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Reviewed by Marty Padgett
Editorial Director, The Car Connection
BASE INVOICE
$28,790
BASE MSRP
$29,990
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…Just look at the thing, it's gorgeous…The entire layout is sculptural and quite handsome

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The front is modern and unoffensive, the profile and rear quarter bring BMW to mind, and the rear looks like it came from Acura — from before when that brand forgot what a curve was.

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The Regal's interior is handsome, well-designed, and a huge leap over Buicks of the recent past, but it lacks the pizzazz of the new LaCrosse interior, and its plastics fall a bit short of those in not only cars like the Volkswagen Passat but even the Hyundai Genesis.

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It’s handsome to look at….it looks far more expensive inside than do the U.S.-market Chevy Malibu, Honda Accord, and Toyota Camry. The Regal has more soft-touch plastic surfaces and more elegant finishes, such as satin-metal door pulls and piano-black trim.

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$29,990 $39,810
MSRP $29,990
INVOICE $28,790
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4-Door Sedan FWD
Gas Mileage 21 mpg City/30 mpg Hwy
Engine Turbocharged, 2.0L
EPA Class Midsize
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 5
Passenger Doors 4
Body Style 4dr Car
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2015 Buick Regal 4-Door Sedan Turbo FWD
4-Door Sedan FWD
Turbocharged, 2.0L
Front Wheel Drive
$ 28,790 $ 29,990
2015 Buick Regal 4-Door Sedan Premium I FWD
4-Door Sedan FWD Premium I
Turbocharged, 2.0L
Front Wheel Drive
$ 30,624 $ 31,900
2015 Buick Regal 4-Door Sedan Premium II FWD
4-Door Sedan FWD Premium II
Turbocharged, 2.0L
Front Wheel Drive
$ 32,736 $ 34,100
2015 Buick Regal 4-Door Sedan GS FWD
4-Door Sedan FWD GS
Turbocharged, 2.0L
Front Wheel Drive
$ 35,889 $ 37,385
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The Basics:

While it may carry a familiar name, the 2015 Buick Regal is anything but the squishy, boat-like sedan that it once was. Instead, it's endowed with European driving dynamics, thanks to its shared platform with the Opel Insignia.

It's actually, we think, one of the best sedans currently built by GM, as well as one of the most attractive cars available from the company. Based on a car sold by Opel, the Regal showed up in 2011, and it's moved closer and closer to the luxury category, thanks to a turbocharged engine, high-tech safety equipment, and an advanced infotainment system.

The tasteful cabin also looks great for 2015. The big shield of controls on the center stack melds better into the dash, and an 8.0-inch LCD touchscreen replaces a smaller screen there, while a 4.2-inch screen tucked in between new gauges displays info from the available nav system, phone, audio system, and vehicle. On the Regal GS, the center of the gauge cluster swaps out for an 8.0-inch LCD screen with customizable looks for different driving modes. Two-tone themes with wood trim on some models liven up the already attractive cockpit. Plus, the Regal now offers 4G LTE connectivity via OnStar, and it can broadcast a WiFi connection in the car, too.

On the road, the Regal splits its identities into fun and frugal. The Regal Turbo and Regal GS now get a single turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. The new turbo's related to the one found in the Chevy Malibu and Cadillac ATS, with a twin-scroll turbo and direct injection. There's no longer a distinction between the two in output, however: Buick's settled on a single quote of 259 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, down 11 hp from the last GS but up 39 hp in the Turbo, both with the same choice of six-speed automatic or manual transmission as before. Zero to 60 mph times are identical to the previous models.

Buick carried over the Regal with GM's eAssist mild-hybrid pack last year; the 182 horsepower accrued from its four-cylinder and battery/motor duo yields middling gas mileage compared to some full hybrids like the Ford Fusion, and handling and refinement have fallen short of the rest of the Regal lineup in recent test cars we've driven.

As for the GS, it's the only place to get a manual transmission now, and the only Regal to have the three-mode Interactive Drive Control system. It's not a 3-Series, or an ATS, in the level of handling precision it offers, but the GS remains our favorite Regal because it imparts a sporty feel without sacrificing its well-controlled ride, albeit at a price that overlaps some true sport sedans.

The Regal also can be fitted with an all-wheel-drive system, with an electronically controlled limited-slip differential across the rear wheels. The reasonably taut feel baked into the Regal's ride and handling is still here--it has the muted damping of a good German sedan, and electric power steering that avoids the heavyweight cliches. With all-wheel drive, there's more effective power delivery out of corners--and maybe more interest from shoppers.

As for safety, Buick's earned great crash-test scores with the Regal in the past. It has a standard rearview camera (and on the GS, front and rear parking sensors), and adds optional adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitors, a lane-departure warning system, and a forward-collision warning system.

Bringing the Regal's infotainment system another step forward, last year Buick upgraded the available IntelliLink system to a simpler, more brightly colored interface based on Cadillac's CUE, without its haptic feedback--but also without the Regal's old knob-style controllers. The touchscreen interface allows users to reconfigure the home screen, to choose up to 60 favorites across its suite of applications, and to store up to a thousand contacts--while integrating smartphone-based streaming audio and accessing navigation with natural-voice commands. Bose audio tops off the package.


 

Likes:

  • Regal Turbo and GS' turbo four
  • New IntelliLink interface
  • Dynamic looks
  • Taut Euro-style handling
  • AWD now available

Dislikes:

  • eAssist gas mileage lags full hybrids
  • Power's down on Regal GS
  • Premium pricing
  • Rear seat space is on the tight side
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