If you’re in the market for a new mid-size sedan (okay, a sedan-like sportback) of the premium level, the Buick Regal is a great choice. And if you’ve recently shopped for such a new Regal, then you may already know that the range-topping Regal Avenir model does not offer all-wheel drive, instead only being available in the front-wheel-drive configuration. That means you’ll have to settle for front-wheel drive if you want the best Regal (besides the performance-oriented Regal GS) that money can buy.
And therein lies the rub: Buick offers AWD on the lesser Regal Essence model, but not on the range-topping Regal Avenir. All-wheel drive was also offered on the Buick Regal Preferred II trim that slotted below the Avenir, before that model was discontinued.
The 2019 Buick Regal Avenir features a 3D-mesh front grille, 19-inch Pearl Nickel wheels, and diamond-quilted leather seats. In addition to the refined styling cues, all Buick Regal Avenir models also feature the Driver Confidence Package I as standard. A $1,580 option on Regal Essence trims, the package includes wireless phone charging, a suite of active safety features, auto-leveling LED headlights and heated exterior mirrors.
|Trim Level:||Regal (Base)||Preferred||Preferred II*||Preferred II*||Essence||Essence||Avenir||GS|
- * – discontinued as of January 2019
As for pricing, the 2019 Regal Avenir starts at $35,765, putting it above the Essence trim but beneath the 2019 Regal GS, which starts at $39,995. All prices include a $925 destination fee. The Regal Avenir also reflects a $10,200 price jump over a base Regal Sportback.
We’re not sure why AWD isn’t an option of the Regal Avenir despite being available on lesser trim levels. The Regal line has already been discontinued in Mexico, putting an end to Buick sedans in that market. In any event, here’s to hoping that the situation is corrected for the 2020 Regal.