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#199 of 753 Re: Test Dove a Regak CXL and love the car [ahossa1]
Oct 19, 2010 (5:14 am)
No offense, but cars built in 1980 or in 1996 arent a good measure of modern American cars. Your last GM car was 30 years ago and its safe to say today's GM models have nothing in common with your old car. I would say American cars largely achieved parity in quietness by the late 90s- well as least GM. Chrysler was a little bit late to the refinemnt game. Today's American cars likely have less road noise on average than modern Hondas.
The Regal isnt really an "American car" anyway, its a European car being sold under the Buick name in the US. The regal is no more refined or quiet than the Malibu or CTS or Camaro or even Cruze. I had an Aura before this and it was actually quieter on the highway thanks to laminated side glass- which the Regal and the vaunted imports still lack. In the Saturn 80mph sounded like 60. I had a rental Altima for several days last year and the road and wind noise was much worse than my Saturn. If there is one thing GM takes seriously, its noise suppression- its one reason why their vehicles are heavier than their Japanese counterparts.
Center stack buttons are very easy to use and with steering wheel controls you dont need to touch most of them. It takes all of 15min to understand them.
#200 of 753 Re: Test Dove a Regak CXL and love the car [overbrook]
Oct 19, 2010 (9:17 am)
I agree with everything U said but I still believe the center stack is daunting when U get in the car for the first time. The test drive person and I couldn't find the fan blower for the A/C. I will figure the buttons when I buy the car. I looked at the 2011 Sonata and it's center stack is pretty simple and straight forward but I still prefer the Regal.
#201 of 753 Re: Test Dove a Regak CXL and love the car [ahossa1]
Oct 19, 2010 (8:03 pm)
I agree. A love the exterior of the new Regal. It's a sharp car and "right-sized" for today's market but the center stack is a low point for me. Maybe it's because it's all black, but it looks "busy" and unappealing to my eyes.
#202 of 753 Re: Test Dove a Regak CXL and love the car [dodgeman07]
Oct 20, 2010 (4:20 am)
It sounds like you are turned off by the # of buttons as opposed to the ergonomics. It has slightly more buttons than the average GM car (although not in comparison to CTS or Lacrosse) but its easy to use. ON a daily basis you are adjusting audio functions and HVAC functions- both are easy to master. The main reason it has more buttons is because the it has menu control buttons (config, back) on the center stack to control settings for the audio system and personalization features. GM cars with the blacktie radio had multiuse buttons under the display that changed function depending on what was in the radio display at the time. The Regal and other models with the new LCD readout has dedicated buttons and that lead to a higher button count.
#203 of 753 underpowered
Oct 22, 2010 (5:56 am)
I test drove a regal rl1 yesterday and really feel the engine is underpowered, especially when going up hill, even in local street i could feel the car changing gear, sigh
#204 of 753 should i bite it for 24000?
Oct 22, 2010 (6:13 am)
This dealer offered 24000 OTD for a base model if i buy tomorrow, the price is good.
but i am really concerned about the engine performance, should i bite it?
#205 of 753 Re: should i bite it for 24000? [elvisss]
Oct 22, 2010 (6:45 am)
He his cutting $3k from the sticker price? That sounds very aggressive. I was able to get less than $1000 of MSRP on my car in late July.
The car isnt slow compared to any other four cylinder sedan or crossover on the road. C&D got 0-60 in 8.7 secs which is faster than an Accord EX automatic. The only four cylinder car in this price range that is notably faster is the CC because it has a turbo 2L with considerably more torque. Even the much celebated Sonata is capable of only 7.8-8 secs to 60- hardly a major advantage that would noticed by the average driver. The Regal is slow compared to a V6 powered car, not compared to other midsize sedans with comparable power.
The crossover segment is booming and almost every I4 powered crossover on the market is slower than the Regal and yet people manage to drive them every day without an issue. Everything from the Mazda6 to the Accord to the CR-V is no faster than the Regal.
#206 of 753 Re: should i bite it for 24000? [overbrook]
Oct 22, 2010 (6:56 am)
yes, the dealer is willing to give me a blue color one for that price.
the only thing holding me now is should i wait for the turbo version which is going to coming out in Dec. I really hope the turbo one will give performance a much boost.
#207 of 753 Re: should i bite it for 24000? [elvisss]
Oct 22, 2010 (7:57 am)
It's a great price on a car that you admit you're not thrilled with. Buy the car you really want, if you can wait for the turbo.
#208 of 753 Re: should i bite it for 24000? [elvisss]
Oct 23, 2010 (6:19 am)
I would wait for the turbo. All the reviews I have read say the turbo is much more refined and enjoyable to drive.