Buick has been trying to appeal to the younger crowd, so when they told us we can have a Buick Regal to review, we were all like “Ugh, I can’t even…” But when they told us it was going to be the 2016 Buick Regal GS, equipped with a turbocharged 2.0 liter engine and all wheel drive, we got pretty turnt and were all like “YASSS! Those 20-inch rims are on fleek!”
We were cautious at first because the very basic Regal is a front-wheel driver equipped with a naturally aspirated engine, guaranteed to lull the driver to sleep. However, the Regal GS turns all four wheels and has a turbo’ed power plant cranking out 259 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. There’s also Brembo calipers on the front axles! So on paper this car belongs in the loosely defined “Sports Car” category, and when they offered this car for us to review, we gladly accepted.
The review vehicle is a highly optioned Regal GS with upgraded wheels and both Driver Confidence Packages. This means adaptive cruise control, front automatic braking, power seats, and a slew of sensors that will warn you if you’re driving carelessly or when you’re about to make the Regal less shiny. The total vehicle price comes out to $41,745.00, making the Buick Regal GS an expensive alternative to the Chevrolet Malibu, but still a relative bargain when compared to similarly equipped luxury alternatives, such as the Cadillac ATS, the BMW 3 Series, and the Acura TLX.
We will spend the next week testing the Regal GS to see if this is a true homage to the Buick Gran Sports of old, and to investigate if the brand associated with sexagenarians is ready to appeal to the younger crowd. We will be providing a thorough review of this car shortly. Stay tuned!