The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave an award to the recently introduced Buick Regal as a 2010 Top Safety Pick. Many tests were done on the vehicle, including having to pass a new roof strength requirement for protection in rollover crashes. This car is actually only the seventh vehicle from GM to receive the award.
IIHS president Adrian Lund said that this award recognizes those vehicles that performed the best in the Institute’s series of tough crash test evaluations. In particular, only those vehicles that have the highest rating of “good” across the board and have the electronic stability control for assisting drivers to prevent crashes can “claim this honor.”
Based on the German-built Opel Insignia, the Buick Regal is offered in the US with two engine choices: a 2.4l Ecotec direct injected unit and a 2.0L Ecotec turbocharged and direct injected powerplant.
Both of these engines can be converted to run on E85; however, they also offer a satisfactory fuel consumption rating when in normal mode, with 30 mpg on the highway with the 2.4l and 29 mpg highway with the 2.0l turbo engine.
Currently, the model is available only in premium CXL trim, for $26,995, including $750 destination charge. At a later date, the CXL turbo model will sell at prices starting from $29,495, including $750 destination charge.