Used 2012 Buick Regal Sedan


$8,777 - $14,497
2012 Buick Regal

2012 Highlights

Two new Buick Regal variants debut for the 2012 model year: the mild-hybrid eAssist and the sporty GS. A much-needed touchscreen interface also debuts, along with Buick's IntellliLink smartphone integration.


Pros

  • Sporty handling
  • high fuel economy from eAssist model
  • upscale cabin
  • lots of standard features.

Cons

  • Sluggish acceleration
  • some interior comfort and visibility issues
  • narrow trunk.

Used 2012 Buick Regal Sedan for Sale

Buick Regal 2012 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A) Black Onyx Ebony leather105,183 miles
Used 2012Buick RegalBase
List:$7,672
Est.Loan: $144/mo
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It is a Fixer-Upper: a low-cost car option for those with the ability to perform mechanical repairs themselves

Buick Regal 2012 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A) Black Onyx Ebony leather53,364 miles
Used 2012Buick RegalBase
List:$12,990
Est.Loan: $243/mo
Buick Regal 2012 Premium 2 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A) Carbon Black Metallic Ebony leather0
Used 2012Buick RegalPremium 2
List:$10,298
Est.Loan: $192/mo
Kern Motor
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Midnight Blue Metallic Cashmere leather50,789 miles
Used 2012Buick RegalPremium 2 Turbo
List:$11,000
Est.Loan: $206/mo
Leckner Nissan(9)
39.3 mi away
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Crystal Red Tintcoat Ebony leather55,815 miles
Used 2012Buick RegalPremium 1
List:$10,588
Est.Loan: $198/mo
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White Diamond Tricoat Ebony leather66,190 miles
Used 2012Buick RegalGS
List:$14,497
Est.Loan: $271/mo
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Carbon Black Metallic Ebony leather56,996 miles
Used 2012Buick RegalGS
List:$14,341
Est.Loan: $268/mo
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24,479 miles
Used 2012Buick RegalBase
List:$13,498
Est.Loan: $252/mo
Thomas Chevrolet
88.4 mi away
White Diamond Tricoat Cashmere leather119,400 miles
Used 2012Buick RegalPremium 2
List:$8,777
Est.Loan: $164/mo
Faulkner Honda(16)
90.9 mi away
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White Diamond Tricoat, 2.4L, automatic,Moonroof, Navigation, Heated Leather Seats, Onboard Communications System, Premium Sound System, TRANSMISSION, 6-SPEED AUTOMATIC, ELEC... ENGINE, ECOTEC 2.4L DOHC 4-CYLINDER D... CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFOEXCELLENT VALUE: This Regal is priced $500 below Kelley Blue Book.KEY FEATURES INCLUDE: Rear Air, Heated Driver Seat, Premium Sound System, Onboard Communications System, Remote Engine Start. Leather Seats, Keyless Entry, Steering Wheel Controls, Rear Parking Aid.OPTION PACKAGES: ENGINE, ECOTEC 2.4L DOHC 4-CYLINDER DI (DIRECT INJECTION), 4-CYLINDER WITH EASSIST TECHNOLOGY includes (MHH) 6-speed automatic electronically controlled transmission, (FXJ) 2.64 final drive ratio axle, (KY2) 120 amp alternator, (TM7) heavy-duty 438 cold-cranking amp battery and (Q05) 17 machined alloy wheels with (RAF) P235/50R17 all-season low rolling resistance tires (182 hp [135.7 kW] @ 6700 rpm, 172 lb-ft of torque [232.2 N-m] @ 4900 rpm), SUNROOF, POWER, TILT-SLIDING WITH SUNSHADE, AUDIO SYSTEM WITH NAVIGATION, AM/FM/XM STEREO WITH MP3 CD PLAYER USB and AUX port, MP3/WMA playback, iPod support, 7 color touch screen display, multi-function controller, GPS navigation system, and SD card reader in center console, BLUETOOTH FOR PHONE, PERSONAL CELL PHONE CONNECTIVITY TO VEHICLE AUDIO SYSTEM AND HMI (HUMAN MACHINE INTERFACE), TRANSMISSION, 6-SPEED AUTOMATIC, ELECTRONICALLY CONTROLLED WITH OVERDRIVE includes Driver Shift Control. Buick Premium 2 with White Diamond Tricoat exterior and Cashmere interior features a 4 Cylinder Engine with 182 HP at 6700 RPM*.EXPERTS REPORT: Engineered in Germany Great Gas Mileage: 36 MPG Hwy. Pricing analysis performed on 7/6/2018. Horsepower calculations based on trim engine configuration. Fuel economy calculations based on original manufacturer data for trim engine configuration. Please confirm the accuracy of the included equipment by calling us prior to purchase.

