2011 Buick Regal
After a 6-year hiatus, the Buick Regal returns. Except this time, the nameplate fits an all-new Euro-bred sport sedan.
It’s also the most exciting performance entry from Buick since the Grand Nationals of the 1980’s.
Developed at Germany’s famed Nurburgring, the new Regal will compete against premium sport sedans like the Acura TSX, Volkswagen CC, and Audi A4.
Nearly identical to the Opel Insignia - Europe’s 2009 Car Of The Year - the Regal’s design language is sleek and upscale.
Offered only in premium CXL trim, the Regal currently sports two direct-injected Ecotec engines: a 182-horsepower 30-mile-per-gallon-highway 2.4-liter shared with the LaCrosse and Chevy Equinox; or a more robust 220-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter. Both mate to six-speed autos, but to make this a proper sport sedan, the turbo can be fitted with a six-speed manual.
A higher-performance turbo GS model is waiting in the wings.
Suspension is struts front, multilinks rear. The CXL Turbo offers a three-mode Interactive Drive Control System that alters suspension, as well as steering, throttle, and transmission response.
Our drive time in and around San Diego revealed the Regal to be, hands-down, the best handling Buick ever. It is sharp and responsive, staying very flat in the corners. At the same time, the compliant ride comfort of a premium European sedan has been preserved. The CXL Turbo certainly has adequate power, but the added spirit of the promised GS would be welcomed.
“The Buick Regal has been completely redefined. And its impressive from all standpoints: interior, exterior, road manners. Unfortunately, its stodgy, old school name doesn’t really denote a dynamic, new sport sedan.” Shamit Choksey
Inside, the Regal follows LaCrosse with a modern and very well-equipped interior that’s more spacious than rivals.
Front seat heat, leather and dual auto climate with humidity sensor are standards.
The rear seat has more legroom than competitors. Side airbags are optional. And the trunk too offers more space.
The Buick Regal is on sale now, starting at $27,000.
Starting at $27,000