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2013 Buick Regal

 
 
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Buick Regal Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.4 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 182 hp @ 6700 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 25/36 mpg
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes
 

Review of the 2013 Buick Regal

  • While appealing in many regards, the 2013 Buick Regal is ultimately bettered by a number of other sedans.

  • Safety | Reliability
  • Pros

    High fuel economy from eAssist model; strong performance and luxury value from GS; lots of standard features.

  • Cons

    Sluggish acceleration; some interior comfort and visibility issues; sub-par trunk space.

  • What's New for 2013

    The mild-hybrid eAssist powertrain becomes the standard powertrain for the three lower trim levels. The turbocharged 2.0-liter engine…

 
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Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (17 total reviews)


A good effort but flawed

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Vehicle: 2012 Buick Regal

I traded a 2011 Audi A4 for this car. At first I liked the Buick much better, but, as time went on, problems made themselves evident. The engine was quite powerful but, in spite of the much-hyped HyPer strut front suspension, torque steer was very pronounced under hard acceleration. In addition, the driver's seat, although comfortable on short jaunts, became a source of torture on long highway runs. The bottom bolsters seemed to be too tight, causing intense hip pain. In addition, the three driving modes (normal, Sport and GS) seemed to have little effect on performance, although the letter did stiffen the suspension significantly. The controls also feature a plethora of pushbuttons.



1 of 4 people found this review helpful

Fun car from a horrible

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Vehicle: 2012 Buick Regal

The car is a blast to drive and turns heads everywhere. However the service experience at the dealership is horrible. Furthermore Buick Customer Service is a complete waste of resources. My car was in the shop 4 times for the turbo going out, once to have both axils replaced, once it left me stranded because the battery cables fried, once because the radiator ruptured, once because the windshield washer blew, once because all the brake lights went out and once for the center council and sun visors braking. Half of all these problems occurred within my first two months of ownership. My car spent over 30 days in the shop during my first year and GM never offered restitution.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Doesn't stand for "granddad's slowpoke"

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Vehicle: 2012 Buick Regal

While this isn't a GNX or T-Type of the late 80's, this Buick ROCKS! The 2.0L engine is suprisingly powerful. It doesn't knock your head back with mad torque; instead the power builds quickly and will get away from you fast if you're not careful. I average 30-34 mpg daily and have a 17 mile commute to work which 14 is highway. I get away with midgrade fuel and get better gas mileage than with premium. I would do better if I could get away from the ethanol gas stations. The seats are very comfortable and visibility is great out the windshield. The rear view, is a different story. The rake needs a greater angle or a rear view backup camera. Overall, a great sporty car with decent power.




Gs my dad would love

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Vehicle: 2012 Buick Regal

traded my 2012 lacrosse tour ed. for the GS. half my friends said i was nuts. the car guys, though, get it. the lax. was great and i miss the extras but the fun factor is now off the charts. the sport mode make shifts as fast as you would expect for a non sports car. brakes and suspension in sp. mode also react instantly. i still haven't figured out what the GS mode does. the ride seems rougher in GS mode than in standard mode. the mall parking lot "GAWK FACTOR" unreal. people really react to this car. every gas station visit someone complements the car. i wish it came with a/s tires instead of summer tires. the reason for not all 5's is the seat is too small for my butt



6 of 6 people found this review helpful

Gm has no concern for

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Vehicle: 2012 Buick Regal

Great driving, comfortable car with loads of features. Problem is the lack of quality control at the production plant. Car came with some minor paint imperfections, side mirror and window molding installed incorrectly, and not to mention the front fender and trunk lid having large gaps. GM did have the dealer,Todd Wenzel Buick repair the paint and the window molding. I now have a new car that has mis-matched paint, tape lines and sanding marks that can be seen through the paint, expected and was promised better. Three trips to the body shop and hours on the phone, car still looks like a terrible. GM is not interested in quality at this point and are unwilling to stand behind their product!



5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Nice step up from my

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Vehicle: 2012 Buick Regal

Wasnt sure that I wanted a Buick for my next car, but had to at least take a look at the GS bc it is a beautiful car. After 1 month of owning the car I love it, handles amazing really gets up and go's when you need it to and is just as nice to sit back and cruise in. Went with all the toys on this, including the 20's. Makes it just that much more of a great car. And the H-K sound system is pretty pretty pretty good. The only reason I didnt give it 5's all the way is bc I have had issues w/ my Navigation and iPod.



   
 
 
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Full 2013 Buick Regal Review

What's New for 2013

The mild-hybrid eAssist powertrain becomes the standard powertrain for the three lower trim levels. The turbocharged 2.0-liter engine remains an option. Other upgrades include the standard IntelliLink electronics interface that brings with it smartphone integration technology. Turbo models get a standard heated steering wheel.

Introduction

Going head to head with the world's best sport sedans is no small undertaking. Yet that's the goal for the 2013 Buick Regal. This midsize sedan's performance doesn't hit its mark, yet the Regal does have some good qualities that get your attention.

The story of the Regal really revolves around its engines. The Regal starts out with a 2.4-liter engine backed up by a mild hybrid system ("eAssist"), which has become familiar as a simple stop-start system for the engine. This boosts city fuel economy to a useful 25 mpg, while the 36 mpg achieved by this engine in highway mode makes the Regal superior to every other midsize sedan, though the acceleration definitely doesn't do anything for the car's personality.

The midgrade 2.0-liter turbocharged engine is a step up and still delivers good fuel economy, yet the acceleration is still underwhelming. It's only when you step up to the performance-oriented GS model and its 270-horsepower turbocharged engine, sport-tuned suspension and Brembo brakes that you get a sedan that prioritizes driving involvement.

