2013 Buick Regal Preview

Jeff Youngs | Apr 19, 2013
FAST FACTS
  • Three new exterior colors for 2013
  • IntelliLink infotainment system is now standard
  • Base 4-cylinder engine features electric assistance for improved gas mileage
  • Two optional turbocharged engines are available for additional power

Introduction

The 2013 Buick Regal is a 4-door midsize sedan with sporty and luxury features. It's available in three models: Base and Turbo (each with three levels of options), and the top-of-the line Regal GS. The 2013 Regal is available with a choice of three engines: a 4-cylinder gasoline engine with hybrid assist; turbocharged 2.0-liter conventional engine; or a more powerful version of the 2.0-liter engine. Among the Regal's main competitors are the Acura TSX, Audi A4, BMW 328i, Infiniti G37, and Lincoln MKZ. Other than three new exterior colors replacing three of those offered in 2012, the 2013 Regal is almost unchanged from the previous year.

Exterior Features

The 2013 Buick Regal is available in six standard and three premium colors. The base model features 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, fog lights, heated mirrors, and keyless entry. The Premium I trim adds keyless ignition; Premium II adds xenon headlights. The Turbo model upgrades to 18-inch wheels; the Turbo Premium III trim level adds 19-inch wheels and an adaptive suspension. The GS model features a sport-tuned suspension, plus optional 20-inch wheels with summer performance tires.

Interior Features

The base 2013 Regal features black or beige leather upholstery on its 8-way power driver's seat, height-adjustable front passenger seat, and split-folding rear seats. Also standard are full power accessories, dual-zone automatic climate control, auto-dimming mirror, cruise control, OnStar, Bluetooth, 7-speaker sound system with iPod/USB interface and smartphone app integration, and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel. The Premium I package includes power adjustments for the passenger seat. The Premium II and Turbo II trims upgrade to a 9-speaker Harman Kardon sound system. The Turbo I trim adds a heated steering wheel; Turbo III adds adjustable driving settings. The GS model includes enhanced interior styling cues, front sport seats, a sportier steering wheel, and an upgraded version of the proprietary Interactive Drive Control system. The Regal offers 14.2 cubic feet of trunk space with the turbocharged engine, or 11.1 cubic feet with the battery-assisted 4-cylinder engine.

Optional Features

Many of the standard premium features on upper trims are available as packages for the base trim. The GS offers 20-inch wheels with summer performance tires, while all trim levels offer a sunroof and navigation system.

Under the Hood

Three engines are available with the 2013 Regal. The standard power plant is a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 182 horsepower and 172 lb.-ft. of torque. It works with an electric motor and Lithium-ion battery (eAssist) system to improve fuel efficiency. Standard is a 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shifters. The Regal Turbo features a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers 220 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, which can be had with the automatic transmission or a 6-speed manual transmission. That engine is also standard on the GS, but it's additionally charged to deliver 270 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. The Regal GS also adds Brembo brakes. The manual transmission is standard on the GS, with an automatic transmission optional.

Fuel Economy

EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2013 Buick Regal are:

  • Regal with 2.4-liter engine with eAssist: 25/36/29 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • Regal Turbo with automatic transmission: 18/29/22 mpg
  • Regal Turbo with manual transmission: 20/32/24 mpg
  • Regal GS with manual transmission: 19/27/22 mpg

Safety

Standard safety features on the 2013 Regal include anti-lock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front-seat side-impact air bags, and side curtain air bags. Other safety features are added at upper trim levels. Rear-seat side-impact air bags and a blind-spot monitoring system are optional. In government crash tests, the 2013 Regal received an overall rating of 5 (out of 5) stars; 4 stars for frontal impact protection; and 5 stars for side-impact protection, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the Regal highest-possible "Good" ratings in the Institute's roof strength, frontal offset, and side-impact tests.

Technology

Buick's semi-hybrid system boosts the fuel economy of its 4-cylinder engine, allowing the engine to shut off at stops while a battery keeps the vehicle running. However, the Regal doesn't drive on battery power.
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