2011 Buick Regal

  • 2011 Buick Regal CXL Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      30
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      182/172
    • ENGINE
      2.4L I4
    • MSRP
      $26,360
  • 2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      28
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      220/258
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $28,860
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2011 Buick Regal Review

Revived Regal name results in sporty luxury

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In a Nutshell
Returning after a hiatus since 2004, the 2011 Buick Regal is a mid-size family luxury sedan with a tightly-spaced rear seating area and German-tuned handling, so it's marketed as a sports sedan by the car maker. The Buick Regal is equipped with either a 2.4-liter I-4 engine coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission or a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine paired with a six-speed automatic or manual transmission.

Attractive styling and sporty handling are hallmarks of the front-wheel drive Buick Regal sedan, which comes with a wide array of standard features and luxury touches. The Regal's remarkable safety systems include StabiliTrak stability control, full-function traction control, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, dual-stage front airbags, side-curtain airbags, and a pedal-release system. The Regal is also blessed with great fuel economy as witnessed by it EPA rating of 19 mpg city / 30 mpg highway.

New for 2011

For 2011, Buick revived the Regal model name used from 1973 to 2004.

Essentials

Engines: 2.4L I-4, 2.0L turbocharged I-4
Transmissions: Six-speed automatic, six-speed manual
Body Style: Sedan
Trims: CXL Sedan, CXL Turbo Sedan

On the Outside

The Buick Regal received two ventiports on each side of the top of the front quarter panels, resulting in a good-looking front-wheel drive sedan.

From the Inside

There are so many standard features on the Buick Regal it's almost mind boggling: heated leather front seats, XM Satellite radio, a USB port, MP3 auxiliary jack, Bluetooth, and OnStar. Options include Harmon Kardon audio, internal flash drive, and hard drive.

Driving Performance

While the Buick Regal's base 182-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is adequate, the 2.0-liter, 220-horsepower turbo is the driver's choice, and the only engine available with a manual transmission. The Regal's optional Interactive Drive Control System allows the driver to choose from Touring, Normal and Sport modes.

Safety Equipment

Standard safety features on the 2011 Buick Regal include StabiliTrak stability control and full-function traction control. Also standard are four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, dual-stage front airbags, side-curtain airbags and a pedal-release system. Rear-seat thorax airbags are options.

Gas Mileage

CXL: 19 mpg city/30 mpg highway
CXL Turbo: 18 mpg city/29 mpg highway

Plusses

  • Sporty handling
  • Modern styling
  • High fuel economy

Minuses

  • Slow-poke acceleration
  • Limited options

Rating

Revived Regal name results in sporty luxury

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