Now With No-Effort Steering - 2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo Long-Term Road Test

2011 Buick Regal Long Term Road Test

2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo: Now With No-Effort Steering

March 03, 2011

It's the first thing I noticed as significant when I jumped in the Regal two nights ago for my commute home. This thing has no steering effort. Even at Speed. None.

Remarkably, there's a conventional belt-driven power steering pump providing hydraulic assist to the rack. And according to GM's specs, the 2.0-liter turbo version even gets variable effort. If it's variable it's imperceptibly so.

I'll admit that one-fingering the steering while sitting in my driveway is a gratuitous demonstration of my point. And, let's face it, this is a Buick. But come on. This is a car which hasn't ignored the idea that people like to drive in both its styling and its chassis tuning. So why do so when it comes to steering?

Josh Jacquot, Senior editor

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