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2014 Buick Regal Driven; Priced From $30,615

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The 2014 Buick Regal gets a new engine, a new infotainment interface, and some reconfigured hardware when it goes on sale later this year--along with a new base price.

That price is $30,615, which includes $925 in destination charges--$675 higher in all versus the least expensive 2013 Regal.

At that base price, the drivetrain is GM's new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, with 259 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission and a choice of front- or all-wheel drive (the latter, from $32,790). Fuel economy is up slightly, with the top ratings reaching 24 mpg combined.

MORE: Read our full 2014 Buick Regal review

The new all-wheel-drive system is from Haldex, and has an electronically controlled limited-slip differential, for variable torque transmission front to back, and between the rear wheels.

Last year's base car, the Regal eAssist, is now priced from $32,485, up more than $2,500 over the prior eAssist model. It carries over a mild-hybrid system with 182 net horsepower, a six-speed automatic, front-wheel drive, and 17-inch low-rolling-resistance tires, and now comes in Premium trim.

At the top of the lineup sits Buick's reconfigured Regal GS, priced now from $37,830 to $40,195, as much as $1,925 higher than last year. The GS is now the only Regal to be offered with a six-speed manual transmission. The 259-hp turbo four is installed, with the manual gearbox a no-cost option in place of the standard six-speed automatic, with all-wheel drive an option. The GS is now the only version to carry Interactive Drive Control, which lets the driver toggle transmission, throttle, active-damper, and steering settings through three modes, from Touring to Sport to GS.

All Regals now have a standard rearview camera, and each also gets a new 8.0-inch LCD touchscreen on the center stack with Buick's IntelliLink infotainment system. A 4.2-inch screen between the gauges displays some redundant information; on the GS, that screen grows to 8 inches wide, and comes with a customizing function.

For the first time, the Regal also offers active cruise control, blind-spot monitors, and a lane-departure warning system.

The result of all the mid-cycle refreshing going on? From our brief first drive, the Regal hasn't lost any ground from 0-60 mph, though the GS gives up some power on paper. It's still not quite a sport sedan in the BMW or even Cadillac mold, but the Regal GS does composure better than ever, with comfort still its highest priority. And its connectivity makes a bigger impact, in so many square inches of LCD screens.

For more details, see our 2014 Buick Regal review.

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