DALLAS, February 13, 2012 — Debuting last year with a reintroduction, the 2012 Buick Regal is even better this year. The new year also sees several new options introduced to the market: a hybrid and a sportier version called the GS.
For starters, not only does it handle well, but it looks good too and you will look good driving it. Falling into the entry-level luxury sedan category competition for this one is the BMW 328i and the Infiniti G25, both hard shows to follow in the world of performance handling. Otherwise, competition is squarely faced with the Acura TSX, Volvo S60 and even the sister Buick LaCrosse.
There are three trim levels on the 2012 Buick Regal: the Base, Turbo and GS. Features on the base include 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, heated mirrors, fog lights, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, remote keyless entry, leather upholstery, heated front seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
You can also upgrade the Base with a Premium 1 package, which will add on a keyless ignition/entry, remote starting, and rear parking sensors.
If you opt for the Turbo Buick Regal, then the Premium 1 package comes standard and also comes standard on the eAssist models.
There is also a Premium 2 package that will cost you a little more on the Base and Turbo trims with automatic xenon headlights and a nine-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system.
A Premium 3 package can be had on the Turbo trim with 19-inch wheels and adaptive suspension dampers as well as standard, sport and t tour drive modes. The Premium 3 package is standard on the Regal GS with additional Brembo brakes, a sport-tuned suspension, front sport seats and front parking. The exterior and interior in the GS also have a sportier feel as well. For options on the GS there’s a sunroof and a navigational system.
The 2012 Buick Regal Base has a 2.4-liter four-cylinder under the hood with 182 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. The Turbo trim ups that to a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine with 220 horsepower and 260 pound feet of torque. You get as standard a six-speed automatic transmission on both the Base and Turbo or you can choose the optional six-speed manual.
Under the Regal GS hood it is the turbo engine with a boost in the exhaust that takes the horsepower in this one up to 270 with 295 pound feet of torque. The six-speed manual transmission is the standard here, but you can have an automatic as an option.
Safety on the 2012 Buick Regal includes antilock disc brakes, traction control and stability control, front seat side-impact and full-length side curtain airbags. Starting at the Premium 2 package, there is also rear-seat passenger side airbags.
Inside the 2012 Buick Regal, you will find a clean-feeling and good-looking cabin. Notice the arced dash, but also the seats are just plain comfortable too. The knobs and buttons are well-placed in the center, but be warned there are a number of buttons to learn. The headroom in the backseat could be a problem for a taller passenger.
The trunk is 14.2 cubic feet, not very large for longer trips, which is surprising since the 2012 Buick Regal is the perfect road trip car in every other way. If you pack light though, this luxury sedan will get you there with ease.
The cabin is quiet while driving and the ride is easy and smooth. For a redesign there’s a lot to like in the 2012 on this one.
Should You Need to Know: With the choices in trims: Base, Turbo and GS, it’s certain that one of these models will fit every personality.
Miles Per Gallon: I drove the 2012 Buick Regal GS and the gas mileage came in at 19 miles per gallon in the city and 27 miles per gallon on the highway.
Cost: The GS with options like the sunroof and the 20-inch alloy wheels came in at $38,350.
Rita Cook is a writer/editor with has over 1000 articles to her credit in the past 13-plus years. She is a frequent auto and travel contributor on a radio show in Los Angeles called Insider Mag Radio at KPRO 1570 am on from midnight to 12:30 a.m. Monday mornings. She also contributes travel and auto to the Anthony Duva show, which can be heard live from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST every Sunday at HYPERLINK “http://www.unregularradio.com” www.unregularradio.com. Cook is a member of the Texas Auto Writer’s Association, writes for the Dallas Morning News Green Living Section as well as artist profiles and HYPERLINK “http://www.greensourceDFW” www.greensourceDFW and spends much of her time on the road traveling or working on books. Her latest book releases are both “Haunted Dallas” and “Haunted Fort Worth” from HYPERLINK “http://www.historypress.net” www.historypress.net. You can also follow Cook at Twitter at @ritacook13.
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