The Buick Regal has had a very long history of being a great mid-sized sedan that has been popular with many generations. The Regal for many years seemed to be the one Buick that didn’t attract only the retired generation but instead was a symbol of comfort, style and luxury that anyone would be proud to own and drive. Now that Buick has partnered with the European automaker Opel, many in the lineup now have a distinctly European feel to them and the Regal is no exception to that statement offering a distinct character that reminds anyone who has spent time in Europe of their class of vehicles.
The Regal enters the fray by adding a lot more technology to the interior allowing connectivity throughout the vehicle and keeping drivers and passengers connected. This allows the Regal to compete on a high level with the Audi A4, Volkswagen CC and Acura TLX. As stated the new features for 2015 include the new 4G LTE connectivity in the OnStar system creating a Wi-Fi hotspot for anyone to stay connected on the road. The Regal did not leave out its iPhone users either by adding the Siri Eyes Free technology to this great vehicle.
As one of the best and most uncompromising vehicles on the road the Regal offers drivers everything they could want when behind the wheel. With an expertly tuned suspension the car handles all road defects with ease and experience. The steering is substantial and smooth allowing for a very easy and comfortable ride. As a luxury-oriented sedan the Regal is equipped with one of the quietest cabins on the market making it easy to have a family sing-along or for owners to leave the busy workday behind as they drive home after a long day at work.
According to Miami Buick, two engines and three differing setups are offered on the Buick Regal starting with the base engine which comes in the form of a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine offering 259 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine is married up with a six-speed automatic transmission that helps to gain a fuel efficiency of 21 city/30 hwy mpg for the front-wheel drive version and 19 city/27 hwy mpg for the all-wheel drive models.
Taking the same engine and putting it in the Regal GS model offers the availability of a manual transmission when desired. This set up offers the same power numbers and the automatic is the same transmission. The fuel efficiency number come in a little differently with the manual transmission achieving 20 city/31 hwy mpg, the automatic in front-wheel drive reaches 21 city/30 hwy mpg and the all-wheel drive automatic achieves 19 city/27 hwy mpg. The manual is not available for an all-wheel drive model across all Regal models.
The second engine offered is a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine that is an eAssist mild hybrid engine that reaches 182 horsepower and 172 lb.-ft. of torque. Mated to the same six-speed automatic transmission this powertrain will achieve 25 city/36 hwy mpg worth of fuel economy to enjoy by using a dual-function generator/motor and a lithium-ion battery pack to help take the burden off the engine entirely.
As a premium sedan the Regal needs to caress and coddle the driver and all passenger and this car does so in grand design and fashion. All materials are top notch, soft, well positioned and very eye-catching. The complete level of sophistication inside the Regal is more than exemplary for the Buick lineup. There is more than ample space throughout the cabin for all inhabitants to enjoy the ride and with added touches of two-toned beauty and wood accents this car really makes anyone inside feel special and well taken care of.
On the outside the Regal offers a very classy look starting with the signature chrome waterfall grill that is situated between two royal looking headlights that draw the eye toward the rear of the car. The stance of this car is, well Regal as the name states with a strong presence and very upscale trim the car truly makes a signature status statement when driving or as it is parked. The final exterior feature is the full set of star-fan inspired wheels that just look both impressive and menacing at the same time.
As for standard equipment, the Regal offers a very impressive list including leather upholstery, 12-way driver and passenger seats, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, an eight-inch color touch screen with Buick’s IntelliLink infotainment system, a rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, a seven-speaker audio system, USB ports, 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, GM’s StabiliTrack stability control, traction control and antilock brakes with brake assist. With this menu of features on board the Regal even at the base model is a car that will make any driver very happy behind the wheel.
The optional equipment offered for the Buick Regal include all-wheel drive as the only stand-alone feature with all others being grouped into packages. These packages start with the Premium I package that is made up of the eAssist mild hybrid engine. The Premium II package that improves the standard turbocharged engine. With either Premium package features are added including keyless entry, push-button starting, a remote starting system, a heated steering wheel, a hard-drive based navigation system, a power sunroof, 18-inche aluminum-alloy wheels, HID headlights, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warnings and rear cross traffic alerts. Putting all these optional features into a Regal will create a car that many will not want to every step out of and might just choose to have a rolling office to work from.
The 2015 Buick Regal starts with a very reasonable opening price point of $30,700 for the base model and moves up to $32,600 for the Premium I package and just below $35,000 for the Premium II package. The GS model will add a bit of sport and 20-inch wheels for an asking price of a little more than $38,000. These prices and all the features listed make the Buick Regal one of the most affordable nearly-luxury cars offered for the new model year.