Much buzz has been going on about the new 2011 Buick Regal, General Motors’ newest addition to its Buick line-up. Though the Buick brand has long been thought of as a sedan your grandfather would drive, the 2011 Regal is set to bring back Buick to the mainstream. The 2011 Buick Regal is a mid-sized sedan with an ample 37.3 inches of rear legroom, and 14 cubic-feet of trunk space, perfect for an executive who is a weekend golfer.
What sets the Buick Regal apart from the Honda Accord, Ford Mondeo, Volkswagen Passat, and the Chevy Malibu is its luxurious interior and its elegant finish. It has more soft-touch plastic surfaces, satin-metal door pulls, and piano-black trim than the competition.
A 2.4-liter four-cylinder naturally aspirated engine that produces 182 hp and has a torque of 172 lb-ft powers the GM’s 2011 Buick Regal. Also available as an option is a turbocharged 2.0-liter in-line four, producing 220 hp and 258 lb-ft torque. Both engines feature direct-injection and are paired with standard six-speed automatic transmissions with manumatic shifting. The turbocharged engine also comes with the option of a 6-speed manual transmission.
The 2011 Buick Regal has a MacPherson-strut front and multilink rear suspension, with aluminum lower control arms all around. Eighteen-inch wheels are standard, with an option to upgrade to 19s.
The Regal has a wheelbase of 107.8 inches, a length of 190.2 inches, 73.1 inches wide, and a height of 58.4 inches. The manufacturer’s estimated weight is 3600 lb.
Based on reviews, the 2011 Buick Regal is a pleasant drive. It boasts of stability and comfort, taking away the “floaty boat” feel of its predecessors. The 2011 Buick Regal is climbing up the luxury sedan category, in terms of its looks and class-competitive performance.
Once thought of by some as a brand that had long been forgotten and ignored, this mid-sized sedan is doing its best to change that perception. In fact, the 2011 Buick Regal is handsome and hip, bringing the brand back into the spotlight.