My Ride
2015 Buick Regal GS Crosses The Line of Luxury

by Pamela Price
photos courtesy of GM

In many ways, Buick is an integral part of the foundation of the American automobile industry. Dating back to 1903, the Buick brand is known as the oldest active U.S. car marque. Although General Motors (GM) may be a more well-known name in today’s auto world, GM was actually first created in 1908 as a holding company for Buick.
While many car companies have focused on their exterior design for their marketing campaigns, Buick has long stood by featuring the quality of performance. In fact, their first ad slogan was “When better automobiles are built, Buick will build them.” They continued to place emphasis on the drive, rather than the look, advertising that a Buick had the ability to drive “for hours on end” and “power to carry excessive weight through mountains, deserts, etc, without overheating.”
While those slogans may be over 100 years-old, after experiencing the 2015 Buick Regal GS, I can firmly say that wanting to drive “for hours on end” definitely applies to this particular car. From its acceleration to braking, parking, and steering, the 2015 Regal drives so smoothly, it’s as if the tires are gliding across the road. The word “regal” means stately and splendid, two words that certainly describe this automobile. Back in 2005, Buick launched their LaCross campaign featuring Aerosmith’s song “Dream On.” The idea was that the new generation of Buick vehicles was able to take you from an everyday state to the place of your dreams. Well, with features such as OnStar, built-in Wi-Fi, Forward/Rear/Side Alerts and more, “Dream On” can also be applied to the Regal line.
It may be called an ‘entry-level luxury’ vehicle, but according to Consumer Reports, “the Regal wound up finishing just one point shy of the class-leading BMW 328i and tied the Mercedes-Benz C250 for second place in the organization's overall ratings of upscale sport sedans, while costing thousands less."
Let’s begin with the basics: This particular 2015 Regal’s fuel economy is 22MPG (19 city, 27 highway). Regal with eAssist is EPA-rated at 25 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway.
What is eAssist? The Regal is equipped with a choice of two efficient engines: the standard 2.0L turbo four-cylinder engine rated at 259 horsepower (193 kW) and a 2.4L four-cylinder engine with eAssist light electrification technology, rated at 182 horsepower (136 kW)).
At a certain point, you will see the eAssist working on the speedometer screen. The eAssist powertrain uses a lithium-ion battery system and electric motor-generator to enable regenerative braking capability. Instead of providing all-electric propulsion, the system provides power assistance to the internal combustion engine. The eAssist system also allows the engine to shut down fuel delivery in certain deceleration situations, or at a stop, which saves additional fuel. It may not be a hybrid, but I would still call that a ‘smart’ car.
GS customers have the choice of a six-speed manual, as well, at no additional cost, making it one of the few vehicles in the segment to offer a turbocharged engine with manual transmission.
When it comes down to the Regal’s new features, in my opinion, this is one of the car’s biggest selling points. Its latest technology includes OnStar with 4G LTE with and standard built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, as well as IntelliLink with Text Messaging Alerts and Siri Eyes Free.
Connecting your cell phone via Bluetooth is as easy as 1, 2, 3 and the Regal’s touch screen menu is easy to navigate. The Wi-Fi hotspot provides a mobile hub for drivers and passengers to stay connected. When the car is on, the hotspot is too. You can enjoy the car’s wonderful Bose nine-speaker premium audio system on the Premium II and GS, listening from Sirius XM, the Pandora app or your Bluetooth music apps.
If you have never driven a car with built-in camera assistance, this feature will spoil you to no end. The worries of hitting something while backing up, or coming too close to a parked car on a narrow street are things of the past. The Regal GS has a standard rear-vision camera system, forward collision alert, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, etc.
At the time of purchase, six months OnStar Directions and Connections includes all of OnStar’s advisor-based safety and security features, including Automatic Crash Response and Stolen Vehicle Assistance, as well as turn-by-turn navigation.
Other great qualities:
Standard dual-zone climate control
Full-range adaptive cruise control is available on Premium II and GS
E-Z Key passive entry system and keyless push-button starting is standard on Premium I, Premium II and GS
Remote vehicle starter is standard on Premium I, Premium II and GS (not available on GS with manual transmission)
Standard heated front seats
Heated steering wheel is standard on Premium I, Premium II and GS
I had the pleasure of driving the Crystal Red Tintcoat, a striking color which accentuates the Regal’s sleek sedan style. GS models are distinguished by unique front and rear fascias, exclusive 19 inch wheels (20 inch wheels available) and a lowered ride height. 17 inch and 18 inch wheels are offered on all other Regal models. It also comes in the following colors: Dark Sapphire Blue Metallic (new for 2015), Copper Red Metallic, Quicksilver Metallic, Summit White, Black Onyx, Crystal Red Tintcoat, White Diamond Tricoat, Smoky Gray Metallic, Champagne Silver Metallic and Black Diamond Tricoat. Later in the year, Dark Chocolate Metallic and Emerald Green Metallic will be offered on a special, limited basis. 
Inside, the leather interior is extremely comfortable, seating adjustments are easy to use. The trunk space is larger than most sedans. The new features build on the vehicle-wide enhancements introduced in 2014, making the European-bred midsize sedan a smarter choice for customers seeking technology-infused performance matched with the brand’s signature luxury and refinement.
As the holidays are right around the corner, many are looking to upgrade to or gift a new car. The 2015 Buick Regal is certainly the sedan for the modern day world. Take a test drive. I promise you, you won’t regret it.
Pricing varies depending on feature add-ons.
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