2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo: The Big Biceps Factor
April 20, 2011
At last Ive figured out the reason why theres all this whining about the Buick Regal CXLs steering. Its big biceps.
These young guys around here have these big biceps, so naturally they seem to think that they should be using them all the time while theyre driving. You know, whipping the steering wheel back and forth, maybe sweating a little. Afterwards they beat their chests.
For them its all about steering effort, not steering. If its heavy, it must be good. Never mind communication, precision, quickness, linearity (or non-linearity) or a dozen other terms that encompass the vocabulary of steering. Instead heaviness prevails above all, perhaps because it is associated with straight-line stability.
Maybe it comes from my time with cars that have skinny tires and bad suspensions, but light-effort steering is fine with me. You drive with your fingertips, just like you do in a fast corner when youre trying to feel the limit of adhesion from the tires. Steer too much and you can feel the tires sag and then give up, and then the car slows down. You can whip the steering wheel around and muscle the tires through a corner, but its an exercise largely for entertainment, not speed.
Light-effort steering just doesnt bother me. Now that I no longer have biceps of any consequence, I no longer feel compelled to exercise them on the steering wheel. Maybe this puts me in the traditional Buick demographic, eh?
Michael Jordan, 2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo