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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
The 2012 Buick Regal is one sleekly sculpted sedan, with an international look that plays just as well on this continent as it does over in Europe, where it's sold as an Opel.Between the details stamped into its door panels and the Buick waterfall grille pouring over its front end, we think the Regal may be the best-looking family sedan GM builds. The Nike-like swoosh down its flanks gives it great visual drama. The rear quarters pick up some influences from cars like the Infiniti G37, what with the stubby decklid and big 18-inch wheels. The dynamic shape isn't related at all to Buick's outgoing cars, but connects well with the bigger LaCrosse and the upcoming Verano, giving the lineup a real sense of family style that's visually distinctive, and a knockout.
The Regal's cabin is well-executed, too. The low instrument panel is highlighted by crisp LED-lit gauges, and the shield-shaped center stack of controls are framed by high-quality trim. On some Regal sedans, a large LCD panel takes up prime real estate in the center of the dash, all in the name of navigation. The doors have glints of metallic trim and sweeping lines that read upscale, and on GS cars, the white-stitched black leather seats do the same. Regal owners can choose from satin metallic interior trim, piano-black plastic or a dark wood called Kibo; we come down in favor of the satin trim, which doesn't date the cabin or leave it smudged with fingerprints. (Side note: pianos, and their glossy finishes, belong in conservatories, not in cars.)
The 2012 Buick Regal's dramatic, enthusiastic styling resets the “wow” factor for premium family sedans.