The Buick Regal is an entry-level mid-sized luxury sedan. It does all the things that you would expect an entry-level midsize luxury sedan to do and is pretty much an ordinary car except for the fact that this one is priced very smartly. The regal fits somewhere in between normal boring and entry-level luxury sedans making it one of the cheapest luxury car money can buy.
Buick is the premium brand of General Motors that was set up back in 1908. The first generation of the Buick Regal rolled out back in 1973 and was marketed as a personal luxury sedan by Buick and General Motors. The current generation of the Buick Regal is the 5th generation and carries a heritage of 44 years on its back making it one of the most successful cars in the industry. So does the 5th generation of Regal live up to its heritage? We will find that out in this review of the 2017 Buick Regal Sedan.
The Buick Regal is offered in five different trim levels with the base trim starting at $27,065. All the five trim levels come equipped with the same 2.4L engine that makes 182 horses and delivers 172 lb-ft of torque. The engine comes mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
6.9/10 Fuel Economy
2017 Buick Regal Features
The Buick Regal comes in 5 different trim levels starting with 1SV with the front wheel drive priced at $27,065. The Sport Touring trim level is offered only with front wheel drive and is priced at $28,615. The next trim level is the 4 door sedan with the front wheel drive is priced at $31,465. The Premium II trim level with the front wheel drive is priced at $31,615 while the one with the all wheel drive system is priced at $34,040. The top of the line GS trim level with the front wheel drive is offered at a price at $34,115 while the one with an all-wheel-drive system is priced at $36,540.
Some of the standard features on the Buick Regal include a heated front bucket seats, rear split folding seats, 10-way power adjustable passenger seats, center armrests with cup holders, front head restraints, 2-way adjustable lighting custom, ambient lighting, and the list is endless.
Turbo Sport Touring
Turbo Premium II
Seat Trim Leather-appointed
Available options for regal sport-touring with 1SV's features:
Available options for regal group:
Thorax Air Bags
Remote Vehicle Start System
Seating Heated front bucket seats
Audio System with Navigation
Bose Premium Audio System
Rear split folding Driver Seat Adjuster 10-way (8-way power and 2-way power lumbar)
Audio System with Navigation
18" chromed Alloy Wheels
Audio System with Navigation
10-Way Power Seating
Front-Passenger Seat Adjuster 4-way manual
Moonroof Wheels Q6Y
Interactive Drive Control System
18" chromed alloy
19" V-spoke alloy Wheels
Driver Information Display
Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert
To get the best value for the money spent along with a great overall experience, we recommend getting the Turbo Premium II as it offers a punchy engine along with a great array of features in it to enhance the driving experience.
2017 Buick Regal Engine
"When equipped with the optional turbocharged engine, the 2017 Buick Regal provides enough dynamic motivation that you'll likely be satisfied. - Edmunds"
Engine and Performance
The Buick Regal comes equipped with a 2.4L, 4-cylinder turbocharged engine. The power unit churns out 182 hp and delivers 172 lb-ft of torque. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission. Power is sent to the front wheels in the 1SV variant that we have with us for you today but you can avail the all-wheel-drive system with the GS or Premium II trim level.
The 2017 Regal has the lowest power figures in the competition. The MKZ has the best power figures in the lot as it churns 240 hp and is followed by the Q60 and the TLX, churning 208 HP and 206 HP respectively.
Buick Regal 1SV
2.4L DOHC 16-Valve VTEC 4-Cylinder
2.0L turbo I-4
2.0L Turbocharged I-4
8-Speed Dual Clutch
Acceleration figures of the Buick are just decent and are pretty average credit to the low power output of the engine. The Regal can go from a standstill to 60 MPH in about 7.2 seconds. Take this entry-level luxury sedan to the drag strip and it will cover the quarter-mile distance in about 15.3 seconds.
The quickest car of the lot in terms of 0-60 MPH acceleration timings is the Infiniti Q60 which does it in about 6.9 seconds. The quickest car in terms of quarter-mile acceleration is the Lincoln MKZ as it hits the quarter-mile mark in about 13.7 seconds.
Buick Regal 1SV
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
Ride and Handling
The ride quality of the Buick Regal is top notch and it does actually feel like you're being driven around in a luxury car. The cabin is quiet and the ride is comfortable. The suspension system is nicely set up and soak almost every bump and pothole. At the same time, there is a minimum amount of body roll and the car ensures that you don't get thrown around inside the cabin during high-speed cornering.