White Diamond Tricoat Cashmere leather74,421 miles
Used 2012Buick RegalBase
List:$9,900
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Edmunds' Expert Review

After a somewhat disappointing debut last year, the 2012 Buick Regal receives some much-needed improvements. But unless you spring for the GS version, it's still quite a ways off from its lofty sport sedan positioning.

vehicle overview

When Buick reintroduced the Regal to the lineup last year, it was touted as having "a driving experience that rivals the best import sport sedans in the segment." A bold statement, to be sure, but we found that marketing line to be overly optimistic. Last year's Regal did have some nice qualities, mainly its handling chops, but its lack of performance had it coming up short of sport sedan territory.

The 2012 Buick Regal, however, comes closer to its intended premium sport sedan target with the introduction of the Regal GS. With engine output increased to 270 horsepower (up from the Regal Turbo's 220), a more firmly tuned suspension, a standard manual transmission, Brembo brakes and available summer performance tires, the GS certainly holds more appeal to those looking for driving excitement.

On the other side of the spectrum, the Regal family also gains a new eAssist mild-hybrid powertrain that increases fuel economy by 25 percent over the base 2.4-liter engine. Also new for 2012 is the availability of Buick's IntelliLink system that pairs with certain smartphones to allow for Internet streaming audio like Pandora.

We do like that the 2012 Regal lineup has received some much-needed bolstering, but it still misses the mark set by other entry-level luxury sport sedans. The Regal GS does have capable handling, but its acceleration is underwhelming given its rated horsepower. Acceleration is slower still with the other models. While they're more expensive, sedans like the BMW 328i and Infiniti G25 are just more refined and fun to drive.

If you're not so concerned with performance, the 2012 Buick Regal makes more sense. The new eAssist engine gives a nice boost to fuel economy, and overall, the Regal does provide a lot of features for the money. Even so, we'd still suggest shopping around some. The Acura TSX, Audi A4 and Volvo S60 are worth looking at. We also recommend Buick's own LaCrosse, as it can also be had with the eAssist engine and is priced similarly, yet is a more polished and roomier sedan overall.

trim levels & features

The 2012 Buick Regal is offered in base, Turbo and GS trim levels.

Standard features for the base Regal include 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, heated mirrors, foglights, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, full power accessories, remote keyless entry, leather upholstery, heated front seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat with power lumbar (power height adjustment only for the passenger), split-folding rear seats, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Also standard are Bluetooth, OnStar and a seven-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack, iPod connectivity and IntelliLink smartphone integration (late availability).

Base Regal buyers can opt for the Premium 1 package which adds keyless ignition/entry, remote starting, rear parking sensors, an eight-way power front passenger seat and a 120-volt power outlet. All Premium 1 features are standard on Regal Turbo and eAssist models. The Premium 2 package is available on the Base and Turbo Regal models and steps things up with automatic xenon headlights, a nine-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system and rear passenger side airbags. The Premium 3 package is only offered on the Regal Turbo and adds 19-inch wheels and adaptive suspension dampers with selectable drive modes (standard, sport and tour).

The Regal GS receives all of the above, plus Brembo brakes, a sport-tuned suspension, front sport seats, a thick-rimmed three-spoke steering wheel, front parking sensors, unique exterior and interior accents and a sportier GS driving mode (replaces Tour mode). The Regal GS is also eligible for optional 20-inch wheels with summer performance tires. Other options available on this and supporting trims include a sunroof and a navigation system.

performance & mpg

The 2012 Buick Regal's base engine is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that produces 182 hp and 172 pound-feet of torque. The EPA estimates mileage for this unit at 19 mpg city/31 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined.

The optional eAssist light hybrid powertrain uses the same 2.4-liter engine in conjunction with an 11-kilowatt electric motor/generator and lithium-ion battery system. This combination improves mileage to an impressive 25/36/29 mpg. A six-speed automatic with manual shift control is the only available transmission on these models.

The Regal Turbo receives a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that makes 220 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. It, too, comes with a standard six-speed automatic transmission, but a six-speed manual is offered as an option. Mileage is estimated at 18/29/22 for the automatic and 20/32/24 for the manual.

