Yellow Pages |   News Updates |   Local Jobs |   Events Calendar |   Movie Times | Recycling
Rocklin & Roseville Today Local Events
contact add event advertise 

New Buick Regal Boasts Turbocharged Engine



2014-Buick-Regal.jpg

Although officially there's no 2014 redesign, the Buick Regal has certainly gone through some significant changes over the past year.

This sporty midsize sedan made both interior and exterior alterations, plus added an impressive turbocharged engine, which is standard for the 2014 Buick Regal.

GM is reportedly trying to stretch a bit, feeling the Buick Regal may be able to capture a few car-buyers who are considering sedans like the Audi A4 or the BMW 3 Series. But frankly, if that's the game plan, it's too big a stretch. The Buick actually has a pretty serious challenger within the GM umbrella in the Cadillac ATS.

2014 Buick Regal

  • Performance: turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, 259 horsepower; 2.4-liter, four-cylinder, 182 horsepower
  • Mileage estimate: 21-30 mpg; 25-36 mpg
  • Estimated price: $29,690 to $39,270
  • Warranty: 4 years/50,000 miles; drivetrain: 12 years/70,000 miles; roadside assistance: 6 years/70,000; corrosion: 6 years/unlimited

With that said, there's still plenty to like about this year's Buick Regal. It remains a stylish-looking sedan that has a fair amount of sophistication.

The most notable change for 2014 is the turbocharged engine. Some auto experts are calling it the most refined four-cylinder engine in its price range.

Both the base and the GS Regal comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder that produces 259 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The all-wheel-drive Regal driven here goes 0-60 mph in 7.2 seconds.

While the turbocharged engine has warranted praise, the other Regal engine option has not. Buick paired a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder with a lithium-ion battery pack for its electric motor. Buick calls this hybrid-like technology "eAssist."

The eAssist engine producers 182 horsepower, 172 lb-ft of torque, and gets better gas mileage (25-36 mpg) than the turbocharged models. But critics say it lacks the proper acceleration and overall performance that Buick owners have come to expect.

In the exterior change department, the new-look Regal has smartly only slightly altered its signature waterfall grille, which is a welcome trademark. Other changes include revised headlights and bumper in the front, and trunk lid, bumper and slightly different LED tail lamps in the rear.

On the inside, Buick abandoned its cluttered control panel and replaced it with one that makes much more sense and brings an upscale appearance. The controls are organized and easy to access.

The Buick interior offers supportive front seats with enough room for 6-footers. The backseat is not as accommodating, feeling a little cramped and the sloping roof doesn't help, either. The trunk space measures 14.2 cubic feet and is a little narrow.

Standard features in the base model Buick Regal are pretty extensive and include foglights; dual-zone automatic climate control; leather upholstery; heated front seats; eight-way power driver seat (with four-way power lumbar); 8-inch touchscreen display; rearview camera; Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity; seven-speaker audio system with a CD player, satellite radio, auxiliary audio jack, an iPod/USB audio interface; and the IntelliLink smartphone and voice command integration system.

We expect many car shoppers will like the new changes with the 2014 Buick Regal, especially the spunky turbo engine. This is a fairly sophisticated sedan that offers many standard features. Although it's not a rival of some luxury rivals, the Buick can hang with many of the midsize sedans.





Weidel on Wheels author Jeffrey Weidel is an award-winning writer from the Sacramento region who has reviewed automobiles for more than two decades. He can be reached at skiweidel@gmail.com
Follow him on Twitter at @jeffweidel.



Placer County News Headlines

2016 Housing Market UpdateRealtor, Julie Jalone, of MagnumOne Realty in Roseville writes about the housing market performance predictions presented by the chief economist of the National Association of Realtors at a recent conference.

New California Laws for 2016 (Final)Roseville, CA - The final installment for New California laws for 2016.

Placer SPCA Announces 2016 Board of DirectorsRoseville, CA - On January 18th, the Placer SPCA announced the election of its 2016 Roseville, CA - The Placer SPCA recently announced the election of its 2016 Officers for the Board of Directors.

Roseville Gas Price Wars: Under $1.90 a GallonRoseville, CA- Gas prices in Roseville are pushing to lows not seen in a very long time. Costco and ARCO continue to dominate the leaderboard

2016 Subaru Forester: Reliable compact SUVRoseville, CA- The Subaru Forester is a no-frills SUV that embraces Subaru's practical approach to auto making.

$100,000 Gift to Help Local Nursing StudentsRocklin, CA, - Just last month, the Sierra College Foundation received a $100,000 donation to establish an endowment fund to help

Captured: Mexican Nationals found on Foresthill RoadA Placer County Sheriff's deputy just arrested the three men who've eluded capture since Wednesday afternoon.

Water Supply Projection by Water Agency GMAUBURN, Calif. - Following weeks of rain and snowfall, the Placer County Water Agency (PCWA) Board of Directors met on February 4 to receive the latest snowpack and water supply update.

3 Rocklin Restaurants Hit by BurglarRocklin, CA - On the morning of February 4, 2016 between the hour of 1:30 AM and 2:30 AM, three closed take-out style restaurants

Roseville Housing Authority Nabs Highest HUD RatingRoseville, CA- For the 11th consecutive year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) named the Roseville Housing Authority

Local Woman Honored for Cancer AdvocacyRoseville, CA - Former educator and Granite Bay mother of three Laura Tyrrell was honored at the Stars of Advocacy Inaugural Gala Fundraiser.

New California Laws for 2016 (Part 33)Roseville, CA - New California laws for 2016. Part 33 includes Medical marijuana, Real estate investments, Housing standards, Disorderly conduct, Housing standards: mold, and more.


NEWS: In Case You Missed It