2017 Buick Regal

large car / 4-door sedan

2017 Buick Regal 4-door sedan
2014 Buick Regal shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Front crash prevention
Optional system
Superior
Optional system
Basic

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights
  • Optional blind spot detection
  • Optional lane departure warning

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2011-17 models

Tested vehicle: 2011 Buick Regal CXL 4-door

The Buick Regal was re-introduced for the 2011 model year after last being sold as a 2004 model. Frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by General Motors as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF0913
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 2
Left (cm) 6
Center (cm) 2
Right (cm) 2
Brake pedal (cm) 2
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 0
Right (cm) 0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) -1
Rearward (cm) -3
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF0913
Head
HIC-15 149
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.0
Extension bending moment (Nm) 11
Maximum Nij 0.23
Chest maximum compression (mm) 31
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.2
Femur force - right (kN) 0.3
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 0
Maximum tibia index - left 0.32
Maximum tibia index - right 0.32
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.4
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 1.2
Foot acceleration (g)
Left no data
Right no data

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2011-17 models

Tested vehicle: 2011 Buick Regal CXL 4-door with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Buick Regal was re-introduced for the 2011 model year after last being sold as a 2004 model.

Rating applies to 2011-17 models

Tested vehicle:2011 Buick Regal CXL 4-door

The Buick Regal was re-introduced for the 2011 model year after last being sold as a 2004 model.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Driver head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger head protection

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing the side airbags and damage to the occupant compartment.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side curtain airbag.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy’s head was protected by the side airbag.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CES1010
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -14.5
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES1010
Head HIC-15 284
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.4
Compression (kN) 0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 41
Lateral force (kN) 1.5
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 42
Average deflection (mm) 39
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.47
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.67
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 2.5
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.9
Combined force (kN) 4.2
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.9
L-M moment (Nm) 83
A-P moment (Nm) -35

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES1010
Head HIC-15 232
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.2
Compression (kN) 0.6
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 43
Lateral force (kN) 1.4
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 35
Average deflection (mm) 25
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.06
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.40
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.1
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.6
Combined force (kN) 2.6
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.4
L-M moment (Nm) 67
A-P moment (Nm) -56

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2011-17 models

Tested vehicle: 2011 Buick Regal CXL 4-door

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 3,614 lbs
Peak force 17,968 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.97

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2011-17 models

Seat type: Power leather seats

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Power leather seats
Geometry
Backset (mm) 10
Distance below top of head (mm) 28
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 11.6
Head contact time (ms) 50
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 1
Max neck tension (N) 339

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted

Front crash prevention

Ratings are given for 2 different trim variations available on this vehicle.

System details

  • Optional Front Automatic Braking

Package name

  • Optional Driver Confidence Package #2

Applies to 2016-17 models

Overall evaluation

  • This system meets the requirements for forward collision warning.
  • In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, impact speed was reduced by 10 mph.
Superior
Superior
with optional equipment

System details

  • Optional Forward Collision Alert

Package name

  • Optional Driver Confidence Package #1

Applies to 2014-17 models

Overall evaluation

  • This system meets the requirements for forward collision warning.
  • Autobrake not available.
Basic
Basic
with optional equipment

How front crash prevention is evaluated