The Regal GS uses the same turbo engine, but benefits from added turbo boost and a free-flowing exhaust to kick power output up to 270 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The six-speed manual transmission is standard, with the automatic available as an option (late availability). The manual GS is expected to return 19/27/22 mpg.

In recent Edmunds testing, a Regal with the base 2.4-liter required 9.9 seconds to accelerate from zero to 60 mph, which is considerably slower than competing sedans. The Turbo improves that time to 8.4 seconds, but it's still off the mark for the class. In order to achieve a competitive time, you'd have to spring for the top-of-the-line GS, which turned in a quick 6.2-second run with the automatic transmission. Curiously, the manual was slower at 6.9 seconds due to the difficulty of launching it smoothly.

safety

Standard safety equipment for all 2012 Buick Regal models includes antilock disc brakes, traction control and stability control, OnStar, front seat side-impact airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. Rear-seat thorax airbags are standard on the Premium 2 and above trim levels.

In Edmunds brake testing, both the base Regal and Turbo came to a stop from 60 mph in 122 feet, which is about average for cars in this class. The GS, with its bigger Brembo brakes and optional 20-inch summer tires, managed to stop in an impressive 107 feet.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the Buick Regal the highest score of "Good" in its frontal-offset, side-impact and roof strength tests.

driving

While the 2012 Buick Regal lineup represents a significant departure from the floaty and disconnected feel of Buicks past, it is still a far cry from the sport sedan image the brand is trying to project, due mainly to a lack of grunt. The base 2.4-liter engine tends to generate more noise than power. The Turbo models are quicker to get up to speed, though there's a slight and sometimes annoying delay before the car really hits its stride and pulls hard. And surprisingly enough, we prefer (and recommend) the automatic transmission to the manual gearbox, as the former provides better performance, while the latter isn't that rewarding to drive due to longish shifter throws and its reluctance to be shifted quickly.

The ride is hard to fault, however, as passengers will enjoy a type of isolation that's synonymous with the Buick brand. The cabin remains quiet, with little road or wind noise intrusion. Likewise, the ride quality is smooth, flattening out most ruts and bumps in the road. Our editors found the steering precise, but too light (except on the GS) and disconnected for their tastes – especially for a sport sedan – but for most buyers this won't be an issue.

The Regal can display some impressive athleticism while taking on a twisty road. This is especially true of the GS and other models with the Interactive Drive Control that provides three distinct settings for steering, suspension and throttle tuning. Sport mode delivers a noticeable firmness and added confidence in curves, while the compliant Tour mode (not available with the GS) is probably more in line with the typical Buick owner's expectations.

interior

Overall, the 2012 Buick Regal's cabin is attractive and features a sweeping arc on the dash. The standard front seats provide plenty of support for spirited driving and comfort for long-haul trips. Those riding in back, however, may find the rear seatbacks a bit flat and uncomfortable, and tall adults will likely bemoan the lack of headroom. Rearward visibility might be another issue for some drivers given the car's sloping coupelike roof line, and a rearview camera isn't offered.

One of our biggest complaints about last year's Regal was the unintuitive navigation controls. Fortunately, the new touchscreen goes a long way toward alleviating those problems. Even so, the Regal's center stack controls -- particularly those for the audio system -- are hampered by a layout with too many similar-looking buttons.

Trunk capacity is respectable at 14.2 cubic feet, but the trunk is narrow, meaning there's less space for golf bags than you'll find in some other similarly sized luxury sedans. The eAssist Regal models use some of the trunk space for the battery packs, dropping capacity to 11.1 cubes.

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Features & Specs

4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A)Premium 1 Turbo 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)GS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)Premium 1 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A)Premium 2 Turbo 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)Premium 3 Turbo 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)Premium 2 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
MPG23222223222223
Seating5555555
Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic6-speed shiftable automatic6-speed manual6-speed shiftable automatic6-speed shiftable automatic6-speed shiftable automatic6-speed shiftable automatic
Fuelflex-fuel (FFV)flex-fuel (FFV)gasflex-fuel (FFV)flex-fuel (FFV)flex-fuel (FFV)flex-fuel (FFV)
Horsepower182 hp @ 6700 rpm220 hp @ 5300 rpm270 hp @ 5300 rpm182 hp @ 6700 rpm220 hp @ 5300 rpm220 hp @ 5300 rpm182 hp @ 6700 rpm

Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

    Overall4/5
    Driver5/5
    Passenger4/5
  • Side Crash Rating

    Overall5/5
  • Side Barrier Rating

    Overall5/5
    Driver5/5
    Passenger5/5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings

