- Subtle styling changes inside and out for 2014
- New turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the Turbo and GS trims
- Excellent crash test ratings
The 2014 Buick Regal gets plenty of exciting updates for the new model year, including a new turbocharged engine, styling updates, and a redesigned center console.
On the outside, the grille has been slightly retouched and the modified LED taillights now extend inwards into the trunk lid. 17-inch wheels are standard, while higher trim levels offer 18-, 19-, or even 20-inch wheels. Xenon HID headlights and LED daytime running lights are optional. The sporty GS trim gets its own set of unique visual cues, with a lowered ride height, vertical air intakes, and a rear deck-lid spoiler.
The 2014 Regal offers two distinct drivetrain options. Standard is a mild-hybrid system, which Buick calls “eAssist” that combines an electric motor and a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. It produces 182 total horsepower and comes with a six-speed automatic transmission. Turbo and GS trims both get a new engine this year, a 259-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes a robust 295 pounds-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic is also standard here, but the GS offers a six-speed manual as well.
Models with the eAssist drivetrain return the best fuel economy, 25/36 mpg city/highway. Opting for the turbocharged engine drops those figures to 21/30 mpg city/highway.
The Regal’s center console was redesigned for 2014, simplifying its button scheme and offering a more intuitive user experience, which is an appreciated change. Standard features include powered and heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth connectivity, and HD radio. A convenient 120-volt power outlet is optional, for charging laptops and other devices. Buick’s Intellilink infotainment system with an 8-inch color touchscreen is standard, with a navigation system available as well.
When it comes to safety, the 2014 Regal is one of the best earning a full five-star overall crash test rating from the NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS. Six airbags, an electronic stability system, antilock brakes, and a rearview camera are standard. The Regal also offers a long list of available safety technology including lane change alerts, active cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic braking, and rear cross-traffic alerts.