First Impressions - 2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo Long-Term Road Test
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2011 Buick Regal Long Term Road Test

2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo: First Impressions

March 21, 2011

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My first whirl behind the wheel of our longterm 2011 Buick Regal came this weekend, and the impressions arrived in my cerebral cortex in convenient bullet point format.

  • It's quiet
  • It's got quite a stiff chassis. Feels very solid; bodes well for upcoming performance-oriented variants
  • Dynamically, there's no one home
  • The overall ride quality has been well exectued -- compliant without resorting to numbing softness. The stiff chassis helps here.
  • There is some unnecessary busy-ness that I attribute to the very short tire sidewalls
  • Or perhaps it could be heavy wheels. Sometimes it's discern to tell the difference between sidewall impact harshness and 'heavy wheel feel'.
  • The steering is quick
  • Yup, real quiet
  • Looks pretty sharp, especially in the front three-quarters view

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor


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