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A Used Buick Regal GS Is a Good Deal On a Rare Performance Car

Here’s something you might be interested in if you’re looking for a great deal on a performance car: the Buick Regal GS. No, not the 1990s Buick Regal GS, where they merely added a supercharger and some slightly sporty suspension to an otherwise staid, dull vehicle. I’m referring to the mid-2010s Buick Regal GS, which was a pretty good car — and which is now an amazing deal.

The newest version of the Buick Regal came out for the 2011 model year, and the high-performance GS version debuted for 2012. The GS was impressive from day one, boasting a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder with 270 horsepower and 6-speed manual or automatic transmissions. It was front-wheel drive, sure, but it was fast — and now it’s a bargain.

Indeed, a search through Autotrader’s listings shows that there are currently 30 examples of the 2012 Regal GS listed for sale, all available between $10,000 and $15,000 — not bad for a modern, sporty sedan offered with a manual. Search for newer model years and you’ll discover that prices even for 2015 models traditionally hover in the low-$20,000 range — and some are offered with Buick’s certified pre-owned warranty, which boasts a year of comprehensive coverage and 6 years or 100,000 miles of powertrain coverage from the original sale date.

To me, these are great deals. I’ve never driven a modern Regal GS, but on paper they seem to be excellent bargains, with big power (although, it’s worth noting, the horsepower figure fell to 259 for the 2014 model year) and cool, thrilling styling. It’s worth a look if you’re interested in an exciting performance sedan without spending a fortune.

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  1. i have driven one of these and it was pretty great. it felt like half way between a last gen audi a4 s-line and a s4 which is a good thing because both those cars are great. but the other big benefit is that i think it will be mostly reliable and much cheaper to fix then a audi a4 would be. its really just a gm eco tec turbo 4 thats a pretty widely used power plant 

  2. Good car overall. It definitely surprises people that it’s powerful. 

    Alternative: Get the same year (12 or newer) turbo version which is the same car with less aggressive styling & less fake vents.  It’s 220hp from the factory but an aftermarket tune with no other performance adjustments increase the HP beyond the GS (they have the same turbo 4 cycler engine as the GS).
  3. Why do people buy this over a Honda accord V6 manual (or automatic if you want a nicer interior)? It is faster, better in corners, easier to maintain, with a nice interior, with that awesome sounding 3.5 you see in Acuras. Maybe they are more expensive because of less depreciation.

  4. Odd thing about this car – around 2016 Enterprise bought up a ton of new-unused GS’s from GM and sold them on their used car lots for around $30k. I never knew why they sold them to Enterprise, but they all had under 300 miles on them. 

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