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2016 Buick Regal Review

The 2016 Buick Regal has a classy interior, useful technology, and sporty handling, but its high total cost of ownership pushes it toward the back of our midsize car rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Many upscale standard features
  • User-friendly touch-screen interface
  • Agile handling
  • Weak base engine
  • Cramped rear seats

New for 2016

  • Enhanced IntelliLink infotainment system with Apple CarPlay
  • eAssist no longer available




Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety: 9.3
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2016 Buick Regal Overview

Is the 2016 Buick Regal a Good Used Car?

The 2016 Regal is a good midsize sedan. It has numerous standard features, rich interior materials, and nimble driving dynamics, particularly in the sporty GS model. In this highly competitive class, however, many rivals offer stronger engine options and more rear-seat room. Shop around before buying.

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Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 63 Buick Regal reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

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How Much Is the 2016 Buick Regal?

Based on the nearly 400 listings for the 2016 Regal on our site, you can expect to pay between $15,000 and $25,000 for this vehicle. The average list price is $19,200. Prices vary depending on the car’s condition, mileage, location, and equipment.

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How Much Does the 2016 Buick Regal Cost to Own?

The 2016 Regal has some of the highest ongoing costs in its class. Over five years, you can expect to pay around $27,100 for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs. By comparison, those same expenses will cost you $22,100 with the 2016 Mazda6 and $22,950 with the 2016 Toyota Camry.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Regal?

Buick redesigned the Regal for 2018. It offers a number of advantages over the 2016 model, including more cargo space, stronger engines, and a standard Teen Driver safety system. Buick also introduced a wagon body style (the Regal TourX) for 2018. With a new car, you’ll also get the benefit of a new-car warranty, and you won’t need to worry about a questionable maintenance history. You will have to worry about the price though. The 2018 Regal starts at $24,990 – nearly $5,800 more than the average used 2016 Regal. The Regal TourX starts at $29,070. Stick with the 2016 model. Despite all the changes, the 2018 model still sits toward the back of its class.

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There are no 2018 midsize cars within the 2016 Regal’s price range, but you'll have several options if you're willing to step down a class size. The 2018 Kia Soul is a good choice. Though it's a compact car, it has more overall interior volume and cargo space than the 2016 Regal. It also has better fuel economy, higher safety scores, and – with a starting price of $16,200 – it’s $3,000 less than the average-priced 2016 Regal. Also, we named the Soul our 2018 Best Compact Car for the Money. The 2018 Honda Civic and 2018 Mazda3 are also excellent choices.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Buick Regal?

The 2016 Regal has an above-average reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2016 Buick Regal Recalls

At the time of this writing, there is one safety recall for the 2016 Regal. It concerns the possible loss of power steering assist, which could increase the risk of a crash. Before buying this sedan, make sure this recall has been addressed.

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Which Model Year of the Buick Regal Is Best?

Buick reintroduced the Regal for 2011, and that generation ran through the 2017 model year. The 2013 through 2015 model years have higher overall scores than newer models, and they're less expensive. The 2014 model has a revised interior and exterior, while the 2015 model added a Wi-Fi hot spot. 2015 was also the last model year to offer the eAssist mild hybrid powertrain.

Buick reintroduced a base 2.4-liter engine for 2016. The 2016 model also has an upgraded infotainment system featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The 2017 model received no updates.

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Which Used Buick Regal Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Buick Regal comes in five trims: Regal 1SV, Sport Touring, Regal 1SL, Premium II (1SP), and GS (1SX). The base model is already well-equipped, but if you’re looking for a feature-packed Regal for a reasonable price, opt for the Premium II trim. It comes with navigation, a heated steering wheel, a nine-speaker Bose audio system, a proximity key, push-button start, and rear parking sensors. It’s also the first trim available with many of Buick’s advanced safety features.

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What Does Buick's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Buick offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Qualifying vehicles receive a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty after the four-year/50,000-mile new-car warranty expires. This warranty includes free maintenance for two years or 24,000 miles, and the original new-car powertrain warranty is extended to six years or 100,000 miles. For models sold in 2020 or newer, Buick changed the new car warranty to three years or 36,000 miles, but the one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty remains the same. 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.

