2013 Buick Regal Review – HybridCars.com

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In 2011, Buick off the Regal nameplate and added it to the for the first time since year 2004. Unlike Regals (1973-2004) that boasted powerful V8 and V6 turbo- or engines, the new addition bowed an engine portfolio consisting of four-cylinder powerplants. And, reborn Regal is essentially an version of the Opal Insignia, a sedan developed by General German division and the winner of awards, including the prestigious European Car of the Year.

Last the Regal followed in the tire of the larger Buick LaCrosse by offering the Regal eAssist a $2,000 option on the 2012 The EPA estimates the Regal eAssist travel 25 miles per gallon in the and 36 mpg on the highway with a combined 29 That’s a 25 percent increase in economy compared to the standard four-cylinder model and beats other sedans its size.

For the Regal again follows the by offering eAssist as the standard model or, the Regal 2.0-liter model for the same $29,015 The base 2.4-liter engine has discontinued. The 2013 price is a $370 price bump 2012 but adds Buick’s as standard.

IntelliLink uses Bluetooth or USB to the driver’s smart phone to a display radio and stream from services like Internet Radio or Stitcher

Some E Juice In The Engine Bay

A (BAS) mild hybrid is the major contributor to the Regal fuel economy numbers. Motors calls it “eAssist,” a that is quite appropriate. The enhances fuel mileage by the gasoline engine, either by down the engine when the car to a stop or cutting off the fuel when cruising or decelerating.

It can some electric assist to the during acceleration, but not all-electric

eAssist has a 15-kilowatt liquid motor-generator that generates 79 of torque. It is mounted on the engine in of the alternator, providing both assist and battery charging via a system connected to the engine’s A 115-volt air-cooled lithium-ion pack bolsters the engine approximately 11-kw (15 horsepower) of power assist during acceleration or on demanding inclines and of regenerative braking power.

the Regal eAssist hood, the teams up with a 182 horsepower direct injected four-cylinder that generates 172 pounds-feet of The engine has an aggressive fuel during deceleration that added fuel savings.

A Hydra-Matic six-speed automatic has high final-drive gearing maintains lower engine at highway speeds, boosting An auxiliary electric-driven oil pump is to the transmission, which keeps it and the fluid flowing when the shuts down at a stop. sustains the transmission’s readiness to when the driver accelerates.

The and transmission are engineered to enable braking and battery charging coasting and braking.

Other to the Regal eAssist model an air-conditioning system with a efficient fuel-economy mode and 17-inch light-alloy wheels low-rolling-resistance tires. Also, stopped on a hill, a hill-assist captures brake pressure to aid the in making a smoother acceleration from stop by reducing the propensity to roll backward the engine is in the shut-down mode.

the Regal eAssist system, the Free Press says, doesn’t change the basic of the car. It simply adds impressive fuel economy to its virtues. The engine shuts off the car isn’t moving and restarts when you take your off the brake. The system functions smoothly than in some luxury cars.”

Euro Styling, Outside And In

The transformation of the Opal Insignia to the Regal is primarily a transplant of the signature vertical-bar “waterfall” complemented by swept-back headlights. are the German car’s muscular, stance, coupe-graceful roof, and reverse-scoop side sculpting. The sloping rear window broad C-pillar and prominent window edge form the most successful design giving the car elegant proportions and parallels with the Lexus GS and XF luxury sedans.

Automobile commented, “There’s also of exterior style to attract consumers’ attention, with fenders, a steeply raked and short overhangs.”

Climb in and the key and the instrument cluster springs to with ice blue LED lighting. elegant, with an intricate giving a technical depth to the business of speed and engine An ECO gauge on the instrument panel responds to driving behavior, the driver to drive with efficiency.

For a more thorough a power flow schematic on the screen details flow of through the eAssist system, as battery charging from and electric power directed to the

The interior feel and confidence are from the moment you clasp the styled door pull. the doors, the trim swoops up to the and across the center console and instrument binnacle, before back down again at a angle between the front Switchgear is beautifully crafted and the build quality is on par with European cars.

Popular Mechanic’s reviewer “The layout is tidy, and be from any one of several European Flowing organic shapes and moldings surround you, and the are big, unambiguous dials a clear information panel them. The seats—though nicely and softer than what find in an Audi – prove if not completely supportive, for spirited

As for standard features, the Regal has a nice array that remote keyless entry; locks, windows, and mirrors; control; tilt/telescoping steering leather wrapped steering with audio and cruise leather seating; heated seat with an eight-way driver’s seat; dual-zone controls; a CD/satellite audio with an auxiliary input for connecting a portable digital device; and GM’s OnStar

Two option packages are offered add convenience items like a Kardon 336 watt audio a GPS navigation with seven-inch display, keyless start and start.

The Regal eAssist is classified as a sedan, but it rides on a 107.8-inch which is about four shorter than LaCrosse. means the Regal is a bit smaller, a tighter backseat. Trunk in standard Regals measures cubic feet.

It drops to cubic feet in the Regal because the battery pack behind the backseat, cutting and reducing the standard folding seatback to a pass-through.


If the European styling and driving appeal to you, then the is fuel economy or performance. The eAssist and Regal 2.0 Turbo have a base price of but, eAssist offers a economy rating of 25 city/36 while the 220 horsepower Turbo turns 19 city/23 highway.

The entry-luxury hybrids are the Lexus HS and Lincoln’s MKZ Hybrid. Both are hybrid modes and thus better fuel economy – 35 for the Lexus and 41 city/36 highway for the However, Regal eAssist is less than both of hybrids.

eAssist is another that hybrid technology—in all its of flavors—will become increasingly in the auto market. However the eAssist hybrid system is, it has fuel economy gains and emissions. And, when with the Buick Regal’s styling and handling plus its $30,000 price tag, it a place on your shopping


The eAssist car retains the Regal’s dynamic character. reasonably sharp and connected by past Buick standards) and an overall pleasurable driving long as you’re not in a big rush. The still has a bit of a … spot but that’s no fault of the hybridization.

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The seats are supportive and especially with stitched leather repeated on door panels. The steering wheel looks and robust, as does the saddle-horn-shaped for the 6-speed automatic transmission.

New Times

The eAssist system the Regal is based on a well-executed that is eager, composed and in corners and at high speeds. The car and feels like a taut sedan.


Prices are suggested retail price at time of publication and do not include charges, taxes or licensing.

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