2014 Buick Regal

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Key Specs

of the 2014 Buick Regal. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    22-24 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    259-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed automatic w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Available all-wheel drive
  • Improved cabin control layout and design
  • Performance with the turbo engine
  • High quality interior materials
  • Wind and road noise isolation

The Bad

  • Uncompetitive fuel economy
  • Handling
  • Large turning circle

Notable Features of the 2014 Buick Regal

  • Revised styling inside and out
  • New turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • Newly available all-wheel drive
  • Available collision-warning system with automatic braking
  • Performance-oriented GS model

2014 Buick Regal Road Test

Jennifer Geiger

The 2014 Buick Regal has a just-right blend of a comfortable ride and lively acceleration that make up for its shortcomings in around-town maneuverability.

It's easy to be confused about Buick's sedan lineup; a strong family resemblance helps them blend into one another. The Regal is the middle child, competing for attention in a lineup anchored by the well-appointed LaCrosse at the large end and the perky Verano on the compact side. Can the smallish midsize Regal stand out with a clear identity of its own?

For 2014, the Regal got a light exterior and interior refresh, revised powertrains and available all-wheel drive. See the differences between the 2013 and 2014 models here. The Regal competes against other vehicles that straddle the compact and midsize sedan classes, including the Acura TSX, Audi A4 and Volvo S60. See them compared here.

Exterior
Although the Regal's exterior style melds into its larger and smaller siblings, they're all handsome. The Regal wears Buick's large, classy waterfall grille flanked by upswept LED running lamps.

For 2014, the Regal is only lightly refreshed, with revised headlights, grille, bumper and air intakes in front. Changes to the rear include a tweaked LED taillamp design, trunk lid and bumper. The sport-oriented GS model distinguishes itself with a more aggressive front and rear bumper and larger standard wheels (19 inches, versus 18 inches on the base Regal).

How It Drives
Quiet cabins are a Buick strong suit and t...

The 2014 Buick Regal has a just-right blend of a comfortable ride and lively acceleration that make up for its shortcomings in around-town maneuverability.

It's easy to be confused about Buick's sedan lineup; a strong family resemblance helps them blend into one another. The Regal is the middle child, competing for attention in a lineup anchored by the well-appointed LaCrosse at the large end and the perky Verano on the compact side. Can the smallish midsize Regal stand out with a clear identity of its own?

For 2014, the Regal got a light exterior and interior refresh, revised powertrains and available all-wheel drive. See the differences between the 2013 and 2014 models here. The Regal competes against other vehicles that straddle the compact and midsize sedan classes, including the Acura TSX, Audi A4 and Volvo S60. See them compared here.

Exterior
Although the Regal's exterior style melds into its larger and smaller siblings, they're all handsome. The Regal wears Buick's large, classy waterfall grille flanked by upswept LED running lamps.

For 2014, the Regal is only lightly refreshed, with revised headlights, grille, bumper and air intakes in front. Changes to the rear include a tweaked LED taillamp design, trunk lid and bumper. The sport-oriented GS model distinguishes itself with a more aggressive front and rear bumper and larger standard wheels (19 inches, versus 18 inches on the base Regal).

How It Drives
Quiet cabins are a Buick strong suit and the Regal is no exception, with excellent isolation from wind and road noise. The engine note, however, breaks the mold a bit. The turbocharged four-cylinder emits an unrefined, gravelly sound at idle. It's both unbecoming and unexpected in a near-luxury sedan. It's pretty quick from a stop, though, with only a bit of turbo lag. Still, I expected more immediate oomph from the turbocharged 259-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder, especially because it's 18 percent more powerful than last year's turbo. I got it in the form of mid-range power, however, where it pours on the steam for easy passing and merging thanks to smooth and timely shifts from the six-speed automatic; a six-speed manual is available in the GS model.

I did not get to drive the optional engine: GM's eAssist mild hybrid, which carries over from last year and pairs a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with an electric motor that's powered by a lithium-ion battery pack. Its fuel economy gains are modest, at 25/36/29 mpg city/highway/combined, but it props up the regular Regal's unimpressive numbers, which come in at 21/30/24 mpg with two-wheel drive. It falls behind the pack when compared with two-wheel-drive four-cylinder versions of competitors like the A4 (24/32/27 mpg) and TSX (22/31/26 mpg), but is matched by the S60 (21/30/24 mpg). Buick recommends premium fuel.

On the highway is where the Regal feels most at home; the combination of natural-feeling, communicative steering with a compliant, composed ride makes it a comfortable cruiser. Bumps are well damped, but cornering exposes some handling weaknesses. Body lean is noticeable, and the car doesn't stay very well buttoned-down in corners, especially sweeping highway off-ramps. Around-town maneuverability is another weakness. A fairly large turning circle made navigating city parking lots a chore. The Regal's turning circle is 38 feet, compared with the TSX's 36.6 and the S60's 37 feet.

