2013 Buick Regal

September 23rd, 2014 | Comments Closed | Buick

The 2013 Buick Regal is available in two basic levels: base and Turbo. Each of these trim levels are eligible for different groups of premium options. The 2013 Buick Regal base comes well equipped with standard features including 17-inch wheels, alloy wheels, automatic headlights, key-less entry, cruise control, fog lamps, heated mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather seats heated front an eight-way power driver seat (with power lumbar support four position), seat height adjustable passenger electrically split folding rear seats, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel and an auto-dimming rear view mirror. They are also serial interface customizable touch screen, Bluetooth phone and the audio connectivity, OnStar emergency communications, and a system of seven-speaker audio with CD player, the satellite radio, an auxiliary audio input interface audio iPod / USB integration and IntelliLink smartphone.

2013 Buick Regal 1 Premium Group adds rear parking sensors, keyless entry / ignition, remote ignition and power passenger seat eight positions (with power lumbar support four positions). Going to the Premium trim level 2 takes you xenon headlights, side airbags in the rear seats and a nine-speaker Harman Kardon surround sound audio. The 2013 Buick Regal Turbo versions of these two groups account for 18 inch wheels and a heated steering wheel, along with exclusive powertrain components. The Turbo Premium 3 is a cut-only and gets alloy wheels of 19 inches, an adaptive suspension and adjustable settings for the driver.

The top of the 2013 Buick Regal GS line includes these elements, plus a more powerful turbocharged engine, sport suspension, Brembo brakes, front parking sensors, the unique exterior and interior accents, sport front seats, three-spoke steering wheel-thick frames and a version of Drive interactive control system modified for a sportier drive. The Regal GS can also be had with optional 20-inch wheels with summer performance tires. Other options available through the training include a sunroof and a navigation system (not available in base and Premium 1 models).

2013 Buick Regal Interior

Inside, the 2013 Buick Regal offers a cabin attractive passenger design with a sleek look and feel, but can not say that’s really all that better than what you’ll find in recent midsize sedans from Ford, Nissan and Honda. The front seats offer good support both the energetic and driving more casual cruise. The rear seats are not as comfortable, however, and the sloping roofline means both less headroom for tall passengers and reduced visibility out the back for some drivers.

The cockpit controls are dominated by too many buttons look similar, but the addition of the touch screen interface Intellilink 2013 is welcome. This consists of a large touch screen with customizable menu icons. Intellilink also allows you to connect to services like Pandora and Stitcher Radio through Bluetooth. The touch screen interface has a clean design and intuitive menu structure, but it is sometimes problematic to use because of the lost tickets and late reactions.

In the rear, the battery pack for eAssist powertrain reduces the usable trunk space to just 11.1 cubic feet. 2013 Buick Regal Turbo and 2013 Buick Regal GS models are better at 14.2 cubic feet, but trunk narrow width means bulky cargo like golf clubs will be a good fit.

2013 Buick Regal Engine

The 2013 Buick Regal is now offered with a choice of three different engines. The new base engine is a 2.4 liter four-cylinder with a soft “eAssist” hybrid technology. Engine generates 182 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. The six-speed automatic with manual shift control is standard. Estimated fuel economy for this engine is 25 city / 36 highway and 29 combined. The 2013 Buick Regal Turbo models get a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder good for 220 hp and 260 lb-ft engine (also available at lower levels of equipment). The six-speed automatic is standard, but the six-speed manual is offered as an option. In performance testing an automatic equipped Regal Turbo accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 8.4 seconds, which is well below that of the two family models and entry level luxury sedans. The EPA estimated 18/29/22 with the automatic and 20/32/24 with the manual.

The 2013 Buick Regal GS uses a version of the same turbocharged four-cylinder engine that has been upgraded to produce 270 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The six-speed manual transmission is standard, while 6 speed automatic is available as an option. 0-60 Time of Regal GS was a quick 6.2 seconds with the automatic execution. Interestingly, the manual transmission model was slower at 6.9 seconds due to the difficulty of starting trouble. EPA numbers with either transmission drop 19/27/22.

2013 Buick Regal Safety

The list of standard safety features for all 2013 Buick Regal models include antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, airbags front seat side-impact airbags and full-length side curtain. The standard OnStar system includes automatic notification accident, roadside assistance on demand, an emergency button, the stolen vehicle locator and active intervention and remote door unlock. Side airbags for the rear seats are standard on the Premium trim 2 and above.

2013 Buick Regal Turbo Premium 2

2013 Buick Regal Turbo Premium 2

In brake testing, the 2013 Buick Regal Turbo came to a stop from 60 mph in 122 feet, which is the average for cars in this class. The 2013 Buick Regal GS, with its larger Brembo brakes and optional summer tires 20 inches, failed to stop at an impressive 107 feet.  In government crash tests, the 2013 Buick Regal was given an overall rating of five stars (out of five) and four stars for frontal impacts and five stars for the side impacts. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the Regal the highest score of “Good” in its frontal-offset, side-impact tests and roof strength.