Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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Readers jumped on the bandwagon this week to put the 2014 Subaru Outback up top in its debut on our list of most-read reviews. Cars.com reviewer Kristin Varela says the cultishly popular wagon gets better every year, and 2014 is no exception. Also enjoying a robust start is list newcomer the 2015 Audi A3 luxury sedan, which bows at No. 2. Further down the roster, at Nos. 8 and 9, are the 2014 Buick Regal sedan and the 2014 Jeep Cherokee crossover. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Subaru Outback
2. 2015 Audi A3
3. 2015 Honda Fit
4. 2014 Nissan Rogue 
5. 2014 Subaru Forester
6. 2014 Honda CR-V
7. 2014 Infiniti Q50
8. 2014 Buick Regal
9. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
10. 2015 Subaru WRX

By Matt Schmitz | April 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Buick Regal Review

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If you're in the market for a near-luxury sedan, Cars.com reviewer Jennifer Geiger says you'd do well to show the classy, respectably performing 2014 Buick Regal the admiration it commands. The compact-to-midsize sedan's lightly refreshed exterior, exemplified by its waterfall grille, lives up to the Regal's name, as does its comfortable, generally well-appointed cabin, nicely isolated from outside noise. You won't exactly find the large turning circle awe-inspiring, but for the price you may be willing to accept some less-than-regal attributes. Read Geiger's review below.

2014 Buick Regal Expert Review

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By Matt Schmitz | March 26, 2014 | Comments (22)

Recall Alert: 355 GM Sedans, Crossovers

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Vehicles Affected: About 355 Buick Regal, LaCrosse and Verano sedans and Enclave crossovers; Chevrolet Malibu and Cruze sedans and Traverse crossovers; and GMC Acadia crossovers — all 2014 models equipped with automatic transmissions.

The Problem: The transmission shift cable adjuster may disengage from the transmission shift lever, which could prevent the driver from shifting gear positions, and the indicated shift position may not represent the actual gear position. If disengagement occurs while the vehicle is in motion, when the driver goes to stop and park the vehicle, the driver may be able to shift the lever to the "Park" position, but the vehicle transmission may not be in the correct gear position; if this occurs, the vehicle could roll away, increasing the risk of injury to occupants and bystanders.

The Fix: GM will notify owners starting late this month, and dealers will inspect and replace any affected transmission shift cable adjusters for free.

What Owners Should Do: Chevrolet owners can call 800-222-1020, Buick owners 800-521-7300 and GMC owners 800-462-8782, or owners can call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | March 21, 2014 | Comments (1)

The Cars That Beat This Winter

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If it seems like we're covering the winter weather all the time that's because there hasn't been much of a break in the snow and cold to write anything else. Luckily, we've been able to pilot some true foul-weather standouts in our test fleet in Chicago and Detroit this season.

By David Thomas | February 20, 2014 | Comments (37)

Latest NHTSA Crash Tests Yield Mixed Results

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Of a dozen 2013 and 2014 models vying for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's five-star safety club in the latest round of testing, less than half made the cut. NHTSA's crash tests examine vehicles' safety performance in frontal and side collisions, as well as roof strength in rollover accidents.

Both the 2014 Buick Regal with eAssist and Verano front-wheel-drive sedans made the grade. The Regal received fours in both frontal and rollover ratings and a five in side-collision tests for an overall score of five. The Verano, also finishing with an overall score of five, received fives in both frontal and side collisions, and a four in rollover tests.

By Matt Schmitz | September 17, 2013 | Comments (6)

2014 Buick Regal: First Drive

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Buick's resurrection in the U.S. market as a brand for younger, modern buyers really started with the Regal way back in 2010. But the arrival of the less-expensive Verano and the larger, well-appointed LaCrosse threw the Regal's position in the lineup into confusion — at the low end, you could get a loaded Verano for the cost of a lesser-equipped Regal, while at the high end, it encroached on the much roomier LaCrosse.

For 2014, Buick has cleaned up the lineup a little, repositioning the Regal and emphasizing its newly available all-wheel drive as a direct competitor for import models like the Audi A4. GM invited us to come to its test track in southeast Michigan for a brief walk-around and test drive of the 2014 Regal and sportier Regal GS models to see if the work paid off.

By Aaron Bragman | September 9, 2013 | Comments (7)

Recall Alert: 38,197 Chevrolet, Buick Hybrids

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GM is recalling 38,197 model-year 2012-13 Chevrolet and Buick eAssist light hybrid cars due to a problem with circuit boards in the trunk that could cause a fire, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Affected vehicles include Chevrolet Malibu Eco, Buick LaCrosse and Buick Regal sedans. Circuit boards in the trunk could overheat, causing the cars' 12-volt battery to drain and one of several indicator lights to turn on. If owners ignore the warning lights, the engine could stall and a fire could occur in the trunk, the newspaper reported. The issue is not related to the lithium-ion battery that is part of the eAssist hybrid system.

Owners will be notified "soon," according to the newspaper, though no specific time frame was given. Owners of Malibu Ecos, Buick LaCrosses and Buick Regals who notice any kind of warning light are encouraged to take their car to a dealer immediately. For more info, owners can call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov.

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By Matt Schmitz | May 6, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 Buick Regal Photo Gallery

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Buick's attractive Regal gets a more athletic look, more horsepower and more features inside and out for 2014. While cosmetic changes aren't over the top, new headlights and taillights with LED accents are the most noticeable.

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Following in the steps of the LaCrosse, the Regal's cabin loses a lot of buttons and gains better interior trim. The gauge cluster features a new, customizable 8-inch display. There are also more new safety features available like forward collision alert, lane departure warning and blind spot monitoring.

The biggest changes come under the hood, as the optional turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder gets a big boost in power, now making 259 horsepower and 295 pounds-feet of torque in both the Regal GS and Turbo models.

Buyers seeking pure driving fun should consider the Regal GS, which has a sport-tuned suspension, six-speed manual transmission, Buick's Interactive Driver Control, big Brembo brakes and a refreshed, more aggressive appearance for 2014.

Pick your flavor; see our photos of Buick’s new Regal Turbo and Regal GS below. Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Robby DeGraff | March 30, 2013 | Comments (6)

2014 Buick Regal: Up Close

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Buick fixed the element of the Regal that was most in need of improvement by revamping the center control panel as part of the car's updates for 2014. In the process, it dramatically simplified the interfaces for the audio and climate systems, making them easier to use at a glance compared to the grid of buttons that dominated the prior Regal’s dashboard.

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It appears Buick designers couldn't contain themselves, though, as more buttons have appeared on the Regal's new steering wheel, which now has what appears to be 17 functions. Some of the features are oddly grouped: the button for the heated steering wheel, for instance, is on the same four-way rocker switch as the cruise control settings.

By Mike Hanley | March 28, 2013 | Comments (0)

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.

By Aaron Bragman | March 26, 2013 | Comments (13)

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