2020 Buick Regal Sportback Vs. 2019 Lincoln MKZ

By Justin Cupler | July 17th, 2020

The 2020 Buick Regal Sportback may not quite reach luxury-car status, but it comes mighty close with plenty of premium features, great style, and incredible performance. It can also haul cargo around the Jacksonville area like a champ with its liftback rear end. How does it stand up against a true luxury sedan in the 2019 Lincoln MKZ? Continue reading to find out.

Exterior

The Lincoln MKZ is a full-blown luxury sedan that went through its last redesign back in 2013. A refresh in 2017 brought in a new face that moved it even more upmarket by abandoning the old Lincoln wing-style grille and putting tons more distance (on the outside, at least) between it and its source material, the Ford Fusion. This new design has classic American luxury written all over it, making it an excellent option for older buyers.

 

 

The 2020 Buick Regal Sportback arrived as a redesign of the standard Regal sedan back in 2018. This liftback sedan may not have the bold, luxury look the MKZ has, but it features a sleek European style that will age well and offend no one. Buyers who want to stand out a little more can opt for the performance-oriented GS model, which gains aero bits and flashier wheels. With its sleek nose and swoopy liftback rear end, the Regal Sportback is the perfect car for a younger buyer.

 

 

As a true luxury sedan, the 2020 Lincoln MKZ is decked with features – even in its base trim. Some of its standard exterior features include 18-inch machined five-spoke aluminum wheels with painted pockets, variable-speed windshield wipers, adaptive high-intensity-discharge headlights with LED signature lighting, LED taillights, body-color door handles with chrome inserts, dual integrated chrome exhaust tips, Satin-aluminum grille, acoustic laminated windshield, windshield wiper de-icer, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

 

With nearly a $10,000 lower base price, the Buick Regal Sportback is understandably not quite as well-equipped as the MKZ, but it does pretty well. Its standard exterior goodies include 17-inch five-spoke aluminum wheels, daytime running lights, acoustic front glass, halogen headlights with automatic on/off, heated, power outside mirrors, LED taillights, chrome roofline moldings, gloss-black beltline molding, and variable-intermittent windshield wipers.

 

Measurement 2020 Buick Regal Sportback 2019 Lincoln MKZ Difference
Length (in.) 192.9 193.9 -1
Width (in.) 73.3 75.1 -1.8
-Height (in.) 57.3 58.1 -0.8
Wheelbase (in.) 111.4 112.2 -0.8
Curb weight (pounds) 3,902 to 4,270 3,749 to 4,217 -315 to +521

 

Advantage: 2019 Lincoln MKZ

  •       Flashier exterior
  •       More standard exterior features

Advantage: 2020 Buick Regal Sportback

  •       Sharp GS trim
  •       Clean, European design
  •       Plenty of options to match the MKZ in higher trims

Interior

For as nice as the MKZ’s exterior design is, the interior falls flat, as it looks ripped straight from 2013. It also looks more like a warmed-over Ford Fusion than a true luxury car due to its excessive use of painted plastics and tired dash lines. As you move up the trim levels, things get a little better thanks to real wood trim and upgraded materials, but it remains too simple to impress most luxury shoppers.

 

The 2020 Buick Regal may not have the features to match the MKZ, but its interior design is far more luxurious. Some of its highlights include a focus on horizontal lines to visually widen the cabin, smart use of chrome and satin trim, shapely HVAC vents, and more. As you move up the trim ladder, the Regal’s premium cabin amenities really show and blow the MKZ out of the water, especially when comparing the Regal Avenir to the MKZ Reserve II.

 

 

The Regal has an extra wrinkle with its performance-oriented GS trim that includes sport seats, a flat-bottom steering wheel, and a darker-themed cabin. This sportier look has no match in the MKZ lineup.

 

As for standard features, the MKZ boasts a leather-wrapped steering wheel, steering-wheel-mounted controls, aluminum interior trim, a 10.1-inch configurable LCD gauge cluster, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a universal garage door opener, dual-zone automatic climate control, leatherette, 10-way power front seats with two-way power lumbar,  Wi-Fi hotspot, SYNC 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, an 11-speaker Lincoln premium audio system, and tons more.

