The new Buick Regal is not astoundingly awesome, but it's quite impressive nonetheless. The exterior styling is smart, modern, inoffensive, and looks very European, which makes sense given the car's Opel roots. The interior is comfortable, attractive, and easy to use. The back-door openings are a bit small, but rear legroom is very good, and the trunk is spacious, too.
I like the steering, which is nicely weighted and feels far sportier than you'd expect to find in any Buick product. I was disappointed, however, that the Regal felt fairly floaty in mid-corner bumps. Acceleration is strong, but the transmission clunked into gear a couple times after I accelerated briskly from a standstill and then let off somewhat abruptly. Still, I, too, am eager to drive the turbocharged Regal. Watch this space.
Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor