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Buick Regal: The Hiatus was Worth It

2014 Buick Regal at Liberty Buick GMC

Did you know that the Buick Regal was first introduced in 1973 as a top-line special coupe, but production in the US ended in 2004? Thankfully in 2011, the Buick Regal was re-introduced as a Luxury Sport Sedan.  Since 2011, the Buick Regal has been competing with luxury brands like Lincoln MKZ, Lexus ES350 and the Audi A4.  The Buick Regal’s MSRP is consistently under that of its competitors without sacrificing any of the performance or interior design of a luxury sedan.

Scott McCorkle, owner of Liberty Buick GMC in Charlotte and Matthews. says, “Buick has taken the time to create a superior driving experience by focusing on design, comfort, and performance.”  Currently, the 2014 Buick Regal has an MSRP of under $30,000.

For the 2014 Buick Regal the engineers have again redesigned the interior and exterior to make it a notch above its competitors. Car and Driver says, “The 2014 Regal is recognizable for new fascias front and rear, a dressier cabin environment, and an array of safety-oriented electronic driving aids, but the major change is the addition of a Haldex all-wheel-drive system available on most models and a new, more-refined direct-injected turbocharged 2.0-liter four as the standard engine.”

Buick has deemed the 2014 Buick Regal the ‘Athlete of the Family.’  In addition to premium soft-touch materials and leather-appointed seating, the Regal GS puts you in a perfect position to command the road with its sport steering wheel, metal sport pedals and GS-specific sport seats with contrast stitching.  Since the re-introduction of the Buick Regal in the US market, the Buick Regal competes head-to-head with many other luxury brands. Currently, Scott McCorkle’s Liberty Buick GMC is getting ready to slash prices of the 2013 Buick Regal, making room for the 2014 Buick Regal coming in soon.

Kelly Bladl,

CCP Web Design Staff Writer and Google Author

Dealership Mechanic Vs. Corner Mechanic

After purchasing a new or used car, the question of where to take it for routine maintenance and repairs will likely come up. Many people believe that service at a dealership will cost more, but few people understand the expertise offered from a dealership mechanic.

Training

According to Edmunds.com. “technicians at the dealer level are specialist.” Dealer technicians go through specific training from the manufacturer that are make and model specific and they have ongoing training in order to stay on top of new technical advances for new cars. The corner mechanic isn’t privy to certain information unless they stay up to date with their Automotive Service Excellence (A.S.E) certification.

Warranties and Recalls

If your car is still under warranty, the dealership mechanic is the way to go. The manufacturer pays the dealership to fix these problems, after they have been verified by a dealership mechanic, free of charge to you. Also, a dealership can offer extended warranties that can be good at other dealerships, nationwide.

Recalls are also something a dealership can stay on top of more easily than a corner mechanic. Unless the corner mechanic is a member of such software services, like Alldata or Mitchell OnDemand 5, they will most likely not access to all the recalls for your vehicle. However, a dealership is kept up to date by the manufacturer weekly.

This is especially important if you’ve moved or the manufacturer doesn’t have your correct address to inform you personally of recalls.

Customer Satisfaction

A dealership service mechanic is a representative of the manufacturer in a way, and the manufacturer often makes sure its customers are satisfied. In order to make sure their customers are getting good service, a manufacturer will often perform customer surveys. An excellent rating is important to dealership service department so that it stays in good standing with the corporate office.

A corner mechanic also tries to ensure customer satisfaction because they know repeat business and referrals are what they thrive on. However, the corner mechanic doesn’t have a large corporation behind them to guarantee customer satisfaction.

Car maintenance and repairs can be a hassle no matter where you take your vehicle. A little more peace of mind might be worth taking it to the dealership. Check out the specials at Scott McCorckle today!

Kelly Bladl

The New 2014 Buick Regal Announced

The brand new 2014 Buick Regal was announced on March 26 th. 2013, at the New York Auto Show! The new Regal’s release date has yet to be announced, though it is likely to be on the Liberty Buick GMC lot by the end of this year.