 

 

Like the exterior, the $10,000 cheaper Buick Regal lacks some of the MKZ’s niceties, but it has plenty to talk about, including the Buick Infotainment System with 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a seven-speaker audio system, power windows and door locks, in-car Wi-Fi, four USB ports, OnStar, and much more. Moving into the Regal Sportback’s Essence trim aligns it well with the base MKZ, and it is a few grand cheaper.

 

The MKZ does get a huge feather in its cap for standard safety gear, as it boasts standard blind-spot detection with cross-traffic alert, automatic high-beam headlights, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, automatic emergency braking, and lane-keep assist. These are all options on the 2020 Regal.

 

In terms of interior space, these sedans are similar except in a few key areas, including the Lincoln’s extra 2.2 inches of front legroom and the up to 45.3 extra cubic feet of cargo the Sportback can swallow.

 

Measurement 2020 Buick Regal Sportback 2019 Lincoln MKZ Difference
Front headroom (in.) 38.8 37.9 +0.9
Front legroom (in.) 42.1 44.3 -2.2
Front shoulder room (in.) 56.9 57.7 -0.8
Front hip room (in.) 55.2 55.1 +0.1
Rear headroom (in.) 37.4 36.6 +0.8
Rear legroom (in.) 36.9 37 -0.1
Rear shoulder room (in.) 55.4 55.3 +0.1
Rear hip room (in.) 54.1 53.8 +0.3
Cargo room (cu.-ft.) (with rear seat upright) 31.5 15.4 +16.1
Cargo room (cu.-ft.) (with rear seat Folded) 60.7 N/A +45.3

 

Advantage: 2019 Lincoln MKZ

  •       Tons of standard advanced safety equipment
  •       More standard features inside
  •       Huge front legroom advantage

Advantage: 2020 Buick Regal Sportback

  •       Looks more like a luxury car inside
  •       Massive cargo area
  •       Essence trim adds all the same features for cheaper

Performance

Luxury and sub-luxury sedans now must boast enough performance to keep buyers interested, and the Regal and MKZ offer plenty of it. The MKZ starts with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pot engine that cranks out 245 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. This power heads through a six-speed automatic transmission and out to the front or all four wheels for a 7.4-second 0-to-60 sprint time.

 

With its optional 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine, the MKZ has 350 horsepower with front-wheel drive or 400 horsepower with all-wheel drive. Regardless of the drivetrain setup, this boosted V-6 pounds the pavement with 400 pound-feet of torque. This results in an impressive 4.8-second 0-to-60 time with all-wheel drive.

 

 

The 2020 Regal also comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbo four-pot, but it produces 250 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. This power heads through a nine-speed automatic transmission and out to the front or all four wheels for a surprising 5.6-second sprint to 60 mph.

 

 

The Regal GS drops the four-cylinder engine in favor of a 3.6-liter V-6 with 310 horsepower and 282 pound-feet of torque. This engine pairs with a retuned eight-speed automatic transmission and twin-clutch all-wheel drive for a 5.4-second 0-to-60 sprint. The GS also gets a more complex rear suspension system to boost its handling too.

 

2020 Buick Regal Sportback 2019 Lincoln MKZ Difference
Standard engine 2.0-liter turbo 4-cyl 2.0-liter turbo 4-cyl
Horsepower 250 hp at 5,400 rpm 245 hp at 5,500 rpm +5 hp
Torque 260 lb-ft at 2,000 to 5,200 275 lb-ft at 3,000 rpm -15 lb-ft
Transmission 9-spd automatic 6-spd automatic
Driveline FWD (std)/AWD (opt) FWD (std)/AWD (opt)
0-60 time 5.6 seconds 7.4 seconds -1.8 seconds
MPG City 21 to 22 20 +1 to +2
MPG Highway 29 to 32 29 to 31 -2 to +3 mpg
MPG Combined 24 to 26 23 to 24 +0 to +3 mpg
Optional engine 3.6-liter V-6 (GS) 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6
Horsepower 310 hp at 6,800 rpm FWD: 350 hp at 5,500 rpm

