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.
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.