The 2020 Buick Regal has topped the midsize car segment in the 2020 J.D. Power U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study.
The General Motors sedan finished ahead of two key segment rivals in the annual reliability study: the Volkswagen Passat (which has now been thoroughly redesigned for the 2020 model year) and the ever-popular Toyota Camry.
While this result is certainly impressive for the oft-overlooked Regal, it’s unfortunate that the Buick sedan is receiving this praise just as it is about to be discontinued. Buick confirmed last month the Regal would be put to pasture after 2020, though it will remain in production in China, where sedan sales are still “significant,” the company said.
Low demand for passenger cars was in part to blame for the demise of the Buick Regal, but it can also be chalked up to GM’s sale of Opel to Groupe PSA. GM was paying Opel to continue to build the car on its behalf at its plant in Germany, so it’s easy to see why GM didn’t want to continue the practice as the sedan’s sales declined.
The Buick Regal wasn’t the only vehicle from the brand to top its segment in the 2020 J.D. Power U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study. The Buick Encore was ranked the best small SUV in its segment as well, beating out the Kia Niro and Volkswagen Tiguan. In addition, Buick outperformed every other mainstream brand in the study. Buick owners experienced 103 problems per 100 vehicles, placing the American brand ahead of many other rival automakers. The best-ranked overall brand in the study was luxury marque Genesis, with owners of the Korean vehicles reporting 89 problems per 100 cars, while Lexus was second with 100 problems per 100 vehicles.