Buick 2020: What’s New

This Buick Encore GX is the latest model for GM’s premium brand.


Go to Specifications: Encore | Envision | Enclave | Regal GS | Regal TourX


The Buick brand has enjoyed huge success in the U.S. and abroad, but particularly in China where its sales are six times that of the U.S. In the domestic market, Buick sales have doubled over the past decade, benefitting from new products, including high-demand utility vehicles.

On face value, the Buick brand should remain strong, but China is a huge concern, especially as that nation grapples with the coronavirus (COVID-19), which has killed thousands and has essentially shut down the consumer market. If the virus isn’t soon contained, the outlook for Buick, GM, and all of the automotive world will certainly be gravely affected.

We can’t know the future, but we can surmise that under the right conditions, the Buick brand will continue to set itself apart from the other GM brands. That said, its partner brand, GMC, remains the larger of the two and will likely continue to benefit from more model offerings going forward, including its Hummer line of electric vehicles.


2019 Buick Regal GS
Buick Regal GS.

Buick Now and Later

Here is what’s new with Buick for 2020 and what we can expect looking forward.

The LaCrosse sedan is discontinued. Sedan sales are plummeting the world over, but especially in the U.S. For Buick, its large LaCrosse sedan has gone away as customers continue to shift to crossovers, including the Enclave.

Speaking of the Enclave, a new Sport Touring Package rolls out. This package features a unique sport grille with body-color surround and 20-inch bright machined aluminum wheels with contrasting Satin Graphite pockets. It’s available on the Enclave Essence trim level.

An all-new Encore GX model arrives. Not to be confused with the Encore, the Encore GX is an all-new model, which slots between the Encore and Envision. Arriving this spring, the Korean-built Encore GX gives buyers a choice of two turbocharged three-cylinder engines. It comes packed with tech and safety features and should target BMW X2 shoppers. It’s also about the same size as the Mazda CX-30.

Future model changes on tap. We expect the Regal models will go away after this year, leaving Buick with an all-SUV lineup. One of the next models planned is the Buick Enspire, a crossover based on the Cadillac XT4, and pricier than the Buick Envision. We may see both hybrid and full-electric versions at some point, but we expect its U.S. debut will be moved back to 2021. The reason? This made-in-China coupe-like SUV will likely encounter delays related to COVID-19 manufacturing idleness.


The Buick Envision SUV.

Buick and Other GM Brands

Buick’s survival in a shrinking GM universe is remarkable. Oldsmobile was canceled earlier this century, followed by Saturn, Saab, Pontiac, and Hummer. Later, GM sold Vauxhall and Opel to Peugeot, and plans to shut down Holden in 2021. That leaves Chevrolet, GMC, Buick, and Cadillac to hold the GM banner, with only Chevrolet having anything resembling a global presence.

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2020 Buick Encore Specifications


Buick 2020 Encore
Segment Subcompact SUV
Price Range $23,200 to $30,800
Destination Charge $995
Standard Engine 1.4-liter, turbo I4
Horsepower 138 @ 4,900 rpm
Torque (lb.-ft.) 148 @ 1,850 rpm
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Seating 5
Curb Weight (pounds) 3,237
Wheelbase (inches) 100.6
Length (inches) 168.4
Width (inches) 70.1
Height (inches) 65.3
Headroom (f,r…inches) 39.6, 38.8
Legroom (f,r…inches) 40.8, 35.8
Shoulder room (f,r…inches) 54.2, 52.5
Hip room (f,r…inches) 51.7, 50.1
Storage (cubic feet) 18.8, 48.4
Gross vehicle weight rating (pounds) 4,255
Towing (pounds) NR
Payload (pounds) 1,018
Fuel regular
Fuel Tank (gallons) 14.0
EPA Fuel MPG (city/highway/combined) 25/30/27
Manufacturing Plant Detroit-Hamtramck, Michigan

Data compiled by Tom Keegan. Specifications supplied by the manufacturer.

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2020 Buick Envision Specifications


Buick 2020 Envision
Segment Midsize SUV
Price Range $31,995 to $44,495
Destination Charge $1,195
Engine No. 1 2.5-liter, I4
Horsepower 197 @ 6,300 rpm
Torque (lb.-ft.) 192 @ 4,400 rpm
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Engine No. 2 2.0-liter, turbo I4
Horsepower 252 @ 5,500 rpm
Torque (lb.-ft.) 295 @ 3,000 rpm
Transmission 9-speed automatic
Seating 5
Curb Weight (pounds) 3,755 to 4,083
Wheelbase (inches) 108.3
Length (inches) 183.7
Width (inches) 72.4
Height (inches) 66.8
Headroom (f,r…inches) 40.0, 38.5
Legroom (f,r…inches) 40.9, 37.5
Shoulder room (f,r…inches) 57.0, 55.8
Hip room (f,r…inches) 54.4, 53.1
Storage (cubic feet) 26.9, 57.3
Gross vehicle weight (pounds) NR
Towing (pounds) 1,500
Payload (pounds) NR
Fuel Regular
Fuel Tank (gallons) 17.3
EPA Fuel MPG (city/highway/combined) 22/29/25 (FWD); 20/25/22 (turbo)
Manufacturing Plant China

Data compiled by Tom Keegan. Specifications supplied by the manufacturer.

