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.

 

 

Buick Regal Sportback and Tour X

Buick is adding two new variants to the Regal: “Buick builds on its track record of making bold moves outside traditional vehicle segments to deliver unique customer offerings that fit modern lifestyles.” One of those “unique offerings” is a powerful sports sedan, the Buick Regal Sportback, and the other is a reimagined station wagon.

Buick Regal Sportback and Tour X.

Buick Regal Sportback

The Buick Regal Sportback starts with available All-Wheel Drive and eight-speed automatic transmission. The Sportback’s AWD system “uses two clutches at the rear wheels for seamless, smart torque distribution. Beneficial not just in snowy weather but also during spirited driving, the system relies less on braking to maintain maximum performance and efficiency.” Buick have also added a 2.0L engine that cranks out 250 horsepower to push those wheels.

In 2017, Buick’s entire lineup received 5-Star Safety Ratings from IIHS. Now, they’re building on that success with the latest in safety technology. For example, the Sportback will add an industry first active hood pedestrian safety system. The system “senses the imminent impact of a pedestrian between 25-48 km/h (16-30 mph) and uses a pyrotechnic actuator to lift the back of the hood […] to lessen the impact and potentially reduce injury.” But, with available Front Pedestrian Braking, collisions with pedestrians can hopefully be avoided entirely. Other available safety features on theBuick Regal Sportback include:

  • Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert,
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Rear Park Assist.
  • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Automatic Braking

Buick Regal Tour X

The Canadian auto market is showing a high demand for compact and subcompact SUVs. Drivers want fuel efficient vehicles with AWD functionality. For this reason, all three of Buick’s SUVs outsell their cars. So, it makes sense that Buick would aim for the gap between the compact SUV and large sedans. Therefore, they’re introducing the 2018 Regal Tour X in hopes of making the station wagon sexy again. To its credit, the Tour X evinces some European flair. It’s design lines are much smoother than competitors like the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack. In other words, it’s not the boxy station wagon with rear-facing seats from your childhood road trips. But the logic behind reintroducing the station wagon is function, not form.

And the Tour X is certainly functional. It will have greater ground clearance than other Regal models and will likely feature All-Wheel Drive. Further, it will share the Sportback’s turbocharged 2.0L Tour X But perhaps its greatest feature is the ample cargo space. Behind the rear seats, you’ll find 33 cubic feet. When you fold those seats down, you’ll get 74 cubic feet. That’s enough space to rival most small SUVs. The cost, if you consider it as such, is the Regal’s size. The Tour X is incredibly long – seven inches longer than the comparable Subaru Outback. Then again, it will be a more manageable driving platform than most compact SUVs.

Both the Sportback and Tour X will be available at the beginning of next year. If you can’t wait that long, explore the 2017 Regal today.