Monday, March 24, 2014


The Buick Regal is a mid-size luxury car introduced by General Motors for the 1973 model year. North American production ended in 2004 and began again in 2011. For the 2011 model year, Buick re-introduced the Regal to the North American market, positioned as an upscale sport sedan. Production and sales in China have continued since 1999.

The updated 2014 Buick Regal impresses reviewers with a wide range of standard features and engine choices, though they say that some cars in the class are sportier and more luxurious.

The Regal is a well-honed sports sedan with a taut and steady ride, somewhat sporty handling, and quick steering. Wind noise is well suppressed. The 2.0-liter turbo version we tested was quick, fairly quiet, and delivered 23 mpg overall. For 2014 the standard engine is the 259-hp 2.0-liter turbo. The nicely furnished interior has firm, supportive seats and excellent fit and finish, but the rear seat is snug. The optional eAssist mild hybrid got 29 mpg overall in the similar Chevrolet Malibu we tested. In addition to the engine change, the 2014 freshening includes better infotainment system and available AWD on all trimlines. 

The 2014 Buick Regal features a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that most test drivers agree is powerful, though some think it can feel a bit slow from a stop. A mild-hybrid eAssist powertrain is optional in the 2014 Regal, and critics say the eAssist model is refined and fuel-efficient, though much slower than the turbocharged Regal. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, and some test drivers say it has well-timed shifts, while a few criticize it for sometimes taking too long to downshift. 

The 2014 Buick Regal gets an EPA-estimated 21/30 mpg city/highway, which is decent for the class, and the eAssist model gets 25/36 mpg city/highway, which is very good for the class. Reviewers say the base Regal’s suspension system balances comfort with relatively agile handling, while GS models have a firmer suspension system that makes them sporty and fun to drive. Still, many test drivers write that if you’re looking for a true sport sedan, you might want to consider other upscale midsize cars.

Automotive journalists write that the 2014 Buick Regal has an interior built with high-quality materials. Test drivers say the 2014 Regal has comfortable front seats, but they think the rear seats could be more spacious. The turbocharged Regal has a larger-than-average trunk, but the eAssist model’s trunk is much smaller because the battery pack takes up space, which reviewers don’t like. 

The Regal has a long list of standard features for the class, including leather upholstery, heated front seats, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, a seven-speaker sound system and Buick’s IntelliLink infotainment system, which features a full-color touch-screen display and can connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth or a USB port. Optional features include navigation, a sunroof and a number of new-for-2014 safety and driver assistance options, including side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning.

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