    Front Seat5/5
    Back Seat5/5
  • Rollover

    Rollover4/5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover10.9%

IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    G
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    G
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    G
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    G
    Good

Top Consumer Reviews

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Buick Regal Eassist - Great car so far
Have owned this car for 2 months and can report that it does meet the gas mileage specs if you are light on the gas pedal. In addition, the interior is very nicely done, the climate control is excellent, and the seats are great. Exterior styling is also excellent, with many positive comments. I bought this car becauseI could not find a Lexus, Acura, or similar with good styling, good mileage, and a reasonable price.
GM has no concern for quality
Great driving, comfortable car with loads of features. Problem is the lack of quality control at the production plant. Car came with some minor paint imperfections, side mirror and window molding installed incorrectly, and not to mention the front fender and trunk lid having large gaps. GM did have the dealer,Todd Wenzel Buick repair the paint and the window molding. I now have a new car that has mis-matched paint, tape lines and sanding marks that can be seen through the paint, expected and was promised better. Three trips to the body shop and hours on the phone, car still looks like a terrible. GM is not interested in quality at this point and are unwilling to stand behind their product!
Regal 12
Minor issues that the dealer took care off At 60000 miles the seal on my transmission went bad There is a disturbing noise when i go up a hill and the dealer can't diagnose, very fustrating
More About This Model

Trying to radically change your image isn't easy. Just ask Vanilla Ice. Or Buick.

Long known for producing plush, quiet-riding sedans with velour on their seats and portholes on their hoods, Buick is now looking to appeal to a different demographic. And that would be younger folks who'd like an involving — not isolated — driving experience along with modern styling and up-to-date features. As such, Buick's current lineup includes the recently reincarnated 2012 Buick Regal, a midsize sport sedan based on GM's German-engineered Opel Insignia.

For 2012 the Buick Regal GS joins the base Regal and Regal Turbo. As the big jock of the family, the GS is fortified with upgraded hardware that includes a sport-tuned adaptive suspension, 19-inch wheels, Brembo brakes, aggressively bolstered front sport seats and of course the obligatory visual tweaks such as a more aggressive front fascia and rear dual-exhaust finishers. The GS can also be had with optional 20-inch wheels with summer performance tires, which our test car had. Make no mistake; the Regal GS is aimed squarely at certain German brands with circular badges.

As we discovered in a long-term test of the 2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo, the Regal handles admirably on the road. But even the Turbo lacks the kick a sport sedan should have. So the GS's more potent power plant should take care of that, right? Sadly, no. Although the Regal GS takes corners like a quarter horse, until it hits its stride at 3,000 rpm the GS feels more like a Clydesdale than a thoroughbred. Two factors are likely culprits. First, there's the somewhat hefty curb weight of 3,721 pounds, and then there are the transmission gear ratios that don't do performance any favors, as they are on the taller side for better fuel economy.

That said, the 2012 Buick Regal GS still has plenty going for it — athletic handling, a nice and quiet ride and a comfortable cabin. But we expected more from the GS, given that it's the sportiest of the Regal line. The GS deserves a more sporting powertrain — an engine with more low-end grunt and a slicker manual transmission with lower and tighter gearing would help matters considerably. But as it stands now, we'd suggest cross-shopping this Buick with the Acura TSX V6, Audi A4 and BMW 328i.

Used 2012 Buick Regal Sedan Overview

The Used 2012 Buick Regal Sedan is offered in the following styles: 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A), Premium 1 Turbo 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), GS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), Premium 1 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A), Premium 2 Turbo 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Premium 3 Turbo 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), and Premium 2 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A).

What's a good price on a Used 2012 Buick Regal Sedan?

Price comparisons for Used 2012 Buick Regal Sedan trim styles:

  • The Used 2012 Buick Regal Sedan Base is priced between $7,672 and $13,498 with odometer readings between 24479 and 105183 miles.
  • The Used 2012 Buick Regal Sedan GS is priced between $14,341 and $14,497 with odometer readings between 56996 and 66190 miles.
  • The Used 2012 Buick Regal Sedan Premium 1 is priced between $10,588 and $10,760 with odometer readings between 55815 and 66580 miles.
  • The Used 2012 Buick Regal Sedan Premium 2 is priced between $8,777 and $10,298 with odometer readings between 0 and 119400 miles.
  • The Used 2012 Buick Regal Sedan Premium 2 Turbo is priced between $11,000 and $11,000 with odometer readings between 50789 and 50789 miles.

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