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Driving the 2015 Buick Regal GS at Heels and Wheels

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2015 Buick Regal GS

Automotive events are a very guy-centric thing. There are many times when I am one of only a handful of women in a room with dozens of men. This is fine and it’s the nature of the industry, but every other year there is a women-only event called Heels and Wheels and it’s happening this week in California.

At Heels and Wheels, it’s all women, from the journalists to the manufacturer representatives. The event is also unique because there are cars from many different companies rather than only one. This year’s line-up features Dodge, Jaguar, Volkswagen, Kia, and more, including Buick which brought the 2015 Buick Regal I drove on the first day.

Buick is not a new brand. It’s been around for a lot of years, but it’s also changed a lot over those years. My parents had a 1970 Buick LeSabre that was huge and unstoppable. It took my Mom to work in the worst weather because, as a nurse, there were no snow days. It was amazing.

That was a lot of years ago and for the longest time I associated all things Buick with that old LeSabre. I wasn’t the only one who thought of Buicks as their parents’ cars, but having some time behind the wheel of the 2015 Buick Regal GS has proved it has very much kept up with the times.

The Regal GS boasts a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo with 259 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque all packed inside an incredibly luxurious car. The seats are comfortable and power-adjustable to make them stiff and supportive or marshmallow soft. A lot has changed over the years since my parents had that LeSabre, but the rich, beautiful interior  remains.

This is every bit a luxury experience, but with a more manageable price tag. Pricing on the base Regal starts just under $30K with the GS I drove coming in at $43,770. Compared to other similarly equipped cars, this is a steal.

New for this year, the Regal comes with OnStar 4G LTE and a built-in wi-fi hotspot. Both are subscription services that comes with limited trials. Are they worth it? I have been a big fan of OnStar for the last few years, especially with kids getting closer and closer to driving age. I’d subscribe to that service in a heartbeat for the peace of mind and convenience.

The wifi hotspot is new and it’s something that you might think you don’t really need, but once you try it you will change your mind. Imagine your whole family able to access the wonders of the internet on your next road trip. Better yet, imagine being able to access the internet yourself, reliably, during your day-to-day travels. I love being able to break out my laptop and have instant wi-fi anywhere.

It looks better than my Mom’s old Buick and it is much more tech-savvy, but how does it drive?

The 259 horsepower turbo easily moves the Regal through traffic without hesitation. Strong acceleration and confident handling make it as easy to drive on twisting canyon roads as packed, rush hour highways.

The 2015 Buick Regal GS is so much more than the Buick your parents drove when you were just a kid. It is luxurious, powerful, and well-equipped making it a thoroughly enjoyable and very modern ride. This is definitely not my Mom’s Buick.

My expenses were covered to attend #HeelsAndWheels2015. Opinions are solely my own.

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