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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
A globally aware four-door, the 2013 Buick Regal doesn't look like anything that's worn the badge in the past. Can we get an amen for that?
It's one sexy, sculptured, athletic-looking sedan--and one with a well-stamped passport, since it's sold in Europe as an Opel Insignia. The few nods to Buick's past are tastefully applied, from the waterfall grille to the big, and optional, 19- and 20-inch wheels. It's the rest of the shape that's gone international, and been wildly successful at it. It's probably the best-looking sedan that GM builds, what with the Nike-like swoop stamped into its door panels, and the drama that ensues. From the rear quarters, there are cues of the old Infiniti Q50 (nee G37), and the abbreviated trunk brings it all to a quick, tidy conclusion. It connects well with the compact Verano, a little more tangentially with the big LaCrosse sedan and Enclave crossover--the Regal's the real knockout in the brand's styling portfolio.The cockpit 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.)
Dynamic styling gives the latest Buick Regal something its ancestors never had.