2019 Buick Regal

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$25,070 - $35,270

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2019 Buick Regal Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


CARHP Editorial Updated on: October 17, 2019


The 2019 Buick Regal Sportback is a well-equipped car, but it is easily overshadowed by a lot of other cars. Intended to be a sedan, look closer and you 'd discover that this actually is a hatchback too. This is quite interesting, but is it enough to sway you towards this car? There are plenty of SUVs (Crossovers, actually) in the market right now, slowly making way into every American driveway. These crossover SUVs are spacious, practical, and honestly, quite good looking too. Does the Regal have what it takes to catch the fancy of young buyers?

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Pros

Powerful yet extremely smooth powertrain

Great cargo space with easy access

Premium cabin feel

Cons

Cheap cabin plastics

Infotainment system isn't intuitive

What's New?

Apple CarPlay available as standard


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$25070

bodystyle

4dr Sportback

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

250 hp @ 5400 rpm

torque

265 lbs.-ft @ 2000 rpm

transmission

9-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

62.8/63

dimensions

wheelbase

111.4 in.

length

192.9 in.

width

73.3 in.

height

57.3 in.

curb weight

3748 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

37.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

60.7 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/26/32 mpg

highway range

521.6 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr. / 70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

72 months. / 70000

corrosion warranty

6 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

6 yr. / 70000 mi.


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Styles

 2019 Buick Regal in Carrageen Metallic color  2019 Buick Regal in Dark Moon Blue Metallic color  2019 Buick Regal in Ebony Twilight Metallic color  2019 Buick Regal in Quicksilver Metallic color  2019 Buick Regal in Rioja Red Metallic color
Carrageen Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

8.0

Interior

7.5

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Buick Regal 1SV

1SV

power
250 hp @ 5400 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
26 combined

$25,070


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
1SV 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $25,070 MSRP (22/26/32) 250 hp @ 5400 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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9-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5   Ebony Twilight Metallic
  Summit White
  Quicksilver Metallic
  Sport Red

 2019 Buick Regal Preferred

Preferred

power
250 hp @ 5400 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
26 combined

$27,670 - $31,770


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Preferred II 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $29,770 MSRP (22/26/32) 250 hp @ 5400 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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9-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
Essence 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $31,770 MSRP (21/26/29) 250 hp @ 5400 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5
Preferred 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $27,670 MSRP (22/26/32) 250 hp @ 5400 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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9-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5

 2019 Buick Regal Essence

Essence

power
250 hp @ 5400 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
24 combined

$31,770 - $33,870


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Preferred II 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $31,770 MSRP (22/24/32) 250 hp @ 5400 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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9-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
Essence 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $33,870 MSRP (21/24/29) 250 hp @ 5400 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2019 Buick Regal Base

Base

power
250 hp @ 5400 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
26 combined

$35,270


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $35,270 MSRP (22/26/32) 250 hp @ 5400 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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9-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5   Dark Moon Blue Metallic
  Rioja Red Metallic
  White Frost Tricoat
  Ebony Twilight Metallic
  Sport Red

Expert Review

7.8

Overall Rating


Buick has always been a premium brand, one that brings upscale cars into the market. Granted, most of these cars have been Chevrolets dressed in business clothes, but it doesn’t dimish their value by a single bit. Still, they haven’t been exceptional cars either. So, what does the Regal Sportback bring to the table that other cars don’t? For starters, the Regal is now German made, which in layman terms means ‘superior build quality’.

If you are inclined to know more about the car, lets first understand the competition as well. In the same space as the Buick Regal Sportback, you have heavy hitters like Honda Accord and Kia Optima, and other cars as well, like the exciting Ford Fusion and super spacious Chevy Malibu. Then there is the Toyota Camry, the best selling car of all time. To be honest, the Buick has its work cut out for it.

2019 Buick Regal Front View
2019 Buick Regal front view
2019 Buick Regal rear view
2019 Buick Regal rear view

8.0/10
Features

 
 
 

7.5/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 Buick Regal Features

8.0/10

The 2019 Buick Regal Sportback features 6 trims, with varying features list on each. The Regal, Preferred, Preferred-II, Essence, and Avenir trims feature front-wheel drive setup. The Preferred-II, Essence, and GS trim feature all-wheel drive.

