Overview & Reviews
For 2015, the Buick Regal's standard IntelliLink infotainment system adds 4G LTE and a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, along with Siri Eyes Free and the ability to read text messages aloud over the speakers.
- Available all-wheel drive
- Plentiful standard features
- Standard turbocharged power.
- Reasonable base price
- Touchscreen interface can be frustrating to use
- Some interior comfort and visibility issues
- Limited trunk space.
- Optional eAssist powertrain's pokey acceleration
User Reviews:Showing 1 through 6 of 6.00
Good Car, but some Disappointments - 2015 Buick Regal
By Karina Espinoza - October 27 - 4:13 pm
I'm about 8,000 miles into my 2015 Buick Regal (Premium II) class and I've had it for about 7 months now. It drives really well and feels comfortable enough behind the wheel However the interior has a few problems. In order for me to access the window/lock buttons I have to contort my body a bit and bend my arm considerably (I'm 6' 1"), it's not natural. Also, for me to access the storage console in the center, I have to reach back and put my body and arm in an awkward and uncomfortable position to open it... Basically, should not do this while driving as it can be dangerous. My other cars allowed my arms to comfortably go off the steering wheel and to the window switch with ease rather than have to start bending and contorting... Same with the center storage console. Visibility while backing up and changing lanes is not so good. You really have to depend on the camera However, the camera in my vehicle is too bright during the day and has poor detail, so it's not very reliable. Finally, the "Infotainment" console has had some glitches in just the 7 months, which makes me feel it's just a matter of time before something goes bad: 1) Within 3 Months the temperature gauge stopped working consistently... it takes about 10 minutes to start gauging the right temperature outside. 2) twice I've entered my car to a loud buzzing sound that stopped once I turned the vehicle on. 3) twice I've pressed my ignition button and the car wouldn't wouldn't start (as if the battery was dying). 4) Several times when I've turned my vehicle on, the console has "glitches out" shut off and then turned back on. 5) Once, after reversing and going into drive, the parking camera stayed on for the entire time I was driving and never switched back to my radio/console view. 6) Many times I've adjusted the volume and it switched my radio channel instead. I took it in once for a minor issue and told them about the issues and they said there was nothing they could really do about it yet.
First Buick after five Cadillacs - 2015 Buick Regal
By Daniel Wal - October 25 - 8:51 am
So, after five Cadillacs (3 STSs, and 2 CTSs), I decided to try the Buick Regal. I liked the size and fuel economy (we commute 150 miles daily). I couldn't stand the CUE interface in the Cadillac and was a little dismayed that the same basic system is used in the Buick. I have to say, though, that it works much better in the Buick - there are hard buttons for the climate controls and radio - very nice. The individual temp controls and seat heater controls are a weird touch-panel that doesn't work very well - Buick should have just used hard buttons like the rest of the climate controls. The front seats are very comfortable and there is plenty of room. The center console is a bit small, as is the glove box, but this is a fairly small vehicle so I guess that's to be expected. The back seat looks nice, but it also looks very cramped although my 5'6" mom doesn't complain at all, even when she sits behind the driver seat (I'm 6'4"). The trunk is spacious and the Premium I package includes almost everything my Caddy's had (except, alas, ventilated seats). Driving dynamics are great - she's fast, fluid, and agile. Passing is a piece of cake, the brakes are monsters, and the ride is well-controlled (definitely not grandma's Buick). The Navigation, like CUE and other GM products is flaky - we end up using our phones more than the car's nav. Also, the split functionality (between the nav and the instrument panel) is a very strange design - sometimes the system initially 'finds' a destination, but then the navigation system cannot... routing is also terrible... more than once GM's Navigation systems have tried taking us down non-existent roads. Fuel economy is great for the size and performance. The 2.0 Turbo is plenty powerful and we always use premium "Top Tier" gasoline.
