2013 Buick Regal Overview
2013 Buick Regal Overview
The 2013 Buick Regal is a midsize, four-door, five-passenger sedan that combines luxury with fuel economy. The 2013 model year was introduced with new standard features that were previously only offered as options, as well as all-new interior standard features. The Regal offers standard features that are typically offered as optional by the competition, making it much more luxurious than other midsize sedans.
The 2013 Regal is now a mild-hybrid and features a fuel efficient four-cylinder engine. The Regal’s Large V-8 is long gone and has been replaced with smaller, more fuel efficient engines. However, for those that cannot get around the minimal power a four-cylinder puts out, a turbocharged engine is optional to give that extra boost and trill of the ride.
New for 2013
The 2013 Buick Regal has been upgraded with technology, both in the engine and interior.
- The eAssist option is now standard feature on the three lower trim levels
- IntelliLink interface with smartphone integration technology is now standard
- The turbocharged model now has a heated steering wheel
The 2013 Buick Regal did not see any alterations made to the exterior of the body, maintaining the aerodynamic and swooping look from the previous year. The body starts out with a waterfall styled grille, aerodynamic windshield and roof, and optical hook stamps on the sides for extra character.
There are two basic trim options offered: the base and Turbo. Each trim is available in upgraded Premium options that add more luxury features. The Regal is also offered in a high-performance GS trim that stands alone.
The base Regal is equipped with 17-inch wheels, heated mirrors, and a keyless entry. The Turbo trim option adds 18-inch wheels and upgraded powertrain components. The Premium 1 Group adds rear parking sensors and the Premium 2 Group upgrades the headlights to xenon bulbs. Both groups are offered for the base and Turbo trim levels.
The Premium 3 Group is a turbo-only option which adds 19-inch wheels, adjustable driving settings, and an upgraded suspension for better handling. The high performance trim, the GS, come equipped with all the bells and whistles. It comes standard with a more powerful turbocharged engine, a sport-tuned suspension, front parking sensors, powerful Brembo brakes, and unique body accents. The GS also has an optional upgrade to 20-inch wheels and summer sport tires.
Interior & Cargo
The interior is the best part about the 2013 Buick Regal. It comes standard with cruise control, leather seating with heated front seats, a power driver seat, Bluetooth, a customizable touchscreen, a seven-speaker audio system with an iPod interface, and IntelliLink smartphone integration. Upgrading to the Premium 1 Group adds remote ignition and power passenger seat while the Premium 2 Group adds rear side airbags and a nine-speaker Harman/Kardon audio system. The high performance GS trim comes with the best features Buick has to offer. It has new interior accents with front sport seats, a thicker steering wheel, and the Interactive Drive Control system which offers a sport driving mode.
The interior generally has better styling and a more upscale feeling than other midsized sedans offered by Ford, Nissan, or Honda. The front seats offer good support while the rear seats lack it. The cockpit now features the IntelliLink interface which is an upgrade to the previous year. The storage capacity has been reduced since last year with the new eAssist standard feature. The trunk offers about 11 cubic feet of storage space while the Turbo and GS models bump that number up to 14.2 cubic feet.
Safety features include anti-lock brakes, front seat side-impact airbags, curtain airbags all around, and traction and stability control. OnStar also includes automatic collision notification, roadside assistance, and an emergency button. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it a “Good” rating for all crash tests, the highest rating possible.
The 2013 Buick Regal comes with a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine with eAssist rated at 182 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque. It is mated with a six-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift control and offers 25/36 mpg city/highway. The Turbo model features a turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that pumps out 220 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. It comes with a six-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission and provides 18/29 mpg city/highway with the automatic transmission or 20/32 mpg city/highway with the manual transmission. The GS features a high performance turbocharged 2.0-liter that increases the power to 270 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. It also has the choice of an automatic or manual transmission but both receive a 19/27 mpg city/highway rating.
The 2013 Buick Regal is much sportier than past generations. The suspension is very smooth and the cabin receives quality sound insulation. The steering is precise and the powertrain options are fun to drive, minus the eAssist mild-hybrid which reduces power to increase fuel efficiency. The new Regal trims and powertrain options can be matched to offer choices for those seeking power and those more inclined to save money on fuel.
Key Competitors of the 2013 Buick Regal
- Acura ILX Hybrid
- Ford Fusion SE Hybrid
- Lincoln MKZ
- Lexus ES Hybrid
- Nissan Maxima