Power is the key word here, and that’s what you get from the Regal GS’ 3.6-liter, V-6 engine. It’s paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting mode (but no paddle shifters for some reason), and offers 310 horsepower and 282 lb.-ft. of torque. To call it a driver-focused car would be an understatement.
The Regal GS is a powerful ride and that’s evident when you get moving. Despite a weight of 4,270 lbs., it still offers the ability to go 0 to 60 in under six seconds, and a top speed of 140 mph. Drive modes range from the tamer Standard mode, to all-out GS mode, and Sport mode in the middle. You’ll have fun driving this vehicle, even if you’re not an enthusiast.
All GS models are AWD vehicles. The GS’s sport-tuned exhaust also makes a sound you’ll not hear on any other Buick variant.
The Regal GS performs well in terms of technology and safety. You get a bevy of airbags, automatic headlamp, tire pressure monitor system and a rear vision camera.
The infotainment system impresses with a responsive 8-inch touchscreen. Both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are compatible. A 4G Wifi hotspot is offered ($20 a month after three-month trial).
Bonus packages offer features like the head-up display, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic braking, and lane keeping.
A USB port is provided, XM radio is included (3 months free), and Bluetooth allows you to stream music and phone calls to the car. The Sights and Sounds package offers navigation, HD radio and the Bose premium audio system.
Official fuel mileage numbers on the Regal GS are 19 city/27 highway/22 combined. There are few direct competitors, most notably the Kia Stinger, and it holds up well against the Stinger. Other competitors include sporty and more fuel-efficient luxury rides from Audi and BMW, but their overall price skews higher.
My test vehicle was just over $44,000; and base price starts about $39K. What’s notable is that the base price for the Regal GS is a whole lot more than the base price for the standard Regal, which starts about $25K. Big difference, so you’re paying for the power and sporty feel.
If you like what the Regal has to offer and can pony up the bucks for the extra-fun version, go for the GS.