AWD: 400 hp at 5,500 rpm

-40 hp/-90 hp
Torque 282 lb-ft at 5,200 rpm 400 lb-ft at 2,750 rpm -118 lb-ft
Transmission 9-spd automatic 6-spd automatic
Driveline AWD FWD (std)/AWD (opt)
0-60 time 5.4 seconds 4.8 seconds (AWD) +0.6 seconds (AWD)
MPG City 19 17 to 18 +1 to +2
MPG Highway 27 26 to 27 +0 to +1
MPG Combined 22 20 to 21 +1 to +2

 

Advantage: 2019 Lincoln MKZ

  •       Insane V-6 acceleration
  •       Smooth ride

Advantage: 2020 Buick Regal Sportback

  •       Quicker base model
  •       Improved handling in GS trim
  •       More advanced transmission

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Lincoln MKZ has three trim levels – Standard, Reserve I, and Reserve II – and their starting prices range from $35,995 to $44,995.

There are four trims making up the 2020 Buick Regal lineup: Base, Essence, Avenir, and GS. Their base prices range from $26,295 to $39,995.

2019 Lincoln MKZ Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Standard: $35,995

  •       2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  •       Six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters
  •       Front-wheel drive
  •       18-inch machined five-spoke aluminum wheels with painted pockets
  •       Variable-speed windshield wipers
  •       Adaptive high-intensity-discharge headlights with LED signature lighting
  •       LED taillights
  •       Body-color door handles with chrome inserts
  •       Dual integrated chrome exhaust tips
  •       Satin-aluminum grille
  •       Acoustic laminated windshield
  •       Windshield wiper de-icer
  •       Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  •       Mini spare tire
  •       Rear seat climate-control vents
  •       Reverse-sensing system
  •       Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  •       Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  •       Aluminum interior trim
  •       Front and rear floor mats
  •       Electric parking brake
  •       10.1-inch configurable LCD gauge cluster
  •       Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  •       Four 12-volt power ports
  •       Manual tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  •       Illuminated vanity mirror
  •       One-touch up/down power windows
  •       Power door locks
  •       Universal garage door opener
  •       Dual-zone automatic climate control
  •       Overhead console with sunglasses holder
  •       Remote ignition
  •       Remote keyless entry
  •       SecuriCode keyless entry keypad
  •       Cruise control
  •       Illuminated scuff plates
  •       Keyless ignition
  •       Keyless entry
  •       Active noise cancellation
  •       Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  •       Wi-Fi hotspot
  •       SYNC 3 infotainment system
  •       8-inch touchscreen
  •       Android Auto
  •       Apple CarPlay
  •       11-speaker Lincoln premium audio system
  •       SiriusXM satellite radio
  •       SD card reader
  •       Two front USB ports
  •       Front audio input jack
  •       10-way power front seats with two-way power lumbar
  •       Split-folding rear seats with trunk passthrough
  •       Leatherette upholstery
  •       Driver’s seat memory
  •       Rearview camera
  •       Blind-spot detection with cross-traffic alert
  •       Automatic high-beam headlights
  •       Adaptive cruise control with stop and go
  •       Automatic emergency braking
  •       Lane-keep assist
  •       Lincoln Connect
  •       Anti-theft perimeter alarm
  •       Ford MyKey

Reserve I: $38,995

  •       All Standard features, plus
  •       Genuine wood interior trim
  •       Ambient interior lighting
  •       Power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  •       Power trunk lid
  •       110-volt power outlet
  •       Two rear USB charging ports
  •       Auto-folding side-view mirrors
  •       Voice-activated navigation
  •       SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link
  •       Four-way power front lumbar
  •       Leather-trimmed seats
  •       Power, heated, pedestal mirrors with integrated turn signals and puddle lights

Reserve II: $44,995

  •       All reserve I features, plus
  •       19-inch satin-finish
  •       Heated steering wheel
  •       14-speaker Revel audio system with CD player and HD Radio
  •       Perforated leather-trimmed seats
  •       Multicontour front seats with Active Motion
  •       Heated rear seats
  •       Power rear-window sunshade
  •       Power moonroof
  •       Premium front and rear floor mats
  •       Enhanced active park assist with front sensors

