Buick Regal

2016 Buick Regal

The Buick Regal is a midsize four-door that qualifies as an American-made sports sedan, especially in GS trim. The Regal offers graceful styling and confident roadholding. Turbocharged models deliver invigorating performance.

The Buick Regal has been known by several generations for its shapely design, and the Gran Sport models have a lengthy history as the pinnacle of the Regal crop. Todays Regal is related to the European-made Opel Insignia. Opels are not muscle cars but they are noted for crisp, German-style handling and performance.

2016 Buick Regal models have been updated with a new touch-screen, more intuitive controls and IntelliLink enhancements. A new Regal Sport Touring model joins the 2016 lineup. Regal was last redesigned for 2010 and facelifted for 2014.

Front-seat occupants can expect ample room, but back-seat passengers had better be small in stature, because space is tight. Premium-level finishes and features mix with an advanced infotainment system and high-tech safety equipment to produce a classy experience.

Two engine choices are offered. For frugality, the base model comes with a 182-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder.

All other models come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 259 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. A 6-speed automatic transmission comes standard.

Regal GS is the only one with a manual-shift option and a three-mode Interactive Drive Control system.

Turbocharging, especially in the GS sedan, provides the visceral thrust that enthusiastic drivers savor. Yet, in some respects, Buicks Regal is similar to less-costly family sedans.

Available all-wheel drive improves traction in harsh weather, but also helps the Regal come out of corners most effectively when driven hard.

A rearview camera is standard, and a selection of the latest safety technology, such as collision warning, can be obtained.

Crash-test results have been good, but not class-leading. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave Regal a Good rating. With available front collision warning and automatic braking, the frontal score rose to Superior. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave Regal a five-star overall rating.

2014 Buick Regal

Buick sales have been booming, and one of the sportiest, feistiest Buicks is the midsize Regal. Offered in two model lines, Regal and Regal GS, the top-line Regal GS, available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, is a world-class sports sedan. This fully spec-ed five-place performer is more than ready to take on the Acura TSX, Volvo S60, Volkswagen CC, Lexus IS 250, Infiniti Q50, and Audi A4.

The newly refreshed 2014 Regal has benefitted from the worldwide reach of General Motors, sporting handsomely world-car styling that is both carefully functional and pleasing to the eye.

This American midsize sedan profits from direct collaboration with GMs German Opel division, which tuned the Regal chassis for a polished degree of European dynamics and road manners. The car is comfortable over irregular surfaces, as is expected from a Buick-level luxury car but, true to its German chassis tuners, when driven vigorously, it handles like a bona fide sports sedan. It is fully competitive with the German, Japanese, and Swedish sedans listed above.

Nearly all Buick Regals come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 259 horsepower and 295 pound feet of torque EPA-rated at 21/30 mpg with the automatic transmission and front-wheel drive, or 19/27 mpg with all-wheel drive; the manual transmission with front-wheel drive is rated at 20/31 mpg. Premium gasoline is recommended but it is not required.

Also available but rare is Regal with eAssist, which uses a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 182 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque and gets an EPA-estimated 25/36 mpg City/Highway on Regular gasoline and is only available with front-wheel drive.

The Regal offers excellent value, being priced just below its competition from overseas. But in keeping with contemporary Buick practice, Regals quality level and equipment content are absolutely world-standard, delivering all the latest communications and safety technology, either as standard equipment, or available in affordable, straightforward option packages. Coming to grips with ordering the Regal is a pleasantly uncomplicated matter, because much of the essential content is already standard equipment.

Year after year, Buick has increased its North American market share, while also doing well in important faraway venues like the fast-growing China market. Buick is a world player in styling, technology, efficiency, and build quality. The two new Regal lines will compete successfully as international players and mainstays in the home market.


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