2016 Regal New Car Test Drive
The Buick Regal is a midsize four-door that qualifies as an American-made sports sedan, especially in GS trim. The Regal offers graceful styling and confident roadholding. Turbocharged models deliver invigorating performance.
The Buick Regal has been known by several generations for its shapely design, and the Gran Sport models have a lengthy history as the pinnacle of the Regal crop. Today's Regal is related to the European-made Opel Insignia. Opels are not muscle cars but they are noted for crisp, German-style handling and performance.
2016 Buick Regal models have been updated with a new touch-screen, more intuitive controls and IntelliLink enhancements. A new Regal Sport Touring model joins the 2016 lineup. Regal was last redesigned for 2010 and facelifted for 2014.
Front-seat occupants can expect ample room, but back-seat passengers had better be small in stature, because space is tight. Premium-level finishes and features mix with an advanced infotainment system and high-tech safety equipment to produce a classy experience.
Two engine choices are offered. For frugality, the base model comes with a 182-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder.
All other models come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 259 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. A 6-speed automatic transmission comes standard.
Regal GS is the only one with a manual-shift option and a three-mode Interactive Drive Control system.
Turbocharging, especially in the GS sedan, provides the visceral thrust that enthusiastic drivers savor. Yet, in some respects, Buick's Regal is similar to less-costly family sedans.
Available all-wheel drive improves traction in harsh weather, but also helps the Regal come out of corners most effectively when driven hard.
A rearview camera is standard, and a selection of the latest safety technology, such as collision warning, can be obtained.
Crash-test results have been good, but not class-leading. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave Regal a Good rating. With available front collision warning and automatic braking, the frontal score rose to Superior. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave Regal a five-star overall rating.
The 2016 Buick Regal comes in five trim levels. Regal 1SV ($27,065) is the only one with the 2.4-liter base engine. Abundantly equipped, it features leather-appointed seating, IntelliLink infotainment with eight-inch screen, seven-speaker stereo with CD player and satellite radio, a rearview camera, foglamps, and 18-inch alloy wheels. Also standard are heated front seats, power driver's seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, and OnStar 4G LTE. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)
Regal 1SL ($28,990) upgrades with the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine.
Regal Premium II ($31,565) adds E-Z Key passive entry, remote start, pushbutton start, a power front passenger seat, rear parking assist, and heated steering wheel. A navigation system, nine-speaker Bose sound, and bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights are included.
Regal GS ($34,065) features Interactive Drive Control; GS-specific fascia, rocker panels, sport seats, and Brembo brakes; flat-bottom steering wheel; front/rear parking assist; and 19-inch V-spoke wheels. The new Sport Touring edition has a decklid spoiler and 18-inch black-pocket wheels.
Safety options include adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and forward collision alert with collision mitigation braking.