[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he 2015 Buick Regal may be GM’s best sedan on the market today. It’s elegant, safe and loaded with many features such as a customizable eight-inch LCD touchscreen interface, 4G LTE connectivity, WiFi broadcasting, backup camera and OnStar services with Automatic Crash Response.
The Regal, which won a prestigious Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Award, adds new technologies for 2015 and builds on the enhancements introduced in last year, making the European-bred midsize sedan a good choice for those who want technology and performance matched with luxury and refinement.
The Regal has a long, low contemporary look. The prominent sweptback headlights are available in two versions, including halogen projector beams and Xenon high-intensity discharge. Available LED daytime running lights form a distinctive wing profile above the headlights, while LED wing-shape taillights give the car a familial look. A chrome accent bridges the taillights to enhance the car’s wide stance.
Regal is available in four trim levels —
Regal (1SL), Premium I (1SN), Premium II (1SP) and GS (1SX). Standard features on all models include:
• Six air bags, including side curtain air bags
• StabiliTrak electronic stability control
• Four-wheel anti-lock brakes with Intelligent Brake Assist
• Fog lights
• Cruise control
• Power windows with driver and front passenger express up/down
• Dual-zone automatic climate control
• Eight-inch color touch screen radio with Buick IntelliLink, AM/FM/Sirius *XM stereo with CD player and auxiliary input jack, USB ports, SD card and Bluetooth wireless connectivity for select phones
• Leather-appointed seats
• 12-way power driver’s seat • Auto-dimming inside rearview mirror
• Rear-vision camera system
• Electric parking brake
• Ice blue ambient lighting.
Additionally, radar- and camera-based safety features – including rear cross traffic alert, lane change alert, side blind zone alert, lane departure warning, forward collision alert and collision mitigation braking – are available. Adaptive cruise control is also offered. It senses traffic in front of the Regal to adjust vehicle speed, including stopping the vehicle in heavy traffic and accelerating again.
An advanced Haldex all-wheel-drive system is also available with the 2.0L turbo engine, giving Regal drivers the most of traction in all driving conditions – and enhancing the cornering capability of the Regal GS when driven in the GS mode of the Interactive Drive Control System.
On the inside
Regal’s interior blends beauty and refinement with technology, centered on Buick’s next-generation IntelliLink infotainment system. The instrument panel “center stack” houses the system’s eight-inch color touch screen. It is designed for easy operation with intuitive controls and smartphone-influenced swipe recognition for easier navigation.
The center stack is also home to the dual-zone climate controls which, like the IntelliLink screen, feature capacitive-touch operation – and are framed in chrome. A high-resolution, 4.2- inch color display is the focal point of the instrument cluster, delivering vehicle information, navigation, audio system functions, phone features and more.
The MSRP on the 2015 Buick Regal ranges from $29,690-$39,270.
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