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#102 of 752 RE: 2011 Buick Regal [gorphil]
Aug 10, 2010 (8:16 pm)
It's funny how things go. You can easily fall in love with a new model and then after a while you begin to wonder if you made the right move. I have a 2009 Allure/Lacrosse and every now and then I get discontented with it. Then I look at new models and find all sorts of things I like about them. Then I go home and think about the paltry sum I owe on the Buick and compare that to the financing schedules on the new cars and I like mine all over again. I love my car for the seats, the quiet, the ride, the look, and all sorts of good features it has. I would love another car for different reasons no doubt. But, I have yet to own a car I loved unconditionally and which was so perfect that it had no things about it that I did not like.
#103 of 752 Re: 2011 regal [ral2167]
Aug 11, 2010 (5:37 am)
Regal has better interiors, 18" wheels, dual 12 way heated seats, Onstar and backup sensors, nav and music HD for $31k. Sure the Camry is faster but its not better equipped, better looking, better handling or nicer inside. There is no comparison between the materials in the Regal and the Camry.
#104 of 752 Re: 2011 regal [priggly]
Aug 11, 2010 (5:43 am)
There are no times for the turbo four yet. I'm thinking it should be in the high 6 to 7 sec range to 60 while the Malibu gets to 60 in about 6.5 secs. Hardly a major difference in my book. With the 18/29 mileage and 18.5 gallon tank the Regal 2.0T will also have much morr range than the Malibu V6. I had an Aura V6 and the range wasnt impressive with the 16 gallon tank.
#105 of 752 Re: 2011 regal [ral2167]
Aug 11, 2010 (5:47 am)
Push button start is an OK feature but you usually end up with the key fob floating somewhere around the cabin as you drive. it's not a time saver and its barely a convenience. It's just a neat gimmick really. I have not heard that push button start will be added and I doubt that it will since the dash would have to be modified. I do know that remote start and a base model Regal will be added next year along with the GS. Remote start is the only major option that the car is missing. Perhaps memory seats will be added as well.
Tons of $30k cars don't have push button start including the TSX, Accord, MKZ, etc. Many of the luxury cars that offer this feature don't even offer it as standard equipment.
#106 of 752 Re: 2011 regal [overbrook]
Aug 11, 2010 (12:06 pm)
overbrook, good points about the driving range.
If the 2.0T has a decent 0-60 time, as you surmise, then it may be a go.
Looking forward to seeing and driving it.
#107 of 752 Re: 2011 regal [overbrook]
Aug 11, 2010 (12:07 pm)
Push button start IS a gimmick!
#108 of 752 Re: 2011 regal [priggly]
Aug 11, 2010 (12:57 pm)
Best reference point for the Regal turbo is the A5 2.0T which has been clocked to 60 in 6.4 secs with a manual transmission with 211hp and 258lb-ft. Granted, that car has AWD which helps some but I think its very possible to see a 6.5- 6.8 0-60 time for the Regal turbo. GM cars with automatics generally arent slower than the manual versions so I dont expect any penalty for the auto. I would like the turbo but I wasnt willing to spend any more than I did.
#109 of 752 Re: 2011 regal [priggly]
Aug 11, 2010 (1:39 pm)
I can see where for some people it is just a gimmick. However, when I go between my two cars now, I prefer getting in the one where I can leave the key fob in my pocket. Nothing to fumble with and insert. It is a small thing of course, but it is nice.
#110 of 752 Re: 2011 regal [gregg_vw]
Aug 12, 2010 (1:32 am)
I see your point. It would possibly be more convenient than a conventional key but is it ultimately yet another electronic gadget to cause problems sometime in the future?
The experience with new electronic parts in many recent cars (e.g. i-Drive in BMWs) has not necessarily been a happy one.
#111 of 752 push button start
Aug 12, 2010 (8:30 am)
Its a nice feature once you get used to it, but I would never not buy a car simply because it lacked push button start. The only advantage is that you save 3 seconds by not having to insert a key. On some vehicles you still stick the fob in a slot and then press the button which is a waste really.
Since the insignia lacks push button start I wouldnt expect it on regal anytime soon.