Aug 30th, 2012 by Ross Edwards
The Buick Regal will come standard with eAssist, GM’s electric-assisted fuel economy technology, starting with the 2013 model year. The eAssist technology, which bumps fuel economy by six miles per gallon city and four highway, will add about $2,000 to the base 2013 Buick Regal’s price, bringing the starting price to $29,015. The 2013 Regal will get 25-mpg city and 36-mpg highway, according to Autoblog.
The eAssist technology that will be in the 2013 Buick Regal uses technology normally found in hybrids to give gas-powered cars a fuel economy boost. Start-stop technology, which turns the engine off when the car is stopped, is one of the most important features and pays huge dividends in city driving, as shown by the 2013 Regal’s 25-mpg city rating, up from 19-mpg in 2012. Brake regeneration and electric motor assistance during acceleration and on inclines also help the Regal reach its impressive 36-mpg highway rating.
The Base Regal will compete with the Acura TSX, and with the addition of the eAssist technology, gets much better fuel economy. The TSX is rated at 22-mpg city and 31-mpg highway, which is impressive, but when buyers are comparing it to the Regal it will be hard to argue with the three mpg city and five mpg highway advantage that the Regal has.