August 01, 2011
I stepped into our long term 2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo without a lot of preparation and with a little bit of a prejudice against it. Perhaps the stereotyped picture of the blue-haired little old lady was in my mind. But as soon as I got it on the open road I felt a nice surge from under the hood. Nothing showy with blaring exhaust notes. Just a nice, confident pull, coupled with a smooth-shifting automatic.
Back in the office I got two surprises. This 220-hp engine is an inline 4 (okay, it's turbocharged). Surprise number is on the next page.
The fuel economy promised by the EPA (18 city/28 highway/22 combined) is actually being exceeded in real life. I logged in the numbers today and our lifetime average is 23.8 miles per gallon. So often, manufacturers game the EPA testing system to show numbers you'll never get. This Buick quietly exceeds expectations -- in a number of ways.
Philip Reed, Edmunds senior consumer advice editor @ 9,975 miles
June 27, 2011
Over the weekend, our 2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.0T and I went off on another adventure, this time to Santa Rosa, California, some 428 miles to the north, for a wedding.
This was a lot of mileage to pack into 52 hours, so I didn't attempt any fuel economy heroics and just stayed with the flow of traffic on Interstates 5 and 580, and U.S. 101. The drive back on Sunday was littered with numerous traffic delays due to the Sprint Cup race at Infineon and roadwork near Bakersfield. So I didn't come close to my 30.8-mpg average for the Vegas trip.
June 16, 2011
I'm back from Vegas, and I'm pretty satisfied with our turbocharged 2011 Buick Regal as a road trip car. Although the Regal 2.0T never feels that potent leaving the line, it had adequate mid-range torque for climbing all the passes between Los Angeles and Las Vegas and the turbo 2.0-liter engine never felt strained.
April 29, 2011
Our long-term Buick Regal Turbo has some serious range. The tank recorded above in the photo included plenty of full throttle acceleration and two WOT blasts up to the car's top speed of 144 mph (Which, by the way, was not faked on the dyno. Ask Josh Jacquot. He was was riding shotgun and took the photos.).
Drive it like grandma and I'll bet the Regal can cover 500 miles on a tank. Easy.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief