2011 Buick Regal: Buy a Lacrosse Instead
May 26, 2011
I got a chance to drive a Buick Lacrosse home last night and was once again impressed by a sedan that truly deserves the prefix "luxury." Seriously, the Lacrosse needs a lot more love than it gets. However, it got me thinking about our long-term Regal and how underwhelmed I've been by it. The driving experience and interior haven't lived up to the expectations I had for the Regal after reading about the Opel Insignia upon which Buick slapped badges. It's a shame, because I think it looks great.
Now, even though I was driving a fully loaded $40,000 Lacrosse, I was curious to know how much one would be if it was equipped to the level of our long-term Regal. Now, the two can't actually be equally equipped due to packaging differences, but with a few features missing and a few others added on, a comparable Lacrosse CXL with the V6 would cost $36,660. It wouldn't have our Regal's good looks, 2 mpg advantage, 19-inch wheels, xenon lights or interactive drive control (wouldn't need the latter), but the Lacrosse would have a bigger sunroof, a better stereo, more interior space, a higher quality cabin, a usable navigation system, a more powerful engine and actual steering feel. You'd also have access to even more optional goodies.
Frankly, I think that's worth an extra two grand over our Regal's $34,435 price tag. Sure, the Lacrosse isn't a sport sedan, but A) I don't think the Regal is much of one to begin with and B) I don't think most people who'd consider one of these two cars would care. If you had a choice, buy the Lacrosse.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor