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2016 Buick Regal Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Buick Regal was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.8

The 2016 Buick Regal features high-end materials throughout the cabin that critics say create an upscale look and feel. They appreciate the user-friendly infotainment system and comfortable front seats. Some reviewers find the Regal’s rear seats cramped, especially for taller adults who will find a lack of headroom.

  • "The appearance is upscale, and materials quality is satisfactory, if not fully luxury-grade." -- Edmunds
  • "The design and materials are all first-rate, and we especially like the easily readable instruments, the available user-friendly navigation system, and the steering-wheel-mounted thumb wheel for scrolling through function menus." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "Inside, the Regal possesses a well-organized dashboard along with a generally high level of material quality, and goodies like leather upholstery, heated front seats and dual-zone automatic climate control." -- Left Lane News (2015)

Seating

The five-seat 2016 Regal comes standard with leather upholstery, heated front seats and a power-adjustable driver’s seat. A heated steering wheel, power-adjustable passenger seat, sport bucket front seats and sport pedals are available. Test drivers say the Regal’s front seats are supportive but the rear seats are somewhat tight. They add that rear-seat headroom is inadequate thanks to the vehicle’s sloping roofline.

  • The Regal's front seats are surprisingly snug and supportive; slim folks will smile, but the broader of beam may wish for more wiggle room. Rear seat riders will find relatively cramped quarters, a surprise given the Regal's exterior dimensions. The Regal's elegant sloping roof line doesn't do any favors for rear seat passengers either, as rear seat headroom is lacking. Making matters worse, the sleek roof line also hampers rearward visibility." -- Edmunds
  • "The downside is the Regal's rear-seat headroom, with the sleek roofline meaning passengers more than 6-feet tall will likely rub against the headliner." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "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 (2013)
  • "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) 

Interior Features

Standard features in the Regal include dual-zone automatic climate control, a seven-speaker sound system, a 4.2-inch display screen, a rearview camera and Buick’s IntelliLink infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, Siri Eyes Free, voice recognition, Apple CarPlay, satellite radio, a USB port and Bluetooth. OnStar with 4G LTE and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot is also standard. Available features include a nine-speaker Bose sound system, push-button start, a power moonroof, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring with lane change alert, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, forward collision alert, front automatic braking and an upgraded IntelliLink system with navigation.

Automotive writers appreciate the IntelliLink infotainment system’s interface, which allows the use of both smartphone-style swipe and voice commands. They add that the system is responsive and understands spoken commands well. Critics appreciate the uncluttered look of the dashboard, noting that the few physical buttons that are there are easily identified.

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  • "The IntelliLink interface includes smartphone-style swipe commands and voice-command functionality, and the touchscreen's graphics are colorful and sharp. It's nice that Buick includes the same screen on every model, as opposed to making you pay more for a premium display like many competitors." -- Edmunds
  • "The [IntelliLink] setup lets users flick, swipe and drag through icons and lists in the manner of a tablet or smartphone, and it features a voice recognition system for hands-free calls, destination entering, song selection and more. Its ‘natural language’ functioning can recognize a staggering number of phrases - effectively eliminating the need for the clunky and cumbersome memorized commands." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "The dashboard button count goes down from 17 last year to 7. This isn't always progress, but the major controls you want in a hurry are easily found." -- Car and Driver (2014)

Cargo

The base 2016 Regal has average cargo capacity for the class, offering 14.2 cubic feet of space. Split-folding rear seats are standard. Reviewers say that the narrow trunk opening makes loading lengthy items a challenge.

  • Out back, the Regal offers a decent 14.2 cubic feet of trunk space; however, its narrowness makes longer items, like golf bags, a tight fit." -- Edmunds
  • The trunk has sickle-shaped hinges that intrude slightly on overall space, but they're covered so they don't crush cargo." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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