2003 Buick Regal

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Key Specs

of the 2003 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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2003 Buick Regal Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Posted on 10/23/2002
Vehicle Overview
Like the related Century, Buick’s midsize front-wheel-drive (FWD) Regal won’t get a redesign for another year or so. For the 2003 model year, antilock brakes and side-impact airbags will be part of an option package rather than offered as standard equipment.

Two new body colors are available. Additional interior trim padding has been installed in the Regal to enhance head-impact protection. Special Regal models with color and trim by fashion designer Joseph Abboud will still be marketed.

With its front bucket seats, the Regal is sportier in appearance than the conservatively styled Century, which is equipped with a front bench seat. Both models are built from the same basic design. The Regal offers stronger engines and a racier personality. The Regal comes in base LS trim and performance-oriented GS guise; the GS is equipped with a supercharged engine.

Exterior
The Regal displays a more aggressive appearance than the comparably sized Century. The Regal has a bolder grille and different rear styling. Both models share the same FWD chassis and have 109-inch wheelbases. Measuring 196.2 inches long overall, the Regal is a little longer than the Century.

The LS sedan rides on 15-inch tires, and the GS carries wider rubber on 16-inch aluminum wheels. The GS also features a Gran Touring suspension for tauter handling. Abboud-styled sedans have lower bodyside cladding. A power moonroof is optional.

Interior
Front bucket seats are standard in b...
Posted on 10/23/2002
Vehicle Overview
Like the related Century, Buick’s midsize front-wheel-drive (FWD) Regal won’t get a redesign for another year or so. For the 2003 model year, antilock brakes and side-impact airbags will be part of an option package rather than offered as standard equipment.

Two new body colors are available. Additional interior trim padding has been installed in the Regal to enhance head-impact protection. Special Regal models with color and trim by fashion designer Joseph Abboud will still be marketed.

With its front bucket seats, the Regal is sportier in appearance than the conservatively styled Century, which is equipped with a front bench seat. Both models are built from the same basic design. The Regal offers stronger engines and a racier personality. The Regal comes in base LS trim and performance-oriented GS guise; the GS is equipped with a supercharged engine.

Exterior
The Regal displays a more aggressive appearance than the comparably sized Century. The Regal has a bolder grille and different rear styling. Both models share the same FWD chassis and have 109-inch wheelbases. Measuring 196.2 inches long overall, the Regal is a little longer than the Century.

The LS sedan rides on 15-inch tires, and the GS carries wider rubber on 16-inch aluminum wheels. The GS also features a Gran Touring suspension for tauter handling. Abboud-styled sedans have lower bodyside cladding. A power moonroof is optional.

Interior
Front bucket seats are standard in both versions of the Regal, whereas 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 tilt steering wheel, and power windows, door locks and mirrors. Dual-zone ComfortTemp air conditioning has separate controls for the driver and front passenger.

In addition to larger wheels and a supercharged engine, the GS edition adds leather-trimmed seats, a cassette and CD player, and a Driver Information Center. GM’s OnStar communication system is a factory-installed option for both versions. Special club-style front bucket seats with Chestnut leather seating areas, which are reminiscent of those in Buick’s LaCrosse concept vehicle, go into the Joseph Abboud special edition.

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

Safety
Antilock brakes are standard on the GS and an option on the LS. The GS models include a seat-mounted side-impact airbag for the driver and full-range traction control.

Driving Inpressions
The GS isn’t quite as refined as some import-brand rivals, but it is a potent road machine. Its acceleration falls short of stunning, but the Regal’s overall performance stands well above the midsize norm. Even with the Gran Touring suspension, its handling skills can’t 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 2003 Buying Guide

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It's a Buick

by Potato from Loveland, Co on March 31, 2018

I have driven many cars and by far this one is the best! It gets great gas mileage, has the super reliable and powerful 3.8l v6 that is just solid! Its quiet inside I can easily talk to my passengers ... Read full review

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Great Car!!!!

by Michael from Chicago on February 15, 2018

Nice, clean, we'll kept car! Service was great! I commute over 1000 miles a week and has been solid!! Read full review

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