CR Ranks Buick Regal, Volvo S60 High Among Sport Sedans

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Both the Buick Regal and Volvo S60 have been on the market for a few years now, so it’s no surprise that Consumer Reports gave the cars great ratings. What is a surprise, though, is how highly both models were rated after CR recently put the refreshed versions of each compact luxury sedan to the test.
A big win for Buick, the updated 2014 Buick Regal received 83 points (when equipped with the turbocharged engine), which tied it for second place with the Mercedes-Benz C250. Both cars are just a point behind the BMW 328i. Talk about being in good company, and doing so while costing thousands of dollars less.

The Regal’s latest score beats its previous CR rating as a direct result of the numerous improvements Buick made to the car. Some of the high points noted by CR testers include the acceleration afforded by the updated 259-hp turbocharged engine, the improved ride, handling and braking and the “easy-to-use” Buick IntelliLink infotainment system. CR dinged the Regal for its “snug” rear seating and limited rear visibility.

Similarly, the 2015 Volvo S60 was given a fairly in-depth mid-cycle update, and it too made big gains with a new rating of 80 points. This puts it in fourth place behind the BMW, Buick and Mercedes-Benz, but it’s still ahead of cars like the Cadillac ATS and Acura TSX. The score for the updated S60 is a decent jump from the pre-facelift S60, which scored a 77.

CR liked the S60 best for its safety equipment, crash-test results and front-seat comfort as well as things not always associated with Volvo cars like acceleration, fuel economy and braking. Like the Regal, CR noted the tight rear seat and poor rear visibility and tacked on low points for the firm ride and some of the sedan’s controls.
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