If you still think of Buick as a brand that's only 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's more reminiscent of an Audi A4 than a softly sprung luxobarge. That European feel is no coincidence, since the Regal is based on a German design from General Motors' Opel division.
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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 that's only 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's more reminiscent of an Audi A4 than a softly sprung luxobarge. That European feel is no coincidence, since the Regal is based on a German design from General Motors' 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
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 2016 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

Display screen freezes up

"Required a firmware upgrade performed by dealer at no cost"

Anonymous, WA (2016 Buick Regal Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Display screen goes blank

"The touch screen display for the Infotainment system starting going black intermittently in Nov 2019. Nothing would display when this happened including the splash screen when starting the car and the backup camera produced no image. Interestingly, the stereo still worked and the screen was responsive to touch even though you could not see any of the buttons being pushed. The screen would stay in this state for several days and then randomly start working again. Unfortunately, it was working correctly when I took it to the dealer and the dealer could not reproduce the issue. They did perform a software update for the infotainment system in the hope that might resolve the issue, but it did not. The problem came back a few weeks later. This time I made a video recording to demonstrate the problem for the dealer in case it started working when I took it in for the repair. Again, it was working when I took it in for the repair in early Jan 2020. The video was helpful to them since they could not reproduce it. They worked with the GM techs for a resolution. They found there was a software update for the HMI (Human Machine Interface--i.e. touchscreen) in the head unit. They updated the software and there has been no problem since (about four months now). This was fixed under the manufacturer warranty."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Buick Regal Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The problem was actually the radio. The dealer replaced the unit."

David K., CA (2016 Buick Regal Premium II 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Shortly after buying the Regal, the main screen would intermittently not come on. We never it had it serviced and it has not been an issue for a few months now"

Anonymous, OH (2016 Buick Regal Premium II 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Google maps caused my radio to change stations. when the google maps gave me a direction, ie: "turn at the next street" When the dealer thought it was a computer issue, they tried to update the computer,. Then my bluetooth no longer worked. I could not receive phone calls or texts with the car's system"

Anonymous, MI (2016 Buick Regal GS 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Voice control commands

"did not understand some, but not all, verbal commands but understood all numerical commands"

Anonymous, PA (2016 Buick Regal Premium II 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Did not respond to voice commands for music selection"

Henry G., FL (2016 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

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Seal on drivers side door developed a air leak at high speeds. Buick fixed it at no charge to me."

Anonymous, PA (2016 Buick Regal Premium II 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Rear door seals"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Buick Regal Premium II 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"I hear a periodic squealing sound from the front passenger wheel. It is not brake related. Dealer thought they fixed it by replacing a missing screw on the exhaust. But the sound came back in a couple days. It still squeals and hasn't been fixed."

Anonymous, NC (2016 Buick Regal GS 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Rattle in the rear of the vehicle"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Buick Regal Premium II 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Pulsation or vibration

"not applicable"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Buick Regal Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The pulsation in the brakes required new rotors and brake pads. This is partially due to Vermont being a high-salt state. After approximately 1 month the car was returned to the private auto shop to have the front rotors replaced at no charge due to pulsation."

Anonymous, VT (2016 Buick Regal Premium II 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaking

"Brake wear"

Anonymous, NC (2016 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

Shocks or struts

"Issue with a binding sound in the suspension when turning the wheel in cold weather. Dealer said there was binding and replaced the the front mounts and struts. All replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, IL (2016 Buick Regal Premium II 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Steering wheel vibration

"The snow tires were mounted last November and I immediately discovered a problem with the new rims & tires or a minor vibration with right front of the vehicle. I took it back to the dealer twice and discovered that the wheels needed to be balanced and re-aligned and rotated. The problem was a minor issue."

Anonymous, ON (2016 Buick Regal GS 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Car was a Hertz rental car with 42k Miles when purchased. At about 57k the car lost power, I pulled over and turned off engine. It wouldn't start. Taken to Cadillac/ Buick dealer. One cylinder had no compression. Later piston removed and one was cracked and had scored the cylinder wall. I was told that rental cars are often abused , driven hard etc. Car was in warranty and motor was replaced and everything seems to be like new. It's the best car that I have ever owned and pleased that engine was still in warranty!! The engine was using oil but seemed to be running well for about 6 months prior to the failure. The car was towed to dealership and was returned repaired in about two weeks. There was no charge."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Buick Regal Premium I 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

Keyless entry

"The key fob malfunctioned where it would not let me open the car door, and unable to start car. We used the key entry with the physical key on the Fob, to unlock the car. We were able to reset the key fob & restart the car using the key fob. I brought the car to the dealer the next day. The Key Fob required a new battery. The car also needed to have the car battery replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, FL (2016 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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Two ignition coils failed at about 60,000 miles. Symptoms were backfiring, complete loss of acceleration, engine light coming on."

Anonymous, NC (2016 Buick Regal GS 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

"upper and lower oil pan leaked twice in 6 months"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Buick Regal Premium I 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

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"It's simply just a mediocre paint job. It scratches with a minor touching. I was surprised by the crappy paint job"

Norah M., MI (2016 Buick Regal GS 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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.

Transmission Minor

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

Engine Cooling

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

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.

Drive System

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

Climate System

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

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