The excellent 2014 Buick Regal GS, on sale here at Colonial Buick GMC in Watertown, Massachusetts, is a fresh take on a performance sedan with a long and successful history, and it’s making a name for itself. The 2014 Buick Regal GS is crisply-styled, with tidy dimensions and a finely-tuned driving character that cleans up when it’s time to slice and dice on the asphalt. Most cars this good cost a small fortune. The Regal GS, on the other hand, drives like a million bucks without breaking the bank.
The Regal GS looks the part of sports sedan with a unique front fascia that features extra intakes, redesigned headlamps and a new grille for 2014, plus a rear bumper that integrates dual trapezoidal exhaust outlets, rocker extensions and an extended rear spoiler. The GS rides on standard 19-inch alloy wheels with a suspension that’s lower than other Regal models, and 20-inch V-spoke wheels with summer performance tires are also available to make the most of the capabilities designed into the chassis.
The Regal GS blends ride and handling in a masterful way. That’s due to a sophisticated suspension designed with a HiPer strut front end and a four-link rear setup. The HiPer strut design reduces torque steer and controls camber better than more common MacPherson struts. The driver will notice more linear steering response with better feedback about what’s going on at the wheels, and kickback over rough roads is also reduced. When equipped with available all-wheel drive, the Regal GS swaps the four-link rear suspension for a new H-arm system with isolated cross member for even better handling and a comfortable ride.
The GS is the only Regal model to feature the Interactive Drive Control system. Interactive Drive Control adjusts the suspension dampers, transmission shift points, steering assist and overall responsiveness. There are five modes, including “GS” mode and the exceptionally sporty “Competition” setting, which would be at home on a racetrack.
Based on its mechanical details alone, the Regal GS plays in a realm occupied by some seriously expensive competition. The Regal GS, on the other hand, leads the pack with exceptional value. The 2014 Regal GS (MSRP $37,830) is handsomely outfitted. The standard leather upholstery is an extra-cost option in much of the competition, who stick you with vinyl upholstery and try to cover it up by giving it a fancy name like “SensaTec” or “MB-Tex.” The Regal GS carries standard power-adjustable, heated front sport bucket seats, a heated, leather-wrapped sport steering wheel, E-Z Key Passive Entry System with keyless start, remote start (with automatic transmission), IntelliLink connectivity with Navigation and Bluetooth streaming, and more.
The standard 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine features Spark Ignition Direct Injection (SIDI) and Variable Valve Timing (VVT). It packs a 259-hp, 295 lb/ft of torque wallop, and drives the front wheels. All-wheel drive is also available, coupled with a standard six-speed automatic transmission, and there are also two levels of Driver Confidence Package to add to the capabilities. In comparison, to get a BMW 3 Series with more hp than the Regal GS you have to spend $43,400 for the 2014 335i, and then you have to spend $950 more to get the heated seats and heated steering wheel that are standard in the Regal GS, plus at least $1,400 on top of that if you want leather upholstery.
The 2.0-liter Turbo engine is a sophisticated piece of locomotion. Smooth thanks to a pair of balance shafts, the Regal GS engine is strong, too. The bottom end of the engine is built around a stout forged crankshaft that runs in an aluminum bedplate. The pistons are cooled by oil jets sprayed from below, and the cylinder head is Rotocast from 356T aluminum alloy. Sodium-filled exhaust valves keep heat under control within the cylinders, and the muscle comes courtesy of a twin-scroll turbocharger with electronically-controlled boost.
The Driver Confidence Package 1 enhances the safety of the Regal GS with a multitude of active safety features. It includes Side Blind Zone Alert with Lane Change Alert, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert and Following Distance Indicator, plus a driver memory seat. Driver Confidence Package 2 adds Adaptive Cruise Control and Automatic Collision Preparation with Braking.
You could spend quite a bit more on one of the European competitors than you will on the Buick Regal GS, but you’ll be paying more for less value. The Regal GS is a surprisingly frisky sedan from Buick, and with the high level of equipment you get standard, it makes a case for itself on value alone. The other half of the equation is the driving experience, and with solid performance, the Regal GS doesn’t let you down.
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