2016 Buick Regal AWD GS

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2016 Buick Regal AWD GS

As you know by now, I have been part of the Experience Buick Blogging program.  This program was designed by Buick to show bloggers how Buick and GM are reinventing the brand and reaching out to new audiences.  The program has brought the blogging team to Detroit for the Auto Show, Indianapolis for March Madness and recently we attended the New York Wine & Food Festival.

Well, the only way to truly experience Buick is to drive one!  Buick has realized that and started to offer a 24-hour test drive.  If you are looking for a new vehicle, I would highly recommend you take a 24-hour test drive, like me, you may be shocked at the new line of Buicks.

I had the opportunity to take an extended test drive with a 2016 Buick Regal AWD GS.  Although I am part of the Buick blogging program, everything you read here are my opinions and have not been influenced by Buick.

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Buick and NYCWFF

Other than a few rides, I haven’t had the opportunity to truly drive a Buick until now.  I figured there was no better way to experience buick than a four hour drive to New York City.  So my wife and I packed up and headed to the Wine & Food Festival.

The Buick Regal GS is a combination of luxury, technology and performance.  Complete with leather heated front seats, a powerful Bose audio system, heated steering wheel, sport designed gas/brake pedals and digital display makes the interior of this vehicle stunning.   As soon as we sat in the Buick Regal, my first thought was, “I might need a half-hour or so to learn all the features.”  This test vehicle had options such as 4G LTE wi-fi, adaptive cruise control, forward collision alert, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, side blind zone alert, power moonroof and more.

2016 Buick Regal GS Ebony interior
2016 Buick Regal GS Ebony interior

Buick and GM have been advertising 4G LTE wi-fi in their vehicles, and I never really understood the value.  That was until about 15 minutes into the ride, when my wife decided she wanted to research a few features.  With our Verizon Wireless plan limiting data, it was great that she could be connected for the entire ride and not use any of our data plan.  I can easily see the value of in car wi-fi for a family on a long road trip. (Please note 4G LTE requires a data plan, either ala carte, monthly or adding the vehicle as a device on a AT&T Family Share Plan)

As we proceeded down the onramp, I quickly hit the “sport” button which changes the way the Regal GS performs.  I hit the gas and was shocked at the power of this 4-cylinder engine.  My wife questioned if this was a 4 or a 6-cylinder engine because of the quick pick-up.  It wasn’t until we looked at the sticker and realized it was only a 4-cylinder.  “Sport”

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Buick-Regal-GS-button

mode is only one of the options you have.  For ultimate performance you can select “GS” mode which changes the transmission, suspension and throttle characteristics.  If that’s not enough, you can drop it down to manual and shift through the gears as well.

As soon as I passed the first car on the highway, I noticed the side blind zone alert on the passenger side mirror (also on driver’s mirror).  I can’t tell you how important this is when driving in New York or Boston traffic.  It took me a few times to truly trust the warning, but now I am extremely comfortable knowing that it works.  As I was setting the cruise control, I noticed a setting on the digital display.  I wasn’t quite sure what it was until my wife took out the owner’s manual and read the description.  Adaptive cruise control allows you to set the distance you want to travel behind a vehicle in front of you.  Built in sensors controls the speed to keep the distance you select.  For example, if you set the cruise control at 65 mph and traffic slows down to 60 mph, the Buick Regal will adjust the speed to keep you a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you.  I tested out the various lengths (close, medium & far) and set it to what I felt most comfortable with.  This was the first time I experienced adaptive cruise control and I was amazed.

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Apple CarPlay

The last feature I want to tell you about is “Apple CarPlay.”  For me, this is a HUGE feature.  For years I have been a Ford owner because of their “Ford Sync” system allowing for hands free cellular service.  I found Apple CarPlay to be far more interactive with features I cannot get from Sync.  The biggest feature for me was the ability to read and reply to text messages.  I have been asking for this feature from Ford for a long time and had no idea it was available in a Buick.  In addition to hands free calling and hands free texting, you can control your iphone’s complete song library.

As you can probably tell, I was extremely impressed with the 2016 Regal AWD GS.  The specific vehicle I tested had a starting MSRP of $36,490 and with additional options mentioned had a total MSRP of $41,745.  To see a complete line-up of Buick vehicles visit their website at http://www.buick.com/.  If you are like me and haven’t driven a Buick in a few years, I would highly recommend taking advantage of the Buick 24-hour test drive program.  I’m sure you’ll find out yourself that this in not your grandfather’s Buick anymore.

I will be recapping the New York Wine and Food Festival on my other blog http://www.newenglanddaytripper.com and discuss why it was a perfect match for a Buick sponsorship.

 

 

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