In recent years, the Buick brand has been moving toward the premium sport sedan segment -- and the model currently leading this charge is the 2016 Regal.

Pricing and Equipment

The Regal lineup underwent a few price cuts for the 2016 model year, but we still think it's a touch too expensive for the segment. Prices start at $27,065, and once you move into a midrange Regal, you are right in line with a base BMW 320i.

Fortunately, the 2016 Regal offers a lot of return on investment, as it comes with a nice assortment of standard features, like:

  • Eight-way power driver's seat
  • Dual-zone auto climate control
  • Heated front seats
  • HID headlights
  • 18-inch wheels

If you want even more features, you could opt for the $31,900 Premium I Group, the $34,100 Premium II Group, or the $37,385 GS Group.

Performance Pros

Buick Regal Side

We find the 2016 Regal to be a mixed bag when it comes to performance. The sweet part of the Regal is its optional 2-liter turbocharged engine:

  • Loads of low-end torque
  • Precise handling
  • Optional all-wheel drive

Performance Cons

On the other side of the equation is the underwhelming 2.4-liter four-cylinder that serves as the Regal's base engine. With only 182 horsepower and poor fuel economy in the city, this underpowered motor leaves lots to be desired.

Interior Pros

Buick Regal Interior

Other than its outward appearance, we think the cabin is one of the Regal's strongest suits. Its front seat is spacious is comfortable, and its infotainment system is slick and intuitive. It's also well-equipped at any trim level.

Interior Cons

While we loved the interior of the Regal, it's not without its flaws. Most of our issues focus on the rear seat, which is cramped by class standards, and where taller passengers may wish for more headroom. Cargo room isn't a strong point, either.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

The interior of the Regal certainly surprised us in a good way. We especially like the two-tone wood and leather appointments at higher trim levels, but even the materials used in the base model are impressive.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

The base four-cylinder engine leaves us wanting much more. Not only is is an tepid performer, but 19 mpg city isn’t very fuel efficient around town. The turbo models are slightly better at 20 mpg city, but we still think this is too low.

The Bottom Line

For buyers out hunting for midsize luxury deals, we suggest checking out Buick. The new Regal is definitely not your grandfather’s Buick -- it features a stylish design, well-conceived cabin, and the oomph of a potent turbocharged engine.