The 2002 Buick Regal is basically a sportier version of the much more conservative Buick Century. The midsize sedan is built on the same platform as the Century, as well as a handful of other cars, and is marketed to a younger generation than the Century. Equipping the 2002 Buick Regal with more powerful engines, bucket seats, and a sportier trim, all make the marketing to a younger age possible. With the introduction of the 2002 Buick Regal models, the only changes are the introduction of a Joseph Abboud special edition for both models and the inclusion of LATCH child seat anchors as standard.
Body Styles: four-door sedan
Engines: 3.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Buick Regal LS, Buick Regal GS
Very little was changed for the launch of the 2002 models of the Buick Regal. As well as improving safety for children by including LATCH child seat anchors as standard features for both models, a new special edition was launched for both models also. The Joseph Abboud special editions are the result of a collaboration between the renowned fashion designer and Buick to create a more modern and up-to-date look for the 2002 Buick Regal. Changes for the special editions include club-style front bucket seats, chestnut leather seating, two-tone trim, upgraded audio system, steering wheel mounted controls, and a sunroof.
From the outside, the 2002 Buick Regal has a similar size and basic design as the Buick Century, but the design has been tweaked to make the Regal look more aggressive. The front fascia, grille, and rear styling of the 2002 Buick Regal is different than that found on the Century, and the easiest way to tell the two apart. Size-wise, the 2002 Buick Regal is slightly longer, but otherwise, they have the exact same dimensions. The front grille of the LS model is chrome, while for the GS model, it is body-colored. The base LS sedan is equipped with 15-inch wheels as standard, while the upscale GS model has 16-inch wheels.
Where the 2002 Buick Regal differs significantly from the Century is in the cabin. The 2002 Buick Regal seats five passengers in two front bucket seats and a bench seat in the rear. The rear seat is a split folding seat, so that additional cargo space can be provided when needed.
All models are fully equipped with standard features, including cruise control, dual-zone climate control, a six-way power driver’s seat, a tilt steering wheel, power locks, windows, and mirrors, and a six-speaker audio system. The GS model also includes leather upholstery, an upgraded audio system, and the OnStar system as standard. These can be included in the base LS model as optional extras.
Performance & Handling
Both models of the 2002 Buick Regal are equipped with a 3.8-liter, V-6 engine. The engine in the base LS sedan provides 200 horsepower and 225 lb-ft of torque. In the GS model, the engine has been supercharged so that the power output is increased to 240 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. A four-speed automatic transmission is the only transmission available to either model.
Both variants of the V-6 engine are strong and provide ample power to accelerate the 2002 Buick Regal quickly, both from a stop and when carrying out passing maneuvers on the highway. While steering and handling is not as precise as some of the European sports sedan in the same class as the 2002 Buick Regal, the sedan is well-balanced and can hold its own, particularly the GS model. The comfortable and roomy interior combines with the suspension to provide a smooth and quiet ride.
Both models of the 2002 Buick Regal come equipped with a good selection of standard safety equipment, which includes four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, a tire pressure monitor system, and traction control, as well as the new LATCH child seat anchors. In the GS model, driver’s side side-mounted airbags are standard, and they are optional for the LS model.
EPA Fuel Economy
Buick Regal LS: 17/27 mpg city/highway
Buick Regal GS: 16/25 mpg city/highway
- Powerful V-6 engine
- Roomy interior cabin
- Smooth and comfortable ride
You Won't Like
- Dated interior and exterior design and image
- Leather used for interior feels of low quality
A family sedan that provides a smooth, comfortable ride and plenty of room for five passengers.
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