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2012 Buick Regal Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: 2012 Buick Regal GS by wierz11

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Introduction

I purchased this car over: 2009 BMW 335xi, 2010 Infiniti G37x.
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rnI went with the Regal for the warranty, the cost to repair (GM is much cheaper than Infiniti or BMW), and how unique the car is. Everyone drives a BMW or Infiniti, time to change it up. I have not regretted my decision at all. It is a great car.

Reviewed: 2012 Buick Regal

4dr Sedan turbocharged 270hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Why the 2012 Buick Regal?

Powertrain performance

With 270HP/295FTLB of torque coming from a turbo 4, this car wow'd me. Also, with a tune, the car can put down 300HP/330FTLB, which was a nice boost.

Exterior styling

Gorgeous. The GS looks like nothing else on the road, and I have yet to see another. Plenty of people either look on the street or come talk to me in the gas station asking me "What is that car? It's nice!"

Audio & nav systems

For the price of a new vehicle with all of the added options, I would have had to go to a 2010 or older BMW/Infiniti for the same options.

Handling

With the selectable GS mode, it is like having M-Sport suspension (BMW) in the car. It also tightens up the steering to give it a sport sedan feel.

Safety & braking

Brembo brakes. Need I say more? Stopping power is awesome, stops 1 ft. shy of the C7 Corvette (Buick, you really stepped your game up).

Why Not the 2012 Buick Regal?

Controls and instruments

The wheel is gorgeous. But what is with the Battleship layout of buttons for the radio and such? The panel is too crowded. The 2014 interior looks much better.

Tires

Unfortunately, this car came with the 20" wheels (gorgeous!!!) but with summer only tires. I live in WI, so snow is a problem. I will need to purchase a new set of wheels and winter tires for when the snow comes.

Brand reputation & image

Whenever someone asks what car I bought, I say a 'Buick Regal GS'. I then get asked, "What are you, 70 years old? My grandpa drives a Buick!" That stigma will last for a while. But trust me, nothing screams "old person" about the GS.

Fuel economy

For being a turbo 4, I expected slightly better MPG (I average 26mpg mixed with premium). When adding in the Trifecta Performance tune on the car, I average around 29mpg, with the added HP/TQ. What gives, GM? Uncage this beast!

Rear seat room & comfort

Since the car came from Opel (EU), it is naturally made for smaller fold. The rear is comfortable, just a little lacking in legroom at times.

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