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2014 Buick Regal

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2014 Buick Regal Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.1

Buick characterizes its 2014 Regal as a "dynamic midsize sedan," and compares it to the Acura TL, Audi A4 and Volkswagen CC. Thanks to a new all-wheel drive option, more power from the standard 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, and revised suspension tuning, those comparisons are more credible for 2014. Riding a solid platform from Opel (GM's European subsidiary), the updated Regal has a distinct import character in its feel and road manners, particularly in the sporty GS. For 2014, the Regal comes in three models (base, standard and GS), the first two of which offer three trim levels. The base Regal engine is a 182-horsepower eAssist mild hybrid, whereas the standard and GS operate with 259 horsepower from a new version of its 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a blend of sophisticated styling and surprising agility, and you like making a slightly unexpected choice, you might find the 2014 Buick Regal to be something of a delightful sleeper among sporty midsize sedans.

You May Not Like This Car If...

While the 2014 Regal's freshened styling is sleek and the car drives with the refinement we associate with imports, that Buick badge may not project the kind of image you associate with established midsize sports sedans.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 7.1
  • 6.8
  • 7.4
  • 7.0
  • 7.0
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How It Ranks

#22

out of 28

Fuel Economy

#15

out of 29

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Consumer Rating

8.9 out of 10
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2014 Buick Regal Low/wide front photo What's New for 2014

For 2014, the Regal gets freshened front and rear styling, updated interiors, enhanced connectivity and infotainment, new safety features, a new version of the standard 2.0-liter turbocharged engines, a new electric power steering system, and the addition of an all-wheel-drive option.

Driving the Regal
2014 Buick Regal Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions The 2014 Regal has three distinct personalities: the eAssist mild hybrid, with tepid performance and strong fuel economy; the standard Regal, its suspension tuned more for comfort than athleticism; and...

the Regal GS, whose sleek sheet metal disguises a surprisingly agile sports sedan. New suspension components and a new electric power steering system give the 2014 Regals sharper responses, particularly in the GS. The standard Regal and the Regal GS share the same 259-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, new for 2014. Throttle response is instantaneous and the GS offers presets that firm the suspension and alter shift programming in the 6-speed automatic transmission. There's still a 6-speed manual for 2014, but it's limited to the front-drive GS. All-wheel drive Regals deliver sure-footed grip in hard cornering, and help keep cornering attitudes level. While ride quality is firmer in the GS, all the Regals are smooth operators, as well as exceptionally quiet.

NEW 2.0-LITER TURBOCHARGED 4-CYLINDER ENGINE
An evolution of the previous 2.0-liter turbo, the new engine propels both the Regal and Regal GS. Horsepower is down slightly from the previous GS, but with its fat torque curve, smooth operation, ready response, and improved fuel economy the new engine ranks with the best in class.

ALL-WHEEL DRIVE
New for 2014 and limited to the Regal GS, this optional Haldex system, which incorporates an electronic limited-slip differential, involves two clutches, one to transfer power front-to-rear (up to 100 percent), another apportioning power side to side between the rear wheels contingent on available traction.

2014 Buick Regal Details
2014 Buick Regal Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

This is where premium-car credentials really count, and the Regal scores well. Upgraded for 2014, the design and materials are first-rate, with read-at-a-glance instrumentation in a new display, a user-friendly navigation system (optional), and a steering-wheel-mounted thumb wheel for scrolling through function menus. The 2nd-generation IntelliLink system provides improved infotainment and connectivity, and the number of switches and buttons has been reduced from 17 to seven. If the 2014 Regal's interior rates a demerit, it's for slightly restrictive rear-seat headroom. The sleek roofline means anyone over 6-feet tall will likely have his head against the headliner.

Exterior
2014 Buick Regal photo

Buick's signature waterfall grille has been updated for 2014, and the front and rear fascias updated, highlighted by LED displays. Aside from those changes, plus new wheel patterns and colors, the Regal's styling is otherwise unchanged. However, the 2014 Regal sedan continues to have a striking and sophisticated presence on the road. Based on GM's European Opel Insignia, the 2014 Regal has a sleek profile, and its fast roofline and clean lines are both elegant and distinctive. The wheels are pushed to the car's outer corners, lending an athletic look, especially in the sporty GS, with its 19-inch wheels.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Inside the 2014 Buick Regal you'll find leather upholstery, a 12-way adjustable power driver's seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, an 8-inch color touch screen with Buick's IntelliLink infotainment system, a rearview back-up camera, Bluetooth and a 7-speaker audio system with USB port. A 259-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged engine is standard, sending power to the 17-inch front wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission (with tap-up/tap-down shifting). Active safety features include GM's StabiliTrak stability control, traction control, and antilock brakes with brake assist.

Optional Equipment

Aside from all-wheel drive, the 2014 Buick Regal options are mostly grouped into packages: Premium I (included with the eAssist mild hybrid) and Premium II. (The GS is considered its own trim level). Among the many available options in the groups are a 9-speaker Harman/Kardon sound system, a hard-drive-based navigation system, rear parking assist, an 8-way power adjustable passenger's seat, power sunroof, 18-inch alloy wheels (20 on the GS), E-Z Key push-button start, HID headlights and a 120-volt outlet. Side blind-spot alert, lane-change alert, lane-departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control are also available.

