To achieve the performance, the model had to go through all the torments the Institute subjects the vehicles it tests, including passing the new roof strength requirement for protection in rollover crashes. The car passed with flying colors, becoming at the same time the seventh vehicle from GM to get the award.
“A vehicle that earns the TOP SAFETY PICK award is recognized for achieving the best performance in the Institute’s battery of tough crash test evaluations,” said IIHS president Adrian Lund.
“Only vehicles with the highest rating of ‘good’ across the board, and electronic stability control for helping drivers to avoid crashes can claim this honor.”
The Buick Regal is based on the German-built Opel Insignia and is available 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 engines can be converted to run on E85, but they provide an acceptable fuel consumption rating when in normal mode as well: 30 mpg on the highway with the 2.4l and 29 mpg highway with the 2.0l turbo engine.
The model is being initially offered only in premium CXL trim, for $26,995, including $750 destination charge. The CXL turbo model, to be added at a later date, will retail starting from $29,495, including $750 destination charge.