2017 Buick Regal

The Buick Regal was redesigned in 2009, and was pretty much exactly what you’d expect from a 2009 car.  It was (and essentially still is) a Chevy Malibu in a fancy suit.  On top of that, the Buick Regal hasn’t really made a unique name for itself since it sits in an awkward position between sports sedan and midsize luxury sedan.  It seems like Buick’s are all in an awkward position though.  

The Buick Regal does have its upsides though; It is priced very well for what it offers.  In the simplest terms, the 2017 Buick Regal is an economical Audi A4.  

The 2017 Buick Regal does make a strong case for itself, as I said.  The interior is a very comfortable place to sit with plenty of leather and other luxurious touches for everyone to enjoy.  

In 2018, the Buick Regal is due for a redesign and a wagon, but for now in 2017, the Regal is exiting its current state as a bubbly, confused sedan.

The Exterior-2017 Buick Regal:

2017 Buick Regal exterior

The 2017 Buick Regal isn’t ugly, but it isn’t beautiful.  In black, you can really get a better feel for what the car is all about.

While most Buick’s have these ridiculous non-functional air sinks on the hood or fender, they don’t completely ruin the car.  It’s just annoying to see them and I don’t understand why they’re there.

The front end of the 2017 Buick Regal has a good looking face, and things are pretty proportional.  The grille is getting outdated, and I do honestly think if you just slapped the new grille on there instead of the old one, it would keep the Regal aesthetically relevant for a little while longer.  

Overall, the front end isn’t exactly groundbreaking, but it definitely gets the job done.  I also love the LED lights that stay on during driving.  Hopefully, the redesigned Regal uses a similar formula.  

The overall profile of the 2017 Buick Regal is a sloped, curved approach to the midsize sedan.  

2017 Buick Regal rear view

From the rear, the 2017 Buick Regal is a pretty good looking car.  The small integrated wing adds a stretch to the top, dual exhaust is always a plus (even though they are really tiny here) and the stance is poised nicely.  

There is the Regal GS as well, that adds a bit of…stuff to the outside, including a new sporty bodykit.  

2017 Buick Regal

It was ambitious of Buick to opt for a more vertical look to the front end instead of the standard issue wide intakes and new slashes, and it didn’t work.  Honestly, the 2017 Buick Regal GS deserves a lot better.  Buick added big chrome tips to the rear bumper for the exhaust as well, but it is too obvious that they’re just there for show.  Like I said, a performance(?) version of the Regal deserved much better.

The Interior-2017 Buick Regal:

2017 Buick Regal interior

The only real issue I have with the interior of the 2017 Buick Regal, is the fact that there are a bit too many buttons for modern cars tuned toward a luxury market.  With that said, the interior of the 2017 Buick Regal is better than you expect.

Upon sitting inside, you’re greeted with a host of luxury and that classic new car smell.  I did thoroughly enjoy my time inside the 2017 Buick Regal with heated seats, heated steering wheel, cool climate controls and a fantastic sound system.  

The interior isn’t overly impressive, but it is seriously perfect for the car and its price point.  I was pleasantly surprised and comfortable inside the Regal, and I felt like the driving position was well thought-out too.  Honestly, if they still planned on making the Regal as it is in 2017, I would debate getting one.  It was hard to beat for $250 a month.  

Nothing felt super cheap to the touch, and the navigation screen was just the right size.  Air conditioning was controlled by a touch sensitive small screen that was just cool, mainly because it actually worked, unlike a lot of touch-screen applications out there today.  

The Performance-2017 Buick Regal:

The engines available for the 2017 Buick Regal weren’t that impressive, either.  You can have a base level 2.4 L four cylinder engine that produces 182 horsepower and around 170 pound feet of torque, or a 2.0 L turbocharged four cylinder.

The 2.0 L in the 2017 Buick Regal turbo produces around 250 horsepower and a similar number in torque.  The 2017 Buick Regal GS uses the same engine, but it is tuned to output almost 260 horsepower and 295 pound feet of torque.

You can get a 6 speed manual in the GS, but the car comes standard with a 6 speed automatic transmission.

Actually driving the 2017 Buick Regal turbo was very fun.  First gear is a little sluggish than I initially thought it was going to be, but second gear makes you really feel the power the car has.

While it is front wheel drive, the car liked being pushed, and did so with comfort.  I really did enjoy driving the car around which is a huge plus for people looking for fun and looks.  However, the steering is as numb as ever.

Again, the 2017 Buick Regal is quick in a straight line, but the steering is so disconnected it kind of dampens up the whole experience.  

Overall though, I can’t complain at all with how the 2017 Buick Regal is to drive.

The Specs-2017 Buick Regal:

VEHICLE TYPE Midsize Sedan
ENGINE TYPE 2.4 L 4-cyl / 2.0 L Turbo 4-cyl
GEAR BOX 6-speed automatic / 6-speed manual
POWER 180 – 260 HP
TORQUE 180 pound feet  – 290 pound feet
LENGTH 190.2 IN
WIDTH 73.1 IN
HEIGHT 58.0 IN
TOP SPEED 205 mph
SEATING CAPACITY 5
MPG 21/29 (city / highway)
FUEL TANK CAPACITY 18 gal

 

Sum It Up:

The 2017 Buick Regal’s release date is Spring 2017, which means it’s coming up soon.  I do enjoy the Regal, and look forward to the redesign in 2018.

 

 

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