You searched for: Regal
Class: Midsize Car
Miles driven: 473
Fuel used: 19.2 gallons
Presented here is an unedited press release received by Consumer Guide today.
DETROIT — Coming off a historic year with record sales, four new vehicle launches and awards validating Buick’s quality and customer experience, the brand’s introduction of the all-new Regal TourX brings the latest product to broaden the brand’s lineup in the U.S. Like the successful Encore and Cascada, TourX proves Buick continues to make bold moves outside traditional vehicle segments.
2015 Buick Regal GS AWD
Class: Premium Midsize Car
Dates tested: 1/05/2015 – 1/12/2015
Miles Driven: 293
Fuel Used: 16.9
2014 Buick Regal AWD Premium II Group
Dates tested: 12/26/2013-12/30/2013
Miles driven: 256
Fuel used: 10.0 gallons
Real-world fuel economy: 25.6 mpg
Rather than hold individual launches for each of its divisions at the 2013 New York Auto Show, General Motors rolled them together into a 1-2 combo from Buick followed by an uppercut from Cadillac.
The oldest product in Buick’s lineup is the LaCrosse, which bowed in its current form for the 2010 model year. For 2014, GM is giving the car a substantial freshening. A new front fascia brings LaCrosse’s appearance up to date with more recent Buicks, including the compact Verano sedan and midsize Enclave SUV. Powertrains are unchanged and include GM’s eAssist gas/electric 4-cylinder and conventional 3.6-liter V6 engines, each mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Newly available safety features include lane-departure warning, forward-collision alert, and pre-collision braking. Most models will also include the latest generation of Buick’s IntelliLink infotainment system. The 2014 Buick LaCrosse goes on sale this summer.
Similarly updated for 2014 is the smaller Buick Regal. Like its bigger brother, Regal gets Verano/Enclave-inspired styling cues. The eAssist 4-cylinder engine remains standard. Sporty versions, including the top-line Regal GS, get a new 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with 259 horsepower. From 2014 onward, the GS will be the only Regal model to offer a manual transmission. All others will come only with a 6-speed automatic. For the first time, Regal will be available with the choice of front- or all-wheel drive.
Is it too soon to indulge in some 1980s automotive nostalgia? I hope not, because I’ve been reminiscing quite a bit lately about the days of leg warmers, E.T., and Huey Lewis and the News. Don’t ask me why. Most car enthusiasts lump the early 1980s in with the 1970s as the automotive dark ages, but there were bright spots. I was combing through Consumer Guide’s amazing photo library recently when I stumbled across two snapshots in our 1983 Buick files. They’re mediocre photos, probably taken as an afterthought at a full-line GM press event for its soon-to-be-released 1983 models. But the car in them is anything but mediocre—it’s a one-off custom built by legendary drag-car and hot-rod builder “Lil’” John Buttera.
Note: This report supplements Consumer Guide Automotive’s full report on the 2012 Buick Regal, a premium-midsize car that starts at $26,670. Also see our full report on the 2013 Buick Regal.
Class: Midsize Car
Miles driven: 454
Fuel used: 19.4 gallons