2014 Buick Regal Styling

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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.

Regal might be too fusty a name for such a contemporary-looking four-door; it's one of GM's best designs.

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.

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