2011 Buick Regal Turbocharged Test Drive and Review

A year or so ago when I drove the new 2010 Buick Regal, I was sort of hard on it.  As I recall, I called it the “biggest disappointment of the year”.  I mentioned, too, the lack of power and noted that a turbocharged version was coming out later.  It did, and I have had this turbo version this week.  The results have been MUCH better for me.

Although the horsepower number seems anemic at just 220, I will say that the car feels much more powerful and it certainly doesn’t feel like your run-of-the-mill 2.0 liter inline 4-cylinder.  This Regal feels like a V6, and this is not a light car by any stretch, weighing in at over 3700 pounds.  The 6-speed automatic is smooth and delivers good fuel economy when driving normally.

My white 2011 Buick Regal Turbocharged review car was a pleasure to look at, with distinctive lines, and it was delivered to me in a white exterior with 19” chrome wheels which make it look sharp.  The car actually has very clean lines and does not look much like a Buick at all from the side or back.

I liked the handling of the last Regal I drove and this one is even better with Interactive Drive Control that lets you choose normal, sport, or tour.  There are nice differences between the three and I like the handling of this turbo model even more.  You can enhance the shifting of the transmission and the steering with the different settings and that makes this car a lot of fun to drive.  Nothing floaty or sloppy about the Regal’s ride.

Interior is spacious and very well appointed, signature Buick all the way.  The sound system is awesome.  I was expecting the normal Bose system I am used to in GM products and was delighted to find a Harmon/Kardon system.  Available are the voice-activated navigation system, dual power seats that are heated, XM radio, Blue tooth connectivity, parking assist and much more.

Trunk space is surprisingly large, rear seat room is terrific for a true mid-sized car, and overall I came away from this car with a much better feeling.  I will, in fact, recommend this car.

  • What I liked most:  The 19” wheels, of course.
  • What I would change if I could: I would add 30 more horses in the turbo model.
  • MSRP as tested: Just over $32000.
  • Fuel Economy: An impressive 28 highway, but only 18 in town.
  • Regal turbo in a few words: A very likable car.
  1. Glenn E Bell 7 years ago

    Are you planing on do a review on the new Buick Verano?

  2. Harvey Meltzer 6 years ago

    I recently test drove the 2011 and 2012 Buick Regal Turbo. yes the performance lived up to your review. BUT i felt like I was in a high powered go kart. There was many blind spots. and the interior was really not roomy. I guess I am spoiled I drive a 2002 Buick Regal LS. And I probably could out run the turbo and put the little one inside of it. Oh and I have 191K runs like new. “proper and Timley” maint. accounts for the milage.

    • Jerry 6 years ago

      Hey Harvey, thanks for listening to the show. I hear what you are saying; this new Regal doesn’t stack up very well to the 2002, but much has changed like emission standards and Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards.

      The Regal is a great car by today’s standards, but is much different than what you’re used to.

      Let me know if I can do anything for you.

      Jerry Reynolds “The Car Pro”

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