Of all the new vehicles that have come from a reinvigorated General Motors-the Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain, Chevrolet Cruze, Cadillac SRX, and Buick Lacrosse-the Buick Regal is easily the best. Its European origins are readily apparent in both the chassis composure and build quality. Quick steering and athletic agility make it one of GM's more fun-to-drive cars outside of the Camaro and Corvette and the ride is comfortable over the roughest roads.
The Regal's biggest weakness is the powertrain. It's not that the Regal is unbearably slow or unrefined, but simply that the pedestrian 182-hp four-cylinder doesn't match the potential of the chassis. Additionally, the Regal delivers disappointing fuel economy, rated at 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Chevrolet's Equinox uses the same engine and is nearly 200 pounds heavier, but still manages to return 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.
Eric Tingwall, Associate Editor