The Buick Regal is part of a revised and refreshed Buick lineup that’s characterized by performance, style, luxury and efficiency. The 2013 Regal is a standout sport sedan in its segment. When you compare it to its competition, including the Volkswagen CC, you see why the Regal is gaining popularity and receives so much industry praise.
The Bottom Line
The 2013 Buick Regal starts at an MSRP of $29,015, $1,595 less than the $30,610 MSRP for the 2013 Volkswagen CC. That’s an immediate advantage for the Buick. Factor in the extra comforts and fuel savings you get with the Regal and that number continues to grow. After analyzing 38 published reviews and test drives and factoring in safety and reliability data, U.S. News ranked the 2013 Regal four spots ahead of the Volkswagen CC on its list of “Upscale Midsize Cars,” tying it with more expensive models including the Audi A4 and Cadillac ATS. Jalopnik summed up the Regal best when it said, “So let's see what we have here; A gorgeous, fun-to-drive, quick, comfortable, well-equipped American sedan built with the quality of its German competitors...”
Power Meets Efficiency
It used to be that if you wanted a car with good fuel economy, you had to sacrifice performance. Not in a Buick. The 2013 Regal features with a standard 2.4-liter Ecotec inline four-cylinder engine with eAssist™ technology. The 2.4-liter produces 182 hp and 172 lb/ft of torque through a six-speed automatic transmission. The EPA estimates a fantastic 25 mpg city and 36 mpg highway.
For those who want even more power, Buick offers a 2.0-liter turbocharged ECOTEC®
four-cylinder that delivers 220 hp in the Regal Turbo; additionally, a high-output version of this turbo four is good for 270 hp, 295 lb/ft of torque and an EPA-estimated 29 mpg highway in the Regal GS. The Volkswagen CC comes standard with a 2.0-liter inline-four that produces 200 hp and 207 lb/ft of torque through a standard six-speed manual transmission. Buyers need to pay an extra $1,100 for an automatic, further adding value to the Regal and its bottom line. The 2.0-liter found in the CC is less efficient, returning 21 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway, yet another advantage for the Regal. The CC offers a 280-hp 3.6-liter V6, but the V6 is capable of only 265 lb/ft of torque, and it requires premium-grade gasoline to get there.
Amenities for All
Both the Regal and the CC are well equipped with standard amenities, including Bluetooth connectivity, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and dual-zone climate control. Only the Regal comes standard with leather upholstery, heated front seats, rear climate control, an auxiliary outlet and the availability of a sunroof (in base model), however. Another impressive feature available on the Regal that you won’t find on the CC is the Buick IntelliLink system, which connects users’ smartphones to a standard seven-inch full-color touch-screen and enables Pandora Internet Radio and Stitcher SmartRadio to run with voice activation. The Regal widens its lead over the CC with its available HiPer strut front suspension, Brembo brakes and a nine-speaker harman/kardon audio with 5.1 Matrix surround sound – all features you can’t get on a CC. The Regal also offers occupants more comfort, thanks to its extra front and rear headroom and front leg and shoulder room.
Safety and Warranty
Both models come standard with Antilock Brakes, Electronic Stability Control and a Tire Pressure Monitoring system, and were named “Top Safety Pick” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, but only the Regal comes standard with the OnStar system and its comprehensive suite of safety, security and convenience features that include Automatic Crash Response, Roadside Assistance, Remote Door Unlock and Vehicle Diagnostics.
The Regal also outdoes the CC when comparing warranties. The CC buyers get a three-year/36,000-mile Bumper-to-Bumper New Vehicle Warranty, but its one full year and 14,000 miles short of the four-year/50,000-mile New Vehicle Warranty of the Regal. The CC again falls short on its Powertrain Limited Warranty, offering a five-year/60,000- mile coverage that is one year and 10,000 miles short of the six-year/70,000-mile Powertrain offering for the Regal. Regal eAssist components are covered for eight full years or 100,000 miles. Roadside Assistance is standard on both models, but the six-year/70,000-mile coverage of the Regal dwarfs the three-year/36,000-mile coverage found on the CC.
The Buick Regal sport sedan offers an exhilarating drive, excellent fuel economy, plenty of luxury amenities, safety, peace of mind and excellent value. Stop by today to see why the Regal is getting so much praise.