2014 Buick Regal

Base FWD 4-Dr Sedan I4 auto trans

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2014 Buick Regal GS Front Three Quarter 03
Montebello, Quebec — Buick wanted the chance to show off the new, all-wheel-drive 2014 Buick Regal GS AWD, and Canada seemed like a suitable locale for an icy driving expedition. All-wheel drive just became available for the recently refreshed 2014 Buick Regal, and the conditions this time of year around Montreal, Quebec, certainly promised to put Buick's new system to the test.
While we've got a fair share of icy roads around our editorial offices in Ann Arbor, Michigan, French Canadians dismiss our quaint predicament with “c'est mignon!” For those living in the rural communities outside of Montreal, “road” doesn't always mean asphalt, and frozen rivers double as seasonal, state-maintained ice bridges.
As it turns out, we take advantage of these icy routes on the way to our lodging for the night. With 19-inch wheels (20-inchers are also available) shod in Pirelli Sottozero II winter tires, the all-wheel-drive Regal GS found more than enough grip to maintain stability and control on the gleaming, frozen surface. These ice bridges are one of winter's many gifts up in Quebec. In a ramshackle hut atop a frozen river, where we stopped to visit a local fishing village, a pair of French-speaking ice fishermen let us sample another seasonal favorite. The golden-brown, deep fried walleye is a tasty relief from the wet and cold.

Track testing in the Great White North

After a hearty meal, a glass of Scotch by the fire, and a restful night in Chateau Montebello, the world's largest log cabin, we set out for Circuit Icar. Located north of Montreal at a former airport, Icar hosts all sort of motorsports events ranging from drag racing to a full racing academy. We took the Regal GS through three courses carved from the ice and snow—a skidpad, a medium-speed autocross, and a handling circuit.
The Regal’s Haldex-built all-wheel-drive system can direct more than 90 percent of its torque to the rear wheels, plus it can split the torque sent to each individual rear wheel to enhance handling response. In the Icar Circuit’s icy low-traction conditions, the Regal GS delivered tail-out, rear-wheel-drive dynamics once we disabled the traction- and stability-control systems. With strong Brembo front brakes, precise steering, and grippy tires, the Regal GS got us around the track with surprising alacrity.
The 2014 Regal GS handled admirably and exhibited no noticeable torque steer. At the same time, the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine suffered from enough turbo lag for us to notice some compromise in throttle modulation, which is pretty important when you’re sliding across the ice toward a snow bank. And since the Regal GS AWD model weighs in at just under 4000 lbs (about 270 lbs more than the front-wheel-drive Regal GS), we were reminded that it is more like a big luxury car than a medium-size sport sedan. After all, the Audi A4 2.0T tips the scales at 3693 lbs with all-wheel drive and an automatic transmission, while the BMW 328i xDrive is even leaner at 3596 lbs.

Driving with a proper attitude

Back on the highway, the Regal GS’s 259-hp turbo-four engine proved peppy and plenty powerful for enthusiastic passing once the digital rev needle started to climb across the dial. The flat-bottomed, heated steering wheel and supportive, heated leather seats stood out as welcome comfort features while we spent the day in frigid driving conditions.
Yet the Regal GS is not some light-and-lithe Euro-style sport sedan. Even when you set the driving mode selector to the sportiest, GS setting (heavy-effort steering, quicker shifts at higher rpm, and firmer suspension damping), this car remains a traditional Buick — quiet, composed, and tame. The Regal’s cabin is as nicely hushed as a dentist’s waiting room on the highway, but it unfortunately stays that way even when you really punch the throttle. No surprise, since the refreshed Regal GS incorporates a number of features to reduce road and mechanical noise, but a strong exhaust note is a glaring omission in a car with sporting aspirations.
Both in everyday highway driving and on the track, the 2014 Buick Regal GS AWD remains a refined luxury car with all-weather capability. It’s not a sport sedan, though. Think of it as more like Sinatra than Elvis.

