2014 Buick Regal: First Drive – KickingTires

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2014 Buick Regal: Drive

Buick#39;s resurrection in the market as a brand for younger, buyers really started the Regal way back in 2010. But the of the less-expensive Verano and the larger, LaCrosse threw the Regal#39;s in the lineup into confusion — at the low you could get a loaded Verano for the of a lesser-equipped Regal, while at the end, it encroached on the much LaCrosse.

For 2014, Buick has up the lineup a little, repositioning the and emphasizing its newly available drive as a direct competitor for models like the Audi A4. GM us to come to its test track in Michigan for a brief walk-around and drive of the 2014 Regal and Regal GS models to see if the work off.

The updates are subtle.

is only lightly refreshed, new headlights, grille, bumper and air up front, and new taillights, trunklid and bumper out back. The look is fresh; this always has one of the more attractive offerings GM#39;s stable (it started in Europe as the Opel Insignia, its Euro-influenced looks). The GS sport gets a unique look, a more aggressive front and bumper and larger standard (19-inch versus 18-inch on the Regal).

Two powertrains are available in the 2014 The standard engine is now a turbocharged four-cylinder engine making a 259 horsepower and 295 pounds-feet of torque. an 18% improvement in power from the 2013 Regal Turbo and it turns even the base into a sprightly driver. comes on immediately thanks to a of the engine#39;s torque curve, now delivers 90% of the engine#39;s torque as low as rpm.

That means acceleration; Regal is no slowpoke, at not in turbo guise. The sportier GS now uses the same engine, — making the GS no more powerful the base Regal, but featuring a engine tune that power on at a lower rpm.

If fuel economy is more to you, Buick#39;s eAssist can be had on the base Regal, replacing the motor with a non-turbo four-cylinder engine and auxiliary drive system. The Regal operate in electric-only mode, but the does help boost the power and enables it to shut to conserve fuel in certain

Fuel economy for the front-wheel-drive Regal and Regal GS improves to mpg city/highway for 2014, with the model climbing to 25/36 Unfortunately, the eAssist version was not on to test drive.

New for 2014 is an system available on the Regal models with automatic (a manual six-speed trans is a option on the front-wheel-drive Regal GS The system is meant as a traction for poor weather climates, but just as well as a performance especially on the GS when driven and fast.

Driving the Regal is actually entertaining. The base model is the transmission shifts smoothly, and the wheels actually allow for a quiet ride, even rough pavement. Steering is light but communicative, and the standard power steering prevents any nastiness from being to the driver#39;s hands.

Brakes are and progressive, with excellent and no apparent fade under use.

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The GS model gets a few performance goodies to differentiate it the regular Regal. A two-mode version of GM#39;s Magnetic Control suspension is standard on the GS, buttons for Sport and GS mode. mode firms up suspension to provide for a flatter, stiffer that helps body but isn#39;t so stiff that uncomfortable.

GS mode does as well, but adds in a different feel, with increased from the electric power Larger four-piston Brembo are standard on the GS, with bigger for 2014. While it#39;s novel for any automaker to offer a manual in anything these skip the stick shift — vague, has a sloppy action and nothing to the experience.

An all-wheel-drive model with an transmission and set to GS mode is the most combination to have, with the feeling fast, stable and in quick driving but without any in ride quality.

Inside, the receives modest updates as the most notable of which is the of the previously confusing dashboard. are the seemingly random scattering of 17 black plastic buttons, by a combination of touch-sensitive controls, a display screen and just logically organized black buttons. A new gauge cluster upscale and sophisticated, and features a new 4.2-inch full-color display.

are firm and flat, and feel European – in fact, describes the entire interior Material quality is notably and the solid precision with everything operates feels The GS gets standard leather seats, which are more bolstered but also more than the standard Regal#39;s

It also replaces the base faux wood trim black plastic and aluminum and swaps most of the gauges an 8-inch color display reconfigurable to the driver#39;s desired

Overall, the updates to the Regal are ones, and should help GM to try and make Buick an appealing brand to go up against the likes of and Audi. Starting price for the new is $30,615 (all prices a $925 destination charge). will buy you a turbocharged Regal 18-inch wheels, rear camera, heated leather and Buick#39;s IntelliLink multimedia

It#39;s a few thousand or so dollars Volvo#39;s S60 starting price and base ATS.

The eAssist starts at $32,485, while the GS will begin at $37,830 for the models and $40,195 for the all-wheel-drive Safety equipment comes in two packages: Driver Confidence I forward collision alert, spot detection, lane alert, lane departure rear cross-traffic alert and distance indicator for $1,090. Confidence II adds full-speed cruise control and collision which can brake the vehicle to a for an additional $2,295.

While the sportier Regal GS may an edge in the looks and handling the fact that it shares its engine with the much expensive base Regal makes the base model appealing as a luxury vehicle. quieter, still handles (especially with all-wheel feels just as quick as the GS, and has trim that makes it more expensive inside. model provides significant however, in comparison to competitors in the luxury sedan category.

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