Preparing to shoot a few segments of Big Jon in 5 for BEER2WHISKEY in our upstairs studio at Barley's Taproom in downtown Greenville. That's owner Josh Beebe preparing for his closeup.

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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