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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.

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
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 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

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)

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2014 Buick Regal Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 96 Ratings for the 2011 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

Lots of power with the new 2.0 L Turbo.

By on Friday, April 15, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Purposeful technology and lots o power"

Cons: "small back seat"

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

"I just replaced my 2006 Impala SS, and although the regal does not have the same power it is much more comfortable and easy to handle. I love the radio system; easy to use and compatible with apple car play or android auto. I am enjoying the remote start off my smart phone too. Fuel economy ranges very wide depending on my driving. I have gotten 30 mpg and beyond on the highway, but I do tend to hit the gas a little too much around town. Usually my car reads out at 22-24 mpg. No complaints!"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

LOW VALUE CAR - would not purchase again

By on Tuesday, March 15, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
3/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "Beautiful interior."

Cons: "Terrible value for a vehicle....many regrets."

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

"This car's value decreased over $12,000 in the first year. Terrible value for a vehicle. You can now purchase a brand new Regal for LESS than I paid for this one in 2014. Has a beautiful interior but flaws in the paint on the exterior. Too much road noise. MANY REGRETS....but now I'm STUCK with this mess!"

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

It compares well to similar cars I have owned.

By on Wednesday, February 24, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"I find the Regal Premium 3 with the turbo 2.0 motor is a fun car to drive. It has a comfortable ride and can handle all types of roads with ease. It has many options that normally come only in the high price cars. The 19 inch wheels are an added bonus. The leather seats are well made and don't wrinkle with use/age. They remind me of leather seats normally put in sport cars. I also really appreciate the 4 year 50,000 miles warrenty."

7 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Luxurious Drive but small

By on Wednesday, December 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 47,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Styling, performance, and ride quality"

Cons: "Gas mileage and smallish interior"

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

"I bought this car as a certified pre-owned with 18K miles. I put about 30K combination highway/city miles on it. Acceleration: I was skeptical of a 4 cylinder engine, even a turbo charged one. However, my skepticism was misplaced. This car has strong acceleration and a wide power band. Merging onto the Interstate at high speeds is no problem. The Regal will get you to 80 mph in the blink of an eye and engine noise is almost non-existent at cruising speeds. However, gas mileage is less than you would expect from a 4 cylinder engine. Braking: The Regal brakes as strong as it accelerates. Can't comment on brake fade since my driving style does not warrant excessive braking. Interior: High quality materials are used through-out the cabin. The leather seats look great, although the bottoms are a little flat. All control knobs/buttons are well placed and are of good quality. Nothing about the interior says cheap or economy. When showed to a family member, she commented, "Wow, the interior really looks rich". The soft touch dash and door appointments really add to the well though out interior. The only complaint, a small one at that, is that the infotainment controls are a bit of a reach for taller drivers whose seats are set back. The only shortfall of this car is the interior space. The car feels a bit cramped. At 6'1", I have to adjust the seat to its lowest setting to get a some head room. The driver sides compartment feels snug, like a race car. I guess this is inherited from the Regal's sport lineage. The rear may be cramped for taller people. Handling: This cars handles like a European sedan. It's hugs the road and inspires confidence but never looses its composure. The Regal simply out classes the Accords and Camrys of the world. This car is more in the class of the BMW 3 series and the Audi A4. Exterior: The exterior styling is on the sporty side, with 18" wheels and 50 series tires. The waterfall grille is both elegant and sporty. The chrome accents are tastefully done. Although, the rear stance my be a little too sporty for some taste. Paint quality is second to none. This is a fun car to drive. It's gives you luxurious ride, but also has some muscle when needed."

13 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Great car. Great price, low mileage

By on Wednesday, December 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,265

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: "Great driving car. Our other car is a Cadillac Xts"

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

"Garage kept. Wife became unable to drive. Two cars is one too many. This Buick Regal is one of the finest and finest-looking cars on the road. Turbo is excellent as is the entire automobile."

5 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Not the usual Buick quality

By on Sunday, October 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 41,300

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, sexy appearance, 30 mpg @ 73mpg"

Cons: "minor built quality."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"I love the care overall, but it has little aggravating problems: It three trips to the dealer to get the heated drivers seat repaired. The left turn signal on the left front quarter sticks out of the car because the brackets broke. The trip around the radio came off because the brackets broke. The cheap faux chrome on the driver's side hand started coming off and actually cit my hand. Other than that I love the car. Sexy looking. I completely detailed it with Mothers Premium Carnauba wax/cleaner, followed by their black label, followed by two coats of the black label top finish. People cannot believe how beautiful it is. Great road manner and a pleasure to drive."

29 people out of 47 found this review helpful

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