2012 Buick Regal Interior
This interior review was written when the 2012 Buick Regal was new.
Reviewers compare the interior of the 2012 Buick Regal to those found in the Audi A4 and Acura TSX, which is very high praise. Highlights include a sophisticated dash layout and standard high-tech interior features, though one reviewer notes that some hard plastics are present. The seats are comfortable in general, and several reviewers happily report that the cabin is extremely quiet. Overall, reviewers agree that the Regal offers a stylish, comfortable and well-built interior.
- "Cabin decor is generally upscale, but it's more sporty than plush. Satin-metal-look trim dresses things up, though some hard plastic is present. The available piano-black trim is uninspired, especially on the GS." -- Consumer Guide
- "The center stack is still a bit button-heavy, but the fit of the panels and graining of the plastics are quite good. Anyone who says GM isn't capable of crafting a really nice interior has clearly never sat inside a Regal." -- Autoblog
- "I found not a single hard, hollow-sounding plastic panel. The tilt and telescope steering wheel allowed for a good ergonomic driving position. The only thing seemingly out of place on the car was the Buick emblem, particularly when you're driving the turbo with the 6-speed manual." -- Road and Track
- "You can see how hard GM is trying the instant you get behind the wheel. The layout is tidy, and could be from any one of several European manufacturers. Flowing organic shapes and soft-touch moldings surround you, and the instruments are big, unambiguous dials with a clear information panel between them." -- Popular Mechanics
Reviews are generally positive on the seating in the Regal, with critics saying the seats are firm without being punishing. While a few complain that the seats in the base Regal could use more bolstering, most agree that the sportier seats inside the Regal GS offer excellent support. The backseat also gets good marks, though a few reviewers say that it's best suited for two, not three, adults, which is typical for the class.
- "Legroom is expansive and headroom is sufficient, even with the optional sunroof. The seats are comfortable and supportive, particularly the sport buckets on the GS." -- Consumer Guide
- "The front seats are a slightly more bolstered variation of the Regal's standard seats. The leather is a bit slippery, yet there still isn't enough lateral support to cinch you in place during hard driving." -- Edmunds (Regal GS)
- "After a few hours of butt-in-seat drive time, we're nonetheless pleased with the thrones being offered to us oversized 'Muricans. They're comfortable and offer ample amounts of bolstering for both our love handles and thunder thighs." -- Autoblog (Regal GS)
- "The seats, though nicely upholstered and softer than what you'd find in an Audi, prove comfortable, if not completely supportive, for spirited driving. And it's great to find the same degree of power adjustability on the passenger's seat as on the driver's." -- Popular Mechanics
- "The seats are very comfortable and supportive, though, and the back seat is reasonably roomy." -- Automobile Magazine
- "The … Buick Regal's seating is comfortable but without that over-stuffed living room feel of Buick's past. The rear is a bit cramped for headroom, reflecting the realities of a coupe-like curve to the roofline." -- The Detroit Bureau
Reviewers generally comment that they like the quality materials used throughout the 2012 Buick Regal’s cabin, but some mention that the button-heavy center stack takes some time to master. One reviewer also mentions that the gauges were hard to read. However, most reviewers agree that the features work well and the materials used in the interior are high-quality. The design is attractive, and many reviewers comment on the high build quality and exceptionally quiet cabin.
Standard interior features on the base Regal include a seven-speaker stereo with auxiliary input jack and USB port. Bluetooth and satellite radio are also standard, as are power front seats and dual-zone automatic climate control.
Buick will also be adding its IntelliLink infotainment system as standard equipment later in the model year, so shoppers looking for the most tech features may want to wait for this feature. IntelliLink, which is also standard in the 2012 Buick LaCrosse, features a full-color touch screen display and allows you to connect your smartphone via Bluetooth or USB. Once connected, users can stream music wirelessly from services like Pandora Internet Radio.
- "Gauges are unobstructed, but their markings are a bit on the small side and can be difficult to see in some light conditions. The center stack has plenty of buttons that require familiarization." -- Consumer Guide
- "Buick has chosen to use the same shifter as the CXL Turbo, which feels like it'd be more at home on a shift lever that clicks through a P-R-N-D-L gate. So often, our fingers felt oddly smashed against the Reverse gate release button on the back of the shift knob, and on a few occasions, we couldn't get a solid grip on the shifter for far throws into fifth and sixth gears." -- Autoblog (Regal GS)
- "But close the windows and it's easy to have a conversation at 70 mph. Nobody to talk to? Turn up the optional Harman-Kardon audio system and plug into the USB jack, or go wireless with Bluetooth. All the usual technology is available, as are heated seats. It has been a long time since such a thick-rimmed leather steering wheel has graced a Buick." -- Road and Track
- "The center stack is, at least at first, a bit overwhelming, but quickly becomes easy and intuitive to operate, with a large and useful (optional) navigation screen anchoring the package." -- The Detroit Bureau
- "The gauges are clear and communicative and the info center works without complaint." -- Jalopnik
The Regal has 14.2 cubic feet of trunk space, which is average for the class. If you need more trunk space, you can fold down the back seats, or check out cars like the Lincoln MKZ, which has nearly 16 cubic feet of cargo space.
Many hybrid versions of gas-only cars lose cargo space for their battery packs, and the Regal eAssist is no different. Cargo space is down by 3.1 cubic feet in eAssist models. Reviewers say that the lack of space also makes the Regal eAssist’s split-folding rear seats less useful.
A few reviewers say that the Regal is lacking small-item storage in the passenger cabin. However, they also say that the lack of storage space is in service to the cabin's pleasing design, and that the sacrifice is worth it.
- "The trunk has sickle-shaped hinges that intrude slightly on overall space, but they're covered so they don't crush cargo. Small-items storage is just average; included are two cupholders and a smallish covered console bin." -- Consumer Guide
- "The lithium-ion battery pack sits behind the rear seat, cutting trunk volume, as the case is in many hybrid sedans. Folding rear seats are standard, but the battery pack blocks the passenger-side opening." -- Cars.com (Regal eAssist)
- "The entire layout is sculptural and quite handsome, though like the Buick LaCrosse, the sculpture results in storage that's somewhat lacking. While we couldn't find a good place to put our camera and notepad, it didn't matter, just look at the thing, it's gorgeous." -- Jalopnik