by Mike Tucker Jr
Knowing the all new Buick Regal was due to arrive in my driveway, I reviewed some of the vehicle’s history and even found that “regal” is defined in the dictionary as, “notable excellence.” Once face to face with it, I thought they dropped off a BMW by mistake. The Regal’s notably excellent outward appearance had me at, “hello.” Mind you I wasn’t expecting much from a Buick. Surprisingly, it delivered like the mail on Sunday inside and out leaping from mid-size car to upscale sedan.
While the exterior demanded a second look, so did the lavish looking interior.
The Regal currently only comes in CXL trim, but it’s a substantial offering with 18 inch wheels, leather appointed 12-way power seats, Bluetooth for phone, MP3 jack, USB port, XM radio and OnStar all standard.
The drive wasn’t quite as fun as some of the other luxury sports sedans; it was a heavy and a little stiff, and the cramped backseat was a low point for the dad in me. But hey, Buick’s just getting started. They took styling and performance cues from Europe to fashion a vehicle that can hit the runway on the world’s stage.
Price Tag: $26,245 base ($29,980 tested)
Power: 2.4L direct injected four-cylinder engine is standard 182 horsepower. 2.0L turbocharged 220 horsepower engine will be offered in the 2012 model.
Transmission: Six-speed automatic with driver shifting control. Manual transmission us also coming.
Drivetrain: front-wheel drive
Fuel Economy (mpg): 19-city/30-hwy (impressive!)