2011 Buick Regal Long Term Road Test

2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo: Buckle Up Like It's 1987

June 01, 2011


First off, I know I'm horrible for dwelling on this detail. But second off, it disappoints me every time I get in the car. It's the seatbelt buckle. I haven't run across a seatbelt buckle like this in over a decade. It's big, clunky, and reminscent of the buckle in my family's '87 Olds Custom Cruiser -- except it's unsatisfying plastic instead of metal.

This buckle in no way impacts comfort, but it's out of place in what's supposed to be a cooler, smaller, better-handling Buick. No, it doesn't make the car any slower or less agile, but it makes the car seem older than it really is every time you go for a drive. And it invites the question "If Buick couldn't spend money here, where else did the executives try to save a dime?"

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 6,166 miles

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