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2016 Buick Regal

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2016 1SV 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sedan
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Price:   -  From $27,065
2016 Turbo Sport Touring 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $28,565
2016 Turbo 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $28,990
2016 Turbo 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $31,415
2016 Turbo Premium II 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $31,565
2016 Turbo Premium II 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $33,990
2016 Turbo GS 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $34,065
2016 Turbo GS 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $36,490

Overview

Buick's premium midsize sedan, the Regal takes a sensible approach to luxury motoring. You'll find plenty of standard creature comforts and a robust selection of mechanical upgrades, all priced within the realm of less distinguished vehicles.

What's New for 2016

A non-turbo four-cylinder now serves as the base engine. The Regal also receives mild equipment updates, including Apple CarPlay capability. The hybrid-like eAssist engine option has been dropped.

Buick Regal

Choosing Your Buick Regal

The front-drive Regal starts out with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 182 horsepower. However, most models are powered by a turbocharged 2-liter four cylinder with 259 horsepower, far more appropriate output for this class. A six-speed automatic transmission is used with both engines, and the 2-liter can be paired with all-wheel drive. Surprisingly, a six-speed manual transmission is available on top-trim models with front-wheel drive.

The Regal is available in four trim levels:

Buick Regal

1SV

Gets the 2.4-liter engine and standard equipment such as leather upholstery, heated front seats with driver power, a rearview camera, and a seven-speaker sound system with satellite radio. Buick's IntelliLink infotainment interface and 18-inch wheels are also part of the deal.

Buick Regal

1SL

Equipped like the 1SV, but with the more powerful 2-liter turbo. The newly available Sport Touring package adds unique wheels and a rear spoiler.

Buick Regal

Premium II

Adds navigation, a nine-speaker Bose sound system, and a plethora of smaller upgrades, including a power passenger seat, remote start, a heated steering wheel, and rear parking sensors. The optional Driver Confidence I package furnishes blind sport monitoring, lane departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and front collision warning. You can take the safety theme a step further with Driver Confidence II, which adds a adaptive cruise control and collision mitigation with automatic braking.

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GS

Takes the Regal in a sporty direction with an adaptive sport-tuned suspension, adjustable driving modes, Brembo front brakes, 19-inch wheels, and more aggressive trim throughout. You can add 20-inch wheels with summer performance tires and even a six-speed manual transmission (n/a with all-wheel drive). The Driver Confidence packages remain optional.

Individual options for all Regals include a sunroof, chrome wheels, and ambient interior lighting.

CarsDirect Tip

The 1SV's engine is weak for this class and doesn't do justice to the rest of the car. We recommend starting with at least the 1SL, although the Premium II offers the best balance of luxury and value in our view.

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In recent years, the Buick brand has been moving toward the premium sport sedan segment -- and the model currently leading this charge is the 2016 Regal.

Pricing and Equipment

The Regal lineup underwent a few price cuts for the 2016 model year, but we still think it's a touch too expensive for the segment. Prices start at $27,065, and once you move into a midrange Regal, you are right in line with a base BMW 320i.

Fortunately, the 2016 Regal offers a lot of return on investment, as it comes with a nice assortment of standard features, like:

  • Eight-way power driver's seat
  • Dual-zone auto climate control
  • Heated front seats
  • HID headlights
  • 18-inch wheels

If you want even more features, you could opt for the $31,900 Premium I Group, the $34,100 Premium II Group, or the $37,385 GS Group.

Performance Pros

Buick Regal

We find the 2016 Regal to be a mixed bag when it comes to performance. The sweet part of the Regal is its optional 2-liter turbocharged engine:

  • Loads of low-end torque
  • Precise handling
  • Optional all-wheel drive

Performance Cons

On the other side of the equation is the underwhelming 2.4-liter four-cylinder that serves as the Regal's base engine. With only 182 horsepower and poor fuel economy in the city, this underpowered motor leaves lots to be desired.

Interior Pros

Buick Regal

Other than its outward appearance, we think the cabin is one of the Regal's strongest suits. Its front seat is spacious is comfortable, and its infotainment system is slick and intuitive. It's also well-equipped at any trim level.

Interior Cons

While we loved the interior of the Regal, it's not without its flaws. Most of our issues focus on the rear seat, which is cramped by class standards, and where taller passengers may wish for more headroom. Cargo room isn't a strong point, either.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

The interior of the Regal certainly surprised us in a good way. We especially like the two-tone wood and leather appointments at higher trim levels, but even the materials used in the base model are impressive.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

The base four-cylinder engine leaves us wanting much more. Not only is is an tepid performer, but 19 mpg city isn’t very fuel efficient around town. The turbo models are slightly better at 20 mpg city, but we still think this is too low.

The Bottom Line

For buyers out hunting for midsize luxury deals, we suggest checking out Buick. The new Regal is definitely not your grandfather’s Buick -- it features a stylish design, well-conceived cabin, and the oomph of a potent turbocharged engine.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.4L I-4 / 182 HP / 172 ft.lbs.
Transmission
6-spd auto w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
19 / 31 / 24 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.4L I-4 / 182 HP / 172 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
19 / 31 / 24 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
18.0 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$69
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
14.2 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
97 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
190.2 "
Exterior Width
73.1 "
Exterior Height
58.4 "
Front Headroom
38.8 "
Rear Headroom
36.8 "
Front Legroom
42.1 "
Rear Legroom
37.3 "
Front Shoulder Room
56.7 "
Rear Shoulder Room
54.4 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,600 Lbs.
Wheel Base
108 "
Turning Radius
19.0 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
18.0 " Silver Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Chrome
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Leather
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
6-way (2-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Intellilink Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan
Speakers
7
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
2
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Pass-key Iii
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
72 Months / 70,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
24 Months / 24,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
72 Months / 70,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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