Buick Regal
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Overall

Sleek Euro-centric Regal sedan now more potent and weather-resistant thanks to new all-wheel drive; loads more active safety too.

Drivetrain

Heavily updated 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder now produces 259 horsepower in both regular and extra-spicy GS; available 182-horsepower 2.4-liter “eAssist” engine with 15-kilowatt electric motor

The Euro-flavored Regal is the anti-Buick Buick. Its ride is firm and not pillow soft, and it actually steers. The automobile’s clean, yet expressive look is a far cry from just about any other Buick ever built, and now gets re-shaped headlights with LED detailing. The standard 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder has been heavily fortified on the inside and now packs 259 horsepower (up from 220) and 295 pound-feet of torque. The same engine can be found in the high-performance GS model, without any major differences other than a slight power drop from 270. Peak boost from the turbocharger is a stout 24 pounds per square inch. Turbocharged models are available with all-wheel-drive and a six-speed automatic transmission, while the front-wheel-drive GS is the only Regal that use the carryover six-speed manual transmission. Regal remains available with the 182-horsepower 2.4-liter eAssist gasoline-electric hybrid system. Available as a front-driver only, it packages a 15-kilowatt electric motor and small lithium-ion battery that helps bring fuel economy up by a claimed 25 percent with its six-speed automatic transmission. The upscale European influence can be clearly seen inside with plenty of stitched leather and wood trim that’s offset by a tasteful amount of satin nickel brightwork on the door panels, steering wheel and center console. Regals are sold very well equipped, which means plenty of power-operated and luxury-oriented content is part of the standard package. All models now use Buick’s revised touch-screen IntelliLink, including those with optional navigation. A console-mounted control knob that operates the optional premium audio, navigation and Bluetooth-enabled phone systems is available, as is the Interactive Drive Control System offered in turbo-equipped versions. This feature electronically adjusts the suspension travel and transmission shift points according to three different settings: Normal for all-around use; Tour for maximum passenger comfort; and Sport mode for maximum road holding. The system also adapts to individual driving styles by altering the suspension, steering effort and throttle response. For 2014, Regals adopting many of the active safety systems found on the larger LaCrosse, including blind-spot and lane-change warning, front-collision alert and, for the first time, active cruise control.

Base price (incl. destination): $30,600

Type: Four-door sedan

Base engine (hp): 2.0-liter DOHC I4, turbocharged (259)

Optional engine (hp): 2.4-liter DOHC I4 with integrated 15-kilowatt electric motor (182)

Layout: Front-engine, front- /all-wheel-drive

Transmission: Six-speed automatic; six-speed manual (FWD GS only)

MPG (city/hwy): 25/36 (2.4)

Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; side-curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes; traction control; stability control.

Weight (lb.): 3,600