2017 Buick Regal: Car Seat Check

2017 Buick Regal; Cars.com photos by Angela Conners

CARS.COM — Editor's note: This Car Seat Check was written in March 2016 about the 2016 Buick Regal. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. Here's what's new for 2017, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years.

Smaller families shopping for a luxurious mid-size sedan should take a closer look at the 2016 Buick Regal. This mid-size sedan wears upscale styling with a sporty edge and easily fit most of our child-safety seats in its backseat.

We ran into problems with the rear-facing infant seat. To fit it, we had to move the front passenger seat forward, leaving our 5-foot-8 tester with her knees touching the glove box. This was a notable change from the 2015 Regal's Car Seat Check, which fit the infant seat without a problem. The difference between the two Car Seat Checks was our testers and their heights: A mere 2 inches in our testers' heights took the Regal's infant seat score from an A to a C.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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Grading Scale

A: Plenty of room for the car seat and the child; doesn't impact driver or front-passenger legroom. Easy to find and connect to Latch and tether anchors. No fit issues involving head restraint or seat contouring. Easy access to the third row.  

B: Plenty of room. One fit or connection issue. Some problems accessing third row when available.

C: Marginal room. Two fit or connection issues. Difficult to access third row when available.

D: Insufficient room. Two or more fit or connection issues.

F: Does not fit or is unsafe.

About Cars.com's Car Seat Checks

Editors Jennifer Geiger, Jennifer Newman and Matt Schmitz are certified child safety seat installation technicians.

For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide Classic Connect 30 infant-safety seat, a Britax Marathon convertible seat and Graco TurboBooster seat. The front seats are adjusted for a 6-foot driver and a shorter passenger. The three child seats are installed in the second row. The booster seat sits behind the driver's seat, and the infant and convertible seats are installed behind the front passenger seat.

We also install the forward-facing convertible in the second row's middle seat with the booster and infant seat in the outboard seats to see if three car seats will fit; a child sitting in the booster seat must be able to reach the seat belt buckle. If there's a third row, we install the booster seat and a forward-facing convertible. Learn more about how we conduct our Car Seat Checks.

Parents should also remember that they can use the Latch system or a seat belt to install a car seat, and that Latch anchors have a weight limit of 65 pounds, including the weight of the child and the weight of the seat itself.

 

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