2017 Buick Regal vs. Its Competition

2017 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 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.

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.

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 4-cylinder engine and dual-clutch transmission feels a bit more sporty than the 4-cylinder/automatic combination in the base Regal.

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Quick Specs
6.7
The 2017 Buick Regal remains one of GM's most handsome, composed sedans--just skip the base engine, and make sure rear-seat passengers are small.
6.3
The 2017 Acura TLX is a near-luxury competitor in a luxury field crowded with very good (and very pricey) cars with European badges on them.
7.3
The 2017 Ford Fusion blends enduring good looks, a wide variety of powertrains, impressive interior space and comfort along with all the latest electronic safety systems and a few design upgrades.
7.3
The 2017 Nissan Maxima is the wild child of the Nissan bunch. It looks the part, but don't be fooled: after first blush it acts more like a near-luxury cruiser.
5.6
The sleek lines of the 2017 Volkswagen CC compromise its four-door sedan usability, making it a specialty choice in the segment.
7.0
The 2017 Volvo S60 is a solid alternative to those tired of the German sedan game. It's not as flashy, but it is more sensibly priced.
MSRP From     
$27,065$32,000$22,610$32,610$34,475$33,950
Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 37 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 FWDFWDS FWDS 3.5L *Ltd Avail*2.0T Sport DSGT5 FWD Dynamic
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/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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