2015 Buick Regal Turbo FWD Sedan by Stu Wright

The Buick Regal was introduced 42 years ago, and the mid-size sedan has been sold pretty much every year since then, and is currently marketed as an upscale sport sedan.  The car is placed by Buick between its Verano and LaCrosse offerings, and is 6” longer than the Verano in both wheelbase and length (107.8”/190.2”).  Also, it is 200 lbs. heavier.

My most recent test car came from Weld County Garage in Greeley, and was a 2015 Regal that was painted Copper red metallic with an ebony leather interior.  Every time I read about one of these ebony interiors, I think of “Ebony and Ivory”, the 1982 number one hit (In the US and the UK) by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder.  The song is about the keys on a piano, but is also intended to deal with integration and racial harmony.  With that thought in mind, I can wrap my brain around the fact that the car at hand has a black interior, which was the case with my test Buick Regal.

The Regal is my favorite Buick sedan, and driving this one was pleasant.   The car is light on its feet, has adequate power, plus has suitable ride, handling, and guidance.  It’s the Goldilocks of the lineup, and the aforementioned power comes in the form of a 2.0 liter, four-cylinder engine with a turbo, variable valve timing, dual overhead cams, and 259 horsepower (5,300 rpm).  Torque is 295 lb. ft. (3,000/4,000 rpm).

The transmission installed in the front-wheel drive Regal is a six-speed automatic with driver shift control.  Zero to sixty acceleration is reportedly 6.1 seconds, and to stop the Regal, it takes 112 ft. from a 60 mph pace.  Tires to do that are 235/50R18 Michelin Primacy MXM4, all-season radials mounted on the Buick 18” ten-spoke silver alloy wheels.  Fuel economy of the Regal is 21 mpg city, 34 mpg highway and 24 mpg, combined.  The tank holds 15.8 gallons.

Styling seems to be the hallmark of Buick automobiles and SUV’s, and the Regal is no exception.  Chrome is in abundance on this automobile, and the trunk has a built-in spoiler.  Dual chrome exhaust finishers are beneath the rear fascia, and Buick’s trademark vents are on the hood.  The Copper red paint really looked good in sunshine, and a bold grill photographed well.

Base price of the Regal came in at $29,840.00, and a sunroof ($1,000.00), nav/Intellilink/CD/satellite radio setup ($495.00), and freight ($925.00), brought the total M.S.R.P. to $32,260.00.  The Regal comes with the leather seating, heated buckets, seating for five, 7-speaker audio system, OnStar, navigation, 8-way power driver’s seat, tilt/telescope, and remote starter.  The trunk holds 14.2 cubic feet of luggage.

I enjoyed driving the Regal, and I think sales of it should improve over time.  Buick has three sedans clumped pretty close together, and the Regal probably deserves more attention than it gets.  I’m glad I had the opportunity to give it some.

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