Consumer Reports now rates, the newly revamped 2014 Buick Regal just 1 point behind the BMW 328i among “upscale” sports sedans after declaring its new 2.0-liter, 259-hp, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine makes powertrain’s performance tops in performance and handling and more fuel efficient, as well as praising its “easy-to-use” infortainment system. The BMW328i earned 84 points, while Regal earned 83, tying with the Mercedes-Benz C250 and putting all three comfortably ahead of the Volvo S60 (80 points), which, in turn, came in ahead of the VW CC, Infiniti Q50, Audi A4, and Lexus IS, as well as the Cadillac CTS mid-sized luxury sport sedan and ATS sedan.The Regal had previously scored a road test score of 79 and the S60 was awarded a score of 77.
“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,” stated Consumer Reports’ director of automotive testing, Jake Fisher statement.
The magazine also praised new improvements in the Volvo S60’s new, 240-hp, 2.0-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, over the previous 5-cylinder engine, stating that its mating with an 8-speed automatic transmission, gave it superior “drivability, fuel economy (at 25 mpg overall), and “refinement.”
In the meantime, the new Audi 3 sedan was ranked as CR’s top-rated higher-class small sedan with 77 points, describing it as “solid and agile, and great fun to drive despite the fact that “it lacks a plush, roomy environment and a laundry list of other ‘truly luxurious features.’”to drive.”