Used 2015 Buick Regal: Driving in Understated Luxury

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The 2015 Buick Regal AWD GS quietly impresses.

Teenage rom-coms are dominated by the nerdy girl who removes her glasses, lets down her hair and reveals a surprising (to everyone in the movie – we saw this coming) smoldering body.

2015 Buick Regal

The white diamond tricoat paint makes this sedan shine. Credit: Judy Antell for AGirlsGuidetoCars

The 2016 Buick Regal is that girl. It looks like a regular sedan, but under the hood, a powerful turbo-charged engine makes it clear that this car is no wallflower. Maybe the Buick is more like Clark Kent, with that Superman power under a mild-mannered exterior. There’s a sports car inside this sedate looking sedan and it is screaming to be let loose.

To see how the Buick Regal has fared over the years as a used car, scroll to the end of our review!

Style to spare, inside and out

But the Buick is no wallflower. The Regal has style to spare, from the sparkly white diamond tricoat paint job to the rounded lines and soft leather interior.

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Even the gas and brake pedals are stylish! Credit: Judy Antell for AGirlsGuidetoCars

One of my favorite elements is a hidden touch only seen by the driver; stainless steel gas and brake pedals. Why include a design element that few will see? After all, logos on expensive handbags and shoes are there for other people to see. But the Buick regally plays it cool; we know we look good, and here’s a secret touch, viewable only to those in the inner circle.

Intellilink – so easy to find your way around the system

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Intellilink, an easy to navigate infotainment system. Credit: Judy Antell for AGirlsGuidetoCars

I find the Buick infotainment system, Intellilink, a snap to use; if you are deep in a screen, and can’t find your way out, hit the home button (a little house icon) and you get to an easy to navigate screen.

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With these buttons, you can easily find your way to the right screen. Credit: Judy Antell for AGirlsGuidetoCars

Can’t be bothered to type in a new address in the navigation system? OnStar downloads directions right to the the nav. Just watch yourself stretching while you drive; my right elbow locked and when I stretched out, I hit the emergency button. It was reassuring that I was immediately connected, but a little embarrassing, too (though I’m sure I am not the only one to accidentally summon emergency help).

You can listen to Pandora or music through your phone; I was happy to groove to my favorite Sirius XM stations.

Center console: functional, but tight

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It was difficult to plug in my phone charger; the cup holders were also tight. Credit: Judy Antell for AGirlsGuidetoCars

The center console is a bit tight; I found it extremely difficult to plug my phone charger into the USB port. I don’t have particularly stubby fingers; you might have to enlist your children to plug in your phone. Once one charger is in, though, a second can be more easily plugged into the adjacent USB port.

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Storage space for a tablet or bone in the 2nd row. Credit: Judy Antell for AGirlsGuidetoCars

The console has a nice feel, with the same leather that wraps the steering wheel. There is also a flat place to leave the key fob or a phone, and two cupholders that are again a bit tight; my Nalgene water bottle had no chance of fitting, and my Camelbak barely fit. Perhaps Buick is making a stand against the Big Gulp. There is also a flat storage area in the second row.

Ample trunk space for luggage or… shopping

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There is plenty of room in the trunk, and this cargo net kept things from rolling around. Credit: Judy Antell for AGirlsGuidetoCars

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Fold down the rear seats let you carry oversize items. Credit: Judy Antell for AGirlsGuidetoCars

There is plenty of room in the trunk, and a cargo net keeps your groceries from spilling all over. If you have to tote home oversized items, you can fold the rear seats down. This is a great way to keep your leather seating looking fresh; I’ve been known to ruin my seats shoving furniture in the back.

All Wheel Drive = A Thirsty car

The Regal I drove had all wheel drive, which takes a couple of miles per gallon off the fuel economy; the AWD gets 27 mpg on the highway, while the front wheel drive manual gets 31.

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The closed center console makes a nice arm (or paw) rest. Put it up and fifth seat is revealed. Credit: Judy Antell for AGirlsGuidetoCars

What We Loved

  • Stylish looks and comfortable ride
  • Flexible space with rear fold down seats
  • OnStar in addition to easy to use navigation system
  • 4G LTE WiFi hotspot
  • Heated front seats and heated steering wheel
  • Power moonroof

Img_4797What You Need To Know

  • Base price: $39,660; price for the model I drove, with both driver confidence packages, moonroof and tricoat paint, $46,025
  • Fuel economy: 19 mpg in the city, 27 on the highway; 22 combined
  • Takes regular gasoline
  • 2 year / 24,000 mile schedule maintenance included
  • 6 year / 70,000 mile powertrain warranty
  • 4 year / 50,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty

How Does the 2015 Buick Regal Fare As A Used Car?

The Buick Regal is a notoriously reliable car, and the 2015 version of this sedan is no different. If you’re in the market for an affordable daily driver and don’t need a massive amount of tech, this is a great option for you. Owners are often satisfied with this car long after first buying it, and it ranks well against other 2015 sedans.

Market Value

You can expect a used Buick Regal to cost about $12,000 to $18,000, depending on the trim, condition, and location.

Trouble Spots

Drivers have had trouble with the engines, which can leak oil fairly quickly, and there are some concerns with paint. Make sure you get a full list of repairs when shopping used.

What Owners Are Saying

  • “Front seat comfort is good. Rear seat is tight and uncomfortable” – Anonymous, BC

  • “Looks and drives great!” – Randy M., Texas

  • “Excellent acceleration and handling. Has magnetic dampening.” – Francis P., LA

Note: Buick loaned me the Regal for the purposes of this review. Opinions expressed are my own.

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Judy Antell, who is's Free in 50 States editor, lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with her husband and... More about Judy Antell