2012 Buick Regal GS review notes – Autoweek

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2012 Buick Regal GS notes

The Regal’s exterior and styling worked together to performance. Photo by GM.

In GS form, the Regal matches up fairly with competitors like the TSX. Photo by GM.

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NEWS GREG MIGLIORE: The 2012 GS is a strong, sporty execution for that’s sharply styled and fun to The chassis is excellent. I like the cues that blend and subtlety, and the cabin is purposeful and out.

Still, perhaps overselling the GS a touch. Is it a true sedan? For 2012, it’s It has all the right looks and reinforcing inside and out. Thing is, the Sonata turbo packs 274 hp, and a pure engine standpoint, similar performance, though the offers a heavier helping of

My point is that most say the Sonata is a sports sedan, but the GS purports to be just that.

I’m nitpicking, because I think GS I think Gran and muscle cars, which necessarily practical with CAFE regulations pending. Add all-wheel drive, take the option and up the output by maybe 35 this thing would be an special. In other words, it closer to the concept from the auto show in 2010.

As for the in the driver’s seat, this car for the most part. The power is strong from launch, and plenty of juice for passing and There’s a bit of torque steer one really mashes the throttle, it’s a fine for a front-wheel with this hp rating.

It’s surprisingly easy to the tires on damp surfaces, when simply taking off gusto. The body is composed in the chassis is taut though not stiff, and this car handles through curves. Kudos to for starting this, and Buick for it for Americans.

The steering, even in GS (which I drove mostly in) is a bit light for a sport sedan, there is some feedback. brakes, too, with pedals that offer bite.

The styling inside and out in harmony to suggest performance#8212;I the headlights, blinding wheels and calipers. Inside, the cabin almost narrow, with seats and athletic, simple

Overall, this car has nice and responds to inputs both and routine. It is a car I looked forward to and even did blitz out to the rolling near Ann Arbor one evening, well, because. Crack the feel the steering, eye the glowing certainly better than on TV.

Still, I would prefer a touch closer to the Opel OPC for enthusiast pleasure.

EDITOR WES I liked the last Regal GS I (that one was a manual). As I’ve before, I like the car’s especially the exterior, and I believe should consider offering look as an option on lesser The interior looked good, though it’s dark.

But the materials were up to snuff, and is screwed together well. also seeing positive comments complimenting the cockpit and some saying that is now on their radar when it prior. So Buick’s future is, bright.

Is it good to drive? Pleasant, I guess, is the word use. The ride is comfortable, the car is is a sweet engine with the and GM should be scrambling to put it in more

In my opinion, the GS could use better with some more For the most part though, the others, this particular GS was fun to around town in and blast the highway.

EXECUTIVE EDITOR HART: Raynal noted my real beef with the steering is so overboosted as to have no feel at all. Maneuvering a parking lot, the light is fine, but when you are out pushing the car in a you want a little more to steering. With it being so it is way too easy to turn and it handling darty.

The turbo four up quickly and has enough punch to this car around. It’s a fun car to quick enough to keep attention and comfortable enough for a drive. And the Regal is a handsome car as well.

All things considered, the Regal is a player, and the fact that you can get it a manual transmission if you like, something about the effort GM is in trying to make the car appeal to a audience. And it’s close to a really good car.

EDITOR BOB GRITZINGER: I, too, the steering somewhat light and until I punched that button on the center stack. GS dials up significantly more response and feedback, along tauter suspension settings and transmission response. A median Sport, tightens the suspension

In GS mode, the car becomes a near star, highly reminiscent of our test Volvo S60 R-Design. checks in at $47K (but is higher output and AWD). given the Volvo’s front-drive the two cars drive remarkably with plenty of controlled torque on tap, excellent setups, and equally strong and styling.

When it comes to note that the S60 needs two cylinders and a liter of displacement to get 325 hp and 354 while this Regal is 270 hp/295 lb-ft out of a mere inline four. To me, that’s the of new muscle for today’s efficiency-minded

I want to revisit the suspension to add that this Regal GS on GS mode, is among a very few drivers out there that at this level. When into the throttle in hard most FWD cars break and send you into the weeds. In the GS, you can feel the front rubber for traction, extending and reaching out to suspension travel to pull the car the corner on the desired line.

I’m sure there’s a to that fun, but on dry pavement on roads, I didn’t find it.

I like even quicker response, especially considering the takes a tick to spool up, and to the S60 R-Design, this sporty GS out for steering column-mounted paddle (Unlike the Volvo, which paddles for 2013, that’s not in the for the Buick. On the other hand, you can buy a manual in the Regal. So touchй.)

a lot to love about this GS. It has to be at or the top of front-drive sport sedans on the today.

ROAD TEST JONATHAN WONG: Unfortunately, I around when the Buick GS with the manual transmission its way through the office. That’s a because I was really looking to driving it. Instead, I got a night the automatic, which wasn’t all bad. The Regal really my interest because it’s a competitor to one of my favorite vehicles#8212;the TSX .

In GS form, it matches up well the TSX V6 based on pricing and power. The Acura TSX V6 with Technology (which includes navigation) at $39,545, and there’s 280 hp from the V6 that’s only available to a five-speed automatic transmission. So that with this $39,060 price tag and 270-hp the force-induced four-cylinder, and you can see that the two are

Where does the Regal GS It packs more torque 295 lb-ft compared to the TSX’s and it enjoys an extra cog in the automatic The adjustable settings for steering, and engine mapping are cool, and the Acura doesn’t have.

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does the Regal GS lose to the In its brake-pedal feedback, for certain. GM usually suffer from brake-pedal feedback, which drives me insane. And then is the steering, which offers feedback and hardly has any weight into it.

It’s sad that missed badly in this I also happen to prefer the interior, too, with the and comfortable front buckets. The seats are OK, but there are some in the interior that look a cheap.

But drive the Regal GS, and people said above is With the car in GS mode, it features a ton of composure no doubt aided by the 20-inch rubber. And put your into it, and the turbo four you forward with a hint of lag down low, only to hard in the middle of the rev range.

So given the choice between a GS with an automatic gearbox and a TSX V6, one would I take? That’s a one, but I think I would end up with the Acura. I’m taken by the steering response and of the TSX, and the V6 is one very smooth Of course, this all may very change once I finally get into a Regal GS with the transmission.

And if Buick does a work to make the steering better.

2012 Buick GS

Base Price: $35,720

Price: $39,060

Drivetrain: turbocharged I4; FWD, six-speed

Output: 270 hp @ 5,300 rpm, 295 @ 2,400 rpm

Curb Weight: lb

Fuel Economy (EPA/ AW ): mpg

Options: Audio system navigation, seven-inch touch-screen iPod connectivity and multifunction ($1,145); Power tilt/slide including sunshade ($1,000); polished alloy twin wheels ($700); White tricoat paint ($495)

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