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2001 Buick Regal Review
Reliable and classic American comfort.
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The 2001 Buick Regal provides a front-drive sedan known for its comfort and convenience. It traditionally targets consumers over the age of 60 but gets increasing amounts of attention from family-oriented people between the ages of 40 and 49. This likely results from Buick’s commitment to safety and the Regal’s roomy interior.
Drivers get the satisfaction of strong acceleration and nice handling, while passengers enjoy a comfortable ride with plenty of room. It has a well-earned reputation for providing a safe and reliable ride. No wonder the Regal snatches customers away from the competition.
Engines: 3.8-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Buick Regal LS, Buick Regal GS
The 2001 Buick Regal sees a few changes from the 2000 models. The GS comes standard with the OnStar information, safety, and security service. Also, Buick offers an Olympic appearance package. Both the LS and GS get a quieter ride via new rear-wheel house liners, along with the option of two new exterior colors.
The 2001 Buick Regal has approximately a 196-inch length, a 73-inch width, a 57-inch height, and a 109-inch wheelbase. It radiates a very basic, yet relatively attractive design that could be appealing to all age groups. It has body-colored bumpers in the front and rear; chrome trim on the side of the body, on the bumpers, and around its side windows; a chrome grille; and daytime running lights. The Regal features a solar-reflective windshield, fog lights in the front, power door locks with lockout protection, one-touch power windows, a remote power trunk release, and tinted glass on the cabin. It weighs 3438 pounds and sits on 15-inch wheels. GS models offer an appearance package, which includes chrome wheels.
The interior of the Regal comfortably fits five passengers. In the front, it uses reclining cloth bucket seats with height-adjustable head restraints, divided by a storage console with cup holders and an auxiliary power outlet. The driver’s seat offers power adjustment. Seat pockets and door bins provide easy storage. On the dash sits logically arranged gauges and conveniently located controls. In the rear, the Regal uses a split-folding bench seat with an armrest and cup holders in the middle. The 2001 Buick Regal features a dual-zone climate control system, front-seat passenger assist handles, and an AM/FM stereo with a power-loading cassette player included. Leather seating remains optional.
Performance & Handling
The Regal LS comes packed with an award-winning 3.8-liter, six-cylinder engine that produces 200 horsepower and 225 lb-ft of torque. The GS comes with a turbocharged 3.8-liter, six-cylinder engine that cranks out 240 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. Both engines mate with a smooth-shifting, four-speed automatic transmission.
The Regal uses an independent strut front suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs teamed with an independent multi-link rear suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs. This results in a smooth and stable ride. The 2001 Buick Regal has good handling overall, maneuvering through traffic with ease and taking sharp corners nicely. Steering has a good feel with easy control.
The 2001 Buick Regal comes equipped with anti-lock brakes on all four wheels and traction control for better handling on slippery surfaces. In the front, driver and passenger front-impact airbags provide protection. In the rear, child safety locks come standard on both doors.
EPA Fuel Economy
Buick Regal GS: 16/26 mpg city/highway
- Powerful engine
- Comfortable seating
- Lots of features
You Won't Like
- Below average fuel economy
Reliable and classic American comfort.
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