2014 Buick Regal GS Sedan Review, Specs - The 2014 Buick Regal GS sedan reminds us a decent boxer who trying to move up a class instead of stay in place. 2014 Buick Regal GS now comes in stylish and sporty design, an intriguing alternative to mainstream premium sedans like 2014 Acura TSX. But Buick has positioned the new 2014 Regal against the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series, and that a new ball game.
With newly standard 259-hp turbocharged engine makes a strong first impression, as does the car’s collection of standard and available features. The dashboard is also less cluttered and more attractive, thanks in part to a redesigned touchscreen with improved graphics. Moreover, if you look closely at the Regal pricing, it’s a few grand cheaper than the far less powerful 180-hp BMW 320i.
Body Styles, Trim Levels, And Price
The 2014 Buick Regal GS is a four-door premium sedan that sold into the market with price start from $36,905. Standard features for 2014 Buick Regal GS includes 19-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension with adaptive dampers, adjustable drive modes, Brembo front brakes, a rear spoiler, front parking sensors, body-color lower rocker panels, an upgraded and configurable gauge cluster information display, three-spoke sport steering wheel, sport front seats, automatic headlights, dual exhaust outlets, foglights, heated mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power height-adjustable passenger seat with otherwise manual adjustments, an eight-way power driver seat with four-way power lumbar, split-folding rear seats, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
Also standard is a rearview camera, an 8-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, OnStar emergency communications, a seven-speaker audio system with a CD player, an iPod/USB audio interface, an auxiliary audio jack, satellite radio, Buick IntelliLink smartphone and voice command integration system.
Optional on GS are two Driver Confidence packages. This features requires the sunroof includes numerous safety technologies (lane departure warning, blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, and forward collision alert) and driver memory settings, adds adaptive cruise control and a forward collision mitigation system with automatic braking.
Engine and Safety Features
2014 Buick Regal GS is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 259 hp and 295 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is newly optional. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, but offers an optional six-speed manual with front-drive (the GS AWD is automatic-only). In performaces testing, 2014 Buick Regal GS all-wheel-drive Regal accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds, which is impressively quick for an luxury sedan with AWD.
The EPA rates the 2014 Buick Regal GS at 24 mpg combined, 21 mpg city/30 mpg city with front-wheel drive and the automatic, 22 combined, 19 city/27 highway with AWD and 24 combined, 20 city/31 highway, for the front-drive and manual.
Standard safety features for 2014 Buick Regal includes antilock disc brakes, front seat side-impact airbags, stability control, full-length side curtain airbags and rear-seat side airbags. The standard OnStar system includes on-demand roadside assistance, automatic crash notification, a stolen vehicle locator, an emergency button and remote door unlock. The optional Driver Confidence includes lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and frontal collision warning systems. The Driver Confidence#2 adds a more sophisticated frontal collision mitigation system that initiates automatic braking in potential crash situations.
In brake testing, a 2014 Buick Regal GS with the optional 20-inch summer tires managed to stop in an even shorter 113 feet, although most other sport sedans with summer tires fare better.
2014 Buick Regal GS Interior
2014 Buick Regal GS features a redesigned dashboard with reduced button clutter compared to the previous layout. The appearance is upscale, materials quality is satisfactory, but not quite luxury-grade. The front seats are surprisingly comfort and supportive, but the broader of beam may wish for more wiggle room. The backseat is more cramped than the 2014 Buick Regal GS midsize dimensions would suggest, and the sloping roof line is a double whammy for rear headroom and rearward visibility.
The new 8-inch touchscreen for 2014 Buick Regal GS comes with the IntelliLink infotainment system, which features large icons and Pandora radio compatibility. The IntelliLink interface has been changed to include smartphone-style swipe commands and navigation/audio voice commands, plus the graphics are better. But, this touchscreen is occasionally frustrating to use due to slow or missed responses to touch inputs. In back, the standard trunk measures a decent 14.2 cubic feet, but its narrow makes longer items like golf bags a tight fit.