If you still think of Buick as a brand for octogenarians with a taste for whitewall tires and vinyl roof treatments, it's time for a reboot. The Regal is a thoroughly developed and satisfying midsized sports sedan. That European feel is no coincidence, since the Regal is based on a German design from GM’s Opel division.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
2000
NA
2001
NA
2002
NA
2003
NA
2004
NA
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
NA
2012
NA
2013
NA
2014
NA
2015
2016
2017
NA
2018
2019
NA
2020
NA
2021
Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
2000
NA
2001
NA
2002
NA
2003
NA
2004
NA
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
NA
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
NA
2021
Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard from 2011. Side air bags standard from 2011. Head protection air bags and ESC standard from 2011.
Road Test

If you still think of Buick as a brand for octogenarians with a taste for whitewall tires and vinyl roof treatments, it's time for a reboot. The Regal is a thoroughly developed and satisfying midsized sports sedan. That European feel is no coincidence, since the Regal is based on a German design from GM’s Opel division.

Buyers of all ages will appreciate the high quality interior and quiet cabin, as well as the Regal's combination of agile handling and supple, controlled ride. Less appealing, however, is the snug rear seat.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD, Front
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (259 hp)
  • 2.4-liter 4 (182 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2015 Buick Regal owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"We purchased this car from Buick dealer. It was previously a leased vehicle before we purchased it. A few weeks after purchase we realized that the backup safety sensors did not work. Took it back to dealership and found out that the leasing company had installed an aftermarket systems that caused this problem. The dealership paid to have the problem repaired."

Jim O., NC (2015 Buick Regal 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Display screen goes blank

"the whole infotainment system doesn't reset itself as it shoud. Buick told me to bring it in but I fear it is going to be a problem that is going to be fixed but the 50,000 bumper warranty is up in 5,000 more months."

Robert K., NJ (2015 Buick Regal Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Was in the city at dentist. When finished with dentist went to my parked car and drove towards home. Usually the screen comes on slowly so I kept driving even though screen was blank at startup. All the way home , maybe 10 miles, screen stayed blank, no speedometer on highway. Got home shut car off, hour later when needed to use car agin everything was fine."

Richard N., NY (2015 Buick Regal GS 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Music and heat/ac change settings on their own. Apparently software/computer glitch."

Anonymous, WI (2015 Buick Regal Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"OnStar stopped working three times. After last time, GM came out with dealer notification that module needed to be ordered and replaced. No problems since. Wished problem solved sooner."

Carole T., MN (2015 Buick Regal GS 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Began showing that I was driving in a lake in Canada. I had never purchased updates. I didn't want to pay several hundred dollars to fix it since I now rely on google maps on my iPhone."

Anonymous, ME (2015 Buick Regal Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Have to disable Bluetooth to get Google Maps voice directions on iPhone 6. Appears to be an Apple iOS issue - sometimes updates fix it, sometimes they break it"

D R., PA (2015 Buick Regal Premium II 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Radio

"The battery was replaced and afterwards the presets for the satellite stations were not able to be reset."

Anonymous, NJ (2015 Buick Regal)

"The car was brought in for a new battery. Once the new battery was connected the preset station for the satellite radio were gone. The radio now will not allow for the stations to be preset once again. This only occurs for the satellite stations. AM/FM stations are fine."

Anonymous, NJ (2015 Buick Regal GS Unsure)

"I cannot get many stations in Philadelphia and NO stations outside of Philadelphia. Nobody at the dealership knows how to work the radio. The instruction book is totally inadequate"

Alfred Z., PA (2015 Buick Regal Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Speakers

"Sound bad. Poor midrange. Chinch treble. Nowhere near the expected quality for this level of vehicle."

Anonymous, WI (2015 Buick Regal Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"After driving several hours on a trip in steady rain when reaching into the glove box to retrieve a small writing tablet noticed is was very wet. Later( several days) Had a local credible repair shop do some type of air pressure test on area around glove box and no leaks were indicated at all? To this day we have not driven in any rain even near incomparison but what rain we have experienced(including car wash) did not cause any further leaks. So far only consider the leak an anomaly but there is no doubt there was a leak of some kind. It was only my wife and I on a 2 day trip and no liquid or liquid container was placed or found in the glove box? I probably should have reported it to the Buick car dealer where I purchased it but checking the warranty that was still valid I could not find anywhere leaks were covered."

Anonymous, KS (2015 Buick Regal Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Water Leak while raining put over an inch of water in trunk and floor of back seat."

Barry F., OH (2015 Buick Regal Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Windows and doors have frozen shut after sleet or rain storm, then freezing temperatures, At least one of four doors would open for access (some athleticism required). Windows would not open for drive thru fast food. Car was only washed if immediately garaging where warm, even if thoroughly dried with towels after washing."

Carole T., MN (2015 Buick Regal GS 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Both headlamp assemblies as well as the passenger rear lamp leak."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Buick Regal GS 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"Problem #1 is windshield wipers make horrible clunking noise when it rains. If wipers need to be on continuous it is totally gyrating . #2 ...when changing back to my summer tires and wheels the road noise is almost unbearable especially on a highway .. this is my 3rd summer to own the car with these wheels and tires and they previously were not loud like this"

Richard N., NY (2015 Buick Regal GS 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wind noise

"Right front door. Common to this vehicle so should have been recalled/fixed."

Anonymous, WI (2015 Buick Regal Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Moulding fell off drivers side mirror. Fixed under warranty."

Anonymous, ON (2015 Buick Regal GS 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The front left fender is no longer aligned. The back right bumber assembly is no longer aligned"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Buick Regal Premium II 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"dashboard fascia broke"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Buick Regal Premium II 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Headlights

"The headlights are inadequate & subsequently unsafe. I took the car back to my dealer to have them adjusted, but was told that it was a self contained unit. They could replace thembbut not adjust. I did not do this because I was told that the results would be no different. We mostly do not use this car at night. Therefore, although I enjoy the car, I would not get it again. It did teach me to take a test drive at night before buying or leasing any model vehicle in the future"

Steven S., NY (2015 Buick Regal Premium I 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Warning lights

"Replaced wiring harness for the side blind spot detection system due to a faulty connector"

John L., MN (2015 Buick Regal Premium II 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"The steering module needed to be reprogrammed to fix a dead spot"

John L., MN (2015 Buick Regal Premium II 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wheel bearings

"Power steering, ABS, and Stal Control service alert on dash. Right rear wheel bearing bad causing this alert and power steering to quit. All tied together through computer."

Barry L., NY (2015 Buick Regal GS 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Glass defects

"Cracked windshield. $280. Dealer refused to cover because it was over a year old"

Anonymous, ME (2015 Buick Regal Premium I 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Transmission leaks

"Because of the leaks, the car would roll forward several feet when on an incline and put into park, checking mail, etc"

Anonymous, AR (2015 Buick Regal Premium II 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"Had an oil leak, diagnosed as a leaking oil pan gasket. Local dealer repaired. Had to remind them that car was under certified preowned warranty. To repair the oil pan gasket the front suspension assembly had to be removed and reinstalled and the dealer wanted to charge extra for the alignment. Happy with car not dealer. ( this is not dealer we purchased car from)"

Anonymous, ND (2015 Buick Regal Premium II 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel gauge/sender

"Not accurate. Replaced gas tank sending unit under extended warrantee otherwise would have been very expensive. Last Buick had same problem. This Buick problem was way too early of a problem. Apparently still consistent problem w/ Buick."

Anonymous, WI (2015 Buick Regal Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

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