Both the newest 2013 model and the up and coming 2014 have their benefits. General Motors has issued the statement that the new Regal is going to be “sportier and smarter” than the 2013 Regal. Because of the remodel, both the 2013 and 2014 will each have a unique style that will allow customers to decide which one of these great vehicles best fits their style.

During General Motor’s statement about the new vehicle, U.S. Vice President of Buick Marketing, Tony DiSalle, said that “The new 2014 Regal is more expressive, more connected and more technologically advanced.” This will likely mean an increase in the connectivity to new products like the latest Apple and Android devices for next year.

The new Regal has the sporty and fun look that has been growing in popularity over the last few years, but has the right price for the average vehicle buyer. Customers can expect luxury style, without the luxury price tag.

Some of the major changes to the new Regal are some cosmetic changes to the grille, and the addition of new front and rear light-emitting diode lamps. According to Buick engineers the new light form adds a “distinctive wing profile”. Other cosmetic changes have been made to the instrument panel and two-tone leather interior package.

New powertrain options include a 2 liter turbocharged engine for the Regal Turbo and Regal GS. with a 2.4 liter engine for the standard Regal.The 2014 Buick will also feature an all-wheel drive option, which has never been used on the Regal before.

The standard Regal will also come with the amazing new eAssist technology, most known for its use in the Buick LaCrosse. The eAssist technology allows the vehicle to temporarily turn off the main engine while idling. The vehicle then operates on reserve energy during the idling period in order to conserve gasoline for the driver.

The Regal’s estimated EPA-certified fuel economy is set to be unveiled later this year, when the Regal is ready for the showroom.

General Motors and Liberty Buick GMC are excited about the debut of another excellent vehicle in this luxury line. If you are interested in more information about the new 2014 Buick Regal, please contact the sales staff at Liberty 704-708-8000!

Great Reviews for the 2012 Buick Regal GS

The buzz on the 2012 Buick Regal GS started in November 2010, a year before the car hit dealerships. This gave the high-powered vehicle some time to simmer and stir up excitement among reviewers, customers, and traders. and the response has been overwhelmingly spectacular!

Since its release, the 2012 Regal GS has proven its worth with reviewers like Consumer Reports and MSN. Now that this model has been out on the market for a bit, those who have been biding their time to hear plenty of positive reviews about the GS can feel confident in purchasing one of their very own.

According to msn.com, Consumer Reports has given the GS a rating of “Very Good.” Just one more point and the GS would have been placed in the highest possible category, “Excellent.” Consumer Reports gave the Regal a rating of “Very Good” in the areas of accident avoidance, acceleration, and comfort and convenience. Other vehicles in the same class as the Regal GS were given similar ratings in these categories.

Consumer Reports writes in their review of the GS:

“The Regal is a well-honed sports sedan with a taut and steady ride, sporty handling, and quick, direct steering. Wind noise is well suppressed. The base engine is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder mated to a smooth six-speed automatic.”

And more praise: “The turbocharged 2.0-liter, 220-hp engine is quicker and quieter but gets the same fuel economy. The interior is nicely furnished with firm, supportive seats and excellent fit and finish, but the rear seat is snug. The GS is a high-performance version.”

User reviews of the Regal GS on MSN.com rate it at a high 8.0 out of 10, with its highest-rated area being in performance. The Regal GS is truly a vehicle for sports car enthusiasts or anyone who would like to try their first high powered sports car.

One reviewer on MSN.com recounts the many benefits of owning a Regal GS:

“The Sportronic manual shift feature works great and offers more involvement for driving enthusiasts … Regal looks a lot more expensive that what I paid for it. The car looks amazing in motion or parked in the driveway. I am asked all the time what kind of car it is and whether it was expensive.

The Regal out classes any car I can think of for $28K.

The review concludes: “The ergonomics are well thought-out, everything seems to be right at your fingertips, no hunting or searching for features and settings. Great car, good looks, comfort, safety, VALUE!”

The majority of users rate this vehicle as one of the best modern sports cars on the market. This is a great value for collectors, traders, longtime enthusiasts and even those just beginning a love of vehicles!

