2013 Buick Regal Premium 1 Turbo FWD Sedan by Stu Wright

The Buick Regal has been manufactured by General Motors for over 40 years and is currently in its fifth generation configuration.  The test Regal I recently borrowed from Weld County Garage came in white diamond tricoat metallic paint and featured a cashmere and cocoa leather interior.

I lived in Orlando in 1973 and considered purchasing a new Buick Regal at that time, a car 18 feet long that got about 14 mpg with its 350 V-8.  The rear windows didn’t roll up or down in the four-door and didn’t exist in the two-door.  At 190.2”, the 2013 Regal is over two feet shorter than that 1973 model and goes over two times as far on a gallon of gasoline.  My test Regal was equipped with the Ecotec turbocharged 2 liter, four cylinder, direct-injected engine (220 hp/260 lb. ft.) rated at 18 mpg city and 29 mpg highway with an 18 gallon tank.  The engine is coupled to a transverse six-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, and zero to 60 capability of the Regal is reportedly 6.8 seconds.

Driving the Regal around Greeley was great; the car featured electric power steering with a turning circle of 37.4’.  Ride, guidance, and interior noise was acceptable and the transmission operation was typical GM (that’s a good thing).  The Regal is suspended with MacPherson struts up front and a 4-link rear setup coupled with anti-lock four-wheel disc brakes.  Wheels were 13-spoke silver alloys fitted with Michelin P235/50R18 Pilot 97V all-season radials.

M.S.R.P. of the Buick was based on a figure of $30,635, and an optional sunroof ($1,000), tricoat paint ($995), and freight ($895) brought the total to $33,525.  The car included the Premium 1 package of options such as heated steering wheel, pushbutton/remote start, and proximity keyless entry.  Both cashmere-toned leather front bucket seats had 12-way power adjustability and heating elements.  The seven-speaker stereo system is operated at the 7” high-resolution touch screen on the dashboard that afforded Buick Intellilink operation.

Buick has a reputation for manufacturing stylish sedans, and the Regal fits right in with that trend.  It is positioned between the premium LaCrosse and the compact Verano in the lineup, and the test car had chrome door handles, full-width chrome trunk trim, dual chrome exhaust finishers, waterfall grill, and hood-mounted Buick ornamental vents.  The trunk holds 14.2 cubic feet of cargo, and the Regal sedan weighs 3,671 lbs.

The 2013 Buick Regal has spunky performance, plenty of room for five, and terrific looks; it should be considered for purchase by prospective shoppers in the market for a mid-size luxury sedan.                 

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