2017 Buick Regal

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2017 Buick Regal Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

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.

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Pros

Clean design

Competitive pricing

Peppy engine

Spacious cabin

Cons

Low power figures when compared to rivals

Poor braking stats

Mileage

What's New?

Andriod Auto is a standard feature


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$27065

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

145 cu. in.

horsepower

182 hp @ 6700 rpm

torque

172 lb.-ft. @ 4900 rpm

transmission

6-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

12.4 in. ventilated disc brakes/12.8 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

107.8 in.

length

190.2 in.

width

73.1 in.

height

58.4 in.

curb weight

3605 lbs.

ground clearance

8.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

96.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

14.2 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.7 sec.

standing ¼-mile

16.3 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

164 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

19/23/30 mpg

highway range

540 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

6 years/70000 miles

corrosion warranty

6 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

yes


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Styles

 2017 Buick Regal in Black Cherry Metallic color  2017 Buick Regal in Black Onyx color  2017 Buick Regal in Crimson Red Tintcoat color  2017 Buick Regal in Dark Sapphire Blue Metallic color  2017 Buick Regal in Ebony Twilight Metallic color  2017 Buick Regal in Graphite Gray Metallic color  2017 Buick Regal in Pepperdust Metallic color  2017 Buick Regal in White Frost Tricoat color
Black Cherry Metallic

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Ratings

Features

7.4

Engine

7.4

Fuel Economy

6.9

Interior

7.5

Exterior

7.4

Safety

6.4

Comfort

6.7

Driving

7.6

7.2

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Buick Regal 1SV

1SV

power
182 hp @ 6700 rpm
fuel
Flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
mpg
23 combined

$27,065


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
1SV 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $27,065 MSRP (19/23/30) 182 hp @ 6700 rpm, 2.4 L, I4, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

 2017 Buick Regal Sport Touring

Sport Touring

power
259 hp @ 5300 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
24 combined

$28,615


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport Touring 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $28,615 MSRP (21/24/29) 259 hp @ 5300 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

 2017 Buick Regal Base

Base

power
259 hp @ 5300 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
22 combined

$31,465


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $31,465 MSRP (19/22/27) 259 hp @ 5300 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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6-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

 2017 Buick Regal Premium II

Premium II

power
259 hp @ 5300 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
24 combined

$31,615 - $34,040


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium II 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $31,615 MSRP (21/24/29) 259 hp @ 5300 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5
Premium II 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $34,040 MSRP (19/22/27) 259 hp @ 5300 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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6-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 24, 2018

7.2

Overall Rating


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.


7.4/10
Features

 

7.4/10
Engine

 

6.9/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.5/10
Interior

 

7.4/10
Exterior

 

6.4/10
Safety

 
 
 

2017 Buick Regal Features

7.4/10

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.

Trims

1SV

Turbo Sport Touring Turbo

Turbo Premium II

Turbo GS

MSRP (FWD)

$27,065

$28,615 NA

$31,615

$34,115

MSRP (AWD)

NA

NA $31,465

$34,040

$36,540

 Key Features

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 Moonroof Audio System with Navigation

Bose Premium Audio System

 

Push-Button Start

 
  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
  Ambient lighting     18" chromed alloy 19" V-spoke alloy Wheels 
  Driver Information Display     Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert  

We Recommend 

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

7.4/10
"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.

Model

Buick Regal 1SV

Acura TLX

Infiniti Q60

Lincoln MKZ

MSRP

$27,065

$33,000

$38,950

$35,170

Engine

2.4L 4cyl

2.4L DOHC 16-Valve VTEC 4-Cylinder

2.0L turbo I-4

2.0L Turbocharged I-4

Transmission

6-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Dual Clutch

7-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

Power

182 hp

206 hp

208 hp

240 hp

Torque

172 lb-ft

182 lb-ft

258 lb-ft

270 lb-ft

Acceleration

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.

Models

Buick Regal 1SV

Acura TLX

Infiniti Q60

Lincoln MKZ

0-60 MPH

7.2

7.2

6.9 sec

7.0 sec

Quarter mile

15.3

14.2 sec

17.3 sec

13.7 sec

Engine

2.4L

2.4L

2.0L

2.0L

Emission

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

NA

6.3

7

7.3

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.

Braking

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.

Model

Buick Regal 1SV

Acura TLX

Infiniti Q60

Lincoln MKZ

Brake Front(in)

12.6

12.6

12.6

12.4

Brake Rear(in)

12.4

12.2

12.1

12.4

Curb weight(lbs)

3605

3483

3727

3739

60-0 MPH (ft.)

122

121

113

108

 

2017 Buick Regal Fuel Economy

6.9/10

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.

Model

Buick Regal 1SV

Acura TLX

Infiniti Q60

Lincoln MKZ

MPG (city)

19

24

22

21

MPG (highway)

30

35

30

31

MPG (combined)

23

28

25

24

2017 Buick Regal Interior

7.5/10
"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.

Model

Buick Regal 1SV

Acura TLX

Infiniti Q60

Lincoln MKZ

Passenger capacity

5

5

4

5

Passenger Volume (ft cube)

96.8

93.3

85.4

96.6

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

38.8/56.7/42.1

37.2/57.5/42.6

37.9/54.6/43.1

37.9/57.7/44.3

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

36.8/54.4/37.3

36.7/57.5/34.5

34.5/52/32.4

36.6/55.3/37

Infotainment System

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.

Interior Features

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.
  • Ambient lighting.
  • Puddle lights.
  • Remote vehicle start.
  • Thorax airbags.
  • Bose premium audio system.
  • Power steering.

Cargo Volume

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

7.4/10

" 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.

Model

Buick Regal 1SV

Acura TLX

Infiniti Q60

Lincoln MKZ

curb weight(lbs)

3605

3483

3727

3739

Length(in)

190.2

190.3

184.4

194.1

Width(in)

73.1

73.0

72.8

73.4

Height(in)

58.4

57.0

54.9

58.2

Ground clearance(in)

N/A

5.8

4.9

5.0

Wheelbase(in)

107.8

109.3

112.2

112.2

Track width(in) F/R

62.4/73.1

62.8/63.1

61.2/61.2

62.3/62

Exterior Features

Some of the cool features on the outside of the 2017 Buick Regal are listed below -

  • 19 inch V spoke alloy wheels.
  • Bi-Xenon headlamps.
  • LED taillights.
  • Rear parking sensors.
  • Keyless entry.
  • Automatic wipers.
     

2017 Buick Regal Safety

6.4/10

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.

NHTSA Ratings  

Overall Rating

5 Star

Overall Frontal Crash Rating

4 Star

Frontal Crash Rating Driver Side

5 Star

Frontal Crash Rating Passenger Side

4 Star

Overall Side Crash Rating

5 Star

Combined Side Barrier and Pole Rating Front Seat

5 Star

Combined Side Barrier and Pole Rating Front Seat Rear Seat

5 Star

Side Barrier

5 Star

Side barrier Driver

5 Star

Side barrier Rear Passenger

5 Star

Overall Side Pole Star Rating

5 Star

Rollover Rating

4 Star

The Buick has got great ratings at IIHS as well and got decent ratings.

IIHS Ratings  

Moderate overlap front

Good

Side

Good

Roof strength

Good

Head restraints & seats

Good

Front Crash Protection Superior

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.