The 2017 Buick Regal is a mid-sized car with seating for 5 people and a choice of engines up to a maximum 259 horsepower. There are no major changes for the 2017 model of the Regal. When the Regal was introduced in 2011 it was a much better choice but in recent years rivals seem to have overtaken it terms of styling and power. The Buick Regal will receive a big overhaul in the 2018 year.

The Regal is available in either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. The base engine is underpowered with 182 horsepower. You can upgrade to the turbocharged engine although this also seem to suffer from some turbo lag.

On the positive side the Regal does have agile handling and a user-friendly infotainment system and touch screen. The quality of interior materials is sure to impress. We get into more specific details below.

Performance

If you’re thinking about buying the 2017 Buick Regal then make sure you opt for the more powerful turbocharged engine. The base engine os a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine with 182 horsepower with sluggish acceleration and poor performance. It comes paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The base engines has a fuel economy of 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.

The turbocharged engine is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo that delivers 259 horsepower. It’s available as standard on all Regal trims except the base trim. This engine gives the Regal more impressive acceleration but it does suffer from a slight turbo lag, which is a delay in power delivery. Fuel economy for the Regal with the turbo engine are 21 mpg in the city, which is slightly better than the base engine, and 29 mpg on the highway.

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Interior

The interior of the 2017 Buick Regal is impressive although there is limited rear seat room and a fairly small cargo area. Plush, quality materials are used throughout the cabin and there’s also good sound insulation. Leather seating is standard on the Regal, as well as a power driver seat, dual-zone climate control and rearview camera.

The Regal includes many of the high-tech features you’d expect in a modern car. It includes Bluetooth, Wi-Fi hot spot, satellite radio and a 7-speaker sound system. The Regal uses the IntelliLink infotainment system which is straightforward and easy-to-use. It comes with an 8-inch touch screen that is clear to read and responds just like a smartphone. The Regal comes with voice recognition software so you can use the system while keeping your eyes on the road. A navigation system is available as an upgrade.

Price

The 2017 Buick Regal has 5 trim levels with a starting price of $27,990 for the base trim. All higher trims use the turbo engine. The cheapest is the Sport Touring trim with a starting price of $29,540. Most buyers would want to spend the extra $1,500 to upgrade to the Sport Touring trim for the added power with virtually the same fuel economy.

All-wheel drive comes as standard on the Regal AWD for a price of $32,390. The upper trims come with navigation, push-button start, rear parking sensors and a heated steering wheel.

Alternatives

If you’re looking for some alternatives to the 2017 Buick Regal than you have plenty of options because the mid-sized class is a very competitive class. The 2017 Toyota Camry offers more room than the Regal and has a starting price about $4,000 below the Buick Regal. The 2017 Honda Accord is also a great choice, much cheaper than the Regal with good safety and performance ratings.