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STYLING | 9 out of 10
…Just look at the thing, it's gorgeous…The entire layout is sculptural and quite handsome
The front is modern and unoffensive, the profile and rear quarter bring BMW to mind, and the rear looks like it came from Acura — from before when that brand forgot what a curve was.
The Regal's interior is handsome, well-designed, and a huge leap over Buicks of the recent past, but it lacks the pizzazz of the new LaCrosse interior, and its plastics fall a bit short of those in not only cars like the Volkswagen Passat but even the Hyundai Genesis.
It’s handsome to look at….it looks far more expensive inside than do the U.S.-market Chevy Malibu, Honda Accord, and Toyota Camry. The Regal has more soft-touch plastic surfaces and more elegant finishes, such as satin-metal door pulls and piano-black trim.
Car and Driver
Buick says the new 2011 Regal’s shape is sleek and sculpted, and we're inclined to agree, after seeing it in a GM design studio last year and watching it zip around the deserts east of San Diego.
We liked the car as the Opel Insignia and as the Chinese-market Buick Regal, and the swift details pressed into its door panels and the Buick waterfall grille have been integrated nicely (and quickly) into a car that at one point was to be the second-generation Saturn Aura. The swoosh down the side reminds us of the Nike logo; from the three-quarters rear view, we’re convinced some designers have been admiring the Infiniti G37, what with the stubby decklid and big 18-inch wheels. It’s a dynamic wedge that’s completely unrelated to the big old Lucerne or even the larger LaCrosse with which it shares some platform pieces. It’s visually distinct—and a knockout.
The Regal's interior is almost as successful. Directly in front of the driver sits a low instrument panel highlighted by crisp LED-lit gauges, while the central dash arranges controls on a shield-shaped band of high-quality plastic. The sweeping lines that wrap the doors into the design glint with metallic trim. It’s all suitably upscale. Buyers will have a choice of satin metallic interior trim, piano-black plastic or a dark wood called Kibo.
Regal sedans outfitted with the navigation system get a good-sized LCD panel and a wheel controller down on the console—they're integrated well enough, but we’ll tell you how they perform a little later.
There’s not much old Buick in the Regal, and that’s a good thing; its dynamic styling resets the “wow” factor for premium family sedans.