2014 Buick Regal Safety

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The Regal earns good, but not perfect, crash test scores from the Feds, and the insurance industry's given it good marks in the past.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) hasn't yet updated its Regal scores for the new model year, but in 2013 it scored a "good" rating in all tests. The IIHS hasn't yet put the Regal through its new, tough, small-overlap front-impact test, though.

The Regal gets good crash-test scores, with a slightly lower front-impact score from the NHTSA.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awards the Regal a rating of five stars overall. It's given four stars for front-impact protection and rollover resistance, but five stars for side-impact protection.

For 2014, the Regal's body structure doesn't change, but its safety offerings are upgraded considerably. A rearview camera is now standard on all Regals, while the GS also gets standard front and rear parking sensors. That's in addition to the usual airbags, and the Regal's optional rear-seat side airbags.

The Regal doesn’t have much of a problem with visibility, and uplevel Regals do have rear parking sensors, with an option for front sensors. Still, some of its new safety options may appeal: adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitors, a lane-departure warning system, and a forward-collision warning system are all now available in the Regal.

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