Other additions include a flat-bottom steering wheel, ventilated and massaging front seats with additional bolstering, and Brembo brakes. This is the only trim available with a head-up display.

Note that the Regal GS actually loses a few standard features, such as the navigation system, wireless device charging, and automatic high-beam headlights. However, they can all be added back by paying extra.

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

The 2020 Buick Regal has some appealing attributes, such as a comfortable ride, a massive cargo hold, and an above-average predicted reliability rating. It also has a robust lineup of engines, highlighted by the V6 in the Buick Regal GS. However, its high base price, poor fuel economy estimates, and low-rent cabin materials hamper its appeal. Additionally, many rival midsize cars exhibit sportier handling.

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

  • "Whatever flavor of the Regal you choose, there's a lot to like in this midsize car. As for its credentials as a premium car, the Regal is generally nicer than a similar car from a volume brand like Chevrolet, but it's not quite as luxurious as a midsize car from a true luxury brand such as Audi or BMW. The Regal is priced accordingly between those two worlds, so you could look at it as either a nicer volume car or as a budget-friendly luxury car. If you're looking for style, versatility and good bang for your buck, then the Regal Sportback or the Regal TourX wagon is worth a look." -- Autotrader
  • 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 (2019)
  • 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)
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