If you still think of Buick as a brand that's only for octogenarians with a taste for whitewall tires and vinyl roof treatments, it's time for a reboot. The Regal is a thoroughly developed and satisfying midsized sports sedan that's more reminiscent of an Audi A4 than a softly sprung luxobarge. That European feel is no coincidence, since the Regal is based on a German design from General Motors' Opel division.
Buyers of all ages will appreciate the high quality interior and quiet cabin, as well as the Regal's combination of agile handling and supple, controlled ride. Less appealing, however, is the snug rear seat.
With its 2014 freshening, the Regal got a new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that boosts both performance and fuel economy. Other changes include improved controls, an upgraded infotainment system, and more standard features. Overall, the refinements add up to a highly capable, yet understated car.