2014 Buick Regal, Regal GS at the 2013 New York Auto Show

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  • Competes with: Acura TSX, Volkswagen CC, Audi A4, Volvo S60
  • Looks like: The current Regal, which isn't a bad thing
  • Drivetrain: eAssist 2.4-liter four-cylinder mild hybrid or turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, six-speed automatic or manual (GS FWD only) transmission
  • Hits dealerships: Fall 2013

GM is unveiling a ton of new machinery at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, and Buick is getting some much-needed attention with its refreshed 2014 Regal and Regal GS. Sales of the sedans have suffered since the introduction of the less expensive yet equally nice Buick Verano, but with the updated-for-2014 Regal, Buick is putting some distance between it and its smaller sibling. The new Regal has sportier styling, more electronic equipment and a more powerful turbocharged engine.

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Styling changes to the 2014 Regal are minimal - new headlights and taillights are pretty much it on the outside; they incorporate the new Buick family "winged" LED running lamps and a full-width chrome trim strip across the LED taillamps.

Inside, the center console is cleaned up considerably; the new Regal loses the Battleship grid of confusing black plastic buttons. In their place are well-organized controls and capacitive-touch instruments for climate control. Leather-equipped models look more upscale, with nicer materials and more extensive use of wood trim. A new 8-inch reconfigurable display screen now resides in the gauge cluster as well, allowing for customized information.

One of the Regal's two powertrains is also updated for 2014. The eAssist 2.4-liter four-cylinder mild hybrid base model engine carries over unchanged, but the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder receives a healthy bump in power. Available in both the Regal Turbo and Regal GS trims, the new engine makes 259 horsepower and 295 pounds-feet of torque and is mated to either a six-speed automatic in the Regal Turbo or an optional six-speed manual in the GS.

The GS also gets a unique interior and exterior just like the current model, with more aggressive front and rear ends and 19-inch alloy wheels (20-inch wheels are optional). Buick's Interactive Drive Control system is exclusive to the GS, as are a sport-tuned suspension and larger front Brembo brakes.

Just like its big brother, the LaCrosse, the Regal gets a bunch of optional safety features. These now include forward collision alert, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, Following Distance Indicator, precollision warning (with collision mitigation braking) and full-speed-range adaptive cruise control.

2014 Buick Regal

2014 Buick Regal

2014 Buick Regal

2014 Buick Regal GS

2014 Buick Regal GS

2014 Buick Regal GS

2014 Buick Regal GS

2014 Buick Regal GS

Comments 

Wraith

Got one picture of the LaCrosse mised in there.

sheth

Welcome upgrades

xrs2009

I think it looks great!!! But I still see some Camry-Civic in the back specially in the taillights. Not a bad thing thought.

Brian E

Any idea if the GS gets the heated steering wheel that all the other trims had in 2013?

Why

Why can't they make RWD

sheth

Making it rwd would mean changing platforms. Ats is rwd anyway so they wouldn't want a direct Buick competitor.

J

Are we sire the GS has no AWD even with the lame automatic?

Can't GM just bring the OPC here already!

sheth

The gs offers awd with automatic. Manual with fwd only.

Ivan

You forgot to mention the most important part - the GS now has AWD, and is now on my list of cars to drive. But the lower power might be a shame, especially with the weight, although the previous engine was said to be rather uneven and undervalued. Perhaps they will release something else above the GS engine, to really stand out of this class.

Ivan

But otherwise it looks very awesome and very European. Shame about the heavy weight though, although the sound deadening might make it worth it.

KeithO

Opportunity missed. Buick could have done a lot more styling-wise than they did. It's still a nice car, though.

Why

I would at least like to see the manual with an AWD option also.

sheth

With 11 less go and a broader torque curve I doubt gs will be any slower than before.

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