We just returned from a day-long adventure at the 2013 New York Auto Show, some of which was spent examining the refreshed 2014 Buick Regal. Here are the top five things we like about the updated sport sedan:
The Addition Of All-Wheel-Drive
One of the biggest complaints about the Buick Regal and Regal GS was the lack of all-wheel-drive. Buick changes that for the 2014 model year. Sure, the implementation of the latest Haldex AWD system adds extra weight, but it also adds grip. And for those looking for better cornering abilities, and quicker acceleration, AWD is a must. Being that the Regal is an athletic vehicle, it only makes sense to finally offer the latest AWD technology to consumers.
The New 2.0L LTG Turbocharged Engine
The LTG is General Motors’ latest 2.0L turbocharged four cylinder engine. In doing so, it replaces the outgoing LHU motor, and gives the Regal Turbo an increase in output — to 259 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque. More power and torque is always a good thing.
Impressive Safety Features
The 2014 Buick Regal doesn’t just benefit from extra performance, but also extra safety. Active safety such as Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Following Distance Indicator are all present in the 2014 Regal, as is Collision Mitigation Braking and Full-Speed Range-Adaptive Cruise Control.
Enhanced Design And Technology
The changes may be subtle, but sometimes that’s all you need. Inside and out, the 2014 Regal lets onlookers know that it’s not the same. We especially like the look of the rear tail lamps, and the lower LED lamps. Couple that with the latest version of Buick’s IntelliLink infotainment system and the Regal GS‘ intuitive driver-oriented instrument panel, and these upgrades should help the 2014 Regal increase its (recently-lackluster) sales.
Improved Interior Materials
To be taken seriously in the luxury market, Buick had to do something about the quality of its interior materials. While most couldn’t tell the difference between what’s used in a Buick and what’s used in a Lexus, discerning customers could definitely notice some the Regal’s previous shortcomings. That’s why the improvements in interior material in the 2014 Regal, as well as the 2014 LaCrosse, are most welcome.