Refreshed 2014 Buick Regal Priced from $30,615
Buick has been riding high on strong momentum caused by a revitalized product portfolio with cars and crossovers we can honestly say we adore and smart marketing. But every perfect family has a black sheep, and for Buick, that's the Regal. A midsize sedan that started with strong sales numbers, its business has all but dried up with the inception of the smaller, more affordable Buick Verano and the larger Buick LaCrosse looming at a price point not much higher. Now, Buick is going to try to change that, as it's introducing a a refreshed 2014 Buick Regal with plenty of new features and drivetrain options. Starting at $30,615, including $925 for destination and handling, the car represents a $725 increase over the 2013 model, but Buick thinks it should be worth the added cost. Standard in the 2014 Buick Regal are leather seats, 18-inch wheels, a rearview camera that we might have thought was sorely missing in the 2013 Regal GS we tested, IntelliLink infotainment system, heated front seats, and a punchier 259-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that replaces last year's standard 220-horsepower mill. The Regal eAssist mild hybrid carries over for 2014 with many of the same improvements, sans engine, increasing in price to $32,415 from the 2013's price that used to be identical to the Regal Turbo's. Adding to the newness of the 2014 Regal, the Regal is now available with all-wheel drive, starting at $32,790, and comes standard with an electronic limited-slip differential and Buick's HiPer Strut suspension that we found otherworldly refined in the 2014 LaCrosse that we drove a few months back. Still sitting at the top of the heap is the 2014 Buick Regal GS, which increases in price from $35,875 to $37,830. First, the bad: Its engine has been detuned from last year's 270 horsepower to the same 259 horsepower as the Regal Turbo. The good: The Regal GS comes standard with 19-inch wheels, Brembo brakes, HiPer Strut sports suspension, a Bose audio system, and more. It's also now available with all-wheel drive for the first time, headlining at $40,195. Unfortunately, that model can't be had with Buick's six-speed manual transmission. The 2014 Buick Regal goes on sale later this year; we'll tell you what it's like when we drive it towards the end of this month. Source: Buick
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