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#90 of 753 RE: 2011 Buick Regal
Aug 09, 2010 (6:48 pm)
I took delivery of my new Regal, stone with cocoa/cashmere, on July 13, 2010 and have driven it 1500 km. Except as noted below, the car is a pleasure to drive. Build quality is excellent and the powertrain is very smooth. I traded in a 2008 Allure/LaCrosse and the switch from a V6 to an I4 is not a problem. Presumably, the six speed transmission helps. While I have adjusted to most of the undesirable features listed below, prospective buyers may like to check them out before purchase.
1, The outside mirrors are very narrow and restrict the field of view when they are set to check the blind spots.
2. The ride is somewhat choppy, not unusual for a midsize car.
3. The installed tires have a hard ride and transmit road noise to the cabin.
4. The seats are quite hard and become uncomfortable after a couple of hours.
5. The front head restraints are poorly designed. When they are set so they are level with the top of the head, as outlined in the owners manual, they touch the back of the head.
6. The buttons on the console appear to have been setup for a RH drive car. For LH drive cars the commonly used buttons are farthest away from the driver.
7. An odd rumbling/rattling sound has started coming from the area of the right front wheel when travelling over bumps at low speed. I will get this checked out soon.
#91 of 753 Re: 2011 regal [gregg_vw]
Aug 10, 2010 (4:41 am)
Regal's mileage suffers due to hydraulic steering and tranny programming. some reviews have noted a reluctance to downshift on the Equinox. I can tell you the Regal's transmission is flawless and shifts are barely perceptible.
Friends of mine have a CC and the base model is really a base model. It does have dual heates seats and 17" wheels but that's it. You have to jump the luxury model to match the regal CXL features and that model is about $34k comparably equipped. That plus the 4 seat capacity make it a deal breaker for me. Even if you dont use the middle seat often there are times when it will come in handy.
I've been in 2 cruze models so far and the interior is almost as nice as the Regal's. You can get a light interior with wood trim in the Regal.
#92 of 753 Re: 2011 regal [kplacer]
Aug 10, 2010 (4:45 am)
No one has seen official weights for the Cruze yet but its expected to be 3000-3300lbs. It's definitely not going to be faster than the Regal since power to weight ratios will be similar. The cruze is almost as large as the regal and it has a larger trunk though. I don't think the price gap will be as large as you think because the LTZ starts at $23k and tops out at $27k. comparably equipped the cruze might be about $4k less than the Buick. You pay less but lose the IRS and some features and get less of a warranty. For the money, the Cruze seems to be a great car though.
#93 of 753 Re: 2011 regal [priggly]
Aug 10, 2010 (4:49 am)
With the new CAFE rules in effect expect to see more "weak" engines offered in midsize cars and crossovers. The Sienna even offers a four cylinder as does the Venza. Again, the regal's acceleration is on par with Malibu, Accord EX and Mazda6. It is slow compared to the turbo four equipped CC but not other naturally aspirated fours.
The CAFE rules have already been approved, more and more four cylinders will be offered going forward. The turbo 4 is a subsitute for a V6.
#94 of 753 Re: 2011 regal [gregg_vw]
Aug 10, 2010 (4:56 am)
Its interesting that so many have focused on the Sonata as a competitor to the Regal. Both are 2011s and both have DI fours but aside from that the Sonata is no more of a top competitor than a camry XLE or Accord EX-L. The Sonata offers more for your money but I think that's to be expected- it's a Hyundai. If you want the most bang for your buck you arent going to get it in a regal or TSX or CC or even Camry XLE. The regal is worth more to me because its more exclusive, has a better warranty and looks better inside and out. I've been in the Sonata and the interior looks better in pics than it doesn in person. The quality is AVERAGE for the class. No better than Malibu or Accord or Fusion. Lots of hard plastics and the switchgear are not on par with Regal.
I presume electric steering will be added when production shifts to Canada which will add 1-2mpg.
I took a road trip and averaged 27.2mpg with AC on all the way and moderate traffic that prevented me from maintaining consistent speeds.
Aug 10, 2010 (5:48 am)
I find it hard to believe that the Cruze is comparable to the Regal. The Cruze is Chevy's answer to the Civic/Sentra/Corolla. One would think the Malibu in the LTZ mode is more comparable to the Regal than the Cruze is. Is the Cruze bigger than the Malibu? I doubt it. If it was, then what's the point of the Impala?
#96 of 753 Re: 2011 regal [overbrook]
Aug 10, 2010 (5:58 am)
not sure that the regal gives more bang for the buck than a camry xle. For 31K MSRP, an xle can be had with such bells and whistles as push button start (does regal have this?), remote car starter (available with the regal?), 6 cylinder with similar gas mileage as the 4 cylinder regal. Heck, for 28K you can get all that with a 4 cylinder XLE. As far as looks, that's all subjective, and I even agree the regal is a sharper looking car. And I'm not knocking the regal, I just think it lacks some of the amenities that should come with it. After all, it originally was going to replace the Saturn Aura until Saturn went bust.
#97 of 753 Re: 2011 regal [ral2167]
Aug 10, 2010 (9:16 am)
Who cares about "push button start?!" How does that enhance any car? It's nothing but a gimmick and in the case of run-away Toyotas, downright dangerous.
#98 of 753 Re: 2011 regal [overbrook]
Aug 10, 2010 (9:20 am)
The new Malibu configured with the 3.6 DOHC six cylinder engine is considerably faster than the new Regal with the turbo four.
#99 of 753 Re: 2011 regal [priggly]
Aug 10, 2010 (10:12 am)
Just watch-- push button start will be on more and more cars in the coming years. No more fumbling with keys as much. In fact, when I was at Buick dealer, he said the push button start will be on the 2012 regal. It's one of those features that-- once you get it, you won't ever go without it on future cars you own, as opposed to, say, dual zone climate control which I can take or leave frankly.