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8.7

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 8.9
Interior: 8.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 9.3
Reliability:
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2012 Buick Regal Review

Automotive critics wrote that the 2012 Buick Regal has an attractive interior and that the turbocharged models are powerful, agile and fun to drive.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful turbocharged engine
  • Sharp handling in GS trim
  • Attractive interior design
  • eAssist model has great fuel economy
  • eAssist model has small trunk
  • Limited rear-seat headroom

New for 2012

  • New GS and eAssist trims
  • New touch-screen display and IntelliLink smartphone integration

2012 Buick Regal Overview

Reviewers wrote that the 2012 Regal’s standard four-cylinder engine is fine for driving around town, but some found that highway passing power is lacking. Most preferred the turbocharged four-cylinder engines in the Turbo and GS trims, which have more power and deliver quicker acceleration. The eAssist model features a four-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor. The Regal comes standard with front-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission. Turbocharged models are available with a six-speed manual. According to the EPA, the base 2012 Buick Regal gets 19/31 mpg city/highway, which is a bit low for the class. The eAssist model gets 25/36 mpg, which is better than what most upscale midsize cars get. Reviewers agreed that the base Regal has a firm, yet comfortable, ride, composed handling and smooth brakes. Many test drivers reported that the performance-oriented GS model has very athletic handling for a front-wheel drive car.

Automotive journalists said that the 2012 Regal's interior has high-end materials, a graceful design and large gauges. They added that the front seats are comfortable and have decent headroom, but they noted that rear-seat legroom and headroom can be tight. The Regal has a good amount of trunk space for the class, though the eAssist model has a smaller trunk because the battery pack takes up space. Standard features in the 2012 Regal include leather upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, a seven-speaker stereo, a USB input, Bluetooth and Buick’s IntelliLink smartphone integration. Available features include navigation, rear parking sensors, a Harman/Kardon stereo system and a power sunroof.

Other Cars to Consider

The 2012 Cadillac CTS has a powerful 3.6-liter V6, comfortable ride and composed handling, which are loved by reviewers. They also said the CTS has a dashing interior design, with high-quality materials and premium-looking visual accents.

Reviewers agreed that the 2012 Acura TL has top-notch interior materials and one of the roomiest back seats in the class. They were also pleased with the sporty handling on TL models with all-wheel drive, which they said helps the TL feel planted through fast corners.

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