2011 Buick Regal Long Term Road Test

2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo: The Young and the Converted

June 24, 2011


I'm fifty-fifty on the Regal. One the one hand, it's a comfortable, well put-together car, and when I haven't seen it for a while, I'm surprised at how handsome its exterior really is. On the other hand? Meh. The car just doesn't rate high on my excitement scale.

But that's me. Recent buyers of the 2011 Buick Regal are giving it big props in our consumer reviews. More than 30 of them have weighed in, with most opting for the base 2.4-liter engine, not the turbo. There are only seven takers for our car in this group.

Several people had owned German and Japanese luxury brands such as BMW or Infiniti, along with the odd Saab. And so they started their shopping among the usual import "suspects." But they bought the Regal instead. It's very interesting that several buyers volunteered that they are in their 30s or 40s, and seem a little surprised at themselves for having chosen a car that's historically been the favorite of the pension crowd.

The Regal gets five stars from this mini-group of buyers. "Imports in this price range have something to be concerned about," one buyer wrote. Another, thinking of his comparsion class of Acura, Audi, Saab and BMW models, said "I always thought to myself, 'Why doesn't the U.S ever build cars like (that.)' Maybe they just did."

That's got to be music to GM's ears.

Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @7,292 miles

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