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2011 Buick Regal Safety

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The 2011 Regal has turned in half its safety tests, and the numbers look good.

Though the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has yet to score it, the Regal has earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick award. We’re giving the Regal a provisional score of 8 until the NHTSA numbers are in.

The 2011 Buick Regal shows signs of safety stardom, but we’ll wait until the test scores roll in to give it a final score.
Part of the reason for the relatively high score is the Regal’s list of safety features. Standard dual front, side and curtain airbags are paired with anti-lock brakes, as well as traction and stability control. GM’s OnStar system also will be standard, as will tire pressure monitors.

Rear side airbags are an option—it’s a common solution for European cars like the VW Passat, to boost side-impact safety, though less common in domestic cars.

Other safety options include a rearview camera and blind-spot monitors. We’d like to see the rearview camera made standard, though the Regal doesn’t have much of a problem with visibility. Likely, GM hasn’t made it standard since not every Regal gets the big LCD screen that also displays maps and controls for the optional navigation system.

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