The Buick renaissance continues with the value-packed 2013 Buick Regal, a luxury sedan that delivers stylish design, advanced technology, outstanding fuel economy and sports car performance, plus the superior freeway ride for which Buick is revered.
The 2012 Regal was selected as the “Best Upscale Midsized Car for the Money” by U.S News, ahead of the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Lexus ES and IS, Volvo S60 and 14 other cars. It won the award for its “low long-term ownership costs and high praise from auto reviewers, as well as its nimble handling and comfortable interior.” The Regal was also selected by U.S. News as the “Best Upscale Midsized Car for Families,” because of its “good safety scores, roomy interior and high-quality cabin.”
Numerous enhancements have been added to the 2013 Buick Regal (MSRP starting at $29,015), highlighted by the now standard, 2.4-liter Ecotec four-cylinder engine featuring eAssist™, a light electrification system that helps boost fuel economy to an impressive 36 mpg highway. Another standard feature in all 2013 Regal models is the Buick IntelliLink infotainment system, and the Regal Turbo features a heated steering wheel as standard equipment.
The standard 2.4-liter Ecotec engine gets its eAssist boost from an electric-induction motor-generator and energy stored in a state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery. The eAssist system enhances the efficiency of both the engine and the standard, eAssist-specific, six-speed automatic transmission; it combines with the 2.4-liter’s advanced direct injection technology to produce a robust 182 hp and 172 lb/ft of torque to the front wheels.
The Regal Turbo takes performance a step farther with its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine good for 220 hp and 260 lb/ft of torque, yet it still returns an eye-opening 32 mpg on the highway with its available six-speed manual transmission, a feature that hasn’t been previously offered in a Buick for decades. For those who prefer the legendary silky smoothness of a Buick automatic, the Regal Turbo comes standard with a six-speed automatic with Driver Shift Control.
If you seek the ultimate in premium performance sedan touring, the Regal GS packs more punch-per-liter then any of its competitors. As the most power-dense engine ever certified by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the high-output direct-injected 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder in the Regal GS boasts 135 hp per liter. For those who aren’t quick with math, that equates to an astounding 270 hp and 295 lb/ft of torque. The GS is also available with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, and it features exclusive performance upgrades like four-piston Brembo front brake calipers; an advanced High Performance (HiPer) Strut front suspension for superior front-drive handling and reduced torque steer; and the Buick-exclusive Interactive Drive Control System that features continuously controlled real-time damping and allows driver-adjustable suspension sensitivity, steering feel and shift pattern.
Also available on the Regal Turbo, Interactive Drive Control features different suspension modes for different conditions. On Turbo models, “Standard” mode delivers ideal, all-around performance, “Tour” mode gives that classic, comfortable road feel Buick is known for, and “Sport” mode stiffens matters up to make the Regal a precision cornering instrument. In the Regal GS, “Tour” mode is replaced with “GS” mode, which is designed to transform the Regal into a track-worthy sports sedan with minimal body roll, dynamic steering feedback and enhanced shifts with the automatic transmission.
Every Regal features one of the most rigid body structures in the segment to improve handling and deliver the famously hushed Buick cabin environment. The body was also designed with sleekness in mind, as evidenced by the flowing exterior lines and coupe-like appearance. The signature Buick waterfall grille, tasteful use of chrome trim, trapezoidal dual exhaust tips and tightly-tucked body panels exude performance, quality, luxury and sophistication.
Sophistication and elegance also characterize the interior, which features uninterrupted side panels that seamlessly integrate into an instrument panel illuminated by attractive ice-blue LED ambient lighting. The instrument gauges are so tastefully designed, they might be mistaken for expensive timepieces; the seats are well-bolstered, comfortable and supportive; and the revised center stack is more intuitive, showcasing the standard Intellilink System with CD player, Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, and MP3 and iPod compatibility.
Featuring a seven-inch, high-resolution, full-color touch-screen, Intellilink uses Bluetooth or USB to integrate smartphones for hands-free calling and voice-controlled applications like PANDORA Internet Radio. Intellilink also integrates with the popular OnStar system for added safety and handy services like navigation, remote door unlocking, vehicle diagnostics and more.
Every Regal is equipped with an extensive list of standard equipment, making it one of the best luxury sedan values going. Leather appointed seating, heated front seats, an 8-way power driver’s seat with four-way power lumbar, dual-zone climate control, foglamps and an electric parking brake are all standard features on the 2013 Regal. With luxurious options including a premium nine-speaker harman/kardon audio system, navigation, Rear Park Assist, push-button starting, a sunroof and 20-inch alloy wheels, the Regal still comes in thousands of dollars less than similarly equipped import luxury sedans.
There’s a Buick Regal custom fit to your needs and budget, so visit our showroom today and get behind the wheel of one of the most exciting Buicks ever built. The balance of power, fuel efficiency, sportiness, luxury and style in the 2013 Buick Regal just might make you a proud new owner of one.