The crossover sedan segment is getting more competitive every year. Previously considered economical sedans are quickly closing the luxury gap offering more luxury and technological features as standard.
This has increased the heat on the top-of-the-range models. Bowing to the heat, Buick has decided to slash prices of its Regal sedan in order to attract more sales.
2016 Buick Regal Exterior
From the outside, the Buick sedan looks classy and elegant. The body has some European touches mostly borrowed from its twin Opel Insignia which is only sold in Europe. At the front, the 4-door sedan features Buick’s signature waterfall grille. The grille is flanked on both sides by redesigned LED headlights.
The vehicle has a low roofline unlike most of its competitors. To enhance its sportiness, the automaker has pushed its wheels to the corners .The base model rides on 17-inch front and 18-inch rear alloy wheels while the top trims ride on 19-inch front and 20-inch rear alloy wheels. On the sides, the vehicle’s mirrors have been integrated with turn signals.
2016 Buick Regal Premium II
2016 Buick Regal Interior
Inside, the 2016 Buick Regal sedan has a stylish cabin which is similar to the top-of-the-range sedan models. The cabin accommodates five passengers. However, the back is a bit constrained and tall passengers will find themselves rubbing their heads with the headliner. Leather is the standard upholstery. The front seats are heated and 12-way power adjustable. The GS features front sports seats.
The vehicle also features a tilt and telescoping steering wheel wrapped in leather. Also included is an 8-inch color touch screen that comes with the automaker’s IntelliLink infotainment system.
Other features include a 7-speaker sound system (the Premium II and GS trims get a 9-speaker Bose premium sound system) integrated with USB ports. Both audio systems are controlled via a 4.2- inch touch-screen display. The GS and Premium II also feature an OnStar-integrated GPS navigation system integrated with voice recognition technology. Other features include a dual-zone climate control and a rearview camera. Higher trims will add a heated steering wheel, a remote garage door opener, parking sensors and keyless ignition.
On matters safety, the vehicle features as standard; stability and traction control, 4-wheel ABS, a post-collision safety system, side-mounted airbags, rear head protection airbags, a remote antitheft alarm and DRLs. More features are found in higher trims; they include blind spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning and adaptive cruise control.
Engine Specs and Performance
Under the hood, the base Buick Regal 2016 features a 2.4 L, inline-4 engine good for 182 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque. It is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission system which comes with a driver-control mode. The engine has an EPA rating of 21 mpg in city, 30 mpg on highway and 24 mpg on combined drives. The second engine is a turbocharged 2.0 L4-cylinder engine which produces 259 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. It is paired with a 6-speed shiftable automatic system and also a 6-speed manual gearbox in the GS trim.
The engine is offered both in FWD and AWD. In automatic FWD models, it returns 21 mpg city, 30 mpg highway and 24 mpg on combined drives while models with AWD systems return 19, 27 and 22 mpg for city, highway and town drives respectively. The FWD GS models with a manual gearbox return 20 mpg city, 31 mpg highway and 24 mpg on combined drives.
There is also a hybrid engine which is available only on the Premium I trim. The engine is a tweaked 2.4 L inline-4 that combines with an electric motor and regenerative braking. The combination delivers 182 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque and is paired with a special 6-speed automatic system. It is rated at 25 mpg, 36 mpg and 29 mpg for city, highway and combined drives respectively.
2016 Buick Regal
Price and release date
The base Buick Regal has an MSRP of $ 27,065 excluding destination charges. The Premium I start at $ 28,990 for the FWD one and $ 31, 415 for AWD while the hybrid starts at $ 35, 250.
The Premium II with FWD starts at $ 31, 565, models with AWD start at $ 33,990. The top GS trim starts at $ 35,000 for the FWD and $ 37,000 for AWD variants. The 2016 Buick Regal is already on sale.
Top competitors to the new Buick Regal are the Volvo S60, Lincoln MKZ and Audi A4.