The Buick Regal has been crashed by at least one testing agency, and based on its score and its array of standard safety equipment, we're assigning a rating of 9 here, pending more data.
The 2012 Regal earns the best rating possible from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The IIHS gives the Regal its "Top Safety Pick" award. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) hasn't yet passed judgement on the Regal, because it's a new model and because the agency recently revised its testing procedures.
The newest Buick has a great list of safety features, standard and available, though we'd still like to see more of them. 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 is standard, as are tire pressure monitors.
Rear side airbags are available on turbo models as well. These supplementary airbags are more common in European cars like the VW Passat, to boost side-impact safety, though less common in domestic cars.
The Regal doesn’t have much of a problem with visibility, but we'd still like to see GM upgrade its offerings to include a rearview camera and blind-spot monitors. Uplevel Regals do have rear parking sensors, and the new GS model will be offered with front sensors as well.