ABS standard until 2002, available thereafter, standard from 2011. Side air bags available from 2000, standard from 2011; rear available from 2011. Head protection air bags and ESC standard from 2011.
The Regal is an acceptable car, but nothing special compared with its newer, more advanced competition. Drawbacks include ungainly handling (the optional Gran Touring suspension improves that somewhat) and front seats that become less comfortable the longer you sit in them. On the plus side, the Regal rides well at lower speeds, its cabin is quiet, and its automatic transmission shifts smoothly. The standard 3.8-liter V6 puts out 200 hp. A 240-hp supercharged version powers the GS model, making it fast though hardly sporty. GM's OnStar driver-assistance service is also standard on the GS. The Regal shares its platform with the Pontiac Grand Prix, the Chevy Impala, and the Oldsmobile Intrigue.