2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo: Parking Brake
April 22, 2011
A couple days ago I wrote that our Regal would benefit from having a rearview camera. A few people commented that I was just whining and drivers get along just fine without them. Say what you will about all that, but along those lines allow me to present our Regal's electronic parking brake.
It comes standard on the Regal and, yes, it's another non-necessity. (It's certainly less of a necessity than a rearview camera.) Personally, I find electronic parking brakes mildly annoying as it just takes longer for the electronic motor to operate than it does with a traditional hand brake. (You just wasted a whole second of my life, man!) But Buick was smart to put one in anyway as I think consumers shopping for a premium sedan will see it as more luxurious than the typical hand- or foot-operated brake.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor