The sporty 2004 Buick Regal offers a level of performance and amenities that has made it a popular mid-size luxury sedan for more than 30 years.
In addition to its attractive styling and luxury appointments, Regal is big on performance. The supercharged 3800 Series II V-6 engine in Regal's GS model continues to place it among the horsepower leaders in its class. Regal GS delivers impressive acceleration, with its supercharged 3800 Series II V-6 engine providing 240 hp (179 kw) at 5200 rpm and 280 lb.-ft. (380 Nm) of torque at 3600 rpm. Regal LS is equipped with a naturally aspirated version of the 3800 Series II V-6, providing 200 hp (149 kw) at 5200 rpm and 225 lb.-ft. (305 Nm) of torque at 4000 rpm. Both LS and GS models come equipped with the proven Hydra-Matic 4T65-E automatic transmission. Regal's 3800 Series II V-6 engine has earned a reputation for a remarkable combination of performance, durability and fuel efficiency. Estimated fuel economy is 19 mpg for city driving and 29 mpg on the highway for the LS, and 18/28, respectively, for the supercharged GS.
For 2004, GM's OnStar 24-hour direct-link driver assistance and navigation system is standard on Regal GS, available on LS models and comes with a renewable one-year subscription of the Safe & Sound service. OnStar is the nation's leading provider of in-vehicle safety, security and information services using the Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite network and wireless technology.
OnStar services include automatic notification of air-bag deployment, stolen-vehicle location, remote door-unlock, emergency services dispatch, roadside assistance, remote diagnostics, route support and convenience services. For an extra cost, OnStar subscribers also can choose premium services such as OnStar Personal Calling and Virtual Advisor. Personal Calling allows drivers to make and receive hands-free, voice-activated phone calls through a nationwide network in cooperation with Verizon Wireless. Virtual Advisor (U.S. only) gives subscribers access to personalized information in a hands-free, voice-activated manner without requiring screens or displays.
For the fifth year running, a special version of Regal is available in color and trim touches by renowned fashion designer Joseph Abboud, in both LS and GS models.
Abboud's influence is most apparent in Regal's dramatic leather interior. In the spirit of LaCrosse, Buick's popular 2000 concept car, the Joseph Abboud Regal features special club-style front bucket seats with luxurious leather seating areas. The Joseph Abboud Regal also includes a leather-wrapped, two-tone steering wheel and a smartly styled leather shifter boot.
Abboud signature emblems adorn the instrument panel, carpet savers, headrest and taillamps. Special treatments set off the grille-mounted Buick tri-shield and the designs on the 16-inch aluminum wheels.
In the 2004 model year, there are two new Regal packages: a Luxury Package and a Leather & Luxury Package.
The Luxury Package includes 16-inch aluminum wheels, the Gran Touring Package, steering-wheel-mounted radio controls, illuminated visor vanity mirrors, assist grips at all three passenger doors with switchable reading lamps, and color-keyed front and rear carpeted floor mats.
The Leather & Luxury Package includes all Luxury Package content plus leather seating surfaces, dual-zone automatic climate control and a split-folding rear seat.
Other new features offered on the 2004 Buick Regal include a choice of premium sound system with either CD player or CD player and cassette. The 2004 Regal also will feature new interior wood trim and the new exterior colors of Cashmere Metallic, Steelmist Metallic and a two-tone lower accent Cashmere Metallic on the Joseph Abboud appearance package.
As an added safety measure, interior trim on the pillars and roof rails is backed with energy-absorbing foam for additional head-impact protection that exceeds new federal requirements.
All Regals also feature the LATCH system to help ensure proper installation of child restraint seats. LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) has six metal hooks designed to help adults easily and safely attach child safety seats.
Regal provides an array of standard features including remote keyless entry, perimeter lighting, reclining driver and front-passenger seats, fog lamps and power outside rearview mirrors.
Regal models are also equipped with Buick's Convenience Plus package of features that include delayed entry and exit lighting with theater dimming, flash-to-pass control, battery rundown protection, lockout protection, delayed locking, auxiliary power outlet, retained accessory power, theft-deterrent system and daytime running lamps. Cruise control and power windows and door locks are also standard.
In addition to the supercharged engine, GS models include leather-trimmed seats with a driver's-side air bag, full-range (brake and engine) traction control, 16-inch aluminum wheels and a driver information center with oil life monitor, fluid level warnings and fuel/engine information, including supercharger boost level.
The GS also is equipped with Gran Touring suspension, including 16-inch all-season touring tires and aluminum or optional chrome-plated wheels.