The 2012 Buick Regal gains two new models — a 37-mpg mild-hybrid and a 255-horsepower sports edition — as Buick strives to craft a younger brand image. The Regal nameplate resurfaced on this midsize sedan for model-year 2011 after a six-year exile, the reborn 2012 Buick Regal is essentially an Americanized version of the popular Open Insignia sedan from GM’s German division.
The 2012 Buick Regal images continues as a stylish, front-wheel-drive four-door that embraces some very un-Buick concepts: it uses only four-cylinder engines, for example, and encourages driver involvement with available turbochargers and six-speed manual transmissions. We do like that the2012 Buick Regal lineup has received some much-needed bolstering, but it still misses the mark set by other entry-level luxury sport sedans.
The 2012 Buick Regal is offered in base, Turbo and GS trim levels. The 2012 Buick Regal styling carries over from model-year 2011 — except for the subtle performance cues making their debut on the sporty new 2012 Buick Regal GS model. The Regal comes closer to its intended premium sport sedan target with the introduction of the 2012 Buick Regal GS.
With engine output increased to 270 horsepower (up from the 2012 Buick Regal Turbo engine with 220 hp), a more firmly tuned suspension, a standard manual transmission, Brembo brakes and available summer performance tires, the 2012 Buick Regal GS certainly holds more appeal to those looking for driving excitement. The 2012 Buick Regal GS is also eligible for optional 20-inch wheels with summer performance tires, other options available on this and supporting trims include a sunroof and a navigation system.
The 2012 Buick Regal engine lineup stretches to tempt buyers interested in a green driving experience and those hot for extra go. The core powertrains are unchanged and will account for the lion’s share of Regal sales. The 2012 Buick Regal base engine is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that produces 182 hp and 172 pound-feet of torque.
All are based on fully modern four-cylinder designs and boast today’s most advanced fuel-delivery system, direct fuel injection in which the combustible mix is introduced directly into the cylinder to maximize power and fuel economy and to minimize exhaust emissions from the 2012 Buick Regal. The EPA estimates mileage for the base unit 2012 Buick Regal at 19 mpg city/31 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined.
New for model-year 2012 is the 2012 Buick Regal eAssist, which draws its name from the electric-motor-assist which delivers 15 horsepower and 79 pound-feet of torque to augment the 2.4-liter four-cylinder during rapid acceleration or on demanding inclines.
2012 Buick Regal Competitors
In Buick’s lineup, 2012 Buick Regal slots above the new-for-2012 Verano compact sedan, which is based on the Chevrolet Cruze, and below the full-size LaCrosse, which was designed in China to satisfy’s Buick’s large following there. The 2012 Buick Regal is slightly smaller inside and out than midsize stalwarts like the Chevrolet Malibu, Honda Accord, and Toyota Camry.
But the 2012 Buick Regal seats four adults in comfort as long as rear passengers don’t require copious headroom. At 14.3 cubic feet, the 2012 Buick Regal trunk volume is midsize-class competitive. The 2012 Buick Regal review said the car would compete with the Acura TSX Sport Wagon and Audi A4 Avant. Like those cars—as well as GM’s own Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon—expect the 2012 Buick Regal to get a consumer-friendly name in an attempt to coddle U.S. consumers, most of whom are ninnies and won’t buy anything labeled solely as a wagon.
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