2011 Buick Regal – Test drive and new car review – 2011 Buick Regal

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Buick Regal

Age discrimination

Buick has been to shake their image as an car for years, but with the introduction of the 2011 Regal, they’ve out-and-out war on the elderly. Buick the European-designed Regal is the car that is to rid them of the senior scourge and for all — and having tested the thoroughly, I believe them. Old are going to hate this

Why? Read on.

First Out with the old

I’m not sure why has such a problem with old Sure, they have a to …, thereby limiting ability to make future But as a group, old people are fantastic.

wise, they’re generous their time, and they seem to have a secret of candy. And yet Buick seems to get rid of them.

I asked a Buick why, and he started going on and on generation growth rates, patterns by age, and a bunch of boring stuff that I out. See, that’s great thing about old — they have longer attention spans.

as they may be, I think the Regal is the car will rid Buick of its elderly base once and for all. You can just by looking at the damn There’s very little No portholes. Not one single 1950s cue that only old people remember.

What sensible person the age of 70 is going to find this car the least bit attractive? It’s not big enough to require its own zip code! small and trim, like an TSX – you know, one of them jobs.

Speaking of foreign the Regal was designed in Germany. people think of Germany as the that designs the world’s cars, but old people know it as a that has to have its … back into line few decades. The Regal is basically a version of General Motors’ Opel Insignia, although GM it was designed from the outset to be a as well as an Opel.

Press and they’ll tell you that it was designed not only for Americans, but for biggest fans — the And if that’s not bad enough, the Regal be built in Canada. So we have a American car designed by former for communists, and bolted together by What’s next, Buick?

Why not just pack up the Statue of and mail it to Kim-Jong Il?

In the Driver’s Neither here nor there

Buick Regal dashboard

#169; Aaron Gold

the Regal’s interior is a bit of a mish-mash. offers a choice of elder-friendly brown-and-tan (link goes to or an all-black scheme as favored by pinko import-buying whippersnappers. I wasn’t wild about the black is a little too drab the lighter colors only to highlight the lack of style and evidenced in the cabin of Buick’s LaCrosse.

Compare this of the Regal’s interior to this of the LaCrosse’s and I think you’ll see I mean. The Regal’s cabin ugly; it’s just a bit

The older I get, the more I simplicity, so the plethora of buttons on the center stack isn’t to my liking; nor is the redundant control set up. To European buyers, the Buick has an dial controller for the stereo and the There’s a second dial does the exact same on the stereo itself.

Whichever dial you use, the nav is painfully slow to program. fine for young folks who time on their hands but not so great for the elderly, for whom the is ticking, if you catch my drift. I was that a much more touch-screen system, similar to the one in the is coming for 2012.

Front are comfortable enough and visibility is but the small, oddly-shaped side hamper rear visibility. Buick know that eyesight gets poorer as you And the Regal’s roofline follows the trend towards swoopy at the expense of headroom — subtle strike against old Sure, people tend to in as they get older, but ducking to hitting one’s head getting into the back isn’t very easy for a

How are you supposed to take your to their weekly Mah Jongg

On the Road: A taste of Europe

We all know that old people to drive slowly, and the base 182 horsepower 2.4 liter engine is up to that task. It’s wastefully quick around but on the highway it picks up speed at a leisurely, retirement-friendly rate. Not so the 220 horsepower 2-liter turbo which zips ahead a sports car’s disregard for law and This engine probably home and plays its rock-and-roll too loud.

Damn kids.

Buick Regal

of which engine is under the the Regal’s handling is appalling, at by seasoned citizen standards. A old person’s car should ride a waterbed, so that the driver can the wits out of his passengers simply by an offramp at 5 MPH higher than the speed. The Regal isn’t that — it’s sure-footed, more like a sports sedan than a land barge.

Even the model can be hustled through the at frighteningly inappropriate speeds. had me test the car on some exceptionally roads, the kind that be driven at 20 MPH with the left permanently on. But the Regal tore the turns at speeds more to a BMW.

I spent a great deal of pushing and probing the Regal’s limits of grip — not I was enjoying myself, mind but because I wanted to make my perceptions were correct, and the car really was as inappropriately designed as I Rest assured, the grin on my was one of alarm and disgust.

Journey’s Was this the right move?

Buick Regal

Photo Aaron Gold

So how do I feel the Regal? In all seriousness, I’m not sure what to think. the Regal is spot on.

With its ride, excellent handling, and power — at least in the of the turbo engine — seems to have found the spot that leads so buyers to BMW and Audi showrooms. I think the Regal will be a find for would-be Acura dismayed by the dull character of the

But I’m not sure that the Regal so closely on the Opel was a great idea. Buick’s two recent designs, the Enclave CUV and the sedan. made bold statements that really to define the brand. The Regal do that. It looks like it is: An Opel Insignia with a grille. In fact, had Saturn not this same car would been the next-generation Saturn

So it’s not totally off the mark to the Regal a Saturn with a grille.

Will it sell? Oh, sure it will. The Regal is to drive, plus it’s sized and attractively priced. But I that by cutting costs on Buick has missed an opportunity to establish what a Buick be.

This is a very, very car — but had GM spent more and effort on the sheetmetal and the interior, it have been a truly car.

And what about all old folks Buick has abandoned? I worry too much about They still have the DTS. — Aaron

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