For some younger drivers the Buick Regal might seem like a new model, but it has actually been around since 1973. In 2004 the Regal took a leave of absence until 2011 when it was re-introduced, positioned as an upscale sport sedan. Involved in one of the most highly competitive auto-markets, the refreshed Regal needed to make itself known and with a large family of trims that offer choices for everyone, it has certainly been able.
Speaking of a large family, the Regal is offered in seven different trims separated primarily based on their engine/transmission. Three trims (Base, Premium I, and Premium II) come with a 2.4L Ecotec 4-cylinder engine with eAssist paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. The remaining four trims are all equipped with a 2.0L Turbo Ecotec DOHC 4-cylinder engine. However, the most expensive trim, the GS, has a high-output version that produces 270 HP. The other three trims (Turbo Premium I, Turbo Premium II and Turbo Premium III) use the standard turbo engine that still puts out a strong 220 HP while attached to a different six-speed automatic transmission for the turbo engines. The base eAssist engine is very efficient achieving 36 mpg on the highway while the turbo (not in the GS) gets up to 29 mpg.
As previously stated, the premium midsize sedan market is one of the most hotly contested among automakers. A staple at the top, the BMW 3-series has been the horse everybody else is chasing. It offers a level of comfort and performance that other makes have not figured out how to match. However, General Motors is making a serious charge with models like this Buick Regal and the Cadillac ATS. Other midsize sedans to consider also hail from Europe. The Volkswagen CC, unlike the Regal, is available with all-wheel drive and sports a similarly equipped interior. However, the rear seat of the CC is a bit cramped. Another all-wheel drive available European, the Volvo S-60 has an interior filled with premium materials and features plus an engine that’s significantly more powerful than the Regal. Yet, with power comes less fuel mileage and the Volvo falls short in the battle of MPGs.
The Buick Regal has agile handling, aggressive styling and a quality to match its German competitors. As more consumers discover this four-door American sportster, it may just overtake them.