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.
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.”
- Available all-wheel drive
- Safe, sporty, and well-appointed
- Available six-speed manual
You Won’t Like
- Need more than just a lower price to entice people to switch to the Buick
- eAssist model doesn’t match with sporting image
- Audi A4
- Acura TSX
- Volvo S60
- Lexus IS 250
- Infiniti Q50