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The Daily Drivers: Second look | By Peter Couture and Lyra Solochek, Times Staff Writers

The Daily Drivers: Turbo is final piece in Buick Regal's puzzle

Appearance: The signature waterfall grille anchors the front with gentle curves and lines throughout. Chrome accents stood out nicely against the striking Carbon Black Metallic color. The turbo version adds dual stainless steel exhaust with bright tips.

Performance: The turbo was Regal's missing piece. With 40 extra horses and 86 more pound-feet of torque, this sedan went from ho-hum to exciting. Acceleration was solid, and there was no hesitation merging onto the interstate.

Interior: The cabin looks elegant, but the "economy plastic" reminds us it's an entry-level luxury car. Our tester came with the Cashmere interior with cocoa trim, wood-grain accent and some faux aluminum. The center console is full of buttons, which are backlit at night. The interior, including the instrument gauges, glows blue with ambient lighting. The leather seats were firm and comfortable, but we wish they had a bit more bolstering for when we zip through turns.

When we first reviewed the reinvented 2011 Buick Regal last fall, we were impressed with its sporty European look (it's built in Germany) but were underwhelmed by its performance. Now comes the long-awaited turbo version, which makes this sedan an all-around winner.

2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo

Price: $28,745 start, $34,630 as tested

Powertrain: 2.0-liter Turbo I-4, 6-speed automatic, FWD

Horsepower: 220

Torque: 258 pound-

feet

Curb weight: 3,600 pounds

Dimensions

in inches:

Wheelbase, 107.8

Length, 190.2

Width, 73.1

Fuel economy:

18 miles per gallon city, 28 mpg highway

Fuel type: Regular unleaded

Website: buick.com/regal

The Daily Drivers: Turbo is final piece in Buick Regal's puzzle 05/18/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 18, 2011 5:30am]

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