#47 – Buick Regal
Reestablishing Buick as a premium compact sedan manufacturer, the Buick Regal was first introduced in the industry in 1973 and went through four generations before production was halted in North America in 2004. After seven years, General Motors reintroduced the Regal as an upscale sports sedan that shared similarities with the European Opel Insignia and the United Kingdom’s Vauxhall Insignia.
With a base price of $28,630, most Regal models average around $35,800 thanks to a variety of optional extras that include drivetrain and powerful turbocharged engines that make it one of the best and most affordable choices in the luxury market. As for holding its value, the Regal depreciates about 37.6% after the first year, which brings the mid-range sticker price of $35,800 down to $22,339. Over five years, the Regal costs nearly double to maintain at a true cost to own value of approximately $52,000. As used models go for around $12,000 to $16,000, it’s safe to say that the Regal is reliable and affordable both new and pre-owned!