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2011 Buick Regal Comfort & Quality

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The 2011 Regal’s cabin is a little deceptive. For a car with a long wheelbase, the Regal seems to have a little less interior space than some other new near-luxury sedans and family four-doors. It’s not far behind on paper, in truth, except in trunk room.

Firm front bucket seats are a great place to work the Regal’s controls. They’re covered in leather in the Regal CXL (and likely cloth-covered in the base Regal yet to come). Power adjustments let you dial out the flatness from the bottom cushion. The Regal has less headroom and front legroom than many competitors, though, so raising the seat or moving it back are more limited. An example, the big Hyundai Sonata has about 40 inches of headroom, from bottom cushion to headliner; the Regal has 39 inches and a relatively deep, thick sunroof. The Sonata has 45 inches of front leg room; the Regal, 42 inches. The Regal’s seats are suppler than those in the Hyundai, for sure—but if you don’t fit, you don’t fit. And it’s far more likely the big guys are going to sit up front.

The 2011 Buick Regal may seem smaller inside than other sedans, but it’s mostly optics—except in the downsized trunk.

The Regal does have a relatively spacious back seat. The three-person bench offers riders about as much leg room as a Honda Accord, and about 3 inches more than an Acura TSX or the Sonata. The Regal’s a little shy on headroom, though, and its cozy, thickly bolstered seats left us with the impression that the Honda and Hyundai had more usable rear-seat room.

Cargo capacity’s no question: the Regal sits on the small side of the scale, with just 14.3 cubic feet of trunk room. Most four-doors in its class have about 3 or 4 cubic feet more; the Ford Taurus’ enormous trunk is a vast 20 cubic feet.

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