2011 Buick Regal Long Term Road Test

2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo: Chance Music

June 02, 2011

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I drove our Buick Regal CXL Turbo behind the Orange Curtain last night to meet a friend for yummy Vietnamese food in Costa Mesa. My iPhone needed charging so I plugged it in, and rather than click over to FM news, I just let it play through the "All Songs" setting that came up.

OK, to tell the truth, I wasn't that familiar with the Regal's audio system so I couldn't figure out how to get it out of All Songs and switch over to my iPhone's playlist while doing 65 mph on the San Diego Freeway. As my colleagues have pointed out, the Regal's in-dash monitor sure looks like a touch-screen interface, but isn't. I abandoned that smudgy effort and just drove. And it was pleasant to hear a bunch of A-list songs I hadn't heard in a while, from "Al Otro Lado del Rio" to "All Along the Watchtower" (Bob Dylan and Paul Weller versions) to "Avientame."

Once I'd parked, I did discover the magical "iDrive like" controller in the center console, and switched to a playlist for the drive home. But I'm tempted to dip into the B-list songs on my next drive. Serendipity is fun sometimes.

Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @6,272 miles

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