2002 Buick Regal

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Key Specs

of the 2002 Buick Regal. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    22-24 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    200-hp, 3.8-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    4-speed automatic w/OD
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2002 Buick Regal Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
The basic design of the sporty Regal is similar to that of Buick’s conservatively styled Century. Buick markets the midsize Regal sedan to younger buyers, while the Century tends to be favored by an older crowd. The Regal offers stronger engines, front bucket seats and a racier personality. The Regal comes in basic LS trim and performance-oriented GS guise, the latter of which packs a supercharged engine.

For 2002, a new Joseph Abboud special edition is offered in both LS and GS trims. This is the third model to come out of Buick’s partnership with the renowned fashion designer. The Abboud models feature special club-style front bucket seats with Chestnut leather seating areas that are reminiscent of those in Buick’s LaCrosse concept vehicle. LATCH child-seat tethers are new for 2002, but little else has changed.

Exterior
The Regal displays a more aggressive appearance than the similar-sized Century and is led by a bolder grille and different rear styling. Both models share the same front-drive chassis and have 109-inch wheelbases. Measuring 196.2 inches long overall, the Regal is a little longer than the Century, but their widths and heights are identical at 72.7 inches and 56.6 inches, respectively. The LS sedan rides on 15-inch tires, while the GS carries wider rubber on 16-inch aluminum wheels. The LS also features a Gran Touring suspension for tauter handling.

Interior
Front bucket seats are standard in both versions of the Regal, while the C...
Vehicle Overview
The basic design of the sporty Regal is similar to that of Buick’s conservatively styled Century. Buick markets the midsize Regal sedan to younger buyers, while the Century tends to be favored by an older crowd. The Regal offers stronger engines, front bucket seats and a racier personality. The Regal comes in basic LS trim and performance-oriented GS guise, the latter of which packs a supercharged engine.

For 2002, a new Joseph Abboud special edition is offered in both LS and GS trims. This is the third model to come out of Buick’s partnership with the renowned fashion designer. The Abboud models feature special club-style front bucket seats with Chestnut leather seating areas that are reminiscent of those in Buick’s LaCrosse concept vehicle. LATCH child-seat tethers are new for 2002, but little else has changed.

Exterior
The Regal displays a more aggressive appearance than the similar-sized Century and is led by a bolder grille and different rear styling. Both models share the same front-drive chassis and have 109-inch wheelbases. Measuring 196.2 inches long overall, the Regal is a little longer than the Century, but their widths and heights are identical at 72.7 inches and 56.6 inches, respectively. The LS sedan rides on 15-inch tires, while the GS carries wider rubber on 16-inch aluminum wheels. The LS also features a Gran Touring suspension for tauter handling.

Interior
Front bucket seats are standard in both versions of the Regal, while the Century comes with a front bench. A split, folding rear seatback augments the trunk, which has a 16.7-cubic-foot capacity and allows carrying long items such as skis. Standard LS fare includes a cassette player, remote keyless entry, cruise control, fog lamps, a tire-inflation monitor, a tilt steering wheel, and power windows, locks and mirrors. Dual-zone ComfortTemp air conditioning has separate controls for the driver and front passenger.

In addition to bigger wheels and a supercharged engine, the GS edition adds leather-trimmed seats, a cassette/CD player and a Driver Information Center. GM’s satellite-based OnStar communication system is standard in the GS and comes as a factory-installed option in the LS sedan.

The Joseph Abboud special edition features a premium audio system, sunroof and steering-wheel stereo controls. Late in the 2001 model year, Tortoise Burl woodgrain trim went on the Regal’s door switches and gearshift lever.

Under the Hood
A 200-horsepower, 3.8-liter V-6 engine goes into the LS, while the GS benefits from a supercharged version that develops 240 hp. That’s enough to turn the Regal into a virtual four-door hot rod — compared to most of its rivals — that is capable of challenging some sports cars. Premium fuel is required for the supercharged engine. Both engines mate with a four-speed-automatic transmission.

Safety
Compared to some midsize sedans, the Regal offers a good selection of standard safety features, including all-disc antilock brakes, traction control and a theft-deterrent system. Models with leather upholstery include a seat-mounted side-impact airbag for the driver.

Driving Impressions
Though the GS isn’t quite as refined as some import-brand rivals, it is a potent road machine. Acceleration falls short of stunning, but overall performance stands well above the midsize norm. Even with the Gran Touring suspension, handling skills cannot match those of a sports car, but the Regal can hold its own through curvy, demanding roads.

 
Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com;
From the cars.com 2002 Buying Guide;
Posted on 4/15/02

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.0)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(3.9)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

very reliable car

by mg12345 from raleigh north carolina on August 1, 2018

good running car never put me down has no dents paint is in good condition does not use very much oil, you would appreciate a car like this. Read full review

(5.0)

Love this car!!

by 02regalfan from Fort Wayne inddiana on February 28, 2018

I bought this car used and it already had 170k miles on it. I still have it and it's still running strong over 200k miles! Some wear and tear when I purchased this vehicle due to age and some neglect ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

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The 2002 Buick Regal currently has 5 recalls

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Regal received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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