The car also handles pretty well. You simply cannot expect sports car like handling but this is the best handling you can get at this price point. The steering wheel is a little bit on the lighter and some drivers might feel the lack of feedback. However, most drivers will find the steering to be responsive and precise would not have any complains while driving this one. This isn't really the car that's always ready to dive into the corners and you do have to work on the steering wheel during cornering but this is still a comfortable machine to drive.
Long-story-short, it's a decent car to drive and to be driven around.
Good braking capabilities of the car ensure the safety of the passenger and prevent the car and its passengers from fatal accidents. To keep its passengers safe and to give confidence to the driver to exploit the potential of the engine to the fullest, Buick has equipped the Regal with 12.6 inches diameter discs at the front and 12.4 inches diameter discs the rear. The Regal comes to a complete stop from 60 MPH at a distance of 122 feet when the brakes are slammed hard.
The braking stats of the 2017 Regal are the poorest when compared to its rivals. The best braking stats are displayed by the Lincoln MKZ which comes to a halt at a distance of 108 feet from a speed of 60 MPH. The Lincoln is followed by the Q60 and the TLX. The Regal, on the other hand, stands last in terms of braking.
Buick Regal 1SV
60-0 MPH (ft.)
2017 Buick Regal Fuel Economy
When it comes to fuel economy, the 2017 Regal sedan lets us down with its mediocre numbers. In the city, the Regal can go for 19 miles while on the highway it can go for 30 miles. The Regal gets a combined fuel economy rating of 23 MPG which isn't really great for a car in this category. Given the fact that this car has the lowest power figures, you would certainly expect it to perform better in terms of fuel efficiency but unfortunately, it doesn't.
The TLX has the best fuel efficiency numbers in the category with a combined fuel economy rating of 28 MPG. It is followed by the Q60 and the Lincoln MKZ who boast a combined fuel economy figures of 25 MPG and 24 MPG respectively.
Buick Regal 1SV
2017 Buick Regal Interior
"Inside, the 2017 Buick Regal features a sleek dashboard with minimal button clutter. Although the quality of the materials is satisfactory, the appearance is upscale, if not fully luxury-grade.- Edmunds"
The interiors of the new Buick Regal feel premium. This is one area where the 2017 Regal impresses us. The color combination is great and makes the interiors feel more spacious. The large windows give you a sense of more space than it is actually there. The dashboard is clean and uncluttered. The quality of materials is pretty decent and the levels of fit and finish are also good. This is probably the best you can get when you pay about 30 grand.
Seating and Comfort
Once you get on to the inside of the Regal sedan, you know that you're about to get pampered by the luxuries offered by this Buick. There are 10 way adjustable heated front seats and 8 way adjustable heated rear seats offered as standard. The Buick also offers the best in competition passenger volume of 96.8 cubic feet. Up front, you get a total head/shoulder/leg room of 38.8/56.7/42.1 inches respectively while at the rear you get a total head/shoulder/leg room of 36.8/54.4/37.3 inches respectively. The Buick Regal can easily accommodate 5 passengers.
Buick Regal 1SV
Passenger Volume (ft cube)
The Buick Regal comes with Buick's standard infotainment system. The system comes with a 7-inch touch screen interface and an 8 speaker Bose audio system. The audio system is simply awesome and delivers crisp audio quality. The infotainment display is not of the best quality and lags at time. However, it hosts the navigation system, car settings, and other functions. You also get Bluetooth, a CD player, USB ports, aux input and also a wifi hotspot.
Some of the cool features on the inside of the Buick Regal are listed below.
Heated front bucket seats.
10-way adjustable driver's seats.
Integrated cup holders on rear armrest.
Remote vehicle start.
Bose premium audio system.
The cargo volume offered with this new Buick is satisfactory. The Regal offers a total cargo volume of 14.2 cubic feet which is enough to swallow the luggage of your family when you're off to a road trip. The only car that offers more luggage volume than the Buick is the Lincoln MKZ at 15.4 cubic feet. The Lincoln is followed by the Regal, the TLX and the Q60 in order.
