2017 Buick Regal
The 2017 Buick Regal is now the smallest of the old American automaker’s sedans. The discontinued Verano once appealed to Buick’s loyal grocery-getters, urbanites, or budget-conscious drivers. The bigger La Crosse, meanwhile, hearkens the days of unwieldy boat sedans and is more consistent with Buick’s history. Of course, it’s more graceful than in the past. The point is that the Regal used to be stuck in the middle. And now it’s been thrust into the light as the introductory Buick sedan. And that’s a great thing because the 2017 Buick Regal is a capable, comfortable, and, frankly; stylish car.
Buick (Modest) Power
The standard (and only) engine is 2.0L Turbo DOHC. With that powerplant, the Regal isn’t going to set any quarter-mile records. But it wasn’t designed to. With 259 horsepower, the engine is more than capable of supplying a confident ride on the highway and will never be taxed in the city. The fuel economy numbers are good, but not outstanding at 11.5 L/100km in the city and 8 L/100km on the highway. All in all, the Regal’s performance blends well into the car’s overall design philosophy. The ideal driver is an urban commuter or highway traveller to whom comfort is more important than flash.
However, the ideal driver of the 2017 Buick Regal may not be the actual driver. What I mean is that Buick is still trying to shake off the perception of being the official vehicle supplier of the Sunday driver. When some people hear the name Buick, they picture a gleaming white LeSabre and a driver with even whiter hair. And that’s a shame. Right now, Buick offers one of the best value propositions among North American Automakers.
To start with, every Regal model comes with standard OnStar 4G LTE WiFi. Heated driver and passenger seats are standard, too. Including those features might seem natural, but consider this: when you pay $40,000 for a new Audi A4, the price doesn’t include the cost of any paint colour other than black or white. Blue, grey, or dare I say, red, will cost you an additional $890. So, you should appreciate the fact that Buick believes certain luxury features should come standard. Of course, not everyone will be satisfied with the standard rendition of luxury.
Here’s a breakdown of what you’ll find above the standard Regal trim level.
Regal Premium I (MSRP: $35,295)
- Rear Park Assist
- Remote Start
- Heated Steering Wheel
- Universal Home Remote
Regal Premium II (MSRP: $37,895)
- Buick IntelliLink Infotainment
- Bose Premium Audio System
- HID Headlamps With LED Signatures
Regal GS (MSRP: $41,295)
- Brembo Front Brakes
- HiPer Strut Suspension
- Front & Rear Parking Assist
- Sport Bucket Seats
To learn more about the Buick Regal, and to book a test drive, follow the link below.