Kelley Blue Book ® - 2003 Buick Regal Overview

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KBB.com 2003 Buick Regal Overview

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For People Who Like the Road Right Where It Is

Have you ever noticed that when people tell you a car has "European" ride, it really means that every bump, notch and pothole on the road gets felt inside the car? Sure they handle great, that's the upside of living with the rough ride. But lets be realistic, for a great many people, their car is an escape, a place they go to be alone if even for just a half an hour as they drive to and from work; a good sound system, a comfy place to rest their tired bones and a car that floats over imperfections like puck across the ice is all they need. There is still a car out there that has not forgotten these people and its name is the Buick Regal.

Don't get us wrong, the Regal is not a complete marshmallow on the road, in fact the high-performance GS version is really quite agile, but a comfortable ride and a powerful engine is really what the Regal is all about. On the highway, very little noise gets into the Regal's cabin, proving Buick's insulation department earned their salary this year. The powerful 3.8-liter engine has no difficulty pulling the Regal up to speed and the 240-horsepower super-charged GS version does more than just pull, it hauls. Because the Regal is a front-wheel drive car, it exhibits superior road holding on wet and snow covered roads. If you push the Regal hard, it will oversteera common complaint of front drive carsmore so on the LS than on the GS due to its less aggressive all-season tires. GS models have a touring suspension coupled with bigger tires and include traction control to help keep the Regal more firmly planted.

The folks at Buick have also not run from the idea of a little color inside their cars, something American manufacturers used to do better than anyone else. In keeping with tradition, the Buick team has turned to fashion icon Joseph Abboud to style a special edition Regal. Most of the design elements can be found inside the car where deep Chestnut leather covers the seats and door panels, augmented by a two-tone leather-wrapped steering wheel. Outside the car, specially designed wheels and Abboud nameplates distinguish the edition from the standard models; the Joseph Abboud package is available on both the LS and GS Regals.

Even if you don't spring for the Abboud Regal, the standard LS and GS trims are still mighty attractive. The LS is the far plusher of the two, making no pretense at anything but being a pure cruiser. You'll find the LS to have a buttery soft suspension and that the steering and brake feel are light and effortless. Interior room is good if you regularly carry four full-sized adults and the trunk too is roomy, though not as deep as you might expect. The front seats are wide and soft, without much in the way of side support but thankfully they are also not so narrow as to wedge you in place. You'll find a stylish but straightforward dash design and the instrumentation consists of a center speedometer flanked by a tachometer on one side and fuel and temperature gauges on the other. Optional on the LS and standard on the GS and Abboud are steering wheel mounted audio controls that allow you to change the volume, station or CD track without having to remove your hands from the wheel. Other standard equipment on the Regal includes manual dual-zone air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, 6-way power driver's seat, cruise control, ABS, remote keyless illuminated entry, power mirrors and AM/FM stereo with cassette and concert sound.

Popular stand-alone options on the Regal include the OnStar telematics system, 220-watt 8-speaker Monsoon sound system, heated driver and passenger seats, front side-impact airbags, auto dimming rearview mirror, power glass moonroof and a split folding rear seat with armrest and built in dual cup holders.

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