Trim

Base

Preferred

Preferred-II

Essence

Avenir

GS

MSRP (FWD)

$25,995

$28,595

$32,695

$34,795

$36,195

-

MSRP (AWD)

-

-

$33,090

$35,190

-

$39,995

Engine

2.0L Turbo Inline-4

2.0L Turbo Inline-4

2.0L Turbo Inline-4

2.0L Turbo Inline-4

2.0L Turbo Inline-4

3.6L V6

Key Features

9-speed auto

with Manual

Same features as ‘Base’ but with the following additions or replacements

Same features as ‘Preferred’ but with the following additions or replacements

Same features as ‘Preferred-II’ but with the following additions or replacements

Same features as ‘Essence’ but with the following additions or replacements

Same features as ‘Avenir’ but with the following additions or replacements

 

60/40 Split-Folding Rear Seat

Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel

40/20/40 Split-Folding Rear Seat

Leather-Appointed Front and Rear Seats

Quilt-Stitched Leather-Appointed Seats

3.6L V6 Engine

 

Quiet Tuning Technology

Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror

Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Controls

Heated Driver and Front-Passenger Seats

3-Dimensional Grille, Black Ice Finish

Intelligent All-Wheel Drive with Active Twin Clutch

 

Rear Vision Camera

Eight-Way Power Driver Seat with Two-Way Lumbar

Heated, Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel

8-Way Power Passenger Seat with 2-Way Power Lumbar

19" Aluminum Wheels, Pearl Nickel Finish

19" Cast Aluminum Wheels with Technical Gray Gloss Finish

 

Halogen Headlamps with LED Signature Daytime Running Lamps

N/A

18" Machined-Faced Aluminum Wheels with Painted Pockets

N/A

Driver Confidence Package and Sights and Sounds Package

High-Performance Heated, Ventilated Bucket Seats with Massage, Integrated Head Restraints and Power-Adjustable Bolsters

 

Buick Infotainment System with 7" diagonal color touch screen

N/A

Fog Lamps

N/A

LED Cornering Headlamps w/Auto Leveling

Brembo Front Brakes

 

Teen Driver Technology

N/A

Buick Infotainment System with 8" diagonal color touch screen

N/A N/A

Rear Decklid Spoiler, Air Dams, Ground Effects and Pass-Through Exhaust

 

Keyless start, push-button

N/A

Sport Seats with Leatherette Bolsters and Cloth Inserts

N/A N/A

Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert†

 

Engine control, stop-start system

N/A N/A N/A N/A

Front and Rear Park Assist

We Recommend

The base trim has everything you need in a budget executive sedan, and we recommend you go for it. That said, the 3.6 V6 is a real heart stealer if you love to drive yourself to the nearest racetrack every once in a while.

2019 Buick Regal Engine and Performance

Under its handsome sheet metal is a turbo 2.0-liter inline-four with front-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic; all-wheel-drive models get an eight-speed. Handling is composed but less athletic than its rivals.-Car and Driver

Engine and Transmission

The job description for an engine includes only two main attributes, produce power and sound nice. Buick’s turbocharged engine does one of these wonderfully and manages to not disappoint with the other criteria. Can you guess which is which?

2019 Buick Regal engine
2019 Buick Regal Engine

Transmission duties are handled by a slow but smooth 9-speed automatic. You could command the gear changes yourself with the gear stick (no flappy paddles sadly). Upshifts happen relatively quickly, but downshifts are extremely disappointing.

Models

Buick Regal Sportback

Chevrolet Malibu

Honda Accord

Kia Optima

Ford Fusion

Toyota Camry

Hyundai Sonata

MSRP

$25,995

$22,090

$23,720

$22,900

$22,840

$23,845

$22,300

Engine

2.0L Inline-4

1.5L I-4 Turbocharged

1.5L Inline-4

2.4L I-4

2.5L I-4

2.5l I-4

2.4L Inline-4

Transmission

9-speed automatic

CVT

CVT

6-speed automatic

6-Speed Automatic

8-speed automatic

6-speed automatic with SHIFTRONIC

Horsepower

250 @ 5400 rpm

160hp @ 5700 rpm

192hp @ 5500 rpm

185hp @ 6000 rpm

175hp @ 6000 rpm

203 hp @ 6600 rpm

185 @ 6000 rpm

Torque

260 @ 2000-5200 rpm

184 lb.-ft. @ 2500 rpm

192 lb.-ft. @ 1600 rpm

178 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

175 lb.-ft. @ 4500 rpm

184 lb.-ft @ 5000 rpm

178 @ 4000 rpm

Acceleration

The 2019 model isn’t mechanically different from the 2018 Regal Sportback, which is why you could consider the performance figures from the previous models to be carried forward. With an educated guess, the Regal could be expected to perform better similarly specced cars. Final judgment after the figures get tested though.

2019 Buick Regal
2019 Buick Regal Acceleration

Models

Buick Regal Sportback

Chevrolet Malibu

Honda Accord

Kia Optima

Ford Fusion

Toyota Camry

Hyundai Sonata

0-60 MPH (sec)

6.2

8.5

7.6

6.8

8.9

7.5

8.5

Quarter mile (sec)

N/A

16.0

15.9

15.2

15.2

15.9

16.4

Emission

(Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

7.4

5.9

5.3

6.1

7.1

-

2.4L

Curb Weight (lb.)

3748

3126

3131

3411

3431

3241

3247

Braking

The brakes on the Regal are a full disc set up for the front and rear, and are strong with a great pedal feel. They inspire confidence under hard braking and cornering, only offset by the sedan’s reluctance to downshift in immediacy. Still, it has quite an adequate responsiveness for city commutes.

2019 Buick Regal Wheel
2019 Buick Regal Wheel

Models

Buick Regal Sportback

Chevrolet Malibu

Honda Accord

Kia Optima

Ford Fusion

Toyota Camry

Hyundai Sonata

Brake Front (in.)

N/A

11.8

11.5

12

11.8

12

12

Brake Rear (in.)

N/A

11.3

11.1

11.2

11.9

11

11.2

70-0 MPH (ft.)

162

113(60-0)

163

124(60-0)

122(60-0)

122 (60-0 MPH)

TBD

Ride and Handling

As a simple city car, the Buick offers a very plush suspension setup, one that favors ride quality over handling prowess. That isn’t to say the handling is compromised. No sir, that is far from the truth. The Regal handles like a dream, primarily due to its low center of gravity. Although the car behaves its best under city speed limits, you could definitely enjoy taking it for a spin on the highways. It does wallow a little, and there is a little body roll, but it’s so well controlled that it seems like there isn’t. You can keep the driver as well as the passengers happy with this one.

2019 Buick Regal Fuel Economy

Turbocharging an engine has many benefits. The primary benefit is power, the secondary, efficiency. We’ve already established how great the power is. The efficiency figures are great too, although not segment leading. Even with spirited driving, you could easily pull up to 22 MPG, and if driven carefully, you could ride for upwards of 30 miles.

Models

Buick Regal Sportback

Chevrolet Malibu

Honda Accord

Kia Optima

Ford Fusion

Toyota Camry

Hyundai Sonata

MPG (city)

22

TBD

30

24

21

29

26

MPG (highway)

32

TBD

38

33

32

41

35

MPG (combined)

26

TBD

33

27

25

34

29

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gal.)

16.3

15.8

14.8

18.5

16.5

14.5

18.5

2019 Buick Regal Interior

7.5/10

The Sportback’s styling and manners are that of a fastback sedan, with maximized utility and cargo space in an almost-standard four-door shape. With up to 60.7 cubic feet of cargo space, the Sportback reaches almost into crossover territory.-The Car Connection

Seating and Comfort

Interiors are one of the strongest suits of this sedan, with dual tone interiors that give the cabin a roomy and airy feel. The dash is premium, and there are faux wood panels around the gear lever. The optional leather seats with white stitching are simply brilliant, and the heated steering wheel adds even more value to this premium sedan.

2019 Buick Regal Seating
2019 Buick Regal Front Seating

Models

Buick Regal Sportback

Chevrolet Malibu

Honda Accord

Kia Optima

Ford Fusion

Toyota Camry

Hyundai Sonata

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.6/55.5/41.5

40.1/58.5/45.3

39.5/58.3/42.3

39.8/58.1/45.5

39.2/57.8/44.3

38.3/57.7/42.1

40.4/ 57.9/ 45.5

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.8/54.5/34.6

37.5/57.1/38.1

37.3/56.5/40.4

37.8/56.4/35.6

37.8/56.9/38.3

38/55.7/38

38.0/56.5/ 35.6

Cargo Capacity

The space in the trunk wouldn’t blow you away until you fold the seats down. The base trim gets standard 60:40 split folding seats, and trims higher than Preferred-II get 40:20:40 split seats. Even without that, the hatchback tail lends more room to the trunk than a traditional sedan, which is one of the biggest advantages here.

2019 Buick Regal cargo space
2019 Buick Regal Cargo Space

Models

Buick Regal Sportback

Chevrolet Malibu

Honda Accord

Kia Optima

Ford Fusion

Toyota Camry

Hyundai Sonata

Cargo Capacity (lb.)

19.2

15.8

16.7

15.9

16

14.1

16.3

2019 Buick Regal cockpit area
2019 Buick Regal cockpit area
2019 Buick Regal infotainment display
2019 Buick Regal infotainment display
2019 Buick Regal center console
2019 Buick Regal center console
2019 Buick Regal rear seat
2019 Buick Regal rear seat
2019 Buick Regal cupholder
2019 Buick Regal cupholder
2019 Buick Regal air vent
2019 Buick Regal air vent
2019 Buick Regal cargo
2019 Buick Regal cargo

2019 Buick Regal Exterior

Sharing much of its platform with the latest Chevrolet Malibu, the shapely Regal is larger yet lighter than before, with more accommodating rear quarters.-Car and Driver

Weight and dimensions

There aren’t many things to complain about in terms of the Regal’s exterior. Its inches towards the top of the segment in terms of real estate it occupies. It is also quite heavy, with the base model claiming just under 1.9 ton.

2019 Buick Regal side view
2019 Buick Regal side view

Models

Buick Regal Sportback

Chevrolet Malibu

Honda Accord

Kia Optima

Ford Fusion

Toyota Camry

Hyundai Sonata

Curb weight (lb.)

3748

3126

3131

3219

3411

3241

3247

Length(in)

192.9

193.8

192.2

191.1

191.7

192.1

191.1

Width(in)

73.3

73

73.3

73.2

75.6

72.4

73.4

Height(in)

57.3

57.6

57.1

57.7

58.1

56.9

58.1

Ground clearance (in)

N/A

TBD

5.3

5.7

Wheelbase (in)

111.4

111.4

111.4

110.4

112.1

111.2

110.4

Design and styling

The 2019 model has the same styling and design as the 2018 Buick Regal Sportback, with minimal changes. The sleek headlamps are pretty and the front grille features the Buick logo in the middle and two chrome stripes running outwards on the sides.

The hatchback style trunk offers immense practicality. You get 17-inch wheels as standard, with two 18-inch options available. The top GS trim has beautiful 19-inch wheels, which perfectly complement its additional power.

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2019 Buick Regal Safety

Safety Features

The 2019 Model comes loaded with plenty of safety features as well, the most important of which are listed below:

  • Anti-lock Brakes
  • Stability Control
  • Front-impact Airbags, Driver And Front Passenger
  • Side-impact Airbags, First And Second Row
  • Knee Airbags
  • Seatbelt Pretensioners
  • Theft-deterrent Security System
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert (Optional)
  • Lane Keep Assist With Lane Departure Warning (Optional)
  • Front Pedestrian Braking (Optional)
  • Lane Change Alert With Side Blind Zone Alert (Optional)
  • Onstar In-vehicle Assistance

NHTSA and IIHS Ratings are Unavailable

2019 Buick Regal Competition

Buick Regal vs Honda Accord

Honda Accord used to be an almost perfect vehicle. It has now lost its V6 stick shift version, which hurts a lot, but the inline-4 isn't bad either. The Accord has as well built cabin, just like the Regal, along with a similar Sportback silhouette. The visual appeal is quite different though. The Honda tries to be very ‘futuristic-modern’ type of car, while the Buick is a very classy design. The Accord has a little more space on the inside, but the Regal trumps it with its premium feel. Other than that, these are pretty similar cars, although the Regal inches ahead in terms of performance while the Accord wins in the fuel economy department. In the parameters that matter, the Regal is a better choice.

2019 Honda Accord
2019 Honda Accord

Buick Regal vs Toyota Camry

How does the best selling global sedan fare against the Buick? Well, the easy way to understand it would be this; the Toyota Camry is very similar to the Honda Accord, only not as good. Surprising? Yes! It’s weird to see that the Camry offers slightly less space, power, and gas mileage than the Accord. Personally, the Buick is still the better pick of these two, unless you really want to save yourself a little gas money.

2019 Toyota Camry
2019 Toyota Camry

Buick Regal vs Chevrolet Malibu

As Buick and Chevrolet are both owned by GM, it shouldn’t be surprising to know that both the Regal Sportback and the Malibu share the same platform. The biggest difference is their market placement; the Buick is placed at the premium end. The top trim of the Chevy Malibu is powered by the same turbo inline-4 motor that comes standard on the base level Regal. The Top trim Regal, however, is a whole other story. Due to its smaller engine, the Malibu is more economical to drive. It also has slightly more interior space, which is a little surprising. The Malibu is also a sweet looking car, although the Buick simply takes the cake there.

2019 Chevrolet Malibu
2019 Chevrolet Malibu

 

2019 Buick Regal Final Verdict

Apart from its lovely handling and relative higher luxury, at a relatively affordable price. It is also quite a pretty car, which is an added bonus. But in this budget-conscious segment, you have a few other options that might more sense to you. Ford Fusion is cheaper and better to drive, Chevrolet Malibu is cheaper and better value, and Honda Accord is cheaper and more spacious. If any of these qualities outweigh the price of having a Buick insignia on the hood of your car, then go for it.