2013 Buick Regal offers new engine choices but is that enough
The Buick Regal offers buyers some interesting choices for 2013. In its most basic form the brand has a lot of guts calling a 3600 pound, front wheel drive car with 182 horsepower a luxury “sports” sedan. There is little sporty about a slow car being pulled rather than pushed by its drivetrain. Moving up from the base engine, the Buick can be outfitted with an engine that is capable of producing either 220 horsepower, or 270 horsepower. These engines offer reasonable specification sheet credentials for any family sedan, but fall far short of the power available from Lexus, Acura, or Infiniti in a car this size. Buick does have price on its side when compared to the sport luxury class, but it doesn’t have any edge when compared to the front drive offerings from Toyota and Hyundai.
In its recent press release Buick highlights that the Regal can achieve 36 mpg highway. The Buick gets 29 mpg combined. While this is a commendable number, the basic Camry has nearly equal fuel economy with one less mpg. Buick uses its light hybrid eAssist technology to make this number. The Camry hybrid by contrast has an EPA combined rating of 43 mpg at a very similar price point. The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid achieves 40 mpg highway and has a combined mpg of 37. The Hyundai can also be configured to be quite luxurious and offers a 2.0 liter turbo with the same horsepower as the new Regal GS. The Hyundai has been on the market now for many years.