Some career counseling lies ahead

The 2014 Buick Regal GS AWD is the sportiest variant across the Regal lineup, but when Buick tells us that it wants this car to compete with the Audi A4 2.0T and BMW 328i xDrive, well, we advise some career counseling. The Regal GS is an excellent example of the conundrum Buick faces as it seeks to draw in younger customers. It can’t be so thrilling that it sends loyal, conservative Buick buyers scrambling for their heart pills, but it needs to give outsiders a sporty reason to ditch German or Japanese luxury sedans for an American one, even if there is some money to be saved in the bargain.
The 2014 Regal GS is a nice-looking car with new fascias front and rear plus HID headlights and LED taillights, but the GS AWD costs just over $40,000. At $32,790, the 2014 Buick Regal Turbo with all-wheel drive offers the same power and the same all-weather capability, though without the Regal GS’s sporting and luxury features. For most Buick buyers in the snowbelt, this will be the way to go.
We’d argue that Buick understands the character of the traditional luxury car better than almost everybody, and it’s the right brand for plenty of people in America, not to mention China, too. But if Buick really wants to make cars that rival luxury-trimmed models of the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series, it has a ways to go. It is possible to get there in the end, as Cadillac has proven with its Cadillac ATS 2.0, but the road is long and there are plenty of ice bridges along the way.
2014 Buick Regal Front Left View
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. (The only direct competitor is the Acura TSX, another slow-selling, rebadged European expat.) It doesn't help the Regal's case that it sits between the cheaper Verano and the bigger, more luxurious LaCrosse. The 2014 Buick Regal attempts to power out of this ditch with upgraded turbo engines, an updated interior, and all-wheel drive.
It's worth remembering that the Regal is quite old. It debuted way back in 2008 across the ocean as the Opel Insignia and was supposed to arrive in the United States soon thereafter as the new Saturn Aura. Stuff happened. It took three years for Buick to adopt it as a 2011 model. Its real age was most evident in the cabin, which predated the infotainment explosion. For the 2014 Regal, an eight-inch touchscreen replaces most -- but thankfully not all -- of the buttons in the center stack. In the top-of-the-line GS model, one can also opt for an LCD instrument cluster. The Regal has also become a quick study in driver-assistance technologies. A backup camera is now standard; lane departure warning, forward collision alert, and adaptive cruise control join the options list. Updated front and rear fascias feature LED lighting.
The Regal was one of the first mid-size sedans on American roads to offer a downsized engine lineup, with a turbo four taking the place of the traditional top-of-the-line V-6. But now, cheaper competitors like the Ford Fusion offer smoother and more powerful turbo engines. For 2014, the Regal gets a new 2.0-liter turbo, the same found in the Cadillac ATS and Chevrolet Malibu.
A shift in model hierarchy accompanies the engine upgrade. The Regal Turbo, formerly a 220-hp midrange model, is now the 259-hp base model, starting for $30,615. The GS has the same output, albeit with a slightly fatter torque curve, and thus relies on its host of suspension and appearance upgrades to justify its $6215 premium. The lackluster eAssist mild-hybrid, which used to be the base model, now starts at $32,485. Buick thinks a standard turbo speaks better to the Regal's performance mission and notes that, in any event, the eAssist only accounts for 12 percent of the model's sales. We suspect Buick's heart really isn't in eAssist, but it feels obliged to offer a "green" model.
The real game changer here is all-wheel drive, which is now optional on both the Turbo and GS. Many luxury buyers in the snow belt won't consider a car without it, and, thanks largely to decades of persuasive marketing by Audi, the option carries far more prestige than front-wheel drive. Buick's system can send almost all its torque to the rear wheels. A rear differential can then apportion more torque to an individual rear wheel to help the car corner.
We can feel the system's impact, both for better and for worse, when we rotate through front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive Regals. Through sweeping, fast turns, we're able to apply the throttle and feel the car gently tuck in where a front-wheel-drive car would understeer. Through sharper turns, though, the system hurts more than it helps due to its extra weight. It also seems to bog down the car coming out of corners. That's partially the fault of the turbo four, which still suffers a bit of lag, and the six-speed automatic, which occasionally downshifts too late.
Overall, the Regal's chassis still impresses. Buick has retuned the Turbo just a bit to soften harsh impacts, but it still has excellent body control. The GS feels quite a bit firmer, especially with its dampers adjusted to GS mode. All Regals now have electric-assist steering. It's precise and rather heavy relative to the typical mid-size sedan (it's heavier still in the GS) but, at least in this pre-production iteration, builds too much feedback just off-center.
We go directly from the all-wheel-drive Regals to an Audi A4. The back-to-back mostly serves to remind us that the A4, which is also pretty far into its lifecycle, is a damn good car. The interior looks like it was designed and executed to a standard, rather than a budget. Audi's 2.0-liter turbo, though down on power and torque compared to the Buick, builds power much more linearly and emits a perfectly tuned, rowdy engine note. And though the GS exhibits better body control, the A4 feels far more balanced and willing to rotate through corners.
The bright spot in the Regal lineup is still the front-wheel-drive GS with a manual transmission (all-wheel-drive models come only with the six-speed automatic). It feels lighter and easier to toss around than the all-wheel-drive GS. Wearing optional summer tires, it rarely suffers for traction on dry pavement and exhibits practically no torque steer. And for a base price of $37,860, it still feels like something of a performance bargain. The all-wheel-drive version crests forty thousand dollars, the de facto starting price for reasonably equipped versions of "real" sport sedans like the BMW 3-series and GM's own Cadillac ATS.

2014 Buick Regal

On Sale: Fall 2013
Base Price: $30,615 (Turbo, front-wheel drive) to $40,195 (GS, all-wheel drive)
Engine: 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder, 259 hp; 295 lb-ft; 2.4-liter four-cylinder, 182 hp, 172 lb-ft of torque
Transmission: six-speed automatic or six-speed manual
Drive: Front- or all-wheel
EPA fuel economy: 21-25/27-36 mpg city/hwy
2014 Buick Regal
2014 Buick Regal

New for 2014

The Buick Regal gets a refresh for the 2014 model year, with newly available all-wheel drive, and revisions to the turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 that give non-GS models more power and make it more fuel efficient. New technology highlights include an eight-inch touchscreen IntelliLink infotainment system, and a host of new optional safety features such as full-speed-range adaptive cruise control.

Vehicle Overview

The Buick Regal is the automaker’s midsize sedan that fits below the upscale LaCrosse and above the smaller Verano. It strives to balance sport and luxury, and even has a manual-transmission option.


The 2014 Buick Regal comes with a turbocharged I-4 or an engine-stop-start-equipped eAssist I-4. The standard and more popular engine is the 259-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 that makes 295 lb-ft of torque, which can be coupled to a six-speed automatic in front- or all-wheel drive form, or a six-speed manual in FWD guise. The numerous combinations net an EPA-estimated range of 19-21/27-31 mpg city/highway, with the typical penalty for AWD over FWD. The eAssist engine is a 182-hp 2.4-liter I-4 that makes 172 lb-ft of torque, assisted by an electric motor that helps improve efficiency by allowing the engine to shut off at a stop and smoothly start again. The 2014 Regal eAssist can only be had with the six-speed automatic and FWD, which is good for an EPA-estimated 25/36 mpg.
The 2014 Buick Regal received a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars), and in IIHS testing earned a rating of good in the four categories in which it has been tested (the highest-available rating is good). The Regal also features a number of radar and camera based safety features, highlights include: collision mitigation braking that can stop the car in certain crash-imminent situations and full-speed-range adaptive cruise control.

What We Think

The new AWD system has an electronic differential in the center which can send up to 90 percent of the power to the rear wheels, where the rear differential can then send the power to the wheel with the most grip. The system is on-demand, and only activates when needed. In a 2014 review of a Buick Regal GS AWD we noted that, “the 2014 Regal GS handled admirably and exhibited no noticeable torque steer. At the same time, the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine suffered from enough turbo lag for us to notice some compromise in throttle modulation, which is pretty important when you’re sliding across the ice toward a snow bank.” Regarding the competition we said, “If Buick really wants to make cars that rival luxury-trimmed models of the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series, it has a ways to go.”
You’ll Like
  • Available all-wheel drive
  • Safe, sporty, and well-appointed
  • Available six-speed manual
You Won’t Like
  • Turbo-lag
  • Need more than just a lower price to entice people to switch to the Buick
  • eAssist model doesn’t match with sporting image
Key Competitors
  • Audi A4
  • Acura TSX
  • Volvo S60
  • Lexus IS 250
  • Infiniti Q50
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Opel and Buick already share a great deal in terms of models and design, with the Buick Regal and Opel Insignia sedans and Encore and Opel Mokka small crossovers being current examples. Buick and Opel's future product lineups could be even more closely-aligned, if a recent trademark filing is an indication.
2014 Impala Production Line
Responding to strong demand for the 2014 Chevrolet Equinox and redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Impala, General Motors has decided to extend production on the consolidated line at its Oshawa, Ontario assembly plant to 2016. General Motors was previously set on ending production in June of 2014. Presently, Oshawa’s consolidated line manufactures the 2014 Chevrolet Equinox and the aging, fleet-only Chevrolet Impala Limited, while the plant’s flexible assembly line builds the 2014 Buick Regal, the 2014 Chevrolet Impala, the 2014 Cadillac XTS, and the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro. This is welcome news for Unifor, the union previously known as the Canadian Auto Workers. “It is a testament to what we’ve been saying about this plant all along — that the skills and efficiency of the workers at the plant make it worth keeping open,” reads a statement from Unifor president Jerry Dias. The extension to 2016 represents a big win for the Canadian plant, who suffered a significant blow amidst last December’s announcement that production of the Chevrolet Camaro will change hands to Lansing, Michigan after 2015. This move will allow General Motors to consolidate vehicle assembly using its rear-wheel-drive Alpha architecture, which underpins the Cadillac ATS and new Cadillac CTS models. President of Unifor Local 222 union Ron Svajlenko was optimistic in remarks made to Automotive News: "The extension into 2016 gives our workforce some stability and again, we were going through a potential of layoffs and right now that's not the case, so that's very good news for us. As long as we continue to build vehicles out of that facility, we have the opportunity to remain in the hunt for any kind of long-term additional products that General Motors may need to build." Despite General Motors CEO Dan Akerson saying last year that Canada is “the most expensive place to build a car in the world right now,” it appears that the Oshawa plant’s reputation for high-quality manufacturing has kept it afloat. A statement from General Motors of Canada advised that “all scheduling adjustments are subject to market demand,” which is yet another silver lining for the consolidated line’s roughly 650 employees. If sales of the Equinox and Impala Limited remain high, it could very well allow the Oshawa plant to again dodge the dreaded guillotine come 2016.
2014 Buick Regal Gs Front Three Quarters
For 2014, Buick has refreshed its midsize Regal sedan to try to better compete in the entry-level luxury segment. We drove the updated Regal last week, and now GM has released full pricing for the 2014 Buick Regal. The lineup is rearranged for 2014, with the Regal Turbo now standing as the base model at its starting price of $30,615, the eAssist mild hybrid starting at $32,485, and the performance-oriented Regal GS starting at $37,830, all including destination. This base price is $705 higher than the 2013 Regal, when the eAssist served as the base model.

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2014 Buick Regal Specifications

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2.0L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
21 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
30 MPG
259 hp @ 5300rpm
295 ft lb of torque @ 3000rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation
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70,000 miles / 72 months
100,000 miles / 72 months
70,000 miles / 72 months
24,000 miles / 24 months
Recall Date
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2014 Buick Regal, LaCrosse, Verano, and Enclave, and Chevrolet Impala, Malibu, Cruze, and Traverse, and GMC Acadia vehicles equipped with automatic transmissions. In the affected vehicles, the transmission shift cable adjuster may disengage from the transmission shift lever. As such, these vehicles do not conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 102, "Transmission Shift Lever Sequence, Starter Interlock, and Transmission Braking Effect." They also fail to conform to FMVSS number 114, "Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention."
If a vehicle's shift cable disengages from the transmission shift lever, a driver may be unable to shift gear positions and the indicated shift position may not represent the gear position the vehicle is in. Should a disengagement occur while the vehicle is being driven, when the driver goes to stop and park the vehicle, the driver may be able to shift the lever to the "PARK" position, but the vehicle transmission may not be in the "PARK" gear position. If the vehicle is not in the "PARK" position there is a risk the vehicle will roll away as the driver and other occupants exit the vehicle or anytime thereafter. A vehicle rollaway increases the risk of injury to exiting occupants and bystanders.
General Motors will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace any affected transmission shift cable adjusters, free of charge. The recall began on April 10, 2014. Chevrolet owners may contact General Motors at 1-800-222-1020, Buick owners at 1-800-521-7300, and GMC owners at 1-800-462-8782. General Motors' number associated with this recall is 14048.
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Recall Date
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2014 Buick Regal, Cadillac XTS, Chevrolet Camaro and Chevrolet Impala vehicles. Improperly torqued fasteners may cause the steering intermediate shaft and the steering gear and/or the lower control arm and the lower ball joint to separate.
If any of the components separate, the vehicle may have a loss of steering, increasing the risk of a crash.
GM began to notify owners on June 27, 2014, and dealers will inspect the fasteners for correct torque, correcting them as necessary, free of charge. Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-521-7300 (Buick), 1-800-458-8006 (Cadillac) or 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet). GM's number for this recall is 14378.
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