My buddy Kristin, with whom I'll be shooting some BEER2WHISKEY videos, and me at the awads dinner for this year's Texas Truck Rodeo.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Taking It to the Streets: A First Look at the Buick Regal Turbo

I just returned from putting the first 25 miles on a 2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo. I am thoroughly impressed. Including the destination charge, the base price is $29,495. Its turbo-charged inline four delivers 220 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. It gets 29 mpg on the highway, thanks in part to a six-speed automatic tranny.

It looks great inside and out. Buick didn't skimp on the styling. A rich-looking cabin has the full-range of luxuries like leather seating, full power accessories, remote keyless entry, a seven-speaker audio system with USB port, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity and six airbags.

My test Regal has a $2,605 option package that includes rear-seat airbags, 19-inch alloy wheels, and an upgraded Harmon/Kardon nine-speaker audio system, among other enhancements.

This is a lot of bang for the buck and a pure joy to drive. Thankfully the snow is gone and I can push it a bit. This is a sedan well worth shopping. It should give some imports fits.

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