2011 Buick Regal Long Term Road Test

2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo: For Both of Us

July 21, 2011

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This scene made me sad. There, our 911 Carerra, forlorn and parked for the night. No takers and me settled into the Regal. But I had to do it. For both of us. We can't force the 911 to make too many mule runs to Orange County. It's a rough drive on both driver and car, invigorating though it is.

This is a 25-year-old car. With 115,000 on the odometer, it deserves a better allocation of 100 miles.

Anyway, it'll spend a nice weekend in OC soon enough at the 356 Club of Southern California's Dana Point event, where we'll no doubt have to account for the black powder-coated Fuchs.

So I took the Regal home. It was the right call. Comfortable, no fuss, and finger-flick steering just right for the surging and slowing of the late-evening San Diego Freeway. The iDrive-style interface is really the only way forward, less taxing than touchscreen. I also forgot how capable the Harman Kardon stereo is.

Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros' "Get Down Moses" (Strummer's cinematic Rastapocalypse by way of Tennessee) brings an underpowered factory system to its knees. But the Regal's handles the throbbing dub bassline with grace, accepting a steady stream of gain before the speaker cones start leaping from their surrounds.

This is not faint praise. The Regal is a fine mule.

Dan Frio, Automotive Editor

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