2015 Buick Regal

What's new for 2015? For 2015, the Buick Regal's standard IntelliLink infotainment system adds 4G LTE and a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, along with Siri Eyes Free and the ability to read text messages aloud over the speakers.

The Regal boasts a pleasing mix of talents. Its list of standard features is generous, including amenities like leather upholstery and heated front seats. Those who sometimes commute in rough weather will appreciate its available all-wheel drive, and those who prioritize safety will like this Buick's comforting crash-test scores. The standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine pumps out a robust 259 horsepower, exceeding the norm among comparable sedans. The Regal also presents an attractive value proposition, as it's more affordably priced than you might expect.

But the 2015 Regal remains a well-rounded offering, and chances are it'll give you more features for the money than its overseas rivals. If you'd rather not pay top dollar for your next luxury sedan, the Regal should prove an agreeable match. The available all-wheel-drive system is another feather in the 2015 Regal's cap, as it adds additional wet-weather traction, plus enhanced handling when powering around turns. In normal driving, the Regal rides smoothly and quietly, with light but precise steering.

Exterior Highlights
Midsize sedan available in base, Premium I, Premium II and GS trim levels

The 2015 Buick Regal is a midsize sedan that comes in base, Premium I, Premium II or GS trim.

The base Regal starts with 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, foglights, dual exhaust outlets, keyless entry, heated power mirrors, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated front seats, an eight-way power driver seat (with two-way power lumbar), a power height-adjustable passenger seat (with manual adjustments), split-folding rear seats, a tilt-and-telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Also standard are an 8-inch touchscreen display, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, OnStar emergency communications and a seven-speaker audio system with a CD player, satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack, an iPod/USB audio interface and Buick's IntelliLink smartphone and voice command integration system. IntelliLink includes a text message feature that reads incoming text messages aloud. Also included is Siri Eyes Free, which gives iPhone users voice control over a range of functions via the Bluetooth microphone.

The Premium I adds rear parking sensors, keyless ignition, remote start, a heated steering wheel, an eight-way power passenger seat (with two-way power lumbar) and a 110-volt power outlet.

Note that the Premium I's available eAssist mild hybrid powertrain comes with 17-inch wheels, low-rolling-resistance tires and a concealed single exhaust outlet.

The Premium II starts with the Premium I's standard features and adds xenon headlights, rear-seat side airbags, a navigation system and a nine-speaker Bose audio system.

The GS boasts 19-inch wheels (20-inchers with summer tires are optional), unique front and rear fascias, a rear spoiler, front and rear parking sensors, a sport-tuned suspension with adaptive dampers, adjustable drive modes (influencing suspension, steering and shift calibration), Brembo front brakes, body-color sport rocker panels, an enlarged and configurable gauge-cluster information display, unique pedals, sport front seats and a three-spoke sport steering wheel.

Most of these GS features are exclusive, but the sport-tuned suspension (minus the adaptive dampers) is also specified on non-GS Regals with AWD. A sunroof is optional on all Regals, and the navigation system can be added to the base and Premium I trims.

The Premium I is available with the Experience Buick package, which adds the sunroof and the navigation system. Optional on Premium II and GS are two Driver Confidence packages. The first -- which requires the sunroof -- adds numerous safety technologies (including a blind-spot monitor, lane-departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert and forward collision alert) as well as driver memory settings, while the second -- which requires the first -- adds adaptive cruise control and a forward collision mitigation system with automatic emergency braking.

Sleek dashboard, minimal button clutter, upscale appearance, supportive front seats, 8-inch touchscreen with intelliLink infotainment system

Inside, the 2015 Buick Regal features a sleek dashboard with minimal button clutter. The appearance is upscale, and materials quality is satisfactory, if not fully luxury-grade. The front seats are surprisingly snug and supportive.

The 8-inch touchscreen comes with the IntelliLink infotainment system, which features large icons and Pandora radio compatibility. The IntelliLink interface includes smartphone-style swipe commands and voice-command functionality.

Inside, the 2015 Buick Regal features a sleek dashboard with minimal button clutter. The appearance is upscale, and materials quality is satisfactory, if not fully luxury-grade. The front seats are surprisingly snug and supportive; slim folks will smile, but the broader of beam may wish for more wiggle room. The backseat is more cramped than the Regal's midsize dimensions would suggest, and the sloping roof line is a double whammy for rear headroom and rearward visibility.

The 2015 Buick Regal's standard turbocharged engine gives this sedan ample spunk. Though the 2.4 eAssist version delivers better fuel economy, it does so to the detriment of brisk response in traffic. For most shoppers, the turbo engine will be preferable, even though its mpg ratings are lower. It's not the most refined four-cylinder engine in this price range, but real-world acceleration is strong in most situations.

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