Road Trip to Vegas - 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: Road Trip to Vegas

June 13, 2011

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Here's the latest installment in your favorite Long-Term Road Test blog series "Inside Line Editor Goes to Vegas Under the Guise of Business." This time, it's true, though. I'm going there to drive a couple new cars. And I'll be using our Buick Regal Turbo for the 566-mile round trip.

I'm looking forward to it, as I drove the Regal over the weekend. Already, I've decided that the 220-horsepower, turbocharged and direct-injected, 2.0-liter four-cylinder should be the base engine on the Regal CXL, not the step-up option. Straightline performance is just fine with this engine. There's just enough torque for passing, even in this heavy car, and you hear the turbo every now and then. It's kinda good -- far better than the normally aspirated 2.4-liter.

Also, I'm really liking the ride quality over LA freeways and city streets, and I haven't even bothered with the Tour and Sport modes yet. So this bodes well for the next 283 miles ahead of me today.

If you have any questions about the Regal that I might be able to answer over the next 3 days, post them here and I'll do my best to respond.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor, @ 6,542 miles


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