The base models of the Regal are attractively priced but are too light on features. For anyone looking for a premium car at an affordable price point by luxury car standards, the Essence trim of either the Sportback or TourX is a strong value. For a little more luxury, consider the unique Avenir model. If you want a sporty, practical car, the Regal GS is an often-overlooked bargain in premium sport sedans. Find a Buick Regal for sale
Both body styles of the 2020 Buick Regal are available in base, Preferred and Essence trim levels. Two trims exclusive to the Sportback that you can't get on the TourX are the luxurious Avenir and the high-performance GS trims. AWD is standard on every TourX and GS model, and it's a $2,100 option on the Essence trim of the Regal Sportback.
Standard equipment on the base Regal ($25,370 Sportback, $29,370 TourX) is a bit sparse, with 17-in alloy wheels, automatic headlights, heated mirrors, proximity entry and push-button start, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, a manual height-adjustable driver's seat, cloth upholstery, OnStar emergency communications, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, one USB port, a 7-in touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a 7-speaker sound system. The default color is white, with silver and black as extra-cost choices. There are no other options.
The Preferred carries a significant price jump ($27,970 Sportback, $32,970 TourX) but only adds an 8-way power driver seat, a manual height-adjustable passenger seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. You at least get access to options, including several more extra-cost paint choices. The Driver Confidence I package ($1,245 Sportback, $1,240 TourX) adds 18-in wheels, LED headlights, rear parking sensors and blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems. The Sights and Sounds package ($1,720 Sportback, $1,870 TourX) adds an 8-in touchscreen, integrated navigation, two rear USB ports, HD radio and an 8-speaker Bose sound system.
The Essence ($31,770 Sportback, $35,070 TourX) adds heated front seats, a power adjustable passenger seat and leather upholstery. The Sights and Sounds package is optional ($945 Sportback, $1,095 TourX), as is the Driver Confidence I package ($1,725), but on the Essence, it includes driver memory settings and an auto-dimming driver's-side mirror. With Driver Confidence I, the Essence is also eligible for wireless smartphone charging and the Driver Confidence II package ($1,090 Sportback, $1,190 TourX), which adds forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control.
The Avenir ($35,770) has an upgraded exterior trim and special diamond-quilted leather upholstery. It includes the Driver Confidence I and Sights and Sounds packages and adds 19-in wheels, adaptive headlights and wireless smartphone charging. Like the base and Preferred trims, it is only available with FWD. The Driver Confidence II package ($1,090) is still optional.
Finally, there's the Regal GS ($39,070), which is equipped similarly to the Avenir but with a torque-vectoring AWD system, an adaptive sport-tuned suspension, an electronic locking rear differential, Brembo sport brakes, sportier styling than the base Regal and heated and ventilated front sport seats with adjustable bolster and massage functionality.
A power moonroof ($1,000) can be added to every Sportback trim except the base model. On the TourX, a panoramic power moonroof ($1,200) is available on the Preferred and Essence trims.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Rust-Through||6 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Maintenance||1 Year/1 Visit|
2020 Kia Stinger -- The Stinger has a similar hatchback body style as the Regal, along with similar luxury aspirations and surprisingly sharp handling. Kia managed a more convincing luxury interior, though.
2020 Subaru Outback -- The all-new 2020 Outback matches the Regal TourX's interior space on paper, but it provides far more ground clearance and a versatile roof-rail system. Its base engine is more efficient than the Regal's, though the Regal's has more power. Interior quality is comparable despite the Subaru not being as stylish.
2020 Volvo S60, V60 and V60 Cross Country -- Like the Regal, the S60 is a premium sedan with an available wagon variant in the V60 and the more rugged V60 Cross Country. The Volvo is more luxurious than the Buick and it's more expensive than the Regal, but you also get a higher-quality vehicle.
Used Cadillac CTS -- The third and final generation of the Cadillac CTS ran from the 2014 model year to the 2019 model year, and early examples have become an excellent bargain on the used market. If you like the idea of a midsize luxury car from an American brand, a used CTS is worth a test drive.