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Buick Regal Review

The 2015 Buick Regal ranks 12 out of 18 Affordable 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.

Though some reviewers dislike the small amount of back-seat headroom and limited rearward visibility in the 2015 Buick Regal, most appreciate its good-looking cabin and are pleasantly surprised with its responsive handling.

Some test drivers say that the standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the 2015 Buick Regal enables good acceleration, but others note the car can feel slow from a stop. The Regal is available with an eAssist mild-hybrid powertrain that includes a four-cylinder engine and a small electric motor. Reviewers say the Regal lacks quickness with this powertrain but add that it comes with a fuel-saving engine start-stop system that works efficiently. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard on the Regal, and a six-speed manual is available on the Regal GS. According to the EPA, the 2015 Buick Regal gets 21/30 mpg city/highway, which is low for the class. The Regal eAssist gets 25/36 mpg, which is very good for an upscale midsize car. Front-wheel drive is standard on the Regal, and all-wheel drive is available. Most reviewers are very pleased with the Regal’s nimble handling, especially with the GS’ sport-tuned suspension and powerful brakes. They add that the Regal offers a comfortable, quiet ride, no matter which trim you choose.

The 2015 Regal's cabin is made of high-end materials and has a handsome design, critics say. They particularly like the dashboard controls' sensible layout and the comfortable front seats. Test drivers say the Regal's pitched roofline reduces rear-seat headroom and lessens rearward visibility. Trunk space in the base Regal is larger than most in its class, but reviewers say its narrow design makes it difficult to load oversize items. Regal models with eAssist have a trunk-mounted battery that greatly reduces cargo space. Standard features in the 2015 Buick Regal include leather upholstery, heated front seats, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a rearview camera, a USB port, smartphone app integration, Buick’s IntelliLink infotainment system (with an 8-inch touch-screen display) and a new version of OnStar with a 4G Wi-Fi hot spot. Available features include adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, forward collision alert, a sunroof, a Bose premium sound system, navigation and push-button start.

  • "The 2015 Buick Regal is a good no-compromises choice if you want a sophisticated styling and surprising agility, and don't mind making an unexpected choice." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Though Buick's compact Verano and full-size LaCrosse sedans usually get more attention from critics and shoppers alike, the midsize Regal is also an appealing four-door in its own right. It's based on the Insigna from GM's Germany-based Opel brand, and this Teutonic heritage manifests in an above-average ride/handling balance as well as a nicely-appointed interior." -- Left Lane News
  • "… 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 (2014)
  • "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 (2014)

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Other Cars to Consider

The Acura TLX gets better fuel economy than the base Regal, and reviewers report that the TLX has potent acceleration when equipped with a V6 engine. The TLX also comes with more standard features than the Regal, including a moonroof and push-button start, and auto writers praise its exceptionally quiet cabin.

Test drivers say the BMW 328i has extraordinary handling, and they are impressed with the acceleration provided by its turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The 328i also gets superb fuel economy for an upscale midsize car, and critics like its spacious rear seats.

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Details: 2015 Buick Regal

The 2015 Buick Regal sedan seats five and comes in base, Premium I, Premium II and GS trims. A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard. A six-speed manual transmission and all-wheel drive are available. The Buick Regal hasn’t been fully redesigned since it was reintroduced for the 2011 model year. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2011 through 2015 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 3/25/15

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