2013 Buick Regal Interior
Reviewers say that the 2013 Buick Regal’s cabin includes comfortable seats, high-quality materials and Zen-like quietness. Many reviewers compare the interior of the Regal to those found in more expensive German cars, which is very high praise. Highlights include a sophisticated dash layout and more standard tech features than you’ll find in a number of upscale midsize cars. Still, one reviewer notes that some interior trim falls short of his expectations.
- "The available piano-black trim is uninspired, especially on the GS." -- Consumer Guide
- "Design and materials are first-rate, with a clear European influence in the BMW/Audi-like joystick that controls the available navigation and audio functions, a console-mounted central locking button and the steering-wheel-mounted thumb wheel for scrolling through function menus." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "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 (2012 Regal GS)
- "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 (2011)
Most reviewers are pleased with the 2013 Regal’s front seats, saying that they’re comfortable and offer plenty of space. However, one reviewer notes that taller back-seat passengers may need more headroom. All models come with leather upholstery, heated front seats and a power-adjustable driver’s seat. A power-adjustable passenger seat is optional.
- "Despite its small exterior dimensions, Regal enjoys expansive front legroom. Headroom is quite good as well, even beneath the sunroof housing. The seats are comfortable and supportive, particularly the sport buckets on the GS." -- Consumer Guide
- "If the Regal falls down in any area, it's rear-seat headroom. The low-slung roof and raked rear window mean anyone over six feet tall will likely have his head against the headliner." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "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 (2012 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 (2012 Regal GS)
The 2013 Buick Regal comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control and a seven-speaker stereo with satellite radio and Buick’s IntelliLink infotainment system, which features a full-color touch-screen display that allows you to connect your smartphone via Bluetooth or USB. Once connected, users can stream music wirelessly from services like Pandora Internet Radio. Optional features include navigation, a Harman/Kardon stereo, push-button start and a sunroof.
In the past, a few reviewers have mentioned that the gauges were hard to read and that the center stack was button-heavy, but most reviewers agree that the Regal’s interior features are well thought-out and intuitive.
- "A console-mounted control knob, a la BMW iDrive, is included on cars equipped with the available navigation system. The ‘joystick’ is quite helpful, actually, because operating the touchscreen requires a stretch, even if you have long arms." -- Consumer Guide
- "All the switchgear has a smooth, high-quality feel." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "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 (2011)
- "The gauges are clear and communicative and the info center works without complaint." -- Jalopnik (2011)
The Regal Turbo and GS have 14.2 cubic feet of trunk space, which is slightly more than cars like the Acura TL and Audi A4, but less than you’ll find in the Lexus ES 350. Many hybrid cars lose cargo space for their battery packs, and the Regal eAssist is no different, as trunk space shrinks to 11.1 cubic feet. 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 could use more small-item storage in the cabin.
- "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 small 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 (2012 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 (2011)