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2013 Buick Regal Premium Turbo

2013 Buick Regal Review

(0 Stars)  Buick’s Euro-style mid-size: mild, medium, or extra spicy.

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New For 2013
The base 182-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine has been dropped. The formerly optional 2.4-liter with eAssist—a battery-powered electric motor that acts like a hybrid to improve fuel economy—is now the base powerplant. The turbocharged 220-hp, 2.0-liter four is the next step up. The GS, with a 270-hp version of the same turbo four, remains at the top and is now available with an automatic or a manual transmission.
Overview
Although it’s not yet Buick’s best-selling model, the Regal has become the center of gravity for the brand. It sits at the heart of the lineup—below the LaCrosse and above the Verano—and has the widest range of variants. All Regals are derived from the Opel Insignia and have a firmer, more-European-style chassis setup than you might expect from Buick. The Regal Turbo and the GS add driver-adjustable steering effort and adaptive dampers. The base Regal is powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with the eAssist system (formerly a $2000 option), and fuel economy is an impressive 25/36 mpg, although the larger LaCrosse with this same powertrain does just as well. For those seeking more power, there’s a 2.0-liter turbocharged four that offers 220 hp and can be had with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. The Regal GS has all kinds of serious sport-sedan hardware: a 270-hp version of the 2.0-liter turbo, deeply bolstered sport seats upholstered in leather, Brembo disc brakes, a lower ride height, a redesigned front suspension, and a standard six-speed stick (or an automatic at no charge). The big omission is all-wheel drive, as the high-output turbo’s 295 lb-ft of torque is an awful lot to send through the front wheels. The GS does, however, get GM’s HiPer Strut front suspension that mitigates, but doesn’t completely eliminate, torque steer.

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2013 Regal Premium Turbo Sedan Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Turbocharged
Engine: 2.0L Ecotec in-line 4 DOHC and variable valve timing
E85 / unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 13 MPG city, 22 MPG highway, 15 MPG combined and 270 mi. range
Gasoline direct fuel injection
18.0gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 220 hp @ 5,300 rpm; 260 ft lb of torque @ 2,000 rpm
Secondary fuel economy:

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'13 Buick Premium Turbo Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Compass
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Trunk/Liftgate
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Vehicle Information Center
  Interior  
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Air Filtration System
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Cargo Net
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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HID Headlights
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Side Airbag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
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Heated Front Seats
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Leather Seats
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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iPod Connector
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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GPS/Satellite Communication
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
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Voice Activated Controls
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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