Voice Control Saves the Day - 2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo Long-Term Road Test

2011 Buick Regal Long Term Road Test

2011 Buick Regal 2.0T: Voice Control Saves the Day

June 20, 2011


I was hurried when I left town for my recent trip to Vegas in our long-term 2011 Buick Regal Turbo and I forgot to program the navigation system before I left L.A. Oh, drat, I thought, I don't want to lose precious time stopping to enter a destination in the nav... because this is one of those nav systems that locks out everything except "previous destination" functionality when the car is moving.

And then I remembered that the voice control works pretty well in the Regal.


As it happened, I had the address in Las Vegas written on a piece of paper. And if you press the voice button, and say "enter new destination," the computer will lead you step by step through the entry process, logically beginning with the state, then the city, then the street and finally the house number.

And instead of repeatedly saying "Pardon" when it can't make out my strange voice, it gives you a list of possible things you might have said and asks you to choose the item number. Above is the list I get when I say "California"; however, last week I was of course saying "Nevada."

Within 60-90 seconds, I had my address entered, and all I had to do was press the #6 preset button to start guidance. So easy. And I was able to make it all 280 miles to Vegas without stopping.


Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 7,112 miles

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