2011 Buick Regal - Video Transcript
H: The all-new Buick Regal has its work cut out for it: Updating the image of a venerable brand while scooping up younger buyers in the process. Hi, I’m Beth Lahr
C: And I’m Joe LoGiudice, and you’re watching AutoTrader’s New Car Review of the 2011 Buick Regal. This mid-size 5-passenger sedan first hit the roads of Europe in 2008 as the Opel Insignia. Now Buick is hoping the Insignia’s European flair will catch on with younger American drivers as the rebranded Regal.
H: Right. Historically, the average Buick buyer’s age has been 65. Buick wants to lower that average a full 30 years to around 35. The styling does look the part of a sedan built for a younger driver. But, it will need to play the part as well, to go up against competitors like the Acura TSX, Lincoln MKZ and Audi A4.
C: A good place to start is inside, where the design is flowing and envelops the driver. The soft touch materials and piano black trim give a near-luxury experience to this pretty decently sized cabin.
H: That’s right, the Regal gives you plenty of legroom both front and rear…impressive for a mid-size car. You also get a 12-way power driver’s seat with lumbar adjustment…a nice little luxury feature.
C: Yeah, but lets talk about what it takes to really attract those younger drivers; performance. There are two engine choices starting with a 2.4-liter inline-4 making 182 horsepower while getting 19 miles per gallon city and 30 on the highway.
The more potent engine is the turbocharged 2-liter inline-4 that comes with the Regal GS. It delivers 220 horsepower and gets 18 miles per gallon city and 29 miles per gallon highway. Both send power to the front wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission.
H: But performance means more than straight line acceleration. The Regal handles really well in the corners. This is something that older, softer-handling Buicks weren’t known for. The car feels firm while still smoothing out the bumps.
C: That’s right! And the Turbo model even offers an Interactive Drive Control System, an adaptive suspension that gives the driver a choice of three modes: Sport, Normal, and, for those long road trips: Tour.
H: Lots of nice standard features, too, like heated front leather appointed seats, dual zone climate control, Stabilitrak with Traction Control, and for high-tech junkies, Bluetooth, a USB port, and XM Satellite radio.
C: Very cool! And the price isn’t so bad either. The Base CXL model starts at $26,245 and will come with standard leather seating, satellite radio, and Bluetooth connectivity. The Turbo GS model starts at $28,745. And all Buicks come with GM’s impressive 5-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty from GM.
H: Any luxury car from GM needs to be much better than the competition to even be considered by younger new car buyers. The good news is that GM cars like the Buick Regal are now better than ever.. The Regal is essentially an excellent European sport sedan with a Buick logo., and gives real meaning to the term “affordable luxury.” I’m Beth Lahr.
C: And I’m Joe LoGiudice Thanks for watching this AutoTrader New Car Review of the 2011 Buick Regal, right here on AutoTrader, the Ultimate Automotive Marketplace.