2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo: First Impressions
February 16, 2011
Am I lazy for using a shot from the intro of our Buick Regal long termer? Yes. Am I completely justified in doing so since I drove for this particular shoot? Yes again.
And what do I think about this new Regal?
The Good: Turbo engine feels suitably powerful and refined. No, this car is not fast. In fact, you'll get cooked by any number of V6 family haulers from a stoplight. But more importantly, the engine is quiet and remains that way throughout its powerband. For a turbocharged four-cylinder, it feels pretty solid.
The suspension isn't bad either. Put it in Sport mode and the car will whip around turns like the one pictured above with considerable speed. It doesn't sway or flop around either, so if you really want to make time down a twisty road this Regal would not embarrass itself.
The Bad: Numb steering. It's overly light at slow speeds and doesn't really stiffen up or deliver much feedback in Sport mode either.
It could use some better seats too. They're not uncomfortable, they just don't have any contouring to them. I wasn't expecting Recaros here, but I like to feel something, anything.
Ed Hellwig, Editor, Inside Line