Review: 2011 Buick Regal Turbo

23 Mar 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Review: 2011 Buick Regal Turbo

Buick Regal

Review: 2011 Buick Turbo

Before we begin, the Regal you see above is actually a Opel Insignia, a car designed, and in Germany. Why the need to tell you first? Well, there are in the automotive press crying that GM has learned nothing its mistakes of the past. Readers, to me-this is not a return to the Cavalier/Sunbird/Firenza/Skyhawk/Cimmaron of the 1980#8242;s. In fact, I see no reason to at all.

For crying out loud, the Insignia is not even sold in America. So, should any car buyer care that the Regal is a German Opel? Well, depends#8230;read on!

Back when GM was on the hot seat in of Congress, and in the ensuing months the General had to reorganize itself-and itself was in danger. But GM execs and Buick remains. While has seemed to struggle for an identity well, as long as anyone can but finally, Buick seems to be itself as Lexus, American-style.

At that was our impression when we the Lacrosse. Certainly a pleasant but Buick had a hole in what is a limited line of cars, and Insignia was just the right to fill a void.

As Buick to claw its way out of being the preferred at the local senior center, the of dredging up the Regal name me. As a Gen-Xer, Regal conjures up two roofed coupes with wire-wheel hubcaps, and ho-hum cars from the 1990#8242;s-images I think Buick would to shy away from in its pursuit of a demographic. That said, the certainly looks contemporary and retains enough styling to be recognized as a Buick.

I found the car to be well-proportioned, but quite in execution. The 19#8243; alloys to our test car are perhaps the most wheel to be found on any GM car today. I am with them.

If you have sat in a Buick, the Regal will familiar to you. Quality, fit and and overall appearance cannot be but save for some chrome piano black trim on the and dash and faux aluminum the interior of the Regal acquits as a perfectly fine place to log on the just nothing special. the audio/navigation controls were to use. I could not figure out how to set a station.

The system just felt cumbersome. At least the sound from the Harmon Kardon system was decent.

In all, the is a comfortable, if an unremarkable place to a couple hours. On a weekend to Boston, the Regal#8217;s seats more than adequate Still, I was a little surprised at this price, there was no camera, since GM offers feature on lesser-priced cars.

But perhaps most irritating of all was of the worst dashboard light at night I#8217;ve ever

Regals come standard a 2.4L 182hp engine. Our car was a Regal Turbo-which for me conjures up of Buick Regal Grand but that is not the case here. Turbos are powered by a 2.0L good for 220hp, with a of six-speed manual or automatic

Our test car was fitted with the which was a willing partner. with 0-60mph in 8.4 seconds, the most powerful Regal is not impressive, speed-wise. Perhaps disappointing was the sound quality of the itself. If I#8217;m piloting an luxury car, I don#8217;t the engine sound to have all the and refinement of a Ford Fiesta.

And that is the Achille#8217;s heel of the Turbo.

Our Regal CXL Turbo was optioned out with power rear seat airbags, Drive Control with and Touring modes, aforementioned alloys, HID headlamps, Harmon audio, along with a list of standard equipment for a MSRP of $35,185, including According to Buick#8217;s press they have set their on the Acura TS-X, but at this point, the Regal Turbo is up the Lexus IS250 and Infiniti cars with similarly but far more silkier V-6 powerplants a car in this price range.

What confounds me the most is the larger, more powerful, and luxuriously equipped Lacrosse we is cheaper than our Regal I blame the exchange rate and dollar for this, but even so, it the Regal hardly a compelling Buyers thinking that are attaining a German-bred car with of an Audi A4 or BMW 3-series quality are to be disappointed.

That may sound of what is, overall, a decent but to play in this crowd, you to bring that something Buick is nearly there, but fine tuning and closer to detail will definitely them closer to the mark.

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