The 2000 Buick Regal classifies as a midsize car from General Motors. During its first generation, which lasted from 1970 to 1977, the Regal sold as a top-end, special coupe based on the recently restyled intermediate A-body.
The second generation began in 1978 and continued until 1987, during which the Regal sold as a downsized coupe. The 2000 Buick Regal falls in the fourth generation and only comes as a sedan.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 3.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Buick Regal LS, Buick Regal LSE, Buick Regal GS
The 2000 Buick Regal gets new alloy wheels, and the GS model in particular gets a standard body-colored grille. Other changes this year include the addition of two new exterior colors.
The Regal’s interior receives some changes as well. The rear seat now has a split-folding mechanism, and the leather-upholstered Regal models get an optional side airbag for the driver’s side.
The 2000 Buick Regal shares a similar build with the Buick Century. However, the Regal has a bolder grille and slightly different styling in the rear, giving the car a much more aggressive appearance.
The Regal GS uses 16-inch aluminum wheels with wider tires, while the LS model gets 15-inch wheels and tires. The Regal comes from a revised W platform, which it shares with the Chevrolet Monte Carlo and Lumina, Pontiac Grand Prix, and Oldsmobile Intrigue.
The 2000 Buick Regal includes standard interior features, such as air-conditioning, front bucket seats, and separate temperature controls for the front passenger and driver. Other standard features include a tilt steering wheel, power windows, power mirrors, power locks, a tire inflation monitor, and a cassette player.
The climate control system on the 2000 Buick Regal looks confusing and complex, although the other controls remain easily accessible and well placed. The front seats offer decent space so that the occupants do not feel cramped, but the tall dashboard might make shorter occupants feel confined.
The rear seat offers adequate legroom and headroom, even for larger occupants. However, shoulder width remains too little for three adults to sit comfortably for a long period of time. The 2000 Buick Regal offers about 16.7 cubic feet of trunk space, which increases by folding the rear seatback down. The trunk lid opens wide, and its opening arrangement makes it easier to store luggage and maximize the trunk space.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Buick Regal offers two versions of the same Series II 3.8-liter, V-6 engine. The engine in the LS model delivers 200 horsepower, while the supercharged version of the V-6 engine in the GS delivers 240 horsepower. Both engines mate with a four-speed automatic transmission.
Both engines offer powerful acceleration, although the GS reaches 60 mph from standstill within 6.9 seconds, which is a full second quicker than the LS model. All models offer a comfortable and controlled ride, although none of them seems as agile as European-made sport sedans.
Despite the relative lack of agility, the 2000 Buick Regal feels well-balanced and controlled, with responsive steering and stable handling. A minor problem concerns the torque steer that occurs when the GS and GSE models take off hard.
The 2000 Buick Regal offers more standard safety and security features than other midsize cars, including anti-lock brakes, traction control, and a theft-deterrent system. Models equipped with leather upholstery get a seat-mounted side-impact airbag for the driver.
EPA Fuel Economy
Buick Regal 3.8-liter V-6 with automatic: 20/29 mpg city/highway
Buick Regal 3.8-liter supercharged V-6 with automatic: 18/27 mpg city/highway
- Comfortable front seats
- Powerful supercharged engine
- Simple and elegant appearance
You Won't Like
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- Leather upholstery with a low-market feel
The Regal may be old, but it’s still kicking.
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