Since 1973, the Buick Regal has been known for its combination of sportiness and luxury. The vehicle was originally named the Century Regal. General Motors billed the vehicle as a personal luxury car for the first six years of production. The Regal was then overhauled into a conventional midsize sedan with a slightly sporty appearance. While it would be difficult to find a 1973 Regal, you’ll find plenty of fourth- and fifth-generation models on the market.
If you’re looking for an inexpensive family car or if you are shopping on a budget, start your car search with the fourth-generation Regal. Produced from 1997 until 2004, the fourth-generation models are all four-door sedans and there are two trims are available—the LS and the GS. The fourth-generation LS features power windows and locks, keyless entry, and a CD player, while the fourth-generation GS offers a more powerful engine and leather upholstery. If you are looking for premium features, look for a 2000 Buick Regal LSE. The fourth-generation, luxury-trimmed LSE was only made in 2000 and gave consumers the option to add OnStar and heated seats.
In mid-2004 General Motors ceased production on Buick Regal briefly. The vehicle returned from hiatus a few years later—the CXL in 2011 and the GS in 2012. The fifth-generation Buick Regal features a sweeping body design that resembles a coupe. According to General Motors the new design, which looks a lot more expensive than it actually is, attracts young customers to Buick. In fact, it has brought more young customers to Buick than any time in recent history.
In 2011, Buick only offered the Buick Regal CXL. However, the model was available with two different engines—a standard engine and a supercharged engine. While the 2011 Regal was popular, you will have a wider variety of vehicles to choose from if you start your search with the 2012 Buick Regal. In 2012, two additional variations of the Buick Regal were introduced—the sportier GS model and a mild-hybrid sedan. The Regal was refined even more in 2013, when the mild-hybrid assist became the standard powertrain for the three lower trim levels.
The current Buick Regal continues to offer consumers an exceptional driving experience. It is available in four trim levels—the Regal, Premium I, Premium II and the GS. If you are worried about the vehicle’s fuel economy, opt for the Premium I. This is the only trim that has a hybrid engine option available. All models feature dual-zone, automatic climate control, steering wheel-mounted controls and a rear vision camera. The GS models feature an interactive driver control that allows the driver to adjust the suspension settings and steering sensitivity, heated leather driver and passenger seats, and an eight-inch-diagonal Driver Information Display that that allows drivers to scroll through data that is accessed the most including music data and contacts.
2014 BUICK REGAL SAFETY RATINGS
The 2014 Buick Regal has numerous safety features, including side airbags, front and rear head curtain airbags, and front seat-mounted torso airbags. You can also opt to include rear seat-mounted torso airbags. Other standard safety equipment includes: a rollover sensor that deploys the side curtain airbags, electronic stability control, antilock brakes and daytime running lights. After performing a series of crash tests the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2014 Buick Regal “Good” ratings across the board—the highest possible rating a vehicle can achieve.
NOTEWORTHY ABOUT THE BUICK REGAL
In 2013, Kelly Blue Book awarded Buick with the 2013 Brand Image Award. The lineup, which included the Regal, was noted to be a nice step up in comfort and refinement while still keeping the family budget in consideration.
In June, 2012, AOL Autos named the Regal in its “Best Cars for the Money: June 2012 Edition.”
The 2011 Buick Regal was named “Car of the Year” by NADA Guides.