The Buick Regal has been one of the best selling of all Buick models through the years. This midsized sedan has been a favorite in the United States and has won many awards abroad as well. The newest Regal model is a using a shorter wheelbase than in the past and this causes tighter quarters in the back seat but there is still plenty of leg room. Through all the changes going on at GM the Buick brand is now back and it seems stronger than ever.
The new Regal is going to be marketed as Buicks sports sedan and this may mean that there are many more changes coming to this classic from Buick before we see it in 2011. One thing is for sure and that is that the Regal will still be a very important part of the Buick family of automobiles, but it may look a lot different after it undergoes some cosmetic changes and maybe even a complete overhaul under the hood. The new release of the Buick Regal is said to personify the new upscale image that Buick is trying to uphold, the changes may be drastic.
Engines: 2.4L I-4, 2.0L turbocharged I-4
Transmission: Six-speed automatic, six-speed manual
Models: CXL, CXL Turbo
Opel tuned the suspension and Buick improved on that when it further tuned the 2011 Regal for U.S.-spec all-season tires. Regal revives a model name used from 1973 to 2004 and it’s the first Buick offered with a manual since the 1989 Skyhawk. A lower-spec Regal CX will be offered next year. Buick has confirmed a high-performance Regal GS for the near future.
To turn the Insignia into the 2011 Regal, Buick popped in a toothy, vertical-bar grille and added two ventiports on each side of the top of the front quarter panels, resulting in GM’s best-looking front-drive sedan.
Heated leather front seats, XM Satellite radio, a USB port, MP3 auxiliary jack, and phone and OnStar Bluetooth are standard with the CXL launch model. Harmon/Kardon audio, internal flash drive and hard drive are options.
The Regal’s base 182-horsepower 2.4-liter four is adequate for most buyers, while the 2.0-liter, 220-horsepower turbo is the enthusiasts’ choice, and the only engine available with the manual. The Regal’s optional Interactive Drive Control System, a must for enthusiasts, lets the driver choose from Touring, Normal and Sport modes. In the Sport mode, we found the Regal quick and composed lapping the Nurburgring’s Nordschlieffe.
GM’s StabiliTrak stability control and full-function traction control comes standard on the Regal. Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, dual-stage front airbags, side-curtain airbags and a pedal-release system also are standard. Rear-seat thorax airbags are an extra-cost option.
CXL: 19 mpg city/30 mpg highway
CXL Turbo: 18 mpg city/29 mpg highway
- Fuel economy
- Limited trim, options
- Waiting for the GS
When better Buicks are built
- Acura TSX
- Volvo S60
- Saab 9-3
- Audi A4