I had the choice of purchasing the BMW or the Buick and I went with the Buick. That was the best decision ever. This car rides very smoothly. It's easy to jump in and go. It actually looks like the BMW on the side.
Having previously owned various German and Japanese makes, I can say that this is a standout vehicle and a great value (especially used via CARMAX). Don't let the Buick grille fool you -- this is an award-winning, autobahn-bred Opel Insignia from Germany! From all I've read, the Turbo is the one to get (not the base 2.4-liter).
Unlike BMW 3-series, the Regal runs on regular gas and with smoother riding regular tires (NOT run-flats). The interior is far nicer than BMW, while the turbo 2.0 motor has more low-end torque and a broad mid-range power band.
It is amazingly quiet as well. As with most Euro-sedans, it has a few quirks (some non-intuitive controls, firm seats, and less than ideal cupholders), but features a beautiful, aero look that seems very up-to-date.
While not quite the "driver's car" as is a rear-drive sports sedan, the CXL exhibits no front-drive torque steer and has wonderfully neutral steering and handling. Plus it has many standard features that you would have to pay extra for in other makes, and some that are not even offered elsewhere.
Do yourself a favor and check out the new Buick Regal. It is NOT your grandfather's Buick, that's for sure!
Most Unvomfortable Car I have ever expereinced
2011 Buick RegalJerryG - Haymarket, VA07/24/2011
I have seen all the rave reviews by theso called experts. But recently we I rented a 2011 Buick Regal while on vacation and drov it for a week driving from Burlington, Vt to Quebec City, Quebec Canada,toBost Mass. You feel every bump and the seats are rock hard. The back seats are particulair hard. We had firends ad we shared the driving - we all agreed the car was extremely uncomfortable. If you spend any significant time behind the wheel you will be sore. I would never accept one of these for a rental again.