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

Test drivers write that the 2014 Buick Regal has an even nicer interior than the 2013 model, thanks to higher-quality materials and easier-to-use interior controls, which include a reduction in the number of audio and climate control buttons. The Regal has a long list of standard features for the class and is available with a number of new safety and driver assistance options for 2014. Critics say the 2014 Regal has comfortable front seats, but they write that the rear seats are cramped. The turbocharged Regal has a larger-than-average trunk, but the battery eats up cargo space in the eAssist model.

  • "Inside the changes are more noticeable thanks to a significant revision of the Regal's center stack. Last year's Regal had no fewer than 17 buttons on its center stack; the 2014 model has just seven. As a result, the Regal's cabin has a much cleaner overall look." -- Left Lane News
  • "Interior refinements for 2014 include better materials and a completely redesigned dash built around an eight-inch central touch screen." -- Car and Driver
  • "Anyone who says GM isn't capable of crafting a really nice interior has clearly never sat inside a Regal." -- Autoblog (2012 Regal GS)
  • "You can see how hard GM is trying the instant you get behind the wheel. The layout is tidy, and could be from any one of several European manufacturers. Flowing organic shapes and soft-touch moldings surround you, and the instruments are big, unambiguous dials with a clear information panel between them." -- Popular Mechanics (2011)

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Seating

The 2014 Buick Regal has standard leather upholstery and heated front seats, which are two features that are optional on some upscale midsize cars. A power-adjustable driver’s seat is also standard and a power-adjustable passenger seat is optional. GS models come with sport seats. Critics agree that the Buick Regal has very comfortable and supportive front seats, especially the GS model. However, they say the rear seats lack head- and legroom.

  • "The Regal could also do with a little more rear seat leg- and headroom, a weak point with the 2013 model that carries over to 2014." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Despite its small exterior dimensions, Regal enjoys expansive front legroom. Headroom is quite good as well, even beneath the sunroof housing. The seats are comfortable and supportive, particularly the sport buckets on the GS." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Front seats offer good support in both spirited driving and more casual cruising. Rear seats aren't as comfortable, however, and the sloping roof line means both less headroom for tall passengers and reduced visibility out the back for some drivers." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "After a few hours of butt-in-seat drive time, we're nonetheless pleased with the thrones being offered to us oversized 'Muricans. They're comfortable and offer ample amounts of bolstering for both our love handles and thunder thighs." -- Autoblog (2012 Regal GS) 

Interior Features

The 2014 Buick Regal comes standard with a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, a seven-speaker sound system and Buick’s IntelliLink infotainment system, which features a USB port, Bluetooth and a touch-screen display. IntelliLink also lets users stream music wirelessly from services like Pandora Internet radio when paired with a smartphone. Optional features include navigation, a Bose premium stereo system, push-button start and a sunroof. The Regal receives a number of new safety and driver assistance options for 2014, including side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning.

For 2014, Buick has reduced the number of buttons on the Regal’s dashboard, which reviewers say makes the Regal’s major climate and audio controls easier to find and operate. Buick also updated the Regal’s IntelliLink infotainment system for 2014. One test driver writes that the Regal’s new safety and driver assistance options work well, especially the rear cross traffic alert.

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  • "The dashboard button count goes down from 17 last year to 7. This isn't always progress, but the major controls you want in a hurry are easily found. Longer exposure will tell the tale on daily utility." -- Car and Driver
  • "Thankfully, the Regal's new safety systems work far more seamlessly. … We found Rear Cross-Traffic Alert to be particularly helpful when navigating a busy parking lot." -- Left Lane News

Cargo

Buick Regals with the turbocharged four-cylinder engine have 14.2 cubic feet of trunk space, which is above average for an upscale midsize car. Some test drivers write that the trunk is narrow, making it hard to stow larger items like golf clubs. Like many hybrid cars, the Regal eAssist loses trunk space to its battery pack. It has 11.1 cubic feet of trunk space, which is much less than what most upscale midsize cars have, including hybrid competitors like the Lexus ES Hybrid. Reviewers say that the battery pack makes the Regal eAssist’s split-folding rear seats less useful because it blocks a significant portion of the pass-through from the trunk to the cabin.

  • "The trunk has sickle-shaped hinges that intrude slightly on overall space, but they're covered so they don't crush cargo." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Out back, the battery pack for the eAssist powertrain cuts usable trunk space down to a mere 11.1 cubic feet. Turbo and GS models are better at 14.2 cubic feet, though the trunk's narrow width means bulky cargo like golf clubs are going to be a tight fit." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "The lithium-ion battery pack sits behind the rear seat, cutting trunk volume, as the case is in many hybrid sedans. Folding rear seats are standard, but the battery pack blocks the passenger-side opening." -- Cars.com (2012 Regal eAssist) 
Review Last Updated: 5/15/14

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