The Buick Regal is a luxury sedan born and built in Germany, and it acts like one. Sportier than the other Buicks, the midsize Regal is smaller than the full-size LaCrosse, larger than the compact Verano. Regal is based on the same structure as the European-market Opel Insignia, which earned major product awards when it was introduced. Though quiet like a Buick, its German underpinnings give the Regal a European handling feel.
Regal was redesigned and introduced as an all-new product for 2011. For 2012, the Regal lineup expands to include a broad range of powertrain choices. The 2012 Regal lineup includes an inexpensive model with a four-cylinder engine, a mild hybrid version of the same car called Regal with eAssist, a sporty Regal Turbo, and a high-performance Regal GS.
The Buick Regal models compete with versions of the Lexus ES, Acura TSX, Volvo S60, Volkswagen Passat, Audi A4, and Mazda 6. The Regal uses front-wheel drive and comes with Stabilitrak electronic stability control and traction control.
The Regal is an attractive car, seemingly blending styling elements from American, European and Japanese designs. We’re not sure the optional rear spoiler improves its sleek lines.
The 2012 Buick Regal comes standard with a 182-hp 2.4-liter engine, 6-speed automatic transmission, front-wheel drive, electric rack-and-pinion power steering, and 18-inch painted alloy wheels. Standard features include leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, power driver seat, power windows/locks/heated mirrors, tilt/telescope steering wheel with redundant controls, AM/FM/XM/CD audio, USB, Bluetooth, split-folding rear seat, trip computer, keyless entry, and OnStar w/turn-by-turn navigation
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