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2017 Buick Regal Review

Despite its athletic handling and upscale cabin, the 2017 Buick Regal has a weak engine lineup, tight passenger space, a small trunk, and high ownership costs. As a result, it ranks near the back of the midsize car class.

Pros & Cons

  • Impressive interior materials
  • User-friendly touch screen
  • Agile handling
  • Less rear-seat space than rivals
  • Weak base engine
  • Lag with turbocharged engine




Critics' Rating: 7.2
Performance: 6.8
Interior: 7.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
Safety: 9.3
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2017 Buick Regal Overview

Is the 2017 Buick Regal a Good Used Car?

Despite its low ranking, the Buick Regal is a decent vehicle. It’s fairly agile for a midsize car, and its handsome cabin has plenty of easy-to-use technology. The Regal has an underpowered base engine, however, and its available engine suffers from turbo lag. Further, the Regal is one of the most expensive cars in its segment. In the end, most classmates offer a lot more content for a lot less money.

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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 66 Buick Regal reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

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How Much Is the 2017 Buick Regal?

There are more than 240 listings on our site for the 2017 Buick Regal. The average price is $20,600, though the Regal’s pricing can range from $16,200 to $27,900. The amount you pay varies depending on the model you choose and its condition, mileage, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Buick Regal Cost to Own?

The 2017 Buick Regal’s five-year estimated costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs total to about $26,800, which is a few thousand dollars higher than estimates for most other midsize cars.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Buick Regal?

The redesigned 2018 Buick Regal comes in three forms: a hatchback-like Sportback that starts at $24,990, a performance-tuned GS ($39,065), and TourX wagon model that starts at $29,070. The Sportback and TourX come with a turbo engine, while the GS gets a peppier V6 engine.

The Sportback will cost you some $4,400 more than a mid-priced 2017 Regal, but you get a lot for your money. The 2017 Regal has a traditional trunk with just 14.2 cubic feet of space, while the 2018 Sportback and GS Regals have fastback styling, giving it a maximum cargo capacity of 60.7 cubic feet behind the front seat. The TourX wagon has a total of 73.5 cubic feet. The 2018 Regal also comes with better sound insulation to help reduce road noise.

The Regal Sportback’s standard features list is almost identical to that of the 2017 Regal base model. The Regal TourX wagon provides all the Sportback’s features, plus fog lamps, roof rails, and all-wheel drive. The GS is by far the most expensive model, but it has a more powerful engine, leather seating, Brembo front brakes, and a number of additional upgrades.  

If you like the Regal but want SUV-like cargo space, the 2018 Sportback is a great choice. For light off-roading, the 2018 Regal TourX is worth considering. Stick with the 2017 Regal if you want a traditional sedan, or you want to save money.

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There are no other new midsize cars with a similar same price to the 2017 Regal. There are some new compact cars that fall below Regal in price, though you’ll sacrifice the Buick’s spaciousness. The 2018 Honda Civic starts at $18,940 and offers a roomy cabin with first-rate interior quality, ample cargo space, a balanced ride, and good fuel economy estimates. Another option is the 2018 Ford Focus ($17,950), one of the most fun-to-drive cars in the class. It has two powerful available turbocharged engines and a high predicted reliability rating.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Buick Regal?

J.D. Power gives the 2017 Regal a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

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2017 Buick Regal Recalls

As of this writing, the 2017 Buick Regal has no reported recalls.  

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Which Model Year of the Buick Regal Is Best?

Buick reintroduced the Regal for the 2011 model year after a multi-year hiatus. The 2014 Regal received a significant interior and exterior design refresh, as well as a revised powertrain lineup. The 2014 model was also the first Regal to offer all-wheel drive, forward collision warning, and blind spot monitoring.

The 2015 Regal gained a Wi-Fi hot spot, and it was the last model to offer the eAssist mild hybrid powertrain. Buick upgraded the IntelliLink infotainment system to include Apple CarPlay for the 2016 Regal, and it added Android Auto for 2017. Both features appeal to tech lovers who want easy access to smartphone functions. Choose the model that has the features you want while also balancing the price.

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Which Used Buick Regal Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Buick Regal comes in five trim levels: 1SV, Sport Touring, Regal (all-wheel-drive model), Premium II, and GS.

The base Regal has more than enough standard features to satisfy techies, including a touch-screen infotainment system, a Wi-Fi hot spot, satellite radio, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration.

Buyers who want more style and power should consider the Sport Touring trim. It comes with the turbocharged engine, along with a dual exhaust, a rear spoiler, and upgraded wheels.

The GS trim kicks the sedan’s performance up a notch, adding a sport-tuned suspension and Brembo front brakes. The Buick Regal Premium II trim adds navigation, push-button start with a proximity key, a heated steering wheel, a Bose stereo, HID headlights, and rear parking sensors.

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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. 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.

Buick has one of the better CPO programs among affordable carmakers. According to our analysis, only Kia and Mini have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Regal?

The 2017 Regal earned the highest rating of Good in four crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Models equipped with forward collision warning earned the lowest rating of Basic for front crash prevention, and models with automatic emergency braking received the highest rating of Superior.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2017 Regal an overall rating of five out of five stars, with five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the frontal crash and rollover evaluations.

A rearview camera is standard. Available safety features include forward collision warning, forward automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, lane change alert, and lane departure warning.

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2017 Buick Regal Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Buick Regal or 2017 Chevrolet Malibu?

The 2017 Chevrolet Malibu sits near the top of our rankings, while the Regal lands in the bottom of the lineup. The Malibu has a higher predicted reliability rating, roomier seating, and a larger trunk – making it a better family car. Though the Regal has nicer cabin materials and more standard features, it costs a little more than the Malibu. For better bang for your buck, skip the Buick and go for the Chevy.

Which Is Better: 2017 Buick Regal or 2017 Buick LaCrosse?

If you like the Regal but require more space, consider the 2017 Buick LaCrosse. It’s a large car with ample space in both rows and a larger trunk than the Regal. Additionally, its predicted reliability rating is better than that of the Regal. You’ll sacrifice some agility with the LaCrosse, but its exceptional ride comfort and powerful engine make it a great vehicle for longer trips. Despite having a stronger engine, the LaCrosse manages to return slightly better fuel economy than the Regal. 

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2017 Buick Regal Performance

How Does the 2017 Buick Regal Drive?

The base Buick Regal is powered by a 182-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, which delivers lackluster acceleration. An available 259-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine powers the rest of the Regal lineup. This engine feels stronger and gives the Regal faster acceleration, but most drivers will notice its turbo lag (the short delay in power delivery felt when the car pulls away from a stop). Both engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

The Regal has a smooth ride and is relatively athletic for a large car, though its steering feels numb. The ride is smooth and quiet, but with the GS trim, you get an enhanced suspension that gives the Regal’s suspension more responsiveness.

Does the 2017 Buick Regal Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Regal gets below-average fuel economy: 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway with the base engine. With the turbocharged engine, gas mileage climbs to 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.

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2017 Buick Regal Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Buick Regal Seat?

The 2017 Buick Regal is a four-door sedan with seating for five. The seats are comfortable and supportive, even on lengthy trips. The front bucket seats in the GS trim are exceptionally plush and well-bolstered. Rear-seat passengers will probably feel cramped due to the Regal’s sloping roofline.

The Regal’s stylish cabin features quality materials, but it hasn’t changed much since the refresh for 2014. As a result, most competitors have more modern cabin styling.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Buick Regal?

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

2017 Buick Regal Features

Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and Buick’s IntelliLink infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, a seven-speaker sound system, a USB port, Bluetooth, satellite radio, voice recognition, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

It’s easy to stay connected with the Regal’s high-tech features, which are all easy to use. Voice commands and smartphone integration are especially convenient. Available features include push-button start, a moonroof, a nine-speaker Bose stereo, and navigation.

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2017 Buick Regal Dimensions

Buick Regal Cargo Space

At 14.2 cubic feet, the Buick Regal’s trunk has an average size for the class. However, its narrow opening makes it difficult to load larger items.

2017 Regal Length and Weight

The 2017 Buick Regal is almost 15.9 feet long. Its curb weight is 3,605 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Buick Regal Built?

Buick assembled the 2017 Regal in the Canada.  

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