Buick Regal GS is User Friendly

The new Buick Regal GS sport sedan was made with user friendly technology in mind. The designers of the Buick Regal are starting to talk about what features they implemented in the vehicle as a way of making it as accessible and as user friendly as possible. The Buick designers wanted to make sure that they were creating a vehicle that not only looks great and performs well, but one which also implements the defining features of Buick vehicles such as the commitment to both comfort and stability.

One of the best examples of how the designers committed to bringing consumers the best of comfort and power is the Buick’s HiPer Strut system, which is an acronym for High Performance Strut. The HiPer Strut system is a unique design that allows the driver to have better steering control and shock absorption. The HiPer Strut system enables the steering knuckle to rotate separate from the strut tower.

This allows these two to function without affecting each other, and it still allows the vehicle to maintain the ideal suspension geometry.

This limits the amount that the vehicle will have what is called torque steer. Torque steer is when the car almost feels as though it is driving itself, as the steering wheel may tend to pull to one side or another. HiPer Strut eliminates this often difficult to control effect while simultaneously improving the response of the steering wheel to the driver’s commands.

And the HiPer Strut still allows drivers many of the advantages of all wheel drive, without the hassle of the added weight and complexity.

“HiPer Strut raises the limits of how a front-drive car can perform.” said lead engineer Bill Rietow.

The new HiPer Strut in the Buick Regal GS allowed the engineers to equip the vehicle with the highest horsepower per liter engine that General Motors has ever produced. In fact the engine is the most power-dense engine that has ever been certified by the Society of Automotive Engineers. The vehicle also features fuel saving technologies that make the 270 horsepower engine possible.

The engineers also designed the vehicle to respond to the input from the driver with precision. They placed computer controls in the vehicle that will increase fuel efficiency and engine performance while simultaneously predictably responding to the driver’s input from the accelerator.

The engineers also designed the vehicle to be able to be molded to the driver’s specifications. They placed the Buick Interactive Drive Control System in the vehicle, allowing the driver to press the specific “GS” and “Sport” buttons on the vehicle’s interface in order to adjust the suspension, steering, and gear shift specifications to the driver’s liking.

The Regal is also customizable with its optional automatic transmission, though the vehicle comes standard with manual transmission. The engineers for the Regal also equipped the manual transmission with the unique Hill Start Assist system. This allows the drivers to still choose their own shift points, but with Hill Assist the drivers can get an extra boost when the vehicle is parked on an incline.

How the Hill Assist works is that the vehicle will automatically engage the braking system after the driver releases he clutch on an incline. This prevents the vehicle from rolling backward on the incline and shaking the vehicle .

“I’ve been driving manuals my whole life, but I still find the security of Hill Start Assist reassuring,” said Rietow.

If you are interested in a user friendly Buick Regal GS please visit our contact us page or call 888-306-1908 for more information!

New Drivetrain on the Latest Buick Regals

The Buick Regal is undergoing a change for the better right now! The new Regal GS model just came off of a strong sales year where it outsold many of the competing models from other brands and is now being fitted with a new automatic transmission. The vehicle’s new transmission is already available at our dealership!

And later this year the GS will undergo a remodel for the 2013 year wherein GM will be implementing the new eAssist technology as a standard feature on the Regal GS.

The new Buick Regal GS is being called by some the “Best Upscale Midsize Car for Families.” Before this new update the GS had a six-speed manual transmission. But now the GS is being offered with a six speed automatic transmission with Driver Shift Control as a no-cost option on the vehicle at purchase.

“With the Regal GS, we made a conscious decision to go against the current trend and give enthusiasts the manual transmission they desire as standard equipment” said Tony DiSalle, U.S. vice president of Buick Marketing. “Adding an automatic simply makes the performance of the GS even more accessible.”

The GS’ automatic transmission is the new Aisin AF40 automatic and is calibrated specifically for the GS. The vehicle has an interactive Drive Control System which can be set to “GS” mode. The GS mode will cause the transmission to shift more firmly and aid performance.

The automatic will also accelerate just as well as the manual does by going from zero to sixty in just under seven seconds.

The GS can also boast an excellent fuel economy at nineteen mpg in the city and twenty seven highway. All other standard and optional features on the GS remain the exact same regardless of whether the customer chooses manual or automatic transmission. Recently the GS was placed on the Hagerty insurance “2012 Hot List,” which lists vehicles which they expect to become collectibles in the future.

In addition to the current 19/27 fuel economy, the GS will sport an estimated 36 highway mpg with the introduction of the eAssist for the 2013 model. The eAssist will aid the vehicle by adding an electrical boost at low speeds and on inclines to aid in fuel efficiency.

“Buick is committed to increasing innovation across the lineup,” said DiSalle “By making the advanced eAssist powertrain standard on a second vehicle, we are putting the spotlight on smart technology.”

The eAssist technology is already available on the LaCrosse luxury sedan and became a standard for the 2012 model year on that vehicle. The eAssist is becoming THE hybrid technology this year, as it has already sold out all of its competitors and experts expect it to grow even further in popularity. The price and sale date for the 2013 Buick Regal with eAssist will be announced later this year.

If you would like more information on purchasing one of our excellent Buick or GMC vehicles please contact us !

Car Safety Considerations: What You Need To Know

Safety is the most important consideration when looking for a new or used car.  Every year the Federal New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) publishes safety ratings. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) also produces findings from crash-test studies and other safety information.

The car shopping process must include safety research and a great place to start is www.crashtest.com. In addition to the most current information, they feature safety data on older cars.

Safety considerations can be divided into three categories: weight of the vehicle, passive safety features, which help passengers stay alive and uninjured in a crash and finally, active safety features. These features help drivers avoid accidents in the first place. Keep in mind that testing is conducted with test dummies wearing seat belts and shoulder harnesses.

 Without them, a 15 mile per hour crash could prove fatal no matter what you drive.

Weight Matters

All cars must meet US Department of Transportation standards for crash-worthiness.  Larger and heavier cars, however, are usually safer in a collision than smaller ones.   If a heavier vehicle collides head-on with a lighter one, the lighter will suffer substantially more damage.  Drivers under age 20 experience a much higher percentage of traffic fatalities when compared to other drivers, so consider the safety of a large or mid-sized sedan for inexperienced drivers.

  Large cars offer increased levels of comfort and roominess when compared to their smaller siblings, and today#8217;s fuel injected engines allow mid-sized, 6-cylinder automobiles to enjoy remarkably good gas mileage.

Passive Safety Features

Passive safety features help drivers and passengers stay alive and uninjured in a crash.  Size is a safety feature: bigger is safer.

Restraint systems are crucial.  Safety belts are the best safety device ever developed for the automobile. First installed in the 1950s, they have been mandatory equipment since 1967.

  Initial use was low (20% in 1970), but education and legislation increased their usage to over 70% by 1987.  Modern restraints have automatic seat-belt pre-tensioners to pick up the slack and stretch that occurs in an accident, providing better occupant protection and additional space for the airbag deployment.  It#8217;s important to remember that even though airbags help reduce serious injuries, safety belts are still needed for full protection.

Seat belts and airbags work together in a collision.  Driver and passenger-side airbags are now standard equipment on every new motor vehicle sold in theUS.  Most used cars made after 1996 have them as well.  Side-impact airbags greatly increase protection.  Despite some bad press, airbags save thousands of lives every year.

  Manufacturers have reintroduced the two-stage airbag to avoid potential injuries to children and small adults from cheaper one-stage designs.  It#8217;s still vital, however, that children ride in the back seat of any motor vehicle.

A word about disconnecting airbags: babies or children under 4#8242; 7#8243; should never ride in the front seat of a vehicle because rapidly inflating airbags can severely injure or kill small front seat occupants.  If there#8217;s a child in your future and you have a two-seater, ask your dealer to install a disconnect switch for the passenger-side airbag.  You don#8217;t want it permanently disconnected; airbags DO save adult lives.

Most automobile headrests provide little protection in rear-end accidents The federal government required their installation in 1967. An effective headrest is one that is directly behind the centerline of the head and positioned no more than two inches away.  Be aware that some seating options change the size and style of head restraint.

Structural integrity is another important component of passive safety.  The US Department of Transportation requires that the doors and passenger compartments of automobiles made after 1996 meet minimal side impact standards.

  The legislation doesn#8217;t apply to light trucks (minivans, pickups, SUVs), but most manufacturers of even these vehicles have complied with the law.

Active Safety Features

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Active safety features help drivers avoid accidents.  A vehicle#8217;s tires, brakes, handling, acceleration, and visibility all make important contributions to active crash avoidance.

The most important safety items on a car are the tires.  Think about it: they#8217;re all that connects your vehicle to the road.  A good set of tires can make a huge difference to the way a car responds to emergency maneuvers.  Tire quality also noticeably affects the way a car handles.

  Sport touring tires have much more grip than regular tires, although their softer compounds don#8217;t last as long.

Anti-lock brakes (ABS) are an often-misunderstood active safety feature. ABS  helps vehicles stop shorter and maintain steering control while braking, especially on slippery surfaces. Anti-lock brakes sense when a wheel is locked and electronically pump the brakes ten times faster than a driver could, making a ratcheting noise and a vibration in the brake pedal.

 Old braking techniques must be unlearned in order to use ABS effectively. In a panic stop, depress the brake pedal once, and hold it down firmly.  Do not pump the pedal.

Traction control is a worthwhile option that improves traction and directional stability on slippery roads, using a combination of electronics, drive train control, and ABS.  Some systems adjust engine power output while gently applying the brakes to particular wheels during acceleration and cornering. These systems help stabilize a vehicle#8217;s handling when it#8217;s pushed to the limits.

When shopping remember four-wheel-drive pick-up trucks and sport utility vehicles (SUVs) are designed to be driven for work, hauling, and off-road purposes. They are not designed to be people movers, and don#8217;t handle nearly as well as passenger cars or mini vans.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that SUVs are four times more likely to roll over than passenger cars in high-speed maneuvers.

  In addition, SUV-to-car collisions are six times more likely to kill the occupants of the smaller vehicle when compared to a normal car-to-car collision.  You may be safer inside an SUV, but you#8217;re at greater risk of killing others in the event of an accident.

If you’re in the market for a great, safe vehicle call Liberty Buick GMC Trucks today.Liberty offers a great line of safe, dependable vehicles and red carpet service. CallLiberty today!

Happy Black Friday From Liberty Buick GMC!

It’s that time of year again, when everyone is hustling and bustling around to get the best Christmas presents for their loved ones and hoping to find just the right thing for that special someone. This Black Friday is set to be one of the busiest Black Fridays in recent history, and is definitely going to be the busiest shopping day this year!

But who wants to sit in line and wait during all the Friday madness? People shove and push to get the deals that they want and don’t care who they hurt in the process. Plus after cooking all day on Thursday and staying up late to clean the dishes after everyone else has gone to bed no one wants to finally fall asleep at 1 am only to get up three hours later to be at the store by five.

Or if you fall prey to the madness of the midnight deals or the Thursday at 10 pm specials, you could end up cooking all day long on Thursday only to go out to the store and wait in line for hours on already sore feet.

So this year instead of getting caught up in the hype of the Black Friday store crowding, why not finish the Thanksgiving dishes that night, get to bed at a decent hour, wake up when you want to, and head over to Liberty Buick GMC for your holiday shopping? If you are thinking about getting a new car for your brand new driver in the family or a special gift for your spouse who has just been dying to get rid of their old clunker then Black Friday is a great way to take advantage of some holiday deals without having to work your way through the crazed shoppers.

This year we are having some excellent deals on vehicles for the holiday season. We are offering zero percent for seventy two months- that’s six years- on the GMC Sierra, the GMC Acadia and the Buick Enclave! That means zero percent interest on financing for the next six years of the loan for this vehicle.