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2020 Buick Enclave Specifications


Buick 2020 Enclave
Segment Midsize SUV
Price Range $40,000 to $57,295
Destination Charge $1,195
Standard Engine 3.6-liter,
Horsepower 310 hp @ 6,800 rpm
Torque (lb.-ft.) 266 lb.-ft. @ 2,800 rpm
Transmission 9-speed automatic
Seating Up to 8
Curb Weight (pounds) 4,359 to 4,685
Wheelbase (inches) 120.9
Length (inches) 204.3
Width (inches) 78.8
Height (inches) 69.9
Headroom (f,r…inches) 42.6, 39.9, 37.6
Legroom (f,r…inches) 41.2, 38.9, 33.5
Shoulder room (f,r…inches) 62.4, 61.7, 57.3
Hip room (f,r…inches) 59.1, 57.7, 48.5
Storage (cubic feet) 23.6, 58.0, 97.6
Gross vehicle weight (pounds) NR
Towing (pounds) 5,000
Payload (pounds) NR
Fuel regular
Fuel Tank (gallons) 19.4 (FWD); 21.7 (AWD)
EPA Fuel MPG (city/highway/combined) 18/26/21 (FWD); 17/25/20 (AWD)
Manufacturing Plant Lansing, Michigan

Data compiled by Tom Keegan. Specifications supplied by the manufacturer.

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2020 Buick Regal GS Specifications


Buick 2020 Regal GS
Segment Midsize Sedan
Price Range From $39,995
Destination Charge $925
Standard Engine 3.6-liter, V6
Horsepower 310 @ 6,800 rpm
Torque (lb.-ft.) 282 @ 5,200 rpm
Transmission 9-speed automatic
Seating 5
Curb Weight (pounds) 3,796
Wheelbase (inches) 111.4
Length (inches) 192.9
Width (inches) 73.3
Height (inches) 57.3
Headroom (f,r…inches) 38.8, 37.4
Legroom (f,r…inches) 42.1, 36.9
Shoulder room (f,r…inches) 56.9, 55.4
Hip room (f,r…inches) 55.2, 54.1
Storage (cubic feet) 31.5, 60.7
Gross vehicle weight (pounds) NR
Towing (pounds) NR
Payload (pounds) NR
Fuel regular
Fuel Tank (gallons) 16.3
EPA Fuel MPG (city/highway/combined) 19/27/22
Manufacturing Plant Russelsheim, Germany

Data compiled by Tom Keegan. Specifications supplied by the manufacturer.

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2020 Buick Regal TourX Specifications


Buick 2020 Regal TourX
Segment Station Wagon
Price Range $29,370 to $35,995
Destination Charge $925
Standard Engine 2.0-liter, turbo I4
Horsepower 250 @ 5,500 rpm
Torque (lb.-ft.) 295 @ 3,000-4,000 rpm
Transmission 8-speed automatic
Seating 5
Curb Weight (pounds) 3,706
Wheelbase (inches) 111.4
Length (inches) 196.3
Width (inches) 73.3
Height (inches) 58.4
Headroom (f,r…inches) 38.8, 39.6
Legroom (f,r…inches) 42.1, 36.9
Shoulder room (f,r…inches) 56.9, 55.4
Hip room (f,r…inches) 55.2, 54.1
Storage (cubic feet) 32.7; 73.5
Gross vehicle weight (pounds) NR
Towing (pounds) 1,000
Payload (pounds) NR
Fuel regular
Fuel Tank (gallons) 16.3
EPA Fuel MPG (city/highway/combined) 21/29/24
Manufacturing Plant Russelsheim, Germany

Data compiled by Tom Keegan. Specifications supplied by the manufacturer.

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Matt Keegan has maintained his love for cars ever since his father taught him kicking tires can be one way to uncover a problem with a vehicle’s suspension system. He since moved on to learn a few things about coefficient of drag, G-forces, toe-heel shifting, and how to work the crazy infotainment system in some random weekly driver. Matt is a member of the Washington Automotive Press Association and is a contributor to various print and online media sources.