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2012 Buick Regal Sedan

Price Range: $27,055 - $34,835 | 18 MPG City - 29 MPG Highway

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2012 Buick Regal Sedan

Benefits of Driving a 2012 Buick Regal Sedan

The Regal is sized slightly smaller than mainstream mid-size sedans like the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord or Nissan Altima but a little larger than mid-size performance/luxury sedans like the Acura TSX or Volvo S60. At a price that's well below those premium brand sedans, GM is pitching the Buick--especially the performance-oriented GS--as a sporty alternative. That said, with a very full range of standard convenience and safety features, plus a fashionable look, the Regal is safe and sporty, yet still comfortable, alternative for families who see the mainstream offerings as a little too boring.

What's new for 2012?

Following its introduction in 2011 as an all-new model, the Buick Regal gets some notable changes for 2012. Among the biggest developments is a new eAssist model, which pairs a gasoline engine with a 15-hp battery-powered electric motor, helping to generate boosts of power when needed and increases mileage o 37 mpg on the highway. A sporty GS model also joins the lineup, with a turbocharged 2.0L Ecotec engine making 270 horsepower and paired with either a standard 6-speed manual or available 6-speed automatic. All 2012 models get a new 7-inch touchscreen with Buick IntelliLink standard.

Model Strengths

  • Sporty styling
  • nicely detailed interior
  • fuel-efficient eAssist model
  • value pricing for lots of standard features
  • performance-tuned GS model

Model Review

GM offers the 2012 Buick Regal with three different engines: a 182-horsepower, 2.4L 4-cylinder on the base Regal, a 220-hp, 2.0L 4-cylinder on the sporty Turbo model and a 270-hp 2.0L on the performance-minded GS. The base models are hooked up to a 6-speed automatic transmission in this front-wheel-drive sedan, while the Turbo and GS models are available with either a 6-speed automatic or 6-speed manual.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Opt

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Std
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Std
Intermittent Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Handsfree Wireless Opt

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
Telematics Opt
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Engine

Engine Type 2.4L Gas/Ethanol I4
Horsepower 182 @ 6700 RPM
Torque (lb-ft) 172 @ 4900 RPM
Optional Engines , , ,

Fuel

Fuel Capacity 18.0 gal
Fuel Economy 19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Estimated max. distance per tank of gas 558 miles

Drivetrain

Driven Wheels FWD

Wheels

Rims 18 x 8.0 in.
Tires P235/50R18
Spare Tire Compact Spare Tire

Interior Space

Seating Capacity 5 adults
Front Headroom/Legroom 38.8 in. / 42.1 in.
Rear Headroom/Legroom 36.8 in. / 37.3 in.
Luggage/Cargo Space 14.2 cubic ft.

Dimensions

Wheelbase 107.8 in.
Curb Weight 3600 lb.
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Comfort

Air Conditioning Standard
Bluetooth, Hands-Free Standard
Climate Control Standard
Driver Lumbar Standard
Dual Zone Climate Control Standard
Front Bucket Seats Standard
Front Reading Lamps Standard
Heated Driver Seat Standard
Leather Seats Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard
Rear Air Conditioning Standard
Telematics Standard
Bluetooth, Hands-Free Optional
Front Bucket Seats Optional
Leather Seats Optional
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Optional
Sunroof Optional
Telematics Optional

Convenience

Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard
Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
Auxiliary Power Outlet Standard
Cruise Control Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard
Illuminated Driver Vanity Mirror Standard
Illuminated Passenger Visor Mirror Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard
Power Driver Seat Standard
Power Passenger Seat Standard
Power Steering Standard
Power Windows Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard
CD Player Standard
MP3 Player Standard
Satellite Radio Standard
AM/FM Stereo Optional
Auxiliary Audio Input Optional
CD Player Optional
MP3 Player Optional
Satellite Radio Optional