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2012 Buick Regal Premium 2

2012 Buick Regal Review

(0 Stars)  Buick's Euro-flavored mid-size: mild, medium, or extra spicy.

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Overview
Although it's not yet Buick's best-selling model, the Regal has become the center of gravity for the brand. Not only does it sit in the heart of the lineup -- below the LaCrosse and above the new Verano -- but it also has the widest range of variants. All Regals are derived from the Opel Insignia and have a firmer, more-European-style chassis setup than you might expect from Buick. The Regal Turbo and the GS add driver-adjustable steering effort and adaptive dampers. The base Regal is powered by an adequate but uninspiring 2.4-liter four. Add the eAssist system, however (a $2000 option), and the Regal becomes economical and more responsive. Fuel economy shoots up from 19/31 to 25/36 mpg, which is exceptional for this class. For those seeking power rather than economy, the Regal Turbo gets 220 hp from its 2.0-liter four and can be had with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. The Regal GS has all kinds of serious sport-sedan hardware, with one major omission. Among the highlights are a 270-hp version of the 2.0-liter turbo four, deeply bolstered sport seats upholstered in leather, Brembo disc brakes, a lower ride height, a redesigned front suspension, and a standard six-speed stick (with an automatic option due midyear). The glaring omission is all-wheel drive, as the high-output turbo's 295 lb-ft of torque is an awful lot to send through the front wheels. All-wheel drive is available on this chassis in Europe but not here; as a consolation, the GS gets what GM calls its HiPer Strut front suspension, which helps minimize torque steer.

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2012 Regal Premium 2 Sedan Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 2.4L Ecotec in-line four-cylinder DOHC with variable valve timing
E85 / unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 15 MPG city, 22 MPG highway, 17 MPG combined and 306 mi. range
Gasoline direct fuel injection
18.0gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 182 hp @ 6,700 rpm; 172 ft lb of torque @ 4,900 rpm
Secondary fuel economy:

'12 Buick Premium 2 Reviews

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'12 Buick Premium 2 Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Compass
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Vehicle Information Center
  Interior  
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Air Filtration System
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Cargo Net
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Cup Holders
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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HID Headlights
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Parking Distance Control
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Rear Side Airbag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Dual Power Seats
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Folding Rear Seat
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Heated Front Seats
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Leather Seats
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
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iPod Connector
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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GPS/Satellite Communication
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
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Voice Activated Controls
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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