No Buick has seen more change in the world than the Buick Regal.
This stylish, mid-sized automobile has been cruising around since the 1970s and has changed in form so many times that it is barely recognizable anymore. With that said, it is usually the first model that people can think of when you mention the Buick name. With such a rich history, we needed to dig in to see what makes the Regal so, well, regal.
A Condensed History of the Buick Regal
The Buick Regal first hit the market back in 1973 as one of the very first lower-priced mid-size vehicles from GM. Though North American production ended in 2004, Buick decided to save the car in 2011.
Innovations of the Buick Regal
The 2019 Buick Regal comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and front-wheel-drive that puts out 250 horsepower. The engine is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission that gives you a 0-60 time of 5.6 seconds.
On the inside, you get a standard 7.0” touchscreen infotainment system that provides Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and of course, on-board Wi-Fi. You can upgrade for a premium Bose audio system.
The Evolution of the Buick Regal
- First Generation Buick Regal (1973-1977)
The first-generation Buick Regal came in either two-door coupe or four-door sedan models. Some of the additions throughout the first generation included legalized rectangular headlights and a V-8 engine.
- Second Generation Buick Regal (1978-1987)
The second-generation Regal was downsized with a V-6 engine and standard three-speed manual transmission. By 1982, Buick introduced the Turbo-T and GNX trims.
- Third Generation Buick Regal (1988-1996)
In 1988, the only engine available was a 2.8L V-6 engine. By 1993, a driver’s side airbag was added, as well as standard ABS. The engine size was increased throughout the 90s.
- Fourth Generation Buick Regal (1997-2008)
The fourth-generation once again utilized a 3.8L V-6 engine. In North America, the final Regal left production lines in 2004, as the LaCrosse was made to replace it. Production stayed strong in China until 2008.
- Fifth Generation Buick Regal (2009-2017)
The Regal came back in North America during 2009 and it was only available as a four-door sedan. By 2011, Buick began providing eAssist systems in their Regals.
- Sixth Generation Buick Regal (2018-Present)
The sixth-generation offered both a liftback and station wagon version. The fastback version became available as the top-selling Regal.
The Buick Regal In the News
In recent and unfortunate Buick news, the Buick Regal and LaCrosse have both been discontinued for the Mexican market as the car sales continue to drop.
Celebrity Endorsements of the Buick Regal
Although we have been able to find a ton of celebrity Buick owners, including Jay Leno, Leonard Nimoy, and David Spade, we have not been able to locate any celebrities with Buick Regals.
Best Buick Regal Groups
If you’re looking for a place to get information on Buick Regal models throughout the years, the best place to look is Regal Forums
The Buick Regal – A Series In Innovation
The Buick Regal has become a far more experienced automobile over the years. Though it may not be one of the best-selling mid-size cars in the world today, it certainly has a story to tell.