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 aging Regal is an acceptable car, but doesn't match up to its 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, has a quiet cabin, and features a smooth-shifting transmission. It's been a very reliable vehicle. 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. It has been replaced by the LaCrosse for 2005.