2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo: Truth in Advertising
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