According to our analysis, Buick has one of the better CPO programs among affordable carmakers, alongside Kia and Mitsubishi. 

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How Safe Is the Regal?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2016 Regal the highest score of Good in four crash test categories. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a perfect five-star rating for overall and side impact safety, as well as four stars for frontal crash and rollover safety.

The 2016 Regal comes standard with a rearview camera. It also has a number of advanced safety features available, such as adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, forward collision warning with brake assist, and front and rear parking sensors. Many of its rivals also offer these safety features.

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2016 Buick Regal Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Buick Regal or 2016 Hyundai Sonata?

While the 2016 Regal is a fine midsize sedan, the 2016 Hyundai Sonata outshines it in most respects. Both offer similar features, but the Regal will likely cost you thousands of dollars more. The Sonata is more fuel-efficient and receives higher safety and reliability scores. It also has more passenger and cargo space. However, it does not offer all-wheel drive. Unless you live in an area where AWD is essential, the Sonata is the better choice.

Which Is Better: 2016 Buick Regal or 2016 Mazda6?

Both the Regal and 2016 Mazda6 have their share of pros and cons. The Regal has stronger engines and more advanced safety features available. The Mazda6 offers more rear-seat space, a larger trunk, and better driving dynamics. It’s also about $1,200 less than the Regal. Finally, the Mazda’s total cost of ownership is considerably lower. Go with the Mazda6.

Which Is Better: 2016 Buick Regal or 2016 Buick LaCrosse?

If passenger space is a top priority, go for the 2016 Buick LaCrosse – an affordable large car. You'll get sharper handling with the midsize Regal, but the LaCrosse is better in most every other way. The LaCrosse is built for cruising and offers more rear-seat space than the Regal. The LaCrosse also has a perfect reliability rating. It's the better buy.

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2016 Regal Performance

How Does the 2016 Buick Regal Drive?

The base 2016 Buick Regal features a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 182 horsepower. Higher trims get a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that puts out 259 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, though there is an available six-speed manual with the GS trim. The base engine’s acceleration feels underwhelming. The available turbocharged 2.0 liter fixes this, though it suffers from turbo lag. Front-wheel drive is standard with the 2016 Regal, and all-wheel drive is available. Reviewers praise the Regal's smooth ride, and most agree that it provides better-than-expected athleticism and agility. 

Does the 2016 Buick Regal Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base Regal earns an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. Most midsize sedans have better fuel economy. For example, even with standard all-wheel drive, the 2016 Subaru Legacy gets 26/35 mpg city/highway.

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2016 Regal Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Regal Seat?

The 2016 Regal seats five on standard leather upholstery. The front seats are supportive, but the vehicle’s sloping roofline makes the rear seats feel somewhat tight. Heated front seats and a power-adjustable driver’s seat are also standard.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Buick Regal?

There are two full sets of LATCH connectors in the rear outboard seats, along with a middle-seat tether anchor.

2016 Buick Regal Features

The Regal’s rich interior feels like that of a luxury sedan. Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, a seven-speaker sound system, a 4.2-inch display screen, a rearview camera, and Buick’s IntelliLink infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, Siri Eyes Free, voice recognition, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto (in some models), smartphone functionality, satellite radio, two USB ports, and Bluetooth. OnStar with 4G LTE and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot is also standard.

Available features include an upgraded IntelliLink system with navigation, a nine-speaker Bose sound system, push-button start, and a moonroof. Available advanced safety features include adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, lane charge alert, lane departure warning, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision alert, and front automatic braking.

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2016 Buick Regal Dimensions

Buick Regal Cargo Space

At 14.2 cubic feet, the Regal offers average trunk space for its class. However, its narrow opening makes loading larger items difficult.

2016 Regal Length and Weight

The 2016 Regal measures about 15.9 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,600 to 3,981 pounds, depending on trim and powertrain.

Where Was the 2016 Buick Regal Built?

Buick built the 2016 Regal in Canada.

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