New for 2015
The 2015 Buick Regal adds a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot (with 4G LTE) that requires a subscription, and adds exterior color options including Dark Sapphire Blue Metallic, Dark Chocolate Metallic and Emerald Green Metallic.
The Buick Regal is the fun-to-drive car in the automaker’s lineup, offering a turbocharged I-4, manual transmission, and all-wheel drive (but not all at the same time). The Regal fits below the LaCrosse and above the Verano in Buick’s sedan lineup.
The 2015 Buick Regal leans more toward sports sedan than midsize luxury, but still keeps to the automaker’s tenets of quiet and comfortable. The standard and most popular engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 that makes 259 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque (with a wider torque curve on the GS model), which gets connected to a six-speed manual or automatic and can be optioned with all-wheel drive on automatic-equipped models. EPA-estimated for the turbocharged Regal are 21/30 mpg city/highway on FWD automatic models, 19/27 mpg on AWD automatic models, and 20/31 on FWD manual equipped models (the only combination to get a manual is a FWD Regal GS).
The 2015 Regal’s optional powertrain pairs a 2.4-liter I-4 that makes 182 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque with an electric motor for eAssist models, which get a six-speed automatic and is good for an EPA-estimated 25/36 mpg.
Notable Regal features include an 8-inch infotainment screen, rear cross traffic alert, lane change alert, side blind zone alert, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel.
The 2015 Buick Regal received a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars), and in IIHS testing received four ratings of good (the highest possible rating is good).
What We Think
The fun-to-drive Buick Regal is just that, as long as you avoid the eAssist model. “We suspect Buick’s heart really isn’t in eAssist, but it feels obliged to offer a “green” model.” The AWD model will be a boon for those in colder regions; too bad you can’t get a manual transmission with that.
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.
The only detractors we could think of for the self-proclaimed competitor to the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series is the relatively portly curb weight (just under 4,000 pounds for the AWD Regal GS versus 3,700 pounds for the A4 and 3,600 pounds for the 328i xDrive) and the lack of a strong exhaust note.
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.
- Powerful turbo
- Available AWD
You Won’t Like
- Quiet exhaust note
- Turbo lag
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