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2014 Buick Regal Review

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Published on July 16, 2018 with No Comments

It’s been a while since Buick competed in the sports sedan segment, and with nameplates like the Grand National, GSX, and the classic GS-badged tri-shields in its history, there were high expectations with the revamped Buick Regal. Refreshed for the 2014 model year, the 2014 Buick Regal may not be a class-leading car, but it’s definitely still worth consideration.

The 2014 Buick Regal

is available with two powertrains. The higher-performance engine for Regal Turbo and Regal GS models is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 259 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. This racy engine can be paired to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, depending on trim level. For those concerned with efficiency, opt for the 2.4-liter four-cylinder with mild hybrid technology, “eAssist.” This engine produces 182 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque, and is paired to a six-speed automatic with manual mode. EPA fuel economy estimates for this model is 25/36 mpg city/highway. Buick’s Blue IntelliLink is standard on all models, in addition to fog lamps, power doors and windows, leather seats, heated front seats, blue ambient lighting, twelve-way power driver’s seat, and an eight-inch touch screen with an auxiliary jack, USB port, and Bluetooth connectivity.

In a late-2012 comparison involving eight sport luxury sedans, the 2012 Buick Regal GS
finished in eighth place, behind the Infiniti G25, Acura TSX, Lexus IS 250Audi A4, Mercedes-Benz C250, Volvo S60, and BMW 328i. Although it was the most powerful of the bunch, it delivered the slowest acceleration times and the worst observed fuel economy. In the curvy test loop, judges were also unimpressed with the Regal’s nervous handling dynamics, frustrating transmission, and noticeable turbo lag. However, refined 2.0-liter mill for 2014 models could improve some of those downfalls.

The refreshed 2014 Buick Regal has undergone a few changes, including tweaks to the turbocharged engine for more efficiency and refinement. All-wheel drive is now available on the Regal, as well as new radar- and camera-based safety technology such as Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Change Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert and Collision Mitigation Braking.

Pros

  • Potent engine in GS model
  • Cool blue ambient lighting
  • Lots of standard features

Cons

  • Feels heavy
  • Harsh ride
  • Base model’s lack of power

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