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
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 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
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
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,
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.