Saturday, November 27, 2010
First Test: 2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo
Check Dealer Pricing On a New Buick Regal! A Better Buick? Yes. A Real Sport Sedan? No. November 03, 2010 / By Carlos Lago / Photography by Motor Trend Staff, The Manufacturer | Tweet Click to view GalleryThe last time Buick turbocharged a Regal, it became a legend, an impossible act to follow. And yet, this new Regal CXL Turbo, with its European-bred poshness and tailoring, is the best new Buick in a long time, perhaps since the venerable Grand National. Today's Regal is attractive, reasonably priced to its competition, and at first glance, has an impressive list of equipment. But that's in the historical vacuum; against the rest of the world, most of the 2011 Regal turbo's performance doesn't pan out. Click to view GalleryHere is a list of cars that are faster than the boosted Regal in ascending order of ridiculousness: Ford Taurus SEL, Honda Accord Crosstour, Toyota Sienna SE, Hummer H2. That's right: The last H2 we tested, the hulking, 6600-lb super-sized monstrosity of a thing, hit 60 mph in 7.1 seconds. The 2011 Regal, this Rebirth-of-Buick turbocharged one, does the same four-tenths of a second later. Click to view GalleryOn paper at least, its turbo 2.0-liter inline-four is plenty adequate, producing 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. But the mill is saddled with 3773 pounds of car, which is blindingly apparent in the Regal's best quarter mile run, a 15.7-second pass at 92.8 mph. For comparison's sake, our Regal tester is 384 pounds heavier than the last four-cylinder Acura TSX we tested and 502 pounds heavier than the Volkswagen CC 2.0T. Click to view GallerySpeaking of, how do the rest of the numbers stack up against the junior sport luxury segment? If you haven't guessed already, not well. Regardless of the powertrain, the Acura TSX and Volkswagen CC beat the Regal in a drag race. Actually, that's not true -- the TSX with the 201-horsepower, 2.4-liter four is a bit slower. It matches the Regal in the quarter mile.