2018 Buick Regal: Is That a Buick?

The 2018 Buick Regal

The “Is That a Buick?” advertising campaign has come and gone, along with the stodgy vehicles of the past. Now Buick is letting its vehicles speak for themselves. The LaCrosse, Encore, and Enclave have all been completely redesigned under a modern and elegant aesthetic. But the 2018 Buick Regal is set to really push the envelope. Its exterior design is fluid and graceful and Buick is even offering a few performance variants.

The 2018 Buick Regal (Starting MSRP $31,945)

The Encore may be Buick’s best-selling model, and the LaCrosse may be the de facto flagship, but that should not overshadow the achievements of the 2018 Buick Regal. Just look at the thing! Instead of a sedan, Buick is calling the Regal a sportback, which means that the roof slopes downward from the mid-cabin to the rear. That architecture, combined with the sharp new headlights make the Regal look like a distant cousin of the Jaguar. Finally, with the new recessed grille and split-wing badge, drivers will be proud parking in front of the office.  

On lower trims, the interior remains conservative with a clear priority of comfort. That is by no means a bad thing. But it is safe – something you wouldn’t expect given the aggressive nature of the exterior redesign. And with Buick’s QuietTuning and available Active Noise Cancellation your cabin is supremely quiet, making it a joy on the highway. Of course, when you move to the more sport-oriented trims, you can still hear the engine growl.

Buick Regal GS (Starting MSRP $43,945)

This is where things get really exciting. Inarguably, the sports sedan market has been languishing. So, when an entry like the 2018 Buick Regal GS enters the field, people take note. When you wring out the standard 3.6L V6 and its 310 horsepower, it’s easy to get in tune with the road. The engine is confident, powerful, and even fun. Buick also includes standard Intelligent All-Wheel Drive in the 2018 Regal GS. By constantly monitoring the grip of each wheel, Intelligent AWD keeps the sportback tight and confident in the corners – in all conditions.

  • Brembo Performance Brakes
  • 9-Speed Automatic Transmission
  • 19” Technical Grey Aluminum Wheels

Buick Regal TourX

For 2018, the Sportback is not the only new face the Buick Regal will be wearing. Early next year, the Buick Regal TourX will be hitting showroom floors. The North American equivalent of the Opel Insignia is clearly a station wagon, but Buick would like us to all pretend that it’s a crossover, so shhhh!

Of course, Buick’s reluctance to use the words station and wagon in succession is understandable. The whole continent is SUV is crazy, and while there is no discernible performance difference between a station wagon and a small crossover, buyers have abandoned the former (cars in general, really) in favour of the latter. And while taste is subjective, it’s hard not to believe that the 2018 Regal TourX is far more handsome than the Buick Encore, for example.

Plus, its Intelligent AWD, increased cargo space, and long roofline make it an all-season warrior for weekend getaways. Pound for pound (or dollar for dollar) the Regal TourX puts high-priced competitors like the BMW 3-Series Touring wagon to shame. It’s engine has more horsepower and torque and it has an MSRP roughly $15,000 lower!

If you want to learn more about the 2018 Buick Regal and browse our inventory, hit the link below!

 

Five Winter Driving Tips From Capital GMC Denaliville

Winter driving tips

Everyone thinks they’re a great driver until winter (or the law of averages) hits. Then, a bunch of people slide into the ditch and blame other people for it. So, whether you’re a new driver, or an experienced one, you should read these winter driving tips.  

Following Distance

In ideal driving conditions, you’re supposed to leave a following distance of four seconds between yourself and the car in front of you. But you don’t leave a following distance of four seconds, do you? Winter driving demands that you increase your following distance to seven or eight seconds. That’s the only way you’ll have enough space to stop in the event of a sudden obstruction. Finally, for the sake of Peter, drive slowly!

Winter Driving? Winter Tires

Get winter tires. It’s that simple. When the temperature falls below 7 °C, winter tires perform better than three-season tires. And when the temperature falls below zero, three-season tires becomes patently dangerous. Why? Three-season tires are comprised of stiff rubber that doesn’t become soft in high summer temperatures. Inversely, winter tires feature soft rubber that is pliable in extreme cold. On top of that, winter tires have aggressive tread patterns that cut through snow. Still don’t believe me?

