Buicks has come a long way baby, kicking to the curb, the geriatric owner image they once held. Poof be gone are the fluffy types of vehicles that the over 60 set once maneuvered ever so cautiously. Now Buick has hot, sleek offerings that are sure to satisfy Gen X babies, who are seeking Euro alternatives made in the old U.S of A.! Enter the 2015 Buick Regal GS with a nameplate that is ladened with stereotypes but is certainly far, far away from you’re doctor’s, or grandparent’s, back-in-the-day trusty scootabout!
Buick is posing pretty in the luxury car market and the range-topping Regal GS is looking to go wheel-to-wheel with some of its other-side-of-the-globe competitors. The midsized sedan will make you do a double take, no doubt. The car’s waterfall grille with the Buick emblem embedded into it is old skool, yes, BUT it is done in a tasteful and dramatic black chrome that fast-forwards its look to NOW. Sexy signature HID headlights, tight overall build, sporty lines, deck-lid spoiler, nicely appointed satin chrome accents, all exterior touches that add to the Regal GS’s athleticism, sporty appeal.
Step inside the Buick Regal GS’s premium, upscale looking cabin and you are treated to an array of offerings that you’ll find appealing. A noteworthy integration of uncluttered ergonomic gauges and back/tush-friendly, comfy seating are the immediate interior standouts in the Regal GS. Front cabin space surprisingly has more wiggle room for the pleasingly plump and tall set. Rear leg and headroom however is a little cramp for those north of about 5’10.” The 8-inch touchscreen comes with the IntelliLink infotainment system, which features readable icons and Pandora radio compatibility. The IntelliLink interface includes smartphone-style swipe commands and voice-command functionality that actually does not frustrate. The breeze-to-use navigation system is an optional deal but a must-have particularly for those, who are all-out technophobes. The Regal GS offers 14.2 cubic feet of junk-in-the-trunk space as well.
New this year for Regal is OnStar with 4G LTE and standard built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. The built-in system will keep passengers connected on-the-go, allowing them to browse the Internet, download movies, play games or send email on up to seven devices at once. The 4G LTE technology is reportedly also faster than the 3G connectivity offered by some competitors.
The 2015 Buick Regal comes in base, Premium I, Premium II or GS trim. The Regal’s primary engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder SAE-rated at 259 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. And get this Euro-aficionados, the Regal GS’s 2.0 Turbo engine delivers nearly 35 percent more horsepower and 15 percent more torque than Audi A4’s 2.0 turbocharged engine.
A six-speed automatic transmission is mandatory unless you’re eyeing the Regal GS, which offers an optional six-speed manual with front-wheel drive (the GS advanced AWD is automatic-only). Unaltered from last year’s model, the hot rod of the Buick brand, the Regal GS has a ride and handling balance that is an obviously well thought out level of compromise. Most automakers equate sporty rides with harshness when it comes to handling; the Regal GS however obliterates this misconception! Off the mark, the Regal GS is spirited, the steering is precise, and overall, the ride quality is hushed and rattle-free over most terrains. Pressing around corners is a hoot, totally non-discombobulating. The Regal GS has a solid chassis that is able to take on, anything you bring on, so confidence behind its wheel is kicked up quite a number of notches. The Regal GS’s bembro brakes hands-down have a reassuring feel. Another noteworthy mention for those night blindness sufferers, the Regal GS’s headlight range is sweeping and set at just the right level, so that drivers can see all that is on the road ahead.
The solidly built sedan has more than its fair share of technological safety advances, antilock braking system, stability control, front seat side impact and full-length side curtain airbags. Rear-seat side airbags are standard on Premium II and GS. The vehicle safety system, OnStar is standard on the vehicle. There are other optional safety gotta-haves like blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and a frontal collision mitigation system that engages automatic braking during impending crash situations. The Regal GS earned an impressive “Superior” rating by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety when equipped with available Forward Collision Warning and Automatic Braking System.
The 2015 Buick Regal GS has the DNA of an import–refined, sleek, nimble, easy-on-the-eye and an upscale air. Don’t let the Regal GS’s tri-shield badge on its nose, so reminiscent of its former fuddy-duddy heritage, keep you from giving it a spin and experiencing ALL that it NOW has to offer—EXCITATION!
Need more info? www.Buick.com Prices start at $38,160 Regal GS; $40,585 GS AWD. (Prices include $925 DFC)