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2013 Buick Regal

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$7,458 — $19,142 USED
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Sedan
5 Seats
22-29 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Stylish design
  • Manual-transmission option
  • GS handling
  • eAssist gas mileage
  • Quiet cabin

The Bad

  • Modest acceleration in GS
  • Choppy ride in GS
  • Center controls hard to sort through
  • Backseat headroom
2013 Buick Regal exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2013 Buick Regal
  • Newly standard Buick IntelliLink integrates internet radio from smartphones
  • Mild-hybrid or turbo drivetrains
  • Platform hails from Europe
  • Manual or automatic
  • Optional adaptive suspension

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

Based on the Opel Insignia from Europe, the five-seat Regal entry-luxury midsize sedan has a striking resemblance to that model. It's offered with a choice of mild-hybrid or turbocharged drivetrains, and its competitors include the Volkswagen Passat and Acura TSX.

(Skip to details on the: Regal eAssist, Regal GS)

New for 2013
For 2013, Buick's IntelliLink system, which uses Bluetooth or the USB port to pair a smartphone to the touch-screen stereo and stream music from Pandora Internet Radio or Stitcher SmartRadio, is now standard. The base four-cylinder engine has been dropped, and a heated steering wheel is available.
Exterior
While the Regal's styling is definitely understated, the sedan has clean lines and a nice stance. The rear-quarter view is one of its best angles, and the car has one of the most stylish trunk lids around. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 18-inch aluminum wheels
  • Available 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels 
  • Available sunroof
  • Heated power side mirrors with integrated turn signals

Interior
The five-seat cabin utilizes premium materials, and there is an optional navigation system. The Regal has a sizable trunk that measures 14.2 cubic feet (11.1 in the eAssist hybrid), and there is a wide opening to both the cargo area and into the cabin when the split backseat is folded. Interior features include:

  • Standard leather upholstery
  • Standard heated front seats
  • Standard power driver's seat
  • Standard Bluetooth connectivity
  • Stand...
Vehicle Overview

Based on the Opel Insignia from Europe, the five-seat Regal entry-luxury midsize sedan has a striking resemblance to that model. It's offered with a choice of mild-hybrid or turbocharged drivetrains, and its competitors include the Volkswagen Passat and Acura TSX.

(Skip to details on the: Regal eAssist, Regal GS)

New for 2013
For 2013, Buick's IntelliLink system, which uses Bluetooth or the USB port to pair a smartphone to the touch-screen stereo and stream music from Pandora Internet Radio or Stitcher SmartRadio, is now standard. The base four-cylinder engine has been dropped, and a heated steering wheel is available.
Exterior
While the Regal's styling is definitely understated, the sedan has clean lines and a nice stance. The rear-quarter view is one of its best angles, and the car has one of the most stylish trunk lids around. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 18-inch aluminum wheels
  • Available 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels 
  • Available sunroof
  • Heated power side mirrors with integrated turn signals

Interior
The five-seat cabin utilizes premium materials, and there is an optional navigation system. The Regal has a sizable trunk that measures 14.2 cubic feet (11.1 in the eAssist hybrid), and there is a wide opening to both the cargo area and into the cabin when the split backseat is folded. Interior features include:

  • Standard leather upholstery
  • Standard heated front seats
  • Standard power driver's seat
  • Standard Bluetooth connectivity
  • Standard satellite radio
  • Optional Harman Kardon stereo

Under the Hood
The Regal's base engine is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with eAssist that makes 182 horsepower. Buyers looking for more power can select the optional turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that's rated at 220 hp. The engines work with a six-speed automatic transmission to power the front wheels, and sedans with the turbo engine also offer a six-speed manual gearbox. Mechanical features include:

  • eAssist uses regular gas
  • Turbo engine prefers premium gas, but it's not required
  • Available Interactive Drive Control System equips the car with an adaptive suspension and automatically tailors the car to road conditions and driver behavior

Safety
Safety features include:

  • Standard antilock brakes
  • Standard electronic stability system
  • Standard traction control 
  • Standard side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • Optional backseat side-impact airbags

Regal eAssist
The Regal eAssist combines a 2.4-liter four-cylinder and a six-speed automatic transmission with a 15-hp electric motor to provide more acceleration. The motor uses power from a lithium-ion battery, which draws a charge off regenerative braking. The engine shuts off at a stop and during deceleration, helping render an EPA rating of 25/36 mpg city/highway.

The lithium-ion battery pack sits behind the rear seat, cutting trunk volume, as the case is in many hybrid sedans. Folding rear seats are standard, but the battery pack blocks the passenger-side opening.

Other changes include unique 17-inch light-alloy wheels with low-rolling-resistance tires, an air-conditioning system with a more efficient fuel-economy mode, an Eco gauge in the instrument cluster and a screen that shows hybrid-system energy flow. Back to top
Regal GS
A higher-performance version of the turbocharged Regal, the GS benefits from higher turbo boost and reduced exhaust backpressure to generate 270 hp and 295 pounds-feet of torque. The power runs through a six-speed automatic transmission or an optional six-speed manual to the front wheels, and Buick says the GS' front suspension has specialized struts to mitigate torque steer. The front and rear shocks are both adaptive, with driver-changeable settings to alter their stiffness as well as power-steering assist. Drivers can choose from three settings -- Standard, Sport and GS Mode -- by using dashboard controls.

Visual cues include a lower ride height, deeper bumpers, faux hood vents and 19-inch alloy wheels. Twenty-inch wheels with summer tires are optional. Inside, the GS has a flat-bottom steering wheel, metal pedals and unique leather seats with larger side bolsters. Back to top

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.4
16 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Love it

by MaseRichie from Indianapolis, IN on October 26, 2018

This is the nicest vehicle I have ever owned and I love driving it. The way it hugs the road is awesome and the ride is super smooth. Read full review

(4.0)

Car has been one of the best I have owned.

by MEL 57 from Modesto, CA on July 17, 2018

Great looking car. Good performance and excellent handling. Some service items are expensive. Transmission is sealed and can only serviced by dealer. $600 to service. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2013 Buick Regal currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2013 Buick Regal Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Buick

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    72 months / 70,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)

  • Powertrain

    6 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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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