2017 Buick Regal Exterior
" The five-seat Buick Regal is a midsize sedan with a sporty edge" -Cars.com
Dimensions and Weight
The Buick Regal is probably the best looking car in the category. The proportionate dimensions of the car give it a clean and subtle look. The Buick is 190.2 inches long, 73.1 inches wide and is 58.4 inches tall. The car weighs about 3605 lbs and has a wheelbase of 107.8 inches. The longest and the widest car of the lot is the Lincoln MKZ at 194.1 inches and 73.4 inches respectively. The tallest car of the lot is the Buick Regal. The heaviest car in the competition is the Lincoln MKZ while the Acura TLX happens to be the lightest.
Buick Regal 1SV
Track width(in) F/R
Some of the cool features on the outside of the 2017 Buick Regal are listed below -
19 inch V spoke alloy wheels.
Rear parking sensors.
2017 Buick Regal Safety
Buick has equipped the Regal with some advanced safety tech to make up the safety levels of your journey. The Buick gets a '5 Star' rating in most of the crash tests conducted by the NHTSA and also gets a 'Good' rating in most of the tests carried out by the IIHS.
Overall Frontal Crash Rating
Frontal Crash Rating Driver Side
Frontal Crash Rating Passenger Side
Overall Side Crash Rating
Combined Side Barrier and Pole Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Barrier and Pole Rating Front Seat Rear Seat
Side barrier Driver
Side barrier Rear Passenger
Overall Side Pole Star Rating
The Buick has got great ratings at IIHS as well and got decent ratings.
Moderate overlap front
Head restraints & seats
Front Crash Protection
The 2017 Buick Regal sedan comes bundled with the following safety features -
Safety Belts 3-point
LATCH (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren) system for child safety seats in all rear seating positions
Air Bags8 Dual-stage frontal and side-impact, driver and front passenger and head curtain side-impact, front and rear outboard seating positions
Power Door Locks Programmable with lockout protection
OnStar Basic Plan9 For 5 years. Includes select features of the myBuick mobile app,10 including (if equipped) remote start, door lock or unlock, honk your horn and flash your lights. Limited OnStar services include Advanced Diagnostics.
Includes OnStar Guidance Plan11 Service Trial For 6 months. Trial excludes Hands-Free Calling minutes. Includes Automatic Crash Response and more.
Theft-Deterrent System Content theft alarm
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Does not monitor spare tire
Child Security Locks
Rear Rear Vision Camera
2017 Buick Regal Competition
The Acura TLX vs Buick Regal
The TLX is the Japanese rival of the Regal. The TLX makes more power, has the better acceleration timings, has the better fuel efficiency ratings and also has the braking stats. However, the Regal beats the Acura in terms of passenger volume, cargo volume and is also priced $6000 less than the TLX. If you want a better driving experience form the car, you should buy the Acura. If you want to save your hard earned 6 grand and want a better-looking car, you should go for the Buick.
Infiniti Q60 vs Buick Regal
The Infiniti Q60 is yet another mid-sized luxury sedan from Hong Kong. The Infiniti too outshines the Buick in terms of power, acceleration timings, fuel efficiency, and braking stats. The Buick, on the other hand, outclasses the Infiniti in terms of passenger volume, cargo volume, and luxury equipment. Moreover, the Buick is about 11 grand cheaper than the Infiniti. If you ask for an opinion, we would rather suggest you go for the Buick and save your precious 11 grand.
The Lincoln MKZ vs Buick Regal
The Lincoln MKZ is yet another entry-level luxury sedan and it is the home-grown rival of the 2017 Buick Regal. The MKZ outclasses the Regal in terms of power, acceleration timings, fuel economy, braking and even terms of cargo volume. The only plus of the Buick is that it is priced lower and offers slightly more passenger room. If spending about 8000 bucks isn't really a problem for you, then you should go for Lincoln. The Lincoln is the more sensible package of the two and has the better snob value.
2017 Buick Regal Final Verdict
The Buick Regal is pretty much and ordinary car. There isn't really anything interesting about this car and is like any other average car in the market. Although this car has a heritage of 30 odd years, the very reason behind its success is that it is yet another run-of-the-mill entry level luxury sedan. Neither too snobbish nor too cheap and humble, the Buick stands somewhere between an ordinary sedan and a luxury sedan. With the base price tag of 27 grand, the Regal is a mouth-watering package. But shelling out a few bucks extra could get you better cars that offer better value for your money.