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Old 07-14-2011, 10:20 PM
 
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They are nice, but it is hard to think of a Buick as anything other than an old persons car.
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Old 07-15-2011, 06:17 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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It's probably a nice car like most GM luxury lines nowadays, but I can't get past the facts that it's a WWD and is available only with automatic.
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Old 07-15-2011, 06:24 AM
 
Location: South Jersey
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I really like it.. I am driving in a Buick event this weekend in my area. I will let you know how the turbo 4 version runs Monday
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Old 07-15-2011, 08:24 AM
 
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My uncle had a GS back in the day. My best friend in the 1980s had a Grand National.

I don't have a problem seeing Buick as a performance brand.
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Old 07-15-2011, 08:59 AM
 
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I like them a lot. Personally I would love to see a more high performance version making between 260-300hp and mated to a six speed manual. The turbo engine in the Regal is already rated and capable of making those numbers, so they just need to decide they want to do it.
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Old 07-15-2011, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Poway, CA
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I'd love to buy one just to reinforce to GM (or any carmaker for that matter) how much some US drivers want a STICK in their sedan, but the FWD is a turnoff.

Mike
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Old 07-15-2011, 09:42 AM
 
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It's probably a nice car like most GM luxury lines nowadays, but I can't get past the facts that it's a WWD and is available only with automatic.
Just noticed this. FYI, you can get the Regal CXL Turbo with a 6 speed manual transmission in any trim option. It doesn't cost anymore either. It's Buick's first manual transmission since 1989.
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Old 07-15-2011, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Meh.

The Turbo is rated at 220hp and 258lb-ft. It gets 18/28mpg. It starts at $28k.

The Kia Optima and Hyundai Sonata 2.0T are rated at 274hp/269lb-ft. They get 22/34mpg. They start at $27k.

Quite a bit of difference.
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Old 07-15-2011, 11:58 AM
 
Location: South Jersey
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Meh.

The Turbo is rated at 220hp and 258lb-ft. It gets 18/28mpg. It starts at $28k.

The Kia Optima and Hyundai Sonata 2.0T are rated at 274hp/269lb-ft. They get 22/34mpg. They start at $27k.

Quite a bit of difference.
sure is.. A cheap Korean car vs. a well built American car
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Old 07-15-2011, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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sure is.. A cheap Korean car vs. a well built American car
Orly?

The Regal is built in Canada. Not the USA.

The Sonata is built in Alabama, USA.

The 2012 Optima will be built in Georgia, USA.

The Sonata has one of the highest ALG Residual values. In fact, it has a higher residual value than the Honda Accord. The Regal isn't even on the same page.

2011 Sonata hovers around 55-58% residual. The 2011 Regal CXL Turbo is at 47%.
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