2020 Buick Regal Sportback Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Base: $26,295

  •       2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  •       Nine-speed automatic transmission
  •       Electric parking brake
  •       Automatic engine stop/start
  •       Front-wheel drive
  •       17-inch five-spoke aluminum wheels
  •       Daytime running lights
  •       Acoustic front glass
  •       Halogen headlights with automatic on/off
  •       Heated, power outside mirrors
  •       LED taillights
  •       Chrome roofline moldings
  •       Gloss-black beltline molding
  •       Spare tire delete
  •       Variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  •       Keyless ignition
  •       3.5-inch monochromatic driver information center
  •       Four-way manual passenger’s seat
  •       Six-way manual driver’s seat
  •       60/40 split-folding rear seat
  •       4G LTE Wi-Fi
  •       Eight-point digital compass
  •       Buick Connected Access Capable
  •       Buick Infotainment System
  •       7-inch touchscreen
  •       Seven-speaker AM/FM audio system
  •       Two front USB ports
  •       Two rear USB charging ports
  •       Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  •       Android Auto
  •       Apple CarPlay
  •       Cruise control
  •       Dual-zone automatic climate control
  •       Carpeted front and rear floor mats
  •       Keyless open and ignition
  •       Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  •       OnStar
  •       Power windows with one-touch up/down front and one-touch down rear
  •       Premium seven-speaker audio system
  •       Cloth seat trim
  •       Three-spoke steering wheel
  •       Illuminated vanity mirrors
  •       Rearview camera
  •       Teen driver
  •       Theft-deterrent alarm

Preferred: $28,895

  •       All Base features, plus
  •       17-inch compact spare tire
  •       Two-way power front-seat lumbar controls
  •       Six-way manual passenger’s seat
  •       Eight-way power driver’s seat
  •       Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  •       Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Essence: $32,695

  •       All Preferred features, plus
  •       18-inch machine-faced aluminum wheels with painted pockets
  •       Fog lights
  •       4.2-inch multicolor driver information center
  •       Eight-way power passenger’s seat
  •       8-inch color touchscreen
  •       SiriusXM
  •       Auxiliary input
  •       40/20/40 split-folding rear seat
  •       In-vehicle ionizer
  •       Leather seating
  •       Heated front seats
  •       Heated steering wheel
  •       Ambient interior lighting
  •       Remote ignition
  •       Passenger’s seat two-way power lumbar adjustment

Avenir: $36,695

  •       All Essence features, plus
  •       19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with a Pearl Nickel finish
  •       LED headlights
  •       Auto-dimming outside mirrors
  •       Navigation
  •       Bose eight-speaker audio system
  •       HD Radio
  •       Four-way passenger’s side power lumbar
  •       Rear cross-traffic alert
  •       Lane-change alert
  •       Rear park assist
  •       Cornering headlights
  •       Auto-levelling headlights

GS: $39,995

  •       All Essence features, plus
  •       3.6-liter V-6 engine
  •       Twin-clutch all-wheel drive
  •       Sport mode
  •       Five-link rear suspension
  •       19-inch aluminum wheels with Technical Gray accents
  •       Auto-dimming driver’s side mirror
  •       Spare-tire delete
  •       Four-way power lumbar on front seats
  •       8-inch color driver information center and cluster display
  •       Active noise cancellation
  •       Alloy sport pedals
  •       Leather performance GS seats
  •       Passenger-seat manual thigh extension
  •       Power front bolsters
  •       GS-specific front sill plates
  •       Front and rear park assist
  •       Lane-change alert
  •       Blind-zone alert
  •       Rear cross-traffic alert

Who Should Buy the 2019 Lincoln MKZ

Buyers who want a true luxury car and are willing to pay tons more to get it will prefer the Lincoln MKZ. It has more standard features, a better ride, and better peak performance, but it is significantly more expensive.

Who Should Buy the 2020 Buick Regal Sportback

Buyers who prefer value to a badge or status will find great value in the Regal Sportback. Not only is it feature-for-feature cheaper than the MKZ, but it also matches the Lincoln’s luxury in the higher trims while still saving tons of cash. Also, buyers who want a more modern cabin will find that in the Buick.

 

Ready to see what the 2020 Buick Regal Sportback has to offer in person? Head down to Garber Automall serving Jacksonville and the surrounding areas today to take it for a spin. Can’t make it to our Orange Park area new-Buick showroom today? You can also navigate to our online inventory page, choose a few in-stock Regal Sportback models you like, and schedule a test drive around your busy life.