2013 Buick Regal Features

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The Buick Regal is pitched as a premium offering in the mid-size class, so it's bundled with plenty of standard equipment.

For the base Regal eAssist four-door, that means power locks, windows, and mirrors; cruise control; automatic climate control; an AM/FM/CD/XM audio system with a USB port; a power driver seat; leather-trimmed, power-operated and heated front seats; and a leather-trimmed steering wheel.

The Regal's outfitted with standard Bluetooth, leather, a touchscreen radio interface, and a new and inexpensive navigation option.

All Regals feature Buick IntelliLink, a touchscreen-based system that weaves Bluetooth and voice controls, a console-mounted controller and steering-wheel controls, into a command set that connects with smartphones to deliver mobile apps like Pandora and Stitcher.

The Regal eAssist has some available features, including rear parking sensors; pushbutton start; a power passenger front seat; rear side airbags; a Harmon Kardon surround-sound system; and a garage remote.

Turbo Regals get all of this equipment as standard and add a heated steering wheel (except on the GS), and offer the adjustable Interactive Drive Control System as an option, along with 19-inch wheels. On top of this, the Regal GS has standard adjustable suspension and its own 19-inch wheels; 20-inch wheels and summer tires are an option, as is a sunroof.

Buick's new navigation system, an option on the Regal, eliminates our biggest complaint with last year's model. The old knob-driven controls are still there, but the display is now a touchscreen, which makes entry of destinations much easier. And it now interfaces with IntelliLink, meaning that you don't have to choose one or the other. (There's also turn-by-turn navigation offered through OnStar and its subscription service.)

All told, a Regal GS can push the sedan's base price from the $27,000 range up to nearly $40,000. That's in line with competition like the Acura TSX, Volvo S60 and Lincoln MKZ, but a noticeable jump from less luxurious family four-doors.

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