Like Rusty, I'm impressed, but not blown away by the Regal. The overall impression is one of quiet competence. The exterior is understated and appealing. The steering and handling are very good but not exceptional. I have driven a preproduction version of the Turbo, and can say that the extra power, along with a six-speed manual, ups the fun-factor quite a bit.
My biggest complaint about the Regal -- and it's a relatively small one -- is with the interior, or more specifically, with the telematics. The Buick does everything you expect of a $30,000 sedan-it synchs with your phone, plays songs from your iPod, and provides turn-by-turn directions (via Onstar) -- but it lacks the cohesive interface we're coming to expect from premium and even mainstream sedans.
David Zenlea, Assistant Editor