Or, if you’ve been saving all year long for a new vehicle and you are able to purchase any of these excellent vehicles without financing we are offering rebates for as much as four thousand five hundred dollars depending on the vehicle!

And regardless of your financing options these cars are all eligible for five hundred dollars cash back! And all vehicles purchased this holiday season will come with OnStar absolutely free for the first six months, and Sirius XM radio absolutely free for the first three months. And as always, we are offering a one hundred percent price guarantee on all of our vehicles!

So why wait in line with hordes of unruly shoppers, exhausted from the Thanksgiving day festivities and sore from the hours of standing on your feet when you can come into Liberty Buick GMC and be treated with first class customer service as you pick out your holiday presents. For all of your other holiday shopping there’s always Cyber Monday, the Monday after Black Friday that comes full of online holiday sales that you can purchase from the comfort of your own home!

If you are interested in a new Liberty Buick GMC vehicle, please visit our contact us page or call 888-306-1908!

Jessica Harmon, staff writer, 11-17-11.

Buick Regal Designer Discusses His Inspiration

The new 2012 Buick Regal GS reflects the designer’s sporty design inspiration and is now the sportiest of these luxury sedans made yet. It has the highest specific output of any production engine that GM has ever offered with its high-output Ecotec 2.0L turbo engine that cranks 270 hp and 295 lb.-ft. of torque.

The GS also offers four-piston front-caliper brakes, a six-speed manual transmission, optional 20-inch wheels, a HiPer Strut front suspension system that can be adjusted by the driver as well as driver adjustable steering settings.

The designer of the new Buick Regal, David Lyon, recently gave an interview about his work on the new Regal’s design. He emphasized that the Regal was the sportiest car in the Buick line and that this new design took that athleticism one step further. “The car has a great stance. The wheels are at the corners of the vehicle, sitting outside the body, which gives it a well-planted look on the road.” But he also wanted to ensure that the vehicle is still the same old Buick Regal that customers know and love, except with a few adjustments. “For GS, we weren’t looking for a personality change so much as an enhancement. Most of all, we wanted a pure expression of Buick performance.”

Because of the new GS’ new power it requires a cooling system that will keep the powertrain and brakes of the new model from overheating a lot more than previous models have. Therefore there is an added element to the new GS that allows for more air intake. But this new element is aesthetically pleasing as well. “…the two vertical air intakes at the corners give the car a very dramatic signature front end, almost catlike. The Regal already had a feline grace, but we’ve enhanced it for GS, making it even more assertive.”

Lyon also explains how the GS’ chrome has been toned down from previous models, giving it a satin finish. The new GS gives a satin finish to the wheels as well as the dual exhausts. Says Lyon, “…the satin-finished dual exhausts are integrated into the lowered rear fascia in a very dramatic way, and help give the car an attractive luxurious look from every angle.”

Lyon goes on to talk about how the GS was very much inspired by nature. “We looked at a lot of shapes from the natural world, including lightweight, agile predators that convey speed, power and beauty,” he said in the interview.

The team who worked on this vehicle even took it out onto the Autobahn and the Nurburgring tracks to test its functioning. They found that the new GS was incredibly aerodynamic as are all the Regal models, but even more so than any other Regals in the past.  Lyon explains in the interview that this is because of the new aerodynamic design of the lowered fascia and rocker extensions.

But of course the makers of the new GS didn’t want to change the GS’ design from other Regal models too much. They made sure that they were adding to the old designs instead of taking away from them. Lyon talks about how the GS is still a Buick Regal, and yet like all the Regals it has it has a sense of style all on its own. “Instead of following a specific formula for Buick design, we want each car to have its own individual personality.

The Regal has a more avant-garde style than the rest of the Buick lineup, which is reaching a younger buyer and customers who might not have previously considered buying a Buick,” he said.

If you are interested in any of our excellent Buick vehicles, please visit our contact us page or call 888-306-1908!

Jessica Harmon, staff writer, 11-14-11

The 2012 Buick Regal#8217;s Luxurious Interior and Sensational Harman Kardon Surround Sound System May Have You Wishing For a Longer Commute!

