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2015 Buick Regal

$27,065 to $39,810
19 City - 31 Hwy

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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.

Model Lineup:

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.

Safety Ratings:

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.

Technology Highlights:

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