2016 Buick Regal vs. Its Competition

2016 Buick Regal
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Buick Regal costs more than many of the more popular mid-size sedans in the segment, and it's smaller than most of them, too.

The comparably equipped Ford Fusion offers equally engaging dynamics, and we voted it as our Best Car to Buy in 2013.

The handling in the Fusion is actually better than the Regal's, though the rear seat is less comfortable.

The Volkswagen CC is probably the closest true competitor in the segment, but is less entertaining behind the wheel.

The Nissan Maxima uses a CVT to get around town, which discounts its otherwise sporty, handsome styling.

Volvo's S60 has a new turbo- and supercharged engine lineup; it's a delight on the road, but it's also expensive.

Finally, the Acura TLX offers clean but somewhat plain styling, and less engaging handling, though its four-cylinder engine and dual-clutch transmission feels a bit more sporty than the four-cylinder/automatic combination in the base Regal.

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Quick Specs
8.2
The 2016 Buick Regal turbo intrigues us, with excellent styling and handling; we'd skip the base car, and make sure our back-seat passengers were small.
8.2
The 2016 Acura TLX is light on luxury feel, but it has great interior space, lots of technology, and in its base version, supremely enjoyable performance and handling.
8.8
The 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid combines high gas mileage and a quiet ride with one of the best-looking family-sedan bodies.
8.6
The 2016 Nissan Maxima locks in an arresting shape and charming front-drive road manners, in its quest to distance itself from the Altima.
7.8
The 2016 Volkswagen CC splits the difference between sleek coupe lines and four-door convenience—it's a grown-up compromise.
8.6
Already appealing for its good looks and outstanding safety ratings, the 2016 Volvo S60 grows in interesting ways with the long-wheelbase Inscription and Cross Country soft off-roader.
MSRP From     
$27,065$31,695$22,750$32,510$31,570$34,150
Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas/EthanolPremium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
MidsizeMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan FWD4-Door Sedan FWD4-Door Sedan S FWD4-Door Sedan 3.5 S4-Door Sedan Manual Trend4-Door Sedan T5 Drive-E FWD
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
AutomaticAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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