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in Upscale Midsize Cars

MSRP: $29,690 - $39,270
Invoice: $28,502 - $37,699
MPG: 21 City / 30 Hwy
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Buick Regal Review

The 2014 Buick Regal ranks 8 out of 22 Upscale Midsize Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Buick Regal, as well as reliability and safety data.

The updated 2014 Buick Regal impresses automotive journalists with a wide range of standard features and engine choices, though they say that some cars in the class are sportier and more luxurious.

The 2014 Regal features a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that most reviewers agree is powerful, though some think it can feel a bit slow from a stop. A mild-hybrid eAssist powertrain is optional in the Buick Regal, and critics say the eAssist model is refined and fuel-efficient, though much slower than the turbocharged Regal. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, and some test drivers say it has well-timed shifts, while a few criticize it for sometimes taking too long to downshift. The 2014 Buick Regal gets an EPA-estimated 21/30 mpg city/highway, which is decent for the class, and the eAssist model gets 25/36 mpg city/highway, which is very good for the class. Reviewers say the base Regal’s suspension system balances comfort with relatively agile handling, while GS models have a firmer suspension system that makes them sporty and fun to drive. Still, many test drivers write that if you’re looking for a true sport sedan, you might want to consider other upscale midsize cars.

Test drivers write that the Buick Regal has an interior built with high-quality materials. Test drivers say the 2014 Regal has comfortable front seats, but they think the rear seats could be more spacious. The turbocharged Regal has a larger-than-average trunk, but the eAssist model’s trunk is much smaller because the battery pack takes up space, which reviewers don’t like. The Regal has a long list of standard features for the class, including leather upholstery, heated front seats, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, a seven-speaker sound system and Buick’s IntelliLink infotainment system, which features a full-color touch-screen display and can connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth or a USB port. Optional features include navigation, a sunroof and a number of new-for-2014 safety and driver assistance options, including side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning.

  • "That being said, the Regal in any form will never be mistaken for a true sports car, and that's OK. It still does all the near-luxury stuff well, improving upon the previous model in terms of interior refinement and exterior styling." -- AutoWeek
  • "The Buick Regal fills a somewhat limited niche -- it's too small and expensive to take on the Honda Accords of the world and yet doesn't quite have the hardware or cachet to challenge premium sport sedans like the BMW 3-series and GM's own Cadillac ATS." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The 2014 changes make the Regal a more credible sports-luxury sedan with an American flavor." -- Car and Driver
  • "Still, the Regal offers a seductive proposition in the wide world of midsize sedans: sophisticated good looks, upscale interiors, comprehensive standard features, quiet operation, and pleasant road manners, upgraded for 2014 with increased power, improved dynamics, enhanced telematics, and a tempting array of options." -- Kelley Blue Book

Other Cars to Consider

Test drivers say the BMW 3-Series has impressive handling capabilities and excellent engine choices that range from a fuel-efficient diesel to a ferocious turbocharged six-cylinder. They also write that the 3-Series has a high-quality interior and a spacious back seat.

Critics like the Cadillac ATS’ comfortable ride and luxurious cabin. Like the Regal, the ATS offers a long list of standard features and a variety of powertrain options.

Compare the Regal, 3-Series and ATS »

Details: 2014 Buick Regal

The 2014 Buick Regal seats five and comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. A mild-hybrid eAssist powertrain is optional and features a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and a small electric motor. The 2014 Regal comes standard with a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. A six-speed manual and all-wheel drive are available. Four trims are offered: base, Premium I, Premium II and GS. The Regal was reintroduced for the 2011 model year and receives several updates for 2014. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2011 through 2014 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 5/15/14

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