2012 Buick Regal GS Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2012 Buick Regal - Road Test Specs

2012 Buick Regal Sedan

(2.0L 4-cyl. Turbo 6-speed Manual)


Model year2012
StyleGS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
Base MSRP$34,835
Options on test vehicleCarbon Black Metallic ($195); Audio System With Navigation ($1,145 -- includes AM/FM/XM stereo with MP3 CD player, USB and AUX port, MP3/WMA playback, iPod support, 7-inch color touchscreen display, multifunction controller, SD memory navigation system, and SD card reader in center console); Power Sunroof ($1,000); 20-by-8.5-Inch Five-Twin-Spoke Polished Alloy Wheels ($700 -- includes P255/35R20 blackwall summer only tires)
As-tested MSRP$37,474 (plus $885 destination)


Drive typeFront-wheel Drive
Engine typeTurbocharged, direct-injected inline-4, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,998/122
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)9.2
Redline (rpm)6,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)270 @ 5,300
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)295 @ 2,500
Fuel type87-octane acceptable + 91-octane for best performance
Transmission typeSix-speed manual
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)1st = 3.92; 2nd = 2.04; 3rd = 1.32; 4th = 0.95; 5th = 0.76; 6th = 0.62; Final drive: 3.76


Suspension, frontIndependent modified MacPherson struts, coil springs, driver-adjustable 3-mode variable dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, coil springs, driver-adjustable 3-mode variable dampers, stabilizer bar
Steering typeSpeed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)15.2
Tire brandPirelli
Tire modelP Zero
Tire typeAsymmetrical, high-performance summer
Tire size, frontP255/35R0
Tire size, rearP255/35R20
Wheel size20-by-8.5 inches front and rear
Wheel materialCast aluminum
Brakes, front14-inch ventilated steel discs with 4-piston fixed calipers
Brakes, rear12.4-inch ventilated steel discs with single-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)2.8
0-45 mph (sec.)4.9
0-60 mph (sec.)6.9
0-75 mph (sec.)10.5
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.2 @ 94.4
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)6.6
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)28
60-0 mph (ft.)110
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)68.6
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.92
Sound level @ idle (dB)46.8
@ Full throttle (dB)73.7
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)65.3

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsThe traction control is pretty heavy-handed, and I might've been able to manage a less intrusive launch, but I doubt it. With traction control off, it's hard to hang the revs where I wanted them because the electronics would slowly bring the revs down to 3,000. Had to "zing" the engine up on the first throttle stab, then drop the clutch. Smooth wheelspin is allowed, but any axle hop would cause traction control to reawaken. Shifter has long throws and hates a hurried 1-2 shift where it would refuse to slow-in. Gear ratios feel too far apart because it felt like it fell out of boost with each upshift. Real power only begins above 3,250 rpm.
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsFirm pedal until the car is at a standstill, then goes to the floor. Excellent fade resistance.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsSkid pad: Geez, does this car have a set of tires or what? With ESC on, it'd bleed off throttle as understeer approached. With ESC off, it'd creep up to understeer but I could drive slightly beyond it by lifting/pushing the throttle to coax a little rotation -- good balance, especially for a FWD car. Steering weight is good, as is "traditional" return to center resistance. So-so feel for ebbing grip. Slalom: Because this car has so much grip but so little tire howl (and little steering feel) it's one of those "you gotta have faith" cars. Everything says this shouldn't work and yet it does. Steering is very precise and car is neutral so I could use drop-throttle to rotate around each cone. Even went wide-open throttle at exit with all that bite.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)98.4
Relative humidity (%)20.1
Wind (mph, direction)4.0, Crosswind

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)19 city/27 highway/22 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)19.3
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)18.5

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,710
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,721
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)59/41
Length (in.)190.2
Width (in.)73.1
Height (in.)58.0
Wheelbase (in.)107.8
Track, front (in.)62.4
Track, rear (in.)62.5
Turning circle (ft.)37.4
Legroom, front (in.)42.1
Legroom, rear (in.)37.3
Headroom, front (in.)38.8
Headroom, rear (in.)36.8
Shoulder room, front (in.)56.7
Shoulder room, rear (in.)54.4
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)14.2


Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/100,000 miles
Corrosion6 years/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance5 years/100,000 miles


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsDual front and dual rear
Head airbagsFront and rear
Antilock brakesFour-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlTraction control
Stability controlStability control
Rollover protectionSide curtain airbag, rollover sensor
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
NHTSA crash test, driverNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot Tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot Tested
IIHS offsetGood

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