2014 Buick Regal Review

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Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

It's the best driver's car in the lineup, and the 2014 Buick Regal adds better infotainment and safety--with a slight cut to the GS' power.

The mid-size Buick Regal is the GM brand's best sedan, and one of the best-looking vehicles built by the company, too. New back in the 2011 model year, the Opel-derived Regal merits some upgrades that bring it closer to the premium-sedan ideal for 2014, including a new turbocharged engine, along with a new infotainment system and safety gear.

It wears one of the most sepia-toned names in the stable, but the Buick Regal is endowed with Euro manners, since it's a close copy of the Euro-market Opel Insignia. It's striking for what it isn't. It's not rear-wheel drive, and none of its engines have more than four cylinders.

The Regal's big optic hook—the Nike-like swoosh stamped into its flanks—hasn't been altered. It's still one of the best-looking cars GM builds, and the LED "wings" factored into its headlamps and taillights add a little more depth to the brilliant design. The grille's been retouched, and a metallic band now connects the taillamps.

The tasteful cabin merits its own upgrades for 2014. First, the tech: an 8.0-inch touchscreen mounted in the dash replaces last year's smaller screen, and a new 4.2-inch screen wedged between the gauges supplements the touchscreen by featuring nav, phone, system, and audio information for the driver. For Regal GS models, that 4.2-inch screen is upgraded to an 8.0-inch screen that changes depending on selected driving mode. Buick's shield of controls better wraps around the new 8.0-inch screen, and two-tone themes with wood trim make the interior cabin a little classier.

The Regal has a split personality this year, depending on trim. The Regal eAssist mild-hybrid version is the frugal pick for 2014; it blends an inline-4 with a small battery pack and electric motor for 182 net horsepower. It falls down compared to full hybrid systems such as the Ford Fusion and the Buick eAssist just isn't as refined as some of the other Buicks we've driven in recent years.

The other Regals are where enthusiasts flock, and for good reason—and it's in them that the biggest changes take place. The Regal Turbo and Regal GS now get a single turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder to replace last year's last-gen turbo four, which was offered in 220-hp and 270-hp spec. The twin-scroll, direct-injection unit is borrowed from other GM applications such as the Chevy Malibu and Cadillac ATS, and Buick has landed on a single output number for both cars instead of separating them by 50 hp last year. Both Regal Turbo and GS make 259 hp and 295 pound-feet of torque. That's 11 hp down from last year's GS, but up 39 for this year's Turbo (glass is always half full, right?) with 0-60 mph times staying identical. A 6-speed manual or automatic transmission is available in either car.

All-wheel drive is available in the Regal too, with an electronically controlled limited-slip differential holding court between the rear wheels to aid traction. The Regal's smart ride is still intact—tamed dampers borrowed from the Germans, smooth ride preferred by the Americans, and electric power steering that's not too heavy preffered by us all. All-wheel drive adds better power into corners, something we thought we'd never say about Buicks anyway.

The GS is the only way to get a third pedal, and the only Regal to have Interactive Drive Control, which tunes the suspension, throttle, and steering. The Regal GS won't be confused with many sports cars or sport sedans, but it's our favorite because it offers a sporty ride without sacrificing comfort.

The Regal's excellent safety scorecard should carry over from previous years. This year, the Regal adds a rearview camera as standard, and offers optional forward collision warning, blind-spot monitors, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and parking sensors.

Buick updated the Regal's infotainment system this year, which they call IntelliLink, to a simpler, brighter interface and removed the old knob controllers. The touchscreen can be configured with user-defined presets—anything from radio presets to destinations—and natural-voice commands seamlessly integrate into the system. Smartphone streaming adds a longer life to the system, and Bose audio adds premium sounds for interested shoppers.

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November 20, 2016
2014 Buick Regal 4-Door Sedan GS FWD

The Shoe That Fits

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All around the car is very nice. I would change the width of the front seat bottoms and more power from the 2 ltr engine. My 20inch wheels are to big and no spare. I would never pay near the asking price... + More »
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April 17, 2015
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Buick is back!

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I'll wait until my lease is up to be sure, but right now my Regal GS (my 20th new car) is on track to be the best car I've ever owned. Inside and out the car is a beauty (I've had many complements on both)... + More »
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August 25, 2015
2015 Buick Regal 4-Door Sedan Turbo FWD

Great car, Stylish, luxurious, responsive, economical to operate..

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Stylish, luxurious, responsive, economical to operate.. This car hits a lot of high notes, with no obvious drawbacks.. ..to be fair, it isn't "awesome" though..
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July 14, 2015
2015 Buick Regal 4-Door Sedan Premium I FWD

Great vehicle for the price.

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I'm had the car for 2 months now and have been really impressed. It has good acceleration and the fuel economy has been excellent. I just returned from vacation, and on the highway the car was getting 34 MPG... + More »
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April 23, 2015
2015 Buick Regal 4-Door Sedan Premium II FWD

I love this car - an excellentcompromise between sportiness,safety, style and economy.

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I only have about 500 miles on my Regal thus far. With the four-cylinder turbo engine, acceleration is exhilarating while still operating smoothly and quietly. The steering feels quick and precise. Stopping is... + More »
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November 11, 2015
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I have a Buick Regal Eassist

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I have a 2013 it is so smooth driving quite and good on gas miles are great. Its style and colors, & performance is outstanding. the only feature it does not have is the back up camera that way I gave it a 4 I... + More »
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June 19, 2015
2013 Buick Regal 4-Door Sedan GS

Fun and Stylish

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Nice job Buick. My Regal GS is fun to drive, handles great and is very comfortable. After 2 years and 35K absolutely no problems at all. The 6 speed manual shifts slickly and the clutch is very smooth. Some... + More »
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June 7, 2015
2013 Buick Regal 4-Door Sedan GS

never see them

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I have been delighted by my Regal gs. It has lots of get up and go, comfortable, and brilliant on it's styling. It truly is a pretty car. The only concern I have with the car is it's below average fuel... + More »
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June 26, 2016
2011 Buick Regal 4-Door Sedan CXL RL6 (Russelsheim) *Ltd Avail*

Excellent sporty 4 Dr sedan

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Tight sharp and sporty reliable and Canadian made. No warranty claims. Enjoyable ride
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August 18, 2015
2003 Buick Regal 4-Door Sedan LS

Good all around trustworthy and reliable vehicle.

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This has been a great reliable car. Fit and finish are not great but does not affect anything important. Gas mileage is far better than what I would have expected. 27.6 mpg. It's been a trouble free car and... + More »
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