Buick Regal Review & Ratings
- 21 October 2015
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The Buick Regal is classified as a mid-size car and was introduced by General Motors as the 1973 model. Production of this vehicle in North America ended in 2004 but started up again in 2011. The 2011 model year of this vehicle re-introduced the Regal as an upscale sport sedan. Production and sales of the Regal started up in 1999 and are currently still going. Certain model years of the Regal between 1973 and 2004 have shared bodies as well as powertrains with the Buick Century. The current model Regal is a re-branded version of the Opel Insignia and is marketed as the Vauxhall Insignia in the UK.
Buick was the first GM division to introduce a personal luxury car to the market with the 1963 Riviera, and has played an extremely important role in the auto industry with regards to these vehicles ever since. The Regal had a more luxurious interior than its Century counterpart when it was first introduced, with woodgrain trim on the dashboard and door panels as well as door-pull straps and notchback bench seats with center armrests. These cars marked a new era for Buick and they proved to be incredibly popular with consumers.
When the Regal first came onto the market, it used Buick’s own 350 in3 V8 engine, which came standard on all models from 1973 to 1974 and was optional with coupe versions. The larger 455 in3 V8 was optional with the 1973 and 1974 models only. In 1975, the Regal coupes used a 3.8 liter V6 engine, which was previous offered on the Skylark from 1964 to 1967. In 1975 and 1976, both the Regal and Century were the only mid-sized cars to offer V6 engines in the United States.
The fourth generation Regal came with many changes from its predecessors, and there were once again a number of similarities between the Regal and Century. This car was offered only as a 4-door sedan and used a revised version of the W platform, which was also used with the Oldmobile Intrigue, the Chevrolet Lumina, the Pontiac Grand Prix, and the Chevrolet Monte Carlo. A majority of the differences between the Regal and Century for the second generation were cosmetic. There were larger engines with this new Regal as well as higher-end trim as well as a new version of the 3.8 liter V6 engine.
The fifth and most current generation Regal uses a 4-door door design and can fit up to five passengers. This car is classified as a mid-size sedan with a front engine and front-wheel drive. GM has stated that they hoped to attract new younger buyers with this car’s design, completely revamping the exterior as well as interior. The fifth generation of this vehicle uses the same Epsilon II platform of the Opel Insignia and was first produced in Russelsheim, Germany in 2008. It was initially planned that a modified version of the Opel Insignia would be sold in North America as the second generation Saturn Aura, but GM decided to change its strategy, discontinuing the Saturn brand altogether.
There have been a number of Regal variants in recent years, including the CXL, which debuted in North America and uses a single engine. This car’s 2.4 liter Ecotec direct-injected DOHC I4 engine is rated at 182 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. The 2.4 liter engine is mated to a GM Hydra-matic 6T45 6-speed automatic transmission. The 2011 model Regal was produced completely in North America and offered in just the CXL trim level. This vehicle has achieved immense popularity over the years with consumers and continues to be one of Buick’s top-selling vehicles.