2019 Buick Regal

Performance


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$25,070 MSRP
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2019 Buick Regal Performance Review

Scorecard

Performance: 8.1

The 2019 Buick Regal offers a comfortable ride. Its two engine choices are both capable, and handling is competent, though many class rivals feel more agile.

  • "We would not call this Sportback 'sporty.' The Regal swaps some handling prowess for ride comfort, and that's OK in this case. Overall, it's composed but exhibits pronounced body movement with every bump it encounters. The Regal Sportback GS should handle more crisply." -- Edmunds
  • "The overall driving experience in the Regal Sportback honestly doesn't feel that much different from a high-spec Chevrolet Malibu, with which it shares a platform and powertrain, but the Regal doesn't advance the sport or luxury quotient appreciably." -- Cars.com (2018)
  • "This isn't a hardcore performance sedan, but it's quiet, comfortable, and sporty enough for most people." -- Autoblog (2018)

Acceleration and Power

A 250-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine comes standard in the Regal. Front-wheel-drive models with this engine have a nine-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive models have an eight-speed automatic. The Regal GS gets a 3.6-liter V6 engine producing 310 horsepower and 282 pound-feet of torque, and it comes with a nine-speed automatic.

Both automatics feel refined when shifting, and the base turbo-four engine delivers good passing power and acceleration. The Buick Regal GS offers more thrust and feels much more confident.

The base Regal has fuel economy estimates of 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. Those are below average for the class, even among nonhybrids. All-wheel-drive Sportback and TourX models return 21/29 mpg city/highway, and the GS gets 19/27 mpg city/highway.

  • "The Regal Sportback is powered by a powerful and efficient turbo 2.0-liter that offers acceleration on par with some V6s. " -- Edmunds
  • "It's hard to find a situation where the Regal Sportback doesn't have enough power. It gets up to speed quickly on the highway, and it produces a growl you wouldn't expect from a Buick." -- Motor Trend (2018)
  • "After driving the two turbocharged models, stepping behind the wheel of the GS was a breath of fresh air. Power builds smoothly from down low, pulling hard all the way to redline. This isn't a screamer; it's just a quietly confident sedan." -- Autoblog (2018)

Handling and Braking

This car opts for comfort over agility. It soaks up most road bumps easily, though the longer and heavier TourX wagon wallows over larger dips in the pavement. Other cars are sportier, but this Buick remains composed on the road. Front-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive is available.

  • "Confident brakes and quick steering are also highlights. But a soft, comfort-oriented suspension and slow-to-downshift transmission take the sport out of this Sportback." -- Edmunds
  • "Steering was a little overboosted for our taste, but accurate and easy to point. Above all, ride quality on both test cars was neither too stiff nor too soft, but instead balanced enough to soak up undulating backroads and provide a comfortable highway ride." -- Autoblog (2018)
  • "The TourX is a bit floaty over bigger bumps in the road. It makes a decent poor man's/woman's Volvo V90 XC." -- Automobile Magazine (2018)
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