2012 Buick Regal - Edmunds Ratings

2012 Buick Regal Premium 1 Turbo (2.0L 4-cyl. Turbo FFV 6-speed Automatic)
Date Driven: 1/11/2011 (2011 CXL Turbo)
Performance Sprinting to 60 mph in 8.2 seconds with its traction control on proves the Regal has adequate power. Certainly the turbocharged engine is a step up from the base 2.4-liter Ecotec, but this isn't an inspiring engine to drive in any way.
Driving Dynamics The Regal's handling abilities are more than adequate for a car in this segment but it utterly lacks any sort of engaging control feel (especially its steering effort) and reward in the driving experience. It makes the numbers, but that's all.
Ride Comfort Given its handling abilities, the Regal is actually quite comfortable. Its suspension tuning seems well suited to long cruises and there's little reason to think it wouldn't be a great road tripper.
Quietness Little road or wind noise penetrates the Regal's cabin. Even at speed with the engine working hard (though quietly), there are no obtrusive sounds to disturb drivers or passengers.
Ergonomics The center stack has large buttons with labels, but organization is not intuitive, nor are the descriptions rendered with large enough letters. The presence of two 'multi-controllers' with shared functions confuses matters further.
Visibility Rear visibility can be challenging with the high beltline and rear glass, but sonar parking aids help. Otherwise, the Regal offers typical sedan sightlines.
Seat Access & Space Heated leather front bucket seats are standard and generally supportive and comfortable. Standard power adjustability for driver and tilt-telescope steering should accommodate most. Leather rear seating is good for 2, but tight for 3 across.
Cargo & Storage The trunk is slightly below average in volume with a slightly higher-than-average lift-over height. Interior storage is good with the exception of cupholder wells that swallow small coffee cups to the rim.
Build Quality Our long-term car offered excellent build quality and no rattles or buzzes. Interior trim and material choices are better than many in the segment, yet we were frustrated by the use of highly reflective chrome on the shifter surround.

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