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2011 Buick Regal

by • August 30, 2010 1 Comment

Buick is now the best-selling car#8230; in China .

But in America, is struggling to regain its footing. The (read: older) Buick can#8217;t support the brand#8217;s In a few years, most will be wheelchairs. And younger buyers been shopping Buicks in

Not since the #8217;80s, at least when the division still a few youthful cars at least, the old rear-drive Regal Grand Buick needs to attract the crowd if it doesn#8217;t want to end up Pontiac.

Does the new-for-2011 have the stuff necessary to some headway?

The 2011 is Buick#8217;s entry-level sedan. about the same size as a Camry or Honda Accord but to Buick) is aimed more at smaller, more athletic sedans like the Lexus and Acura TSX.

Base is $26,245.

WHAT#8217;S NEW FOR 2011

The Regal is a new model for Buick, not for GM. The same basic car is sold in under the Opel banner as the

WHAT#8217;S GOOD

Though not a like the #8217;80s-era Regal and Grand Nationals were, the Regal is a lot more alive-feeling and much more youthful #8211;  than the AARP Car Regals that immediately it.

Really sharp interior.

gas mileage (30-plus on the highway).

with (or can be ordered with) features and equipment such as based navigation and music You know, stuff that Buicks were famous for not

Big (for the class) trunk.

A compared to the Lexus IS250 and Acura TSX ($29,310).

Sportier a Camry;  more stylish an Accord #8211; for about the money.

WHAT#8217;S NOT GOOD

The

Regal is a venerable Buick going back several but many current-day buyers who it probably associate it with starter caskets that in the fast lane doing 3 MPH below the posted speed #8211; not exactly the image is hoping to cultivate.

Four-cylinder-only (initially).

No manual transmission, (A six-speed manual will be later on.)

Pricey for what it is: $26k (to start) for a Buick may be a hard sell.

visibility is not the greatest.

WHAT#8217;S THE HOOD 

The #8217;11 Regal#8217;s standard is a 2.4 liter, 182 hp four with fuel injection. It drives the wheels through a six-speed

For at least the first few months of this will be the only powertrain.

Expect a zero to 60 of around 8.3 seconds #8211; a few behind a V-6 Camry or Accord.

efficiency is pretty good: 20 30 highway.

As the model year along, Buick will a 2.0 liter, turbocharged/direct injected good for 220 hp #8211; along a six-speed manual transmission. with this engine to be appropriate to the car (and class/price), in the seven second range competitive with cars the Lexus IS250/Acura TSX and as quick or than a V-6 Camry or Honda

Gas mileage with the 2.0 engine to be about the same.

At this it does not appear likely will offer an AWD set-up in the

Buick Regal

Overall, this is (by far) the engaging-to-drive Regal since the rear-wheel-drive muscle coupes also bore the Regal It comes standard with 18 rims and performance tires, not 15s whitewalls and knock-off plastic The steering actually seems to the road #8211; and the suspension hold the line if you lean on it in a corner.

The Opel DNA (and European shows.

The only disappointment from under the hood. The 2.4 liter engine doesn#8217;t the gumption to get close to 4,000 (3,600 lbs. of car plus a and passenger) moving with swiftness. A zero to 60 time in the mid second range isn#8217;t #8211; it#8217;s just not in the ballpark for the competition Buick is out.

Both the IS250 and the TSX have about 20 hp more in the case of the Lexus IS, two more standard #8211; with on tap if you need it in the form of optional that get within spitting of 300 hp.

Granted, both the Lexus IS and the TSX cost much, much than the Buick (especially their optional engines) so a comparison isn#8217;t really The problem, though, is that not car reviewers who are making the comparison it#8217;s Buick that#8217;s it. If the Regal#8217;s target competition say, the four-cylinder version of the Camry (or the four-cylinder Accord), ok.

The looks pretty good, But if the stack-up is against cars the IS250 and TSX, Buick not have released the Regal getting the eventually-will-get-here 2.0 liter, engine and six-speed stick the lineup.

Because with just the 2.4 engine, the Buick can#8217;t

Outside, the new Regal has a pretty modern shape #8211; the #8220;jellybean#8221; distinguished as a Buick by the one-piece grille with slats and triple shield badge in the middle. There are interesting detail touches, as the reverse #8220;L#8221; dimple into the doors that its line back to the rear arches #8211; and a BMW-cum rear section with spoiler lip. Though not a the Regal is subtly handsome and that#8217;s in keeping with the history as a brand that to people with money and but who prefer to keep a lower

Inside, the layout is Euro-modern again, credit the Opel with a blue-backlit primary cluster (speedo and tach, and gas) and LCD driver info nestled between them. a little red blip that with the speedometer needle as it this is a classy touch also improves the visibility of the

Nice seats that are a between aggressive sport #8211; and zero-support bench There are thigh and shoulder but they#8217;re not hug-you-too-tight and it#8217;s to slide in and out of the car. The touchscreen for the nav/audio system is large and the secondary buttons below it for functions are simple to understand and easy to use.

A big Regal plus is significantly backseat legroom (37.3 than its two chief target #8211; the Acura TSX (34.3 and Lexus IS250 (30.6 It also has a noticeably larger (14.2 cubic feet) vs. 13 feet for the Lexus and 12.6 feet for the Acura.

The Regal almost as much back and trunk space as the Toyota too (38.3 inches, 15 cubic and actually beats the Honda (37.2 inches, 14 cubic on those points.

This is a put-together and solid-feeling car. The 2.4 liter engine has been reliable in other cars and GM#8217;s track record for and quality has been top notch for the several years.

The only as I see it is that the market (the market, anyhow) doesn#8217;t perceive Buick as the equivalent, of Lexus or Acura. Buick, the dates from an era when were no Japanese-brand luxury period #8211; and when was a stepping stone on the road to a within GM#8217;s brand That is all in the past, though and it#8217;s an open question Buick (or, similarly, Mercury division) can survive in a changed-over marketplace that may not have room for what to an almost -Lexus brand.

The underpowered base engine hurts the car, too. $26k is a lot to ask for a four-cylinder car with a to 60 time in the mid 8 second range. may hurt the car#8217;s image, will hurt sales which will eventually resale values.

Safety-wise, OnStar #8211; GM#8217;s GPS-based concierge and emergency service #8211; as well as and stability control, front side-impact and curtain air bags.

All

THE BOTTOM LINE

It#8217;s a decent start #8211; and a alternative to a stodgy appliance a Camry (Japan#8217;s version of s Buick). But the Regal needs 2.0 liter turbo engine and a better 0-60 time to go up against cars like the and TSX.

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