2013 Buick Regal Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

The Buick Regal slots neatly into the mid-size segment, but to some the appearance is deceiving. It sits at the midway point between a VW Passat and a VW Jetta--or a Ford Focus and a Ford Fusion--but especially in its back seat, it can seem much more snug than other mid-sizers in the class. That makes it a more difficult pitch against roomy sedans like the Nissan Maxima, though it's still quite comfortable for four adults.

In front, the Regal has a power-adjustable driver seat, covered in leather, and with just enough bolstering formed into the seatback to take your mind off the flatness of the bottom cushion. It's comfortable, not constrained, but there's less head and leg room than in other mid-size sedans. You'll notice it more if you opt for the sunroof and if you slide the seat back into the knees of the rear passengers.

Interior room is competitive on paper, but the Regal's rear seat is a little snug, and the trunk is small.
The back seat is rated for three passengers, even though two adults are the most you'll want to put back there. Leg room is similar on the spec sheet to that in the Honda Accord, but something about the cushioning in the Regal makes the back seat seem less spacious--while it's still about three inches more generous than the same space in the Acura TSX. For sure, the roofline meets more heads than in taller sedans, but it's comparable to truly large four-doors like the VW Passat in that respect.

Cargo capacity isn't the Regal's strongest suit. With just 14.3 cubic feet of trunk room, it's about 3 or 4 cubic feet smaller than other sedans, and a piece of luggage less than the enormous 20-cubic-foot trunk in the Ford Taurus.

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