2012 Buick Regal - Edmunds Ratings

2012 Buick Regal Base (2.4L 4-cyl. FFV 6-speed Automatic)
Date Driven: 10/19/2010 (2011 2.4L)
Performance The base engine provides merely adequate power and barely competitive fuel economy when compared to direct competitors' offerings. Merging and passing require commitment and patience. Brakes resist fade well, but offer little pedal feel.
Driving Dynamics The steering is numb but precise, weighted well but springy feeling. Ultimate grip and athleticism are slightly above average, but straight stability is lacking. This marginal balance between feel and performance limits score here.
Ride Comfort On nearly every surface, the Regal remains sure-footed, yet still affords very good ride comfort. Occasional coarseness reaches occupants on particularly rough pavement.
Quietness Our sound measurements revealed the Regal to have a generally hushed cabin at highway speeds. However, when the engine is working hard -- which is not uncommon -- noise becomes evident.
Ergonomics While the center stack has large buttons with labels, organization is not intuitive, nor are the descriptions rendered with large enough letters. The presence of two 'multi-controllers' with shared functions confuses matters further.
Visibility Rear visibility can be challenging with the high beltline and rear glass, but optional sonar parking aids can help. Otherwise, the Regal offers typical sedan sightlines.
Seat Access & Space Heated leather front bucket seats are standard and generally supportive and comfortable. Standard power adjustability for driver and tilt-telescope steering should accommodate most. Leather rear seating is good for 2, tight for 3 across.
Cargo & Storage The trunk is slightly below average in volume with a slightly higher-than-average lift-over height. Interior storage is good with the exception of cupholder wells that swallow small coffee cups to the rim.
Build Quality Our early examples showed excellent build quality and no rattles or buzzes. Interior trim and material choices are better than many in the segment, yet we were frustrated by the use of highly reflective chrome on the shifter surround.

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