2011 Buick Regal: FAV and Tire Pressures
April 11, 2011
I had our Regal over the weekend and remembered that there are a couple features that I really enjoy. Both aren't specific to the Regal and are actually pretty common for GM vehicles. But both really deserve a Facebook "Like This" button.
The first is the "favorites" setup of the audio preset buttons. No longer are radio stations confined to bands with six slots only. With favorites, you can mix and match FM, AM and satellite radio however you want. And when you use the up and down seek button on the steering wheel, you move through each favorites grouping; there's no need to push "FAV" after every six stations. Personally, I just find it more convenient, and I think it reduces driver distraction as well.
The second one I find very useful is the ability to see actual tire pressure readouts. I did a post on this a few months ago on our Sonata -- my basic point was: The car knows the tire pressures, so why not just show them to me? Well, our Regal's display (and, again, many other GM cars do as well) shows you pressure at each wheel.
I suspect most drivers probably don't care too much. Getting a low tire pressure warning light is enough for them. But if you're particular and like knowing your car's tire pressures, this means you don't have to manually check with a pressure gauge all the time anymore.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 3,940 miles