Under the Hood
2014 Buick Regal Engine photo

The Regal was the first Buick to be offered exclusively with 4-cylinder engines. For 2014, a new version of Buick's turbocharged 4-cylinder becomes the standard engine. Output ratings are the same for both Regal and Regal GS, with a fatter torque curve and improved fuel economy ratings. The 2.4-liter 4-cylinder with mild-hybrid eAssist continues to be the mpg champ. Regenerative braking, a dual-function generator/motor and a lithium-ion battery pack help power the car's electrical systems and offer a slight boost under acceleration. Fuel efficiency is the big payoff, with EPA city/highway figures of 25/36 mpg. A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard for all Regal engines. The 2014 Regal continues to offer a 6-speed manual gearbox with the turbocharged engine, but it's limited to the front-drive GS model.

2.4-liter inline-4
182 horsepower @ 6,700 rpm
172 lb-ft of torque @ 4,900 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 25/36 mpg (eAssist mild hybrid)

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
259 horsepower @ 5,300 rpm
295 lb-ft of torque @ 3000-4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/30 mpg (front-wheel drive), 19/27 mpg (all-wheel drive)

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 (Regal GS)
259 horsepower @ 5,300 rpm
295 lb-ft of torque @ 2500-4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/31 mpg (manual), 21/30 mpg (automatic), 19/27 (all-wheel drive, automatic)

The 2014 Buick Regal Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starts at $30,615 for a base Regal sedan. The Premium I option package is $32,485, as is the eAssist hybrid. The Premium II option package takes a Regal to $34,685. The Regal GS starts at $37,830. All-wheel drive adds $2,175 to the Regal bottom line, $2,365 to the MSRP for the Regal GS. To make your best deal, see what others in your area have paid for their Regal by checking the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price. As for resale, we expect the 2014 Buick Regal sedan to retain its value nearly as well as its Asian and European rivals.

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2014 Buick Regal Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 70 Ratings for the 2011 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.1/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

This review isnt from a Grandma! I'm only 24!

By on Saturday, February 08, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 27,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "gas mileage, fun to drive on windy roads, space"

Cons: "the back up sensors randomly goes off sometimes"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I've had this car now for a little over 2 years now and I got it with 7000 miles on it. I have had little problems with this car. I live in the frigid north in Minnesota and I have to have the heated seats. The only problem is that the diverside seat broke in 2013, after only having it for 1 year, but it was no hassle to get it fixed since it was under warranty. The turbo cuts my gas mileage way down for city to average about 17.5mpg. Straight highway is average about 28. I've seen it hit 34 when I'm on the hey for more that 15 min but am mostly a city driver. Plenty of room in the car for my 6'2" husband and my two 100 pound dogs. Good trip car. Driving from twin cities to Minot ND (500+ miles) in less than 2 tanks of gas. Really smooth ride and it has that giddy up to beat out that other car trying to cut you off. I don't like going slow and this car doesn't disappoint me at all. It's the ultimate sleeper car because the guy next to you will only see a Buick and think granny but when you pass him he'll realize his mistake!"

10 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Love this car. Fun to drive & nice to look at.

By on Thursday, January 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "fun to drive and great looking"

Cons: "my tall husband finds it a little cramped"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have owned this car for over two years and it has proven to be a very reliable car. Except for maintenance, it has not been in the shop. It is great looking and fun to drive."

7 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Solid European handling and driving experience

By on Tuesday, November 26, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "european turbo acceleration and handling/feel"

Cons: "loud sunroof and clunky bluetooth"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I was a SAAB owner and was looking for a replacement after the SAABs downfall. The Buick Regal Turbo has the european scale, handling sensibility, gas mileage and turbo to get close to the SAAB without breaking $35K (although the latest versions may do that). Only issues I've had with the car are 1) a loud sunroof that two dealers still could not get right - I just close the solid panel to cut down noise if it is loud and 2) bluetooth and entertainment connectivity was very clunky at first - but now I've figured out how to work around the system. I normally lease and turn in, but I'm going to buy this car and give it to my college age daughter to use - a solid buy."

10 people out of 13 found this review helpful

great car

By on Friday, November 08, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "enjoyable ride, good mileage, looks great"

Cons: "bulky key"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I like driving this car it rides comfortably with enough power to move well at highway speeds. Gas mileage has been about 21 city and 30 highway. The edge of the roof liner was not finished properly, the dealer replaced all the parts it looks great now. The key for the push button start is bulky in my pocket and the "switchblade" manual key pops open in my pocket too often also the other buttons get pushed in my pocket. i have found my trunk open more than once. car looks great i realy like it"

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

very nice car black on black tinted windows

By on Friday, October 11, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "sporty with a nice feel of control"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"the car has been troule free I just wish it was a turbo need just a little more power on the hwy very good gas mileage 21 city 31 hwy nice car"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Great Vehicle

By on Thursday, October 03, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 23,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Lots"

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Good mileage, performance, dependability, styling. I've had this car for over a year and a half. It is hard to imagine how they can get so much power out of a 2.0 4 cylinder engine."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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