Not Very Supportive - 2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo Long-Term Road Test
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2011 Buick Regal Long Term Road Test

2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo: Not Very Supportive

March 10, 2011

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Clearly, that is not the seat of our 2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo. That, friends is the seat on the Opel Insignia OPC. And I'm not suggesting they should be in our Buck, they shouldn't. They're made by Recaro, sit on the same base as our Buick's seats but have one necessary, every-day difference that makes them far superior to the seats we get...

...thigh support. In the case of the OPC pictured, there's an extendable cushion. Thigh support is one of those things where you don't realize you need it until it's lacking. And boy is it ever lacking in the Regal.

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It doesn't look bad in that shot (damned professional photographers), but the bottom cushion is short and amazingly flat. Not flat in that they don't have any give -- they're squishy -- it's just that they're, even when tipped all the way back, still at a nearly 0-degree angle. And then there's the shortness, with my butt scooted all the way back into the seats, the bottom cushion ends just at mid thigh. It's very much like driving from a barstool. It fits me in such an uncomfortable way that I don't think I could own one. My leg cramps up from the angle and the pressure-poit of the seat cushion after only a few minutes...if the shoe doesn't fit...

Fix that, and the Regal Turbo would be a plush, comfy cruiser suitable for stress-free cross-country travel. Well, unless you had to steer it. The other editors weren't kidding or exaggerating, the steering here is Novocain + Valium numb.

Mike Magrath, Associate Editor @ 2,561 miles


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