2013 Buick Regal
Published March 23, 2013
Buick Regal is one of the more popular mid-sized sedans which is trying to face the competition head on. That is no small task, as the competition is fierce and aplenty. Does the Buick have what it takes or will fail to achieve its goals? We don’t know, as only time will tell, but let’s take a look what does the 2013 Buick Regal have in store for us.
It’s all about the engine
We decided to start with one of the major strong points for the 2013 Buick Regal, which is the engine. The car found its way to many customers thanks to its mild-hybrid powertrain called eAssist. The engine which is backed up with the eAssist system works as a simple stop-start system which allows the car to get better fuel economy. The eAssist combined with 2.4 liter engine gets about 25 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, which is the reason why most people decided to get the Regal. The 2013 will also come with turbocharged 2.0 liter model. The 2013 model will also get an updated IntelliLink electronics which will allow the car to connect with your smartphone among other things. Unfortunately, the good fuel economy is the only plus side of these engines as they provide below average acceleration. Because of that, the 2013 Buick could have a hard time competing with Audi A4, Volvo S60 and BMW 328i which all have significantly better performance than the Buick. The 2.0 liter turbo model will get you from 0 to 60 in 8.4 seconds while the stronger GS version will do the same in 6.2 seconds which is significantly better. However, you will only get better fuel economy with the base eAssist 2.4 liter engine.
The Regal comes in 2 basic trim levels named “base” and “Turbo”. The top GS model has everything that the previous trim levels have plus its own trims. Everything you would expect from a mid-sized sedan is here in the Regal as well. The finishing and materials used are top-notch and there isn’t much to complain about. The interior looks upscale but not much nicer than the one found in the competition’s models. The seats could be slightly more comfortable and the back seat lacks headroom. The car could also have better rear visibility if you ask us, so keep this in mind if you’re not really tall. The interior has a lot of buttons which all look alike however the new IntelliLink touchscreen interface introduced in 2013 model fixes that somewhat. The trunk also suffered a bit because of the battery pack for the eAssist powertrain. The eAssist model has only 11.1 cubic feet of space while the Turbo and GS models have a bit more – 14.2 cubic feet of space. If you plan on transporting a lot of bulky objects, you might want to consider another vehicle.
The 2013 Regal isn’t the best vehicle out there but it isn’t the worst either. If you value economy and fuel efficiency more than good acceleration, then this is the car for you. The rest of the features in the 2013 Buick Regal are more or less the same as the competition’s so you should make the final decision based on things that matter most to you.
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