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2014 Buick Regal Review

The Buick Regal sits in the top third of the midsize car class thanks to its quality interior, solid reliability, composed handling, and turbocharged engine performance. That said, rear-seat headroom is rather slim for the class.

Pros & Cons

  • Poised handling
  • Comfortable front seats
  • Punchy four-cylinder turbo
  • eAssist models have a small trunk and weak acceleration
  • So-so fuel economy

New for 2014


  • Updated interior and exterior design
  • Revised powertrain lineup
  • All-wheel drive, forward collision warning, and blind spot monitoring available


Rankings & Awards

The 2014 Buick Regal's #8 ranking is based on its score within the 2014 Affordable Midsize Cars category. It is a finalist for our 2014 Best Upscale Midsize Car for the Money award and a finalist for our 2014 Best Upscale Midsize Car for Families award. Currently the Buick Regal has a score of 8.0 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 59 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.3
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety: 9.3
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2014 Buick Regal Overview

Is the 2014 Buick Regal a Good Used Car?

The Buick Regal is a fine option if you’re shopping for a used midsize car. It’s fun to drive, comfortable over rough roads, and has a turbocharged engine with plenty of power. The Regal also earns high marks for reliability, and it’s available with all-wheel drive and a long list of active safety features. Not all Regals are up to snuff, though. You’ll want to avoid the poky, less efficient eAssist models.

Used 2014 Buick Regal Performance and Interior

Buick offers the 2014 Regal with two engine options. The Regal Turbo and Regal GS models have a 259-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard. All-wheel drive is available, as is a six-speed manual transmission (GS only). The engine provides robust acceleration and passing power, though the automatic is somewhat slow to downshift. Fuel economy is decent at 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway (19/27 mpg city/highway with AWD).

Regal eAssist models are equipped with a 182-horsepower engine, a six-speed automatic, front-wheel drive, and an electric motor. Often referred to as a mild hybrid, the eAssist electric motor helps save fuel by switching the engine off at stoplights and back on once the brake pedal is released. The system operates smoothly, but acceleration is slow. Its 24/35 mpg city/highway fuel economy rating also falls far short of full hybrids in this class, such as the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry (49/45 mpg and 42/38 mpg, respectively).

Both models provide a hushed and comfortable ride, yet feel athletic when rounding tight corners. Body roll is well-managed, especially in all-wheel-drive models, which benefit from a limited-slip differential and a redesigned rear suspension. Regal GS models yield even sharper handling thanks to their adaptive shock absorbers, but ride quality diminishes slightly.

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The Buick Regal seats five and features an attractive cabin with quality materials. The front seats are plush and supportive. GS models feature bolstered sport seats. Front headroom and legroom are ample, though rear-seat space isn’t as accommodating for adults due to the car’s sloping roofline. Rear visibility is hampered as well. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child seats. The Regal has a decent 14.2-cubic-foot trunk space, and its 60/40 split rear seats can fold to fit larger items. Regal eAssist sedans offer just 11.1 cubic feet of trunk space.

Buick equips all Regal models with an 8-inch touch screen, USB inputs, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and a rearview camera. The dashboard features a simple button arrangement for both climate and audio controls. The touch-screen infotainment system, known as IntelliLink, benefits from large on-screen icons, crisp graphics, and an easy-to-use menu structure as well. That said, the screen is occasionally slow to respond.

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Used 2014 Buick Regal Prices

The price of a used 2014 Regal ranges from about $15,600 for base Regal Turbo models to around $21,000 for Buick Regal GS AWD models. Prices will vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 59 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve researched 59 Buick Regal reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and costs of ownership, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking cars for a decade, and we have more than 75 years of automotive industry experience combined. While we’re passionate about cars, we’re even more committed to giving helpful consumer advice. To ensure our reviews remain impartial, we refuse gifts and trips from car companies, and the advertising on our site is handled by an outside team.

How Reliable Is the 2014 Buick Regal?

The Buick Regal has great reliability, earning a score of four out of five from J.D. Power and Associates.

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How Safe Is the Regal?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2014 Regal the highest rating of Good in all four areas tested. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Regal a perfect five-star rating for overall and side impact safety, as well as four stars for front and rollover crash safety.

Buick equips all Regal sedans with a rearview camera as standard equipment. Parking sensors are available. Only the Regal Premium II and GS trim levels are available with Buick’s full suite of advanced safety features, which are split into two options packages. The Driver Confidence Package I adds blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning. The Driver Confidence Package II adds automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control.

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Should I Consider Another Used Regal?

Buick reintroduced the Regal for the 2011 model year. It saw significant updates for 2014, including a revised engine lineup, refreshed interior and exterior styling, and newly available all-wheel drive. The 2014 Regal also became available with an extensive array of safety features, such as blind spot monitoring and forward collision warning. While you may find used 2011, 2012, and 2013 Regal models at far lower prices, those cars won’t share these major updates.

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Which Used Buick Regal Is Right for Me?

Buick offers the 2014 Regal in four trim levels: base, Premium I, Premium II, and GS. Base models are equipped with an 8-inch touch screen, AM/FM/satellite radio, a CD player, a rearview camera, USB inputs, Bluetooth, OnStar telematics, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, heated seats (front), and remote keyless entry.

The Regal Premium I trim adds rear parking sensors, proximity keyless entry, and remote start. The Premium II trim adds a navigation system and Bose audio. Lastly, the Regal GS trim adds redesigned bumpers, sport seats, larger Brembo front brakes, an adaptive suspension, front parking sensors, and a customizable 8-inch display within the gauge cluster.

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned Regal. Buick’s CPO program offers a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty, and the original new-car powertrain warranty is extended to seven years or 100,000 miles. Buick CPO models must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Buick’s warranty page carefully.

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2014 Buick Regal and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Buick Regal or 2014 Buick Verano?

The compact Buick Verano matches many of the midsize Regal’s best attributes – just in a smaller package. Both sedans offer refined driving dynamics, clean interior styling, good reliability ratings, and lots of tech and safety features. The core difference is that the Regal is available with all-wheel drive, and typically asks a higher price. Both are fine used car options.

Which Is Better: 2014 Buick Regal or 2014 Buick LaCrosse?

If you’re looking for a Buick with lively handling, the Regal is the one you want. That said, the full-size Buick LaCrosse is the far cozier highway cruiser, and used models are often within the same price range as the smaller Regal. The LaCrosse also boasts roomier rear seats, better reliability, and even more safety features – like adaptive headlights.

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