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2012 Buick Regal Premium II Review

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A three-quarter front view of a 2012 Buick Regal Premium II

In short: An mpg-conscious midsize luxury sedan.

This luxurious take on the Buick Regal combines the same stylish looks and sporty performance as the base model with driver-tuned agility and a handsome interior that includes a 336-watt Harmin Kardon 5.1 Matrix sound system and advanced safety features like rear seat-mounted thorax airbags. The Buick Regal Premium II's optional 2.4-liter ECOTEC engine with eAssist helps the smart sedan to achieve an impressive 36 mpg highway while still churning out a respectable 182 horsepower.

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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: $29,515 / As Tested: $34,470

Technical Specifications

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

Engine: 2.4-liter, ECOTEC DOHC direct-injected 4-cylinder engine with eAssist
Horsepower: 182 hp @ 6,700 rpm
Torque:172 lb-ft @ 4,900 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic

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: MacPherson strut front; 4-link independent rear
Stabilitrak stability control system with traction control

0-60 mph: 8.5 seconds
Top Speed: 130 mph (governor limited)

EPA City:
25 mpg
EPA Highway: 36 mpg

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

Likes: overall styling; interior design; mpg

Dislikes: small trunk; limited back seat space; ride


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