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2012 Buick Regal GS Review

Turbocharged Sports Sedan

A front view of a 2012 Buick Regal Premium GS

In short: A very sporty, Euro-inspired, turbocharged midsize sedan.

Conceived as the performance-oriented edition of Buick's upscale midsize sedan, the Regal GS features a powerful, turbocharged 2.0-liter ECOTEC engine and an agile, sport-tuned suspension alongside a host of handsome features like turn-by-turn navigation and heated leather seats. The standard 6-speed manual transmission is responsive and makes shifting easy, while the Interactive Drive Control System with Sport and GS modes allows owners to fine-tune their ride based on personal preference and road conditions. While we found the turbocharger a bit slow in delivering power, the Buick Regal's premium Brembo brakes were quick to action, allowing the sedan to go from 60-0 mph in under 110 feet. Other unique features like rear seat-mounted thorax airbags help make the Buick Regal GS one of the safest cars in its class.

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Warranty/Service: Five-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty; four-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty

Base Price: $34,450 / As Tested: $38,155

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, front-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

Engine: 2.0-liter, turbocharged ECOTEC DOHC 4-cylinder engine
Horsepower: 270 hp @ 5,300 rpm
Torque: 295 lb-ft @ 2,400 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual

Curb weight:
3,600 lbs
Wheelbase: 107.8 in
Length/Width/Height: 190.2/73.1/58.4 in
Turning circle: 37.4 ft

4-wheel disc brakes with ABS and brake assist
Suspension: HiPer strut front; 4-link independent rear; Interactive Drive Control System
Stabilitrak stability control system with traction control

0-60 mph: 6.2 seconds
Top Speed: 142 mph (governor limited)

EPA City:
19 mpg
EPA Highway: 27 mpg

dual-stage front airbags; front seat side impact airbags; head curtain side airbags; rear seat thorax airbags

Likes: size for city driving; overall value

Dislikes: could be more aggressive; turbo slow to deliver power


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