Check out youtube videos, 2011 Buick Regal Turbo 1 of 2 and 2 of 2 by bahabusters for the real story on this car.
Review done on a german test track by professional drivers and compared to other german road car / sport sedans in its class.
Then test drive one. I bought the CXL Turbo with the T07 package including the ineractive drive controls with sport and tour modes.
You need the interactive drive controls to experience the full potential of this vehicle. Video Pt 2 of 2 has factory Regal doing 140 mph on the autobahn with room to spare before backing down to 100.
My wife and I test drove comparable Acura, BMW, Volkswagon, Audi and KIA mid size sport sedans before making our purchase.
Decide for yourself after you test drive this car.....
written on 10-07-2014
I read reviews when I purchase a car. But I also take the time to drive the cars I am interested in so I can judge for myself. Please take the time to check out a Buick Regal if you are shopping, especially the certified used ones that are available. I just spent two months shopping certified used Accords, Passats, Maximas, and even Mercedes C-Series. My car is a MB E500 and I'm a Mercedes fan. But my wife wanted a classy, sporty, good mpg, non-Mercedes car to replace her VW Passat. I thought for sure she would go for the Passat or one of the others. Then we drove a few Regals. Two weeks after driving the first Regal we bought one. Best car I think I've ever owned! Go drive one.
I brought home my 2011 Regal Turbo (6M) three weeks ago.
After driving a BMW 3 series for 11 years, I did the unthinkable…..I bought a Buick. My grandparents would be proud (they only drove Buicks), but this is not my Grandparents Buick…..not by a long shot.
Despite all the negative comments about the “base” Regal being slow, my Regal with its turbo engine and manual transmission is not. I can only compare it to my BMW, but the Buick feels faster…markedly so. I do not consider myself an “enthusiast", but I want a car with a manual tyranny that could get up and go when the situation required it.
My new Regal fits the bill very very nicely……………and it’s rated at 32mpg
Excellent Build quality, lacks mid range torque, say above 45mph, not enough kick when asked,
however low end is fine and improves greatly when tap shift manual mode is used.
Biggest complaint is overly firm seats and no adjustment for lower back, (always trying to back it off but default sticks out way too far, should be able to adjust to make it flat. Also if you try and raise the seat up it wants to scissor closed, Germanys revenge perhaps? I do get alot of compliments on the exterior design, was asked if that was a Audi the other day.
I didn't seek out a Buick when I started my search mainly based on the memories of the Buick's that my grandpa drove.
Those were respectable cars at the time, but I was not interested in driving a "big boat".
As a young professional, Buick seemed dated.
I was looking for 3 things, 1)good gas mileage , 2) comfortable and high tech interior, 3) "head-turning" exterior styling - all at an good price of course.
After looking at other cars for a few months, I came across the Regal.
I hesitated at the thought of buying a Buick, but was blown away at the "reimagined" Brand.
I was impressed at the styling and handling. This definitely isn't my grandpa's Buick!