INTRO: The 2012 Buick Regal displays an athletic breeding that has transformed its once-stodgy image into a youthful, sporty 5-passenger premium midsize sedan with new levels of efficiency and power.
Available in Base, Premium, Turbo Premium and GS trims, the 2012 Regal moves Buick forward with a car having appeal among enthusiasts and comfort-seekers alike.
The Regal is cleanly styled with a wheelbase that is long for its size, pushing the wheels further to the corners of the vehicle for improved handling and interior room. Our test model came with tasteful chrome detailing, fog lamps and rear parking assist sensors.
PERFORMANCE: Base engine for the Regal is a 182 horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder. Optional eAssist adds a 15 horsepower electric motor. Turbo Premium models get a 2-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder increasing horsepower to 220. Both engines send power to the front wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission. The exclusive GS receives a 270 horsepower 2-liter turbo charged engine mated to a 6-speed manual.
FUEL ECONOMY: Here are the highest and lowest EPA estimates for fuel economy:
FEATURES: The premium story continues inside, where standard heated leather seats offer luxurious support, and dual-zone climate control keeps everyone comfortable. Options on our test model are navigation, controlled by a unique and intuitive selector on the center console, a powerful Harmon/Kardon audio system and a power sunroof. Available eAssist adds a mild-hybrid system for more passing power and to save fuel.
SAFETY: The 2012 Buick Regal comes equipped with standard StabiliTrak stability control, Anti-lock brakes, front and side airbags, as well as optional rear-seat thorax airbags. The full suite of OnStar features enhances safety and aids the driver as well.
PRICING: Base MSRP for the 2012 Buick Regal is $26,670. A GS starts at $34,450.
WARRANTY: All Regals are backed by a transferable 5-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
CLOSING: The 2012 Regal is proof positive that Buick has reemerged as a maker of premium sedans able to go head-to-head with the established luxury, performance players.