Consumer Reports rates high Buick’s Regal image

The 2014 Buick Regal was considered by the highly influential magazine as the second-best pick in the premium sedan segment, just shy of the BMW 328i.

The class leader only had a point above the Regal, which actually tied for the second place with the Mercedes-Benz C250 in the magazine’s overall ratings of premium sport sedans, even as the model (based on Opel’s Insignia) is significantly cheaper.

“The Regal is a thoroughly developed and satisfying mid-sized sports sedan that’s more reminiscent of a German sports car than the softly sprung luxo-barges that Buick was once known for,” said Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports’ director of automotive testing.

The engineers at Consumer Reports reported that Regal’s new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine is a great asset to the model, making it faster and also more fuel-efficient than the model it replaces.

In the same testing group, Consumer Reports also reviewed the Volvo S60, calling it a “solid, practical performer,” also equipped with a new, 240-hp, 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that brings a “marked improvement in drivability, fuel economy, and refinement over the previous five-cylinder engine.” The report said the Volvo model was, as always a solid alternative to the usual mix of German mid-sized premium sedans.