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2011 Buick Regal CXL Review

A Welcome Return

A three-quarter front view of a white 2011 Buick Regal

In short: A stylish, well-equipped and sporty midsize sedan.

Returning after a nearly seven year hiatus, the rejuvenated 2011 Buick Regal flaunts a flashier exterior and a sportier demeanor than its rather tame predecessors. Available with either the base 182-horsepower Ecotec 4-cylinder or a 220-horsepower turbocharged inline-4, this more efficient, German-made Regal offers decent performance in a driver-friendly package. Complementing the midsize sedan's improved driving dynamics is a tricked out interior, which comes standard with satellite radio, OnStar, and an in-dash 40-gigabyte hard drive that allows you to pause and replay live radio. Although the Buick Regal may not exactly be fit for a king, it offers more than enough to keep us mere mortals satisfied.

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


QUICK SHEET
Base Price: $26,245 / As Tested: $29,785

Technical Specifications

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

Engine: 2.4-liter, ECOTEC DOHC 4-cylinder engine with VVT
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

Brakes:
4-wheel disc brakes with ABS and brake assist
Suspension: MacPherson strut front; 4-link independent rear

Traction: Stabilitrak stability control system with traction control

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

EPA City:
19 mpg
EPA Highway: 30 mpg

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


 

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