Changes for the 2015 Buick Regal:
Buick’s midsize sedan gains standard text messaging and Siri Eyes Free capability this year, while the OnStar services system adds 4G LTE connectivity with a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot connection. The Regal Premium I models can be optioned with a new Experience Buick Package containing a navigation system and a power sunroof, and three new colors debut for 2015.
In addition to the standard Regal model, buyers can choose Premium I, Premium II, and GS trim levels.
Get the Regal Premium I for its passive entry system with push-button ignition, 10-way power front passenger’s seat, heated steering wheel, universal remote control, rear parking assist sensors, and remote engine starting. Upgrade to Premium II trim in order to add rear-seat side-impact airbags, a navigation system, a premium audio system, and bi-Xenon HID headlights.
The Regal GS is the performance-tuned version. It adds larger 19-inch aluminum wheels, performance tires, performance brakes, dual exhaust outlets, and a continuously variable real-time damping suspension. Exterior styling is revised, and this model also has sport-bolstered front seats, a sport steering wheel, alloy pedals, a larger 8-inch configurable driver information display, parking assist sensors, a tire inflator kit, and a rear spoiler.
Engines and Transmissions:
The 2015 Buick Regal has a standard turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine rated to make 259 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. A 6-speed automatic transmission feeds power to the car’s front wheels, and an all-wheel-drive system is optional.
Enthusiast drivers may choose a 6-speed manual gearbox for the Regal GS, and at no extra cost. Also offered for free in the Regal Premium I model, a more fuel-efficient eAssist mild hybrid powertrain pairs a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine with an electric assist motor and a lithium-ion battery pack for a total of 182 horsepower.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
The Regal’s standard turbocharged engine is EPA-rated to get 24 mpg in combined driving with front-wheel drive and 22 mpg with the optional AWD system. Choose the Regal’s eAssist powertrain, and it should get 29 mpg.
Standard safety equipment includes a reversing camera and OnStar services including Automatic Crash Response. The Premium II and GS models can be optioned with a Driver Confidence Package containing Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Change Alert, and Forward Collision Alert systems, the latter equipped with a Following Distance Sensor Indicator.
With the Driver Confidence Package, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the Regal a Superior rating for front crash prevention. Add top scores in all assessments except for the small overlap frontal-impact test, for which it has not been tested, and the Regal appears to be a safe family sedan. The NHTSA agrees, giving the Regal a 5-star overall crash protection rating.
Every 2015 Regal is equipped with an IntelliLink infotainment system with a color touchscreen display, Bluetooth connectivity with streaming audio, and access to Internet radio. For 2015, the standard OnStar services system gains 4G LTE connectivity and provides a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot connection right from the vehicle. Test messaging and Siri Eyes Free capabilities are new this year, too.
Written by Christian Wardlaw
June 29, 2014
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