March 16, 2014
2014 Buick Regal
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There is certainly no shortage of sporty, luxurious sedans with all-wheel drive on the market currently. This week I’m behind the wheel of the ever- popular (at least on autos.ca’s forums) Buick Regal. This week my Regal is sporting the 2.0-litre turbocharged engine with the same layout that I tested on the Cadillac ATS just a few weeks ago.
So this does make you wonder if GM is up to their old tricks again — offering the same car with a different badge. But although the Regal shares an engine and drivetrain layout I can assure you the interior is different and the exterior certainly is as well.
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The funny thing here is although I just picked up this Regal and have very little seat time, I’m already preferring it to the more expensive Cadillac. The Regal seems more spacious, just as powerful, more comfortable, doesn’t have the silly Cadillac CUE system and is less expensive — oh and I’m under 40!
Yup it has been said over and over again that Buicks are for “old men” although that was true a decade ago I don’t think it is true anymore and the Regal is the poster child for what Buick hopes is a step in the right direction to attract a younger crowd to their line-up.
My tester is loaded with the goodies this week but comes in just over 46 grand even with freight. You can save a few dollars by not opting for two driver confidence packages which add up to nearly $4,000. These two packages include: side blind zone alert with lane change alert, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, forward collision alert, adaptive cruise control and auto collision preparation. Out of those features the only one I’d pay extra for is the adaptive cruise control but you’ll have to pony up $1,835 for that.
This car really looks like a value car in the luxury car segment — does it drive like a value car or a true luxury car? I’ll let you know this week!
Pricing: 2014 Buick Regal 2.0L Turbo Premium II AWD
Options: Driver confidence pkg 1 – $1565; Driver confidence pkg 2 – $1,835; Power moonroof – $1395; all-weather mats – $160
A/C tax: $100
Price as tested: $46,250
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For more information on Buick and the Regal visit GM Canada