The Buick Regal may currently seem like the misfit child of the Buick family, as it happens to be sandwiched between the popular Verano and LaCrosse sedans. At the same time, there are features found in the understated Regal that cannot be found in any other Buick vehicle, while a few cannot be found even in Cadillac products. So in spite of the low sales numbers, the Regal deserves great praise. Here are five reasons why:
1. Sharp Driving Dynamics
In even its most basic form, the Regal possesses a certain poise in its chassis that cannot be replicated by the softer Verano or LaCrosse sedans. The steering is light and crisp, while the suspension serves as a firm ride that cheerfully grips the road. Upgrade to the range-topping GS model, and the Regal stands as one of the best-performing front-wheel-drive vehicles money can buy.
2. Easy-To-Use Infotainment System
Recently, Cadillac‘s CUE infotainment system received a flogging of sorts. One reason is that it’s difficult to operate while driving, as the capacitive touch system has no knobs or buttons, which sounds cutting-edge in theory, but is frustrating in practice. The Buick Regal’s IntelliLink infotainment controls are nothing like this, featuring a handy rotating knob and intuitive buttons near the shift column that allow the driver to dial in commands without reaching over and touching the screen, keeping the hand and arm naturally rested in the center of the cabin. And because the Regal is pretty much a carbon-copy of Europe’s Opel Insignia, we have Opel to thank for this. We have to admit, the Regal’s ergonomics are a favorite of any GM vehicle on the market today.
3. Sporty Interior
Despite all the recent praise given to the Cadillac ATS for its efforts to outperform vehicles from Munich, Stuttgart and Ingolstadt, the Buick Regal still manages to feel more German at times than the compact Cadillac. It is, after all, based on a vehicle that was engineered in Rüsselsheim. A big reason is its all-business interior, blacking-out just about everything that can be touched, save for a few traces of brushed metal and just a bit of chromed plastic. Reminds us of sitting in an Audi S4. There is also an alternative khaki leather interior with faux wood trim, but we like to think nobody opts for that.
4. Powertrain Variety
Like the larger LaCrosse, the Regal offers a choice between high efficiency and power. Want a 36 mpg sedan? The Regal with eAssist can provide that. Want a 220-horsepower turbocharged four cylinder instead? The Regal offers that as a no-cost option. For those looking for something more hardcore, there’s the peppy 270-horse, 295-lb-ft Regal GS.
5. Exterior Styling
Let’s face it, the Regal’s lines are great. Enough said.