Optional all-wheel drive is new this year, and it got a workout during our test period. The sedan doesn't look like it will be robust in the snow, but it didn't let me down after getting plowed into a parking spot on the street. I was able to climb over a pretty significant ridge of packed snow and ice to make my way out; many drivers on the same street were stuck. Fuel economy takes a hit, however; the all-wheel-drive Regal loses 2 mpg in combined fuel economy versus the two-wheel drive model.

Interior
Buick calls the interior color palette I tested Cashmere, and though the cabin falls short of delivering the elegance that word conveys, it's still lovely. The design is classy and the materials have a quality look and feel; panels are well-fitted, and touch points are padded. The Regal's standard imitation wood trim isn't very convincing, but it's still appealing. The standard leather seats are wide and plush.

At roughly 190 inches long, the Regal is at the large end of the compact class and the short end of the midsize-sedan segment. Headroom and legroom up front are competitive, and I carried three small passengers in the backseat on a couple of short trips without complaint. Rear headroom measures 36.8 inches, which is slightly less than the A4 (37.5), TSX (37.0) and S60 (37.4). All of those sedans are several inches shorter in overall length. The Regal makes up for it with extra rear legroom, however, offering 37.3 inches of space back there — several more inches than the listed competitors.

Ergonomics & Electronics
Buick swapped last year's crowded and cluttered control panel for a more streamlined design this year. The controls are well-organized and easy to understand and use — though some are easier than others. Just about every type of control you can think of is represented here: traditional knobs and buttons, as well as a touch-screen and touch-sensitive flat panels. The trusty first group worked well, but I had mixed experiences with the second set.

The IntelliLink multimedia system's touch-screen worked well for audio functions, with quick response time and logical menu structure. The navigation system, optional on base models and standard on higher trims, was slower to respond to touch inputs, but its menu structure was clear and it was easy to alter voice presets or cancel a route. The touch-sensitive flat panels that control the standard heated seats were annoyingly glitchy, and often required multiple stabs. On the flip side, using the standard Bluetooth streaming audio system was a breeze. I was able to pair my phone and launch Pandora in less than 30 seconds.

I have to give a shout-out here to some cold weather accessories that helped heat up my brutal winter weekend with the Regal. All-wheel drive got me out of a jam, and the available remote start system, the heated front seats and the optional heated steering wheel kept me warm while clawing through the snow and ice.

Cargo & Storage
The center console is very small, but Buick makes up for that by peppering the cabin with lots of small and useful storage cubbies. The trunk is competitively sized, and its non-intrusive hinges don't steal any luggage space. With 14.2 cubic feet of space, it bests the A4 (12.4), the TSX (14) and the S60 (12).

Safety
The 2014 Buick Regal performed well in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash tests, with an overall score of five stars, as well as Insurance Institute for Highway Safety evaluations, where it earned the top score of good in all tests it underwent.

A backup camera is standard, and a host of new and optional safety features are available for 2014. The Driver Confidence I package is reasonably priced at $890 and includes forward collision alert, a blind spot monitoring system, lane change alert, lane departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert and a following distance indicator. Driver Confidence II ($1,695) adds full-speed adaptive cruise control and collision preparation, which can bring the vehicle to a stop. Both packages are available only on higher trims.

Click here for a full list of safety features.

Value in Its Class
Base two-wheel-drive versions of the Regal start at $30,615, and all-wheel drive kicks that up to $32,790; all prices include destination charges. On paper it looks pricey, but it checks in lower than its competitors (the A4, S60 and TSX). Because the Regal plays in the near-luxury class, it feels appropriately priced. It's easy to go overboard, however; my test model topped out at $40,445 with extras like those safety packages and a moonroof. That seems like a lot to pay for this small Buick, but if you're in the market for a near-luxury vehicle, the Regal deserves a look — there's more to like than dislike about Buick's middle sister.

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

So fun to drive!!

by Dawn749 from Davison, MI on July 16, 2018

I get so many people stopping me and telling me what a pretty car my Regal GS is, and asking me about it. It handles like a dream and is so quick. I've driven it in the hills of Virginia and mountains ... Read full review

(5.0)

Delivers on performance at a great value

by paxrem from Mentor, OH on December 14, 2017

Compared to a very good deal on a similar Honda Accord, this became the choice due to some almost indefinable qualities. I did a head-to-head comparison with a very nice 2013 Accord (which had another ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2014 Buick Regal currently has 2 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2014 Buick Regal Turbo

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
acceptable
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.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed 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 warranty

    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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