A month back, Buick invited me and guest to enjoy the beauty that was Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky to try out the 2014 Buick Regal. Let me preface by saying, I don’t drive. I don’t have a driver’s license and being a southern girl where public transport is basically non-existent, I sat back as my license toting sister took the wheel. It doesn’t mean I can’t speak of the Regal, like a driver could, but I was able to experience the amenities that driver’s wouldn’t notice, as they’re too focused on the road.
Amenities. There are several of them. Many we weren’t able to try out, but the ones we did. I loved. I’m not into listening to the radio much, because like watching television, there are too many commercials. I like my ride to be as smooth as possible and nothing sets the scene like connecting your iPod or iPhone to tunes of your liking. Speaking of connecting your phone, the Infotainment System offers 8-inch color touch screen with hands-free, natural-language voice activation, and Pandora Radio capabilities at your command.
But those are the most innovative concepts from the Athlete of the Family. The Regal comes with Forward Collision Alert Technology, providing audio and visual alerts when you’re getting to close to another vehicle. The Rear Cross Traffic Alert uses a rear license plate camera to aid in backing utilizing a radar detecting vehicles approaching within 65 feet. And their Side Blind Zone Alert informs you of when a vehicle is in your blind spot. All important features that previously were main causes of car accidents.
Since, once again, I can only speak from a passenger’s perspective, I asked my sister to tell us her thoughts on the Regal:
“Growing up, Buick had a bit of a reputation for being a car for (ahem) the ‘older’ generations. When we arrived in Cincinnati and went for our initial test drive, I was very impressed with the look of the vehicle: gone was the heavy look previously associated with a Buick and in its place…a sleek car that could fit in anywhere and match just about any personality.
But what really impressed me was how it drove. For so many years, I believed that domestic cars just weren’t capable of offering a smooth ride like their European counterparts. Again, Buick has proved me wrong. We were lucky to experience the Regal’s performance in opposing forms of weather and it excelled. I felt as confident driving down the Kentucky highway in beautiful, sunshine as I did driving back to Cincinnati in a heavy rainstorm. The car picked up speed and slowed down like a dream; some imports (that shall remain nameless) would struggle to do what the Regal did without offering at least one jerk during the transition.
I saved my favorite feature for last: the blindside indicator on the side mirrors. Ab. So. Lute. Ly. Genius. When we were told about this technology, I was a bit apprehensive about the response time you’d need for it to be truly worth it but it definitely came in handy on the drive back to the hotel.
In short, the 2014 Buick Regal has proven to me that Detroit still has that spark when it comes to car innovation.” – Angela Eze
Retailing at $29,690 (excluding $925 delivery charges), The Buick Regal is the perfect gift for any loved one looking to upgrade. For more information on the Buick Regal, or other members of the Buick family, visit them online.