Pump the Brakes: Don’t Pump the Brakes

You’ve probably heard a ton of conflicting information about braking in icy conditions. But it’s pretty simple. I’m going to assume you have ABS. If you lose traction on slippery pavement, press your brakes down firmly and don’t release them until you’ve regained control. If you have Electronic Stability Control (as all vehicles manufactured after September 2011 do) then you can even turn the steering wheel to the direction you want to travel, and the system will apply braking power to the correct wheels to make that happen.

Losing grip completely, as you would on black ice, demands a different strategy – ESC or not. When you’re going over black ice, don’t hit the brakes. Simply take your foot off the accelerator and wait until you’ve passed over the patch of ice (usually they aren’t greater than a few square metres). Jamming on the brakes and turning the steering wheel will give you even less control and increase the likelihood that your car makes a sudden, unpredictable maneuver as soon as it hits drier pavement.

Don’t Drive

If you’re going to be driving on the highway, make sure you check the highway hotline or a similar service before heading out. When the highway is icy, or visibility is poor due to blowing snow, it may be better to cancel your plans. First, the chance of a dangerous accident increases. If it’s hard to stop, maneuver, and see, you’re more likely to get in a collision – it’s that simple. But that’s not the only danger of extreme winter driving.

If conditions are dangerous for you, then they’re also dangerous for emergency services. While you’re waiting at the side of the road or in the ditch, it may be difficult for a tow truck to get to you. Try to wait inside your vehicle, but only run the engine for around ten minutes per hour in order to keep the heat up while conserving fuel. Also, make sure the tailpipe is not clogged so you aren’t breathing in exhaust fumes. Hopefully you’ve also packed some essential supplies. Which brings us to the next tip.

Safety Kit

You never know when you might get stuck out in the cold, so it’s important to remain prepared. Which is why it’s important that you put a safety kit in your vehicle. What should you include in your safety kit? You need some gear for staying warm, blankets, ski pants, boots, and gloves. You should also have a shovel and maybe even some sand to dig yourself out. If you’re really serious, you may even include road flares, food, water, and a knife in your winter safety kit. 

The 2018 Buick LaCrosse

The 2018 Buick LaCrosse

The 2018 Buick LaCrosse

The LaCrosse is Buick’s flagship sedan – and a worthy one. Last year, it introduced Buick’s brand-new design language. In the past, Buick’s vehicles have been dated by the time they hit the showroom floor. But the 2018 Buick LaCrosse is clearly more about timelessness than trend. Smooth arches and refined details combine to create the impression that Buick is really back. And the details won’t disappoint the fine first-impression.

(Hybrid)

The standard engine is a 2.5L I-4 supplemented by “eAssist light electrification.” Buick has eschewed calling it a hybrid, ostensibly to avoid frightening the average consumer. But it simply means that you get the best of power and fuel economy. For those who want even more power, Buick also offers an available 3.6L V6 with an impressive 310 horsepower. And, thanks to Active Fuel Management, which reduces the number of cylinders in use at low speeds, it still gets great fuel economy.

Comfort and refinement preside over the interior. Bose’s Active Noise Control and Buick QuietTuning provide a remarkably quiet cabin, even when driving at high speeds. In the silence, you can enjoy stunning details like the standard leather-wrapped steering wheel, 8” touch screen, and OnStar 4G LTE WiFi. Other standard features include:

  • Remote Start
  • Rear Park Assist
  • HID headlamps

2018 Buick LaCrosse Avenir

Earlier this year, the Buick Enclave became the first vehicle to be released under the Avenir badge. Avenir is Buick’s new premium trim, and it signals first-class refinement and style. Now, the 2018 LaCrosse is set to join the Enclave and become buick’s first Avenir car.

Nine out of ten LaCrosse buyers are choosing one of the top two trim levels — customers are signalling they want more from Buick. With even more content and an elegant look, Avenir adds a unique name and appearance for those who want the best of our attainable luxury.

-Duncan Aldred, Vice President of Buick

It’s impressive look begins with the Avenir grille. Buick calls it “three-dimensional” but I would more impressed if it was two-dimensional. In any case, it looks fantastic with it’s sharp wing badge and lower complement. And the breathtaking style carries over into the interior where you’ll find premium leathers and custom Avenir stitching. Buick has also included the Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound premium audio and panoramic moonroof.

