New: A smaller and sportier Buick derived from Europe's Opel Insignia.
Noteworthy: Power comes from a lively, if not quite quick, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine or, starting later this fall, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four. Both engines come with a six-speed automatic, but the turbo can be paired with a very good manual gearbox as a no-cost option. Unlike Regals of recent memory, there's no bargain-basement version. Leather seats (heated in front) and eighteen-inch wheels are standard. An even sportier Regal GS should arrive next year featuring all-wheel drive and a tweaked version of the 2.0-liter engine good for at least 255 hp.
On sale: Now
BASE PRICE RANGE: $26,995-$29,495
SPECS: 2.4L I-4, 182 hp, 172 lb-ft; 2.0L turbo I-4, 220 hp, 258 lb-ft; front-wheel drive
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With Pontiac, Saturn, and Saab out of the way, GM gives Buick some genuinely interesting vehicles.