The Charlotte commuter spends an average of 52 minutes in the car each day.

Let’s face it. You probably spend a lot of time in the car.  The average commute time in America today is 24.3 minutes, or over 200 hours per year, according to the US Census Bureau. Here in Charlotte, we actually average 26 minutes according to the Charlotte Chamber. This works out to more than the average American’s two week vacation!

  You certainly don’t want to feel as if you’re losing two weeks out of your life every year. Being productive seems to make this time feel less of a waste; however, if you are driving (which, also according to the census, most of us are) checking your email or texting the office is certainly NOT an option.

So, if you’re going to be in the car for what amounts to your two week vacation anyway, and you can’t utilize this time getting any work done, how about feeling a little like you’re on vacation? Liberty Buick GMC has the solution for North and South Carolina commuters with the 2012 Buick Regal.

According to Scott McCorkle, of Liberty Buick GMC Truck in Charlotte and Monroe, the 2012 Buick Regal offers the commuter an experience in luxury with its buttery, leather appointed interior and premium, nine speaker Harman Kardon surround sound system. The seating rivals the pampering that you might expect from a top resort or spa; while the sound system is sure to impress even the most particular audiophile. The experts at Edmonds.com and About.com.Cars seem to agree.

The sporty, yet comfortable interior of the 2012 Regal GS

In describing the Regal GS’s standard leather heated front seats, Jason Fogelson, of About.com.Cars raves: “…Imagine a sport seat, only slightly softer, with slightly more generous ‘American’ proportions. Give that seat rich, thick textured leather and contrasting stitching, and you’ll have the standard heated front seats of the Regal GS. Seating is a highly personal matter of taste, but I think Buick got this right, and 12-way power adjustment (including a 4-way lumbar) for both driver and passenger feels like luxury. After hours in the driver’s seat, I was still impressed.”[i]  (Jason Fogelson, 2011)

About the Premium nine speaker, 320 watt, Harman Kardon surround sound system, Doug Newcomb, Senior Technology Editor for Edmonds.com writes: #8220;…Harman Kardon has been offered before in Buicks, most recently the 2010 LaCrosse. A well-known logo on the speakers or radio doesn#8217;t always assure quality. But as with other attributes of the new Regal, the H/K sound system can more than hold its own compared to other offerings in the segment.

…As with every sound system we test, I listened to 10 musical tracks that I#8217;ve heard in literally hundreds of vehicles to gauge clarity/lack of distortion, tonal balance, timbre, tonal accuracy, soundstaging, imaging and dynamics. The music on these tracks ranges from jazz to folk to rock and rap.

I also use several non-musical tracks to further test soundstaging, imaging, linearity and absence of noise. … The system reproduced the test tracks in great detail and with a sense of spaciousness and lifelike dynamics. The soundstage was sizable and imaging realistic if not pinpoint accurate. In the mostly instrumental jam #8220;Shoo Fly Don#8217;t Bother Me#8221; by Bluesiana Triangle, cymbals and drums floated above the dash and a flute solo that starts at about two minutes into the track was centered the way it should be.

GM deserves credit for making many great decisions with the new Regal. Part of our job is to nitpick the vehicles in our long-term fleet, but I found few major flaws with the 2011 Regal CXL Turbo#8217;s Harman Kardon sound system.#8221; [ii]  (Newcomb, 2011)

The 2012 Buick Regal is the commuter#39;s dream car

So#8211; are you ready to actually look forward to your daily commute?  If you live anywhere in the Charlotte area#8211; from Concord, Lake Norman and Huntersville, to Matthews, Mint Hill, and Monroe, Come see Scott McCorkle and his top notch team at Liberty Buick GMC Truck to test drive the 2012 Regal. But be prepared—your living room and home sound system may just feel snubbed!

Newcomb, D. (2011, 04 29). 2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo: Audio Review . (D. Newcomb, Editor) Retrieved 10 10/18, 2011, from Edmonds.com: http://www.edmunds.com/car-technology/car-audio/2011-buick-regal-cxl-turbo-audio-review.html

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