Jury is still out - 2015 Buick Regal
By Mike Trainor - July 24 - 2:54 pm
At only 700 miles, it is hard to judge a brand new car. So take that into consideration as you read this. And, it will be helpful to know that I was NOT shopping Buicks - at all - before I bought this. In fact, I wasn't shopping ANY car that had an MSRP more than $30K, and this Regal GS was stickered at nearly $41K. So what happened here? I had been driving a 2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited and wanted a car with more HP & torque, better handling and more tech features. First looked at the new Elantra's - nope. Looked at Mazda 3s - nope. Cruze, nope. Mustang... well, not more than $30K so that was out of the question anyway. Not interested in anything Toyota had, nor Honda for that matter. Wife mentions Buick one day. BUICK??? Oh... yeah... the Verano! So, I decided on July 4 to shop them, not really expecting the dealer to be open. They were. Before I knew it, I was test driving a Regal T premium, but didn't like the interior. Saavy sales rep finds a GS out back and convinces me to drive it. Sure, why not drive a freakin' $40,000 car!!! Anyway, to sum it up, I bought the thing. Not that day, but later next week. So, enough on how I got into this car, here's my summary review: Overall: 4 stars because 3 wasn't enough and there's no 3-1/2. It IS a NICE car, but some things are missing. Performance: I don't have a great basis for comparison. Last "fast car" I drove was '74 Chevelle SS with a 454 v8. But... the Regal does move and moves quickly - once you get past the turbo lag. The acceleration and power curve are quite nice after that. At slower speeds, 25 - 35 say, it can hardly get out of its own way unless you put your foot into it. Steering and road holding I think I very good - feels solid, good feedback. BMW drivers might find it dull and lumbering, but for me, it is more than adequate and would not fear driving this car 120 mph. Especially because the Brembo brakes are confidence inspiring. What kinda sucks is the tranny when you shift on your own. I'm still learning where this car needs to be on the rpms, but it is SO quiet, and quick, that I didn't realize I was up to almost 4000 rpms and still in second. She didn''t like that very much. in more normal driving, ahem, I found while the shifts are smooth, there's no audible feedback from the engine. keep your eye on the rpm guage!! but... see... you need your eyes on the road and your ears on the engine. other than that, shifts fine and you can toss this car around pretty well. but she's heavy. this, of course, coming from being used to a featherweight Elantra. just driving as an automatic, shifts are smooth and about where you would expect, and want, them to be, even under heavy acceleration. Comfort-Interior -- For the money, she's quite comfortable. Seats are firm(er) in the GS model which has an upgraded seat and leather package, but they fit me well. The car fits me well in fact. I'm 6'0" and about 180 lbs. The front is a bit narrow, but I still have plenty of elbow and hip room. Seats provide thigh support right where I need it. Headroom, even with the sunroof, is fine, plenty of clearance. Someone at 250 might not fit as well. Controls are all relatively well-laid out, similar in some ways to the Elantra, so i'm not having any issues in finding where things are, and everything is within easy reach. except two things..... Nitpick alert! One negative about the interior design is where the window controls and outside mirror control are. In the Elantra, resting my elbow on the door grip in a comfortable spot at my side, my fingers fell right onto those, with only a slight reach forward to the mirror control. In the Regal, I have to bring my hand back almost a full hand-length and LOOK as to which button do I have, front window or back window? I also find quite annoying where the door grip is. The interior features a nice swooshy grab bar in fake metal. it's okay to use when closing the door. but when opening it, the grip is a bit far forward, making an already heavy door even heavier because you're pushing it open too far forward. and here's the gotchya - there is no grip in the elbow rest part of the door, no place for your hand. Cheap, GM, very cheap. As noted, this car is quiet. In fact, I've never been in a quieter car save for a fun little drive in an 80s vintage Rolls Royce. But also noted, that's a negative when it comes to hearing the engine, or exhaust. Visibility is mostly okay, but out the back and over the shoulder are tougher. The B pillar is pretty wide... you'll quickly learn to use, and appreciate, the blind spot warning in the mirrors. Rear is smallish and narrow, but hardly an obstacle. The Mazda 3 hatchback was much, much worse. As to instrumentation, well, there's a learning curve there, but it's all there if you want it, including oil temp and pressure, friction bubble (wha???), and a whole mess of other stuff. Not the easiest to use and could stand a bit more ability to customize, but I find it complete, easy to read. ###
Buick's Version of the Opel Insigna - 2015 Buick Regal
By Jeff - July 12 - 8:09 pm
This is a GM large European sports sedan it rides stiff and controlled like a Euro sedan should. I don't sit in the back, but it looks cramped. This is a way better car than my 2006 SAAB 2.0LT 6M. Larger, heavier and has a much higher level interior quality. Overall a very well balanced car for the $ refined and pretty fast. Twin Scroll turbo and 6 speed auto are well matched can feel the gears in smooth shifts. My opinion GM still makes the best automatics.
Great car! - 2015 Buick Regal
By frenchguy007 - January 17 - 7:31 am
Love this car, great value for the money. 4wd is what makes the difference in this segment, hard to find without spending much more. I have had 2 Legacy's before this, the brick is much more refined. Only issue is the touch controls for heated seats and temp control, they don't capture the contact if you wear gloves and even with bare finger the touch often requires several taps before it recognizes. It distracts the driver and is therefore dangerous.
Great drive - 2015 Buick Regal
By frenchguy007 - October 23 - 7:55 pm
Love the drive and the look, inside and out. Love that the seat warmers go on when remote start is activated. The one negative is the interior layout of the center console, too tight. There is limited storage room. I describe this as a poor man's Audi A4.