Refined Performance

The LaCrosse Avenir comes with the standard 310 horsepower V6 and nine-speed automatic transmission. The combination ensures that the power delivery is not only immediate and forceful, but also remarkably smooth. Other available performance features include Intelligent Twin-Clutch AWD and a Dynamic Drive Package with continuously variable real-time dampening control.

The 2018 Buick LaCrosse and LaCrosse Avenir will arrive in early 2018.

 

The 2018 GMC Acadia: Room for Surprises

The 2018 GMC Acadia in Ebony Twilight Metallic

The 2018 GMC Acadia

Moving seven people in style has never been easier thanks to the 2018 GMC Acadia. It offers comfortable seating, great driving dynamics, and some undeniable style. GMC has advertised that the third row is easy to access – and it actually is. Plus, when you need to fit more gear for your next adventure, the second and third rows fold flat to open up a remarkable amount of cargo space.

Style

The 2018 GMC Acadia sets the tone with distinctive grille designs. GMC designed the headlamps to wrap around the sides of the vehicle. As a result, they blend into the overall architecture of the vehicle and parallel the wraparound rear window. Overall, the design of the 2018 GMC Acadia is dominated by smooth lines and an athletic stance.

Comfort

The 2018 GMC Acadia’s style may get people inside, but it’s the outstanding interior comfort that keeps them there. Perks like a leather-wrapped steering wheel and OnStar 4G LTE WiFi come standard. Importantly, comfortable seating for seven comes standard, too. You can choose from seating materials like Ash Gray perforated leather and Jet Black premium cloth. And, with Active Noise Cancellation, the cabin is a refuge from the sound of the wind and road.

Other standard features in the new 2018 GMC Acadia include:

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Automatic Climate Control
  • 7-inch infotainment screen
  • Rear Vision Camera
  • Keyless open & start

2018 Acadia Denali

Denali is the peak of professional grade. GMC’s highest trim level continues to represent a perfect balance between rugged performance and uncompromising luxury. It starts with the iconic Denali grille, bright 20” aluminum wheels and dual chrome exhaust that create a striking image. Exterior refinement is reflected on the inside. With perforated leather-trimmed seats, Denali-exclusive stitching, and a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel; the 2018 Acadia Denali is truly first-class – which is rare when it comes to a vehicle with room for seven.

  • Front Pedestrian Detection and automatic forward braking.
  • Lane keep assist, forward collision alert
  • Leather-wrapped, heated steering wheels

Of course, Acadia Denali also offers the best in performance, including a 3.6L V6 engine. With 310 horsepower, you can comfortably conquer any conditions and drive smoothly on the highway. It also features Active Fuel Management which reduces the number of cylinders in use when driving at low speeds. And, variable Traction Select allows you to choose from five driving modes, All-Wheel Drive, Off-Road, Snow, Sport, and Trailer/Tow for total driving confidence in any conditions.

 

 

 

The 2018 Buick Enclave: Loud Statement, Quiet Crossover

2018 Buick Enclave

The 2018 Buick Enclave

The Buick Enclave has been completely redesigned. Not only is 2018 Buick Enclave sharper, more athletic, and sleeker than previous iterations, it’s also better looking than most SUVs of a comparable size. That image starts with the brand new grille and winged headlamps that transition smoothly into the sharp exterior lines. The rear fascia has been entirely remodelled.  

The atmosphere of modern sophistication is continued inside the 2018 Buick Enclave. In every single Enclave you’ll find premium materials like real wood and brushed chrome accents. SmartSlide allows to easily access the third row. You can also lower the third row with the press of a button. When you lower the second and third-row seats, you get access to an impressive amount of cargo space.

Shhhhh

The 2018 Buick Enclave truly lives up to its name. I mean it’s really quiet. Quiet conversation is easy and comfortable, even when driving on the highway or over rough terrain (why are you driving your new Enclave over rough terrain?). How is that possible? It’s largely thanks to standard Buick QuietTuning. QuietTuning refers to the strict engineering process that Buick uses to eliminate unwanted sound from entering the cabin.

Buick actually uses quite a few techniques to achieve this. Buick has triple-sealed the doors and acoustic-laminated the windshield and side windows. They specially tuned the suspension to minimize the sound of the road. Then, they insulated both sides of the dashboard with sound-absorbing material. Finally, they set the engine on a hydraulic mount to prevent vibration noise. But I guess you don’t really need to know all that. You just need to take a test drive and realise how pristinely quiet the 2018 Enclave is.

Enclave Avenir

The launch of the 2018 Buick Enclave will also be the launch of the Avenir sub-brand. The Avenir was a luxury sedan concept from 2016 that Buick decided to spin into a trim level like GMC has done with Denali. And, like Denali, the Buick Enclave Avenir will offer the best in terms of performance, style, and comfort. It starts with the interior, which features a custom chestnut and ebony theme. Real wood, leather, and embroidery accents create a perfectly refined atmosphere.

The Enclave Avenir comes with a customisable, 8” dash display. You can choose the layout and which is information is displayed. You also get a wireless charging mat. Just place your smartphone in the designated spot and it will charge up as you drive – no more dealing with wires every time you get in and out of your vehicle. On the outside, you’ll find a signature Black Ice grille with chrome wings and 20” aluminum wheels with nickel finish.

The 2018 Buick Enclave is the best kind of surprise. If you’ve been looking for a comfortable, quiet, and stylish SUV for a reasonable price; look no further.

Cruise Automation: GM Steps Up Autonomous Driving Efforts

The Generation 3, designed and built by Cruise Automation.

Cruise Automation

GM and its subsidiary, Cruise Automation, have just announced the first mass production, fully-autonomous vehicle.

“Today, we’re announcing the first production design of a self-driving car that can be built at massive scale. And more importantly, these vehicles can operate without a driver,” says Kyle Vogt, CEO of Cruise Automation. What Vogt is acknowledging, is that competitors have created self-driving vehicles, but most are largely built by hand which is both financially and temporally exhaustive. The self-driving vehicle, called Generation 3.

That’s partly because it will share a platform of the Chevrolet Volt and Bolt (one’s a hybrid and one’s an electric vehicle, but could ever remember which). However, a full 40% of the Generation 3’s parts are entirely different from those with which GM constructs the Bolt. It’s unclear who built the steering wheel, but, apparently, Cruise has only included it as a result of current legislation restricting completely driverless cars.

These legislative hurdles, in addition to the pressure added by Tesla’s fatal failures, and the market’s fierce competitiveness, have also made Cruise reticent to hand its vehicles off to consumers just yet. Instead, the Generation 3s, fifty of which has produced already at its Orion plant in Michigan, will head straight into fleets. Specifically, the self-driving Bolt imitators Cruise Automations own Cruise Anywhere ride-sharing service.

What does it mean for consumers?

As it stands, the future seems far away – least at first glance. While the Generation 3 won’t be going to the showroom floor, that doesn’t mean autonomous technology isn’t. If you even take a look at the current crop of GM vehicles.

The 2017 GMC Terrain, for example, has available Side Blind Zone Alert & rear Cross-Traffic Alert. While some might not consider this to be self-driving tech, it automates part of driving. Plus it’s only part of the Terrain’s safety suite. You can also add Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Alert that use sophisticated imaging technology to keep you safe.

The Buick Lacrosse, meanwhile offers even more sophisticated autonomous technology. Available Forward Collision Alert and Pedestrian Detection work together to prevent collisions with objects the driver cannot see or predict. If the LaCrosse detects a vehicle or pedestrian in front, it visually and aurally alerts the driver. If the driver fails to react, the system can even automatically apply the brakes.

Of course, the GMC Denali lineup offers similar technology. In the Yukon Denali, for example, you’ll find Collision Avoidance Braking, Intelligent Brake Assist, and available Adaptive Cruise Control. With Adaptive Cruise Control, you can set your cruising speed like you would with regular cruise control. However, when sensors detect a slow-moving vehicle in the front, the system will automatically reduce your speed to ensure you remain a safe distance behind it. Once the vehicle leaves your path, or you leave it,

Lease or Finance? The New Car Question

Lease or Finance?

To Lease or Finance?

You’re shopping for a new vehicle. You find the perfect model and trim in the right colour. Now, you need to decide whether to lease or finance (assuming you don’t have the luxury of dropping a briefcase full of cash on the showroom floor). There are pros and cons to both methods of payment. Here is a quick comparison of leasing vs financing.

Lease

Leasing is the best option for people who like the experience of driving a new vehicle. When you lease you get to experience the latest vehicles more often. Enjoy the latest features and technology, as well as the sensation of driving a vehicle in perfect condition.

Also, with most lease options lasting only one or two years, you can continuously drive the latest iteration of your favourite model. Or, you can drive a new GMC Sierra one year, and a new Buick LaCrosse the next. The point is, you aren’t locked into a lengthy financing plan for a car or truck you might fall out of love with after a couple years. As a bonus, when your lease expires, you don’t have to go through the tiresome process of selling – the dealer just retakes possession.

Lower monthly payments

When you choose to lease your new vehicle, in almost all cases, you choose lower payments. Considering you aren’t paying to own, you can secure great monthly payments.

Also you won’t actually lose anything. If you fall in love with your leased vehicle, you can choose to buy it outright at the end of the lease term.

Maintenance Costs

When you lease you usually get the benefit of a comprehensive warranty. If you encounter mechanical problems, your dealer will usually take care of everything for you. After all, they’ll be retaking possession of the vehicle when your lease expires, so it’s in their best interest to keep the vehicle in perfect condition.

The same thing goes for maintenance. Your lease payments will usually cover things like oil changes and fluid flushes/fill-ups. Again, the dealership wants your vehicle to remain in perfect condition. They have to sell it again once you return it, so they don’t want an engine that’s been running with low oil.

Finance

The primary downside to leasing becomes clear when you replace the word “lease” with its synonym, “rent”. Renting a house is fine, but paying into a mortgage is an investment in property that retains equity. Instead of paying a landlord, you’re paying yourself. Of course, cars are not a comparable investment, given their rate of depreciation, but the principle is the same. At the end of your lease, you have nothing to show for it. At the end of your financing term, you have a vehicle with persistent value and no more monthly payments.

On the topic of depreciation…

When you lease a vehicle, you are essentially covering the cost of its depreciation over the course of the term. The problem with that is that depreciation rates aren’t linear. In other words, a new vehicle doesn’t lose the same amount of value each year. The majority of depreciation takes place in the first three years of ownership. When you drive a new vehicle off the lot, it depreciates 10%. After the first three years it will have depreciated by nearly 50% total. Obviously, the depreciation rate slows down afterward; otherwise, vehicles would be worthless after seven years. So, as a lessee, you’re pay for the most expensive period of ownership.

Drive It Like You Stole Own It

Driving someone else’s vehicle will always feel a bit like walking around in a china shop with your hands behind your back. Driving your own vehicle give you a little extra peace of mind. If you scratch it, bump it, or drive it hard, you’re accountable only to yourself. You don’t have to worry about mileage restrictions. So, if you suddenly find yourself travelling for work, you don’t have to worry about exceeding your limit. And if you spill some coffee on the floor mat, your life won’t end.

There are advantages and disadvantages to both leasing and financing. But Capital GMC Buick’s dedicated finance team will help you find the solution that fits your life.

The 2017 Buick Enclave: Safe, Smart, Sophisticated

The 2017 Buick Enclave

Today, the midsize luxury crossover segment is fiercely contest. Many drivers either opt for the highest trim levels of less premium, domestic brands, or pay through the teeth to drive a base model German SUV with few standard features. But retail data shows that smart consumers have started shifting to brands like Buick that combine affordable prices with tons of premium standard features. But does the 2017 Buick Enclave deliver the same level of comfort and confidence as its higher-priced, European rivals?

The 2017 Buick Enclave

Let’s start under the hood. A 288-hp, 3.6L, V6 engine is standard. It has all the power you need to move six people or haul a load of camping equipment out to the lake. Combine it with the available all-wheel drive, and you have a machine with some rugged power and flexibility. Its toughness is a bit deceptive considering that the 2017 Enclave has some pretty refined manners. After all, this is a vehicle in which heated, leather seats; WiFi, and QuietTuning technology all come standard. But the impressive standard gear isn’t restricted to the inside of the cabin.

