2013 Buick Regal vs. Its Competition

2013 Buick Regal
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The current Buick Regal has a narrow set of competitors, what with its premium price tag and less than huge interior room.

Our Best Car To Buy 2013, the new Ford Fusion, has style that's just as fetching, handling that's even more confident, better interior space, and a hybrid model that's capable of 40-plus miles per gallon in the real world.

The Nissan Maxima has grabby styling, but it also has a CVT, an unappealing transmission with few virtues outside of simplicity and fuel economy.

The VW CC is closest to it, spec for spec, but has even less sporting intent.

Volvo's S60 is a wedgy Swedish delight, and offers all-wheel drive to go with its turbo boost.

The Acura TSX is big in its targets, and the Regal has comparable space and handling, with the boost of turbocharging on its side, not to mention much better styling.

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Quick Specs
The 2013 Buick Regal is a worthy sport sedan with arresting looks and sweet handling--so long as you stick with the turbos.
For nearly all compact-sedan shoppers except serious enthusiasts or green-car fanatics, the 2013 Acura TSX strikes an agreeable compromise between sport-sedan attitude and premium-car practicality.
The 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid makes an extraordinary leap forward in fuel economy--but also, in its appealing looks and handling.
The 2013 Nissan Maxima offers a lot more flair than the typical larger sedan, along with premium feel inside; but driving enthusiasts should be aware that it isn't quite a serious sport sedan.
The 2013 Volkswagen CC sacrifices some practicality in the name of fashion, and feels like a luxury car in many respects.
The stylish 2013 Volvo S60 family spans the range from luxurious to edgy, all while hitting the mark for safety and top-notch interior design.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
18 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Gas/Electric L4Gas I4Gas I4Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I5
EPA Class     
MidsizeCompactMid-Size SedanMidsize CarsCompactCompact
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan Base4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic4-Door Sedan SE FWD4-Door Sedan 3.5 S4-Door Sedan Manual Sport4-Door Sedan T5 AWD
Front Wheel DriveFront-Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Automatic w/manual shiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftContinuously Variable RatioManualAutomatic w/Manual Shift
Detailed Spec Comparison
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