Today's Buick Regal should completely blot out the image conjured up by the awesome notchback Regals of the past—and even the more anonymous four-doors that wore the badge more recently. Since it was new in 2011, the Regal has worn its sheetmetal like athletic gear, tightly drawn, with a sporty swoop down its door panels.
The remnants of Buick's past are few: the big 19- and 20-inch wheels are a nod to American tastes more than to ride and handling, and the waterfall grille has its fans (we're still split). The Nike-like swoosh is stamped into the sides is the best part: we say the Regal may be the best looking four-door GM sells. It's made better by LED wings in the headlights and taillights, and retouched bumpers that feature a metallic band that connects the taillights in back.
The GS' front end is broken up with bladed, vertical air intakes. In back, the exhaust tips are reshaped, and the small decklid spoiler is a bit larger.
The interior of the Regal has grown more handsome and simpler this year too. The shield of interior controls now fits better with an upgraded 8.0-inch touchscreen, and the sharply lit LED gauges are low and easy to see. Buick wedges a 4.2-inch screen between the gauges on some models for nav, phone, and system information, or an 8.0-inch screen on GS models that changes depending on driving mode.
Regal shoppers can pick between a trio of trims inside that range between piano-black plastic, a dark shade of wood called Kibo, or a satin metallic trim that we think is the best pick among the three—it'll age better and won't be a magnet for smudges. The doors are trimmed with metallic inserts that look decidedly upscale, and black leather with white stitching found in GS models does too.