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.
We like the cockpit, too. Center stack controls are arranged in a shield shape, which is surrounded by high-quality trim. The instrument panel is lit by sharp LED gauges that are clear and easy to read. In some trims, an LCD panel dominates attention in the center of the dash to relay navigation information and functions.