Safe and Smart

The 2017 Buick Enclave comes with an incredible amount of standard safety features. Rear Park Assist, Rear Vision Camera, and Side Blind Zone Alert with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. Keep in mind, these are things that almost all other manufacturers will make you pay extra for. The latter system protects you from vehicles driving where you can’t see them, whether you’re on the highway or in a tightly-packed parking lot. With all of those standard features in action, you’ll be a lot more confident on the road with your Enclave.

For Canadians, the Enclave comes in two trim levels, Leather and Premium.

Buick Enclave Leather

  • Heated Leather Seats and Steering Wheel
  • 19” Aluminum Wheels
  • Remote Starter
  • Rear Park Assist
  • Front-Wheel Drive

Buick Enclave Premium

For comfort and convenience you get a Bose 10-speaker audio system paired with Buick IntelliLink. The front seats are both heated and cooled, so you can quickly adapt to any temperature. For smart safety, you also get standard Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning.

  • Articulating Headlamps
  • 19” Chrome-Clad Aluminum Wheels
  • Heated, Power-Folding Mirrors
  • Buick IntelliLink With Navigation
  • All-Wheel Drive System

When you simply look at the standard features included with the 2017 Buick Enclave, you might guess that the MSRP is much higher than it is. Instead, the Enclave hits the sweet spot between the economy midsize SUVs and the ultra premium. However, Buick’s midsize roller actually delivers some standard features that those ultra premium crossovers do not. To learn more about the stellar 2017 Enclave, hit the link below.

2017 GMC Sierra Owner Manual Tips & Tricks

Sierra Owner Manual Tips

Sierra Owner Manual Tips & Tricks

There was a time when vehicles were easy to use. If you could handle your starter, lights, transmission, radio, and wipers you could call yourself the master of your domain. That time has passed. Now, the shift lever has been replaced by insane knobs. Chairs move in 32 directions. Our vehicles have WiFi! WiFi! Without studying the owner’s manual religiously, some of us will never be experts on our new vehicles. But I’ve studied the GMC Sierra Owner Manual for you, and put together some of the most useful tips.  

IntelliBeam System

IntelliBeam is the automatic version of GMC’s high-beam headlamps. The system contains sensors which detect the light of oncoming traffic. If a vehicle is approaching, your high-beams will turn off. When the system no longer detects any lights, your high-beams will be turned on again.

Turn on the IntelliBeam system by activating the high/low-beam changer twice within two seconds. A letter “A” within your dashboard’s headlight symbol indicates that you’ve successfully activated IntelliBeam.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

In order to use Android Auto, you must first download the Android Auto App from the Google Play store. No app is required to use Apple Car Play. Next, simply connect your Apple or Android device to one of your Sierra’s USB data ports via a USB cable. Your device should connect automatically. If it does not, just press the Apple CarPlay or Android Auto icon on your IntelliLink touchscreen. Now you should be able to access appropriate features from your smartphone with your Sierra’s touchscreen and IntelliLink voice commands. Now that you mention it…

Voice Commands

Mastering voice commands is a useful and underappreciated skill. Navigating, changing music, or responding to messages on your phone, or touchscreen, while driving is completely irresponsible. But with voice commands, you can keep your eyes on the road while still being able to make an important call or adjusting your navigation route. But first you have to know what to say.

When you press the voice command button on your steering wheel, the one with the face and the sound symbols, the IntelliLink system will begin listening. Then, you need to use one of the main keywords: “Phone,” “Audio,” or “Navigation.” You can say “Pair phone” to connect your smartphone to bluetooth. You can say “Play” followed by a song, artist, genre, or playlist. And you can “Directions to..” followed by a street address, landmark, restaurant, or contact name.

The IntelliLink system will even respond to synonyms and casual phrasing. For example, IntelliLink accepts multiple variations yes and no (responding to the system with only “positive” or “negative” adds a real touch of character). A full list of the voice commands and their uses can be found here or in the 2017 GMC Sierra Owner Manual.

These are only a few of the many Sierra Owner Manual tricks you need to learn before calling yourself an expert. You can learn even more about the feature-packed 2017 GMC Sierra by visiting our model breakdown, or by hitting the link below.

2017 Buick Regal

The 2017 Buick Regal

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.

Standard Luxury

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.