There are some bright spots, including plenty of standard equipment and an attractive cabin. Nevertheless, the 2013 Buick Regal is outshined by competitors such as the Audi A4, BMW 328i and Volvo S60. A better comparison can be found in the smaller Buick Verano and more modern Buick LaCrosse, which are very impressive American-style sedans.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2013 Buick Regal comes in two basic trim levels: base and Turbo. Each of these trim levels is eligible for different Premium option groups. The high-performance GS stands by itself.

The base Regal comes well-equipped with standard features that include 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, foglights, heated mirrors, keyless entry, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated front seats, an eight-way power driver seat (with four-way power lumbar), a power height-adjustable passenger seat, split-folding rear seats, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Also standard are a customizable touchscreen interface, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, OnStar emergency communications, and a seven-speaker audio system with a CD player, satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack, an iPod/USB audio interface and IntelliLink smartphone integration.

The Premium 1 Group adds rear parking sensors, keyless entry/ignition, remote ignition and an eight-way power passenger seat (with four-way power lumbar). Moving up to the Premium 2 trim level gets you xenon headlights, rear-seat side airbags and a nine-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system.

The Turbo versions of these two Groups add 18-inch wheels and a heated steering wheel along with unique powertrain components. The Premium 3 is a Turbo-only trim and gets 19-inch alloy wheels, an adaptive suspension and adjustable driving settings.

The top-of-the-line GS includes those items plus a more powerful turbocharged engine, sport-tuned suspension, Brembo brakes, front parking sensors, unique exterior and interior accents, front sport seats, a thick-rimmed three-spoke steering wheel and a version of the Interactive Drive Control system modified for sportier driving. The Regal GS can also be had with optional 20-inch wheels with summer performance tires.

Other options available across the lineup include a sunroof and a navigation system (not available on base and Premium 1 models).

Powertrains and Performance

The 2013 Buick Regal is now offered with a choice of three different powertrains. The new base engine is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with "eAssist," a mild hybrid technology. This engine puts out 182 hp and 172 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic with manual shift control is standard. EPA fuel economy estimates for this powertrain are 25 city/36 highway and 29 combined.

The Turbo models get a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder good for 220 hp and 260 lb-ft (also available on lower trim levels). The six-speed automatic is standard, but a six-speed manual is offered as an option. In Edmunds performance testing, an automatic-equipped Regal Turbo accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 8.4 seconds, which is well off the pace of both family sedans and entry-level luxury models. The EPA estimates 18/29/22 with the automatic and 20/32/24 with the manual.

The GS uses a version of this same turbocharged four-cylinder that's been upgraded to produce 270 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Here the six-speed manual transmission is standard, while the six-speed automatic is available as an option. The Regal GS's 0-60 time was a quick 6.2-second run with the automatic transmission. Curiously, the manual transmission model was slower at 6.9 seconds due to the difficulty of launching it smoothly. The EPA numbers with either transmission drop to 19/27/22.

Safety

The list of standard safety features for all 2013 Buick Regal models includes antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front seat side-impact airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. The standard OnStar system includes automatic crash notification, on-demand roadside assistance, an emergency button, stolen vehicle locator and active intervention, and remote door unlock. Rear-seat side airbags are standard on the Premium 2 trims and above.

In Edmunds brake testing, the Regal Turbo came to a stop from 60 mph in 122 feet, which is about average for cars in this class. The GS, with its bigger Brembo brakes and optional 20-inch summer tires, managed to stop in an impressive 107 feet.

In government crash tests, the Buick Regal received an overall rating of five stars (out of a possible five), as well as four stars for frontal impacts and five stars for side impacts. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the Regal the highest score of "Good" in its frontal-offset, side-impact and roof strength tests.

Interior Design and Special Features

Inside, the 2013 Buick Regal offers an attractively styled passenger cabin with an upscale look and feel, but we can't say it's really all that nicer than what you'll find in the latest midsize sedans from Ford, Honda and Nissan. Front seats offer good support in both spirited driving and more casual cruising. Rear seats aren't as comfortable, however, and the sloping roof line means both less headroom for tall passengers and reduced visibility out the back for some drivers.

The cockpit controls are dominated by too many similar-looking buttons, but the addition of the Intellilink touchscreen interface for 2013 is welcome. This consists of a large touchscreen with customizable menu icons. Intellilink also allows you to connect to services like Pandora or Stitcher radio via the Bluetooth system. The touchscreen interface has a clean layout and intuitive menu structure, but it proves problematic to use at times due to missed inputs and delayed reactions.

Out back, the battery pack for the eAssist powertrain cuts usable trunk space down to a mere 11.1 cubic feet. Turbo and GS models are better at 14.2 cubic feet, though the trunk's narrow width means bulky cargo like golf clubs are going to be a tight fit.

Driving Impressions

On the road, the 2013 Buick Regal definitely feels sportier than the Buicks of old. The eAssist mild-hybrid powertrain is far from thrilling, but it's likely to work just fine for many buyers. The turbocharged engines are noticeably better, though there's often an unwelcome hesitation before the acceleration comes on strong. In an unexpected twist, we found the automatic transmission a better match for these motors than the unrefined manual gearbox.

The suspension delivers a smooth ride that's nicely complemented by the quiet cabin. Steering feels precise, though our editors found it a little too light on all but the GS model. Handling is above average, especially on the Turbo and GS models equipped with the Interactive Drive Control that offer three distinct settings for steering, suspension and throttle response. In the GS, the Sport mode is particularly impressive, though we think most buyers are likely to prefer the system's more relaxed Tour mode available only on the Turbo model.

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