2012 Buick Regal Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$27,055-$34,835
$25,973-$33,442
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What's New for 2012:
- New sporty GS trim
- eAssist hybrid technology added to engine
- Upgraded electronics interface

Exterior Features
The Buick Regal is a sporty, midsize front-wheel-drive sedan that offers luxury features at a popular price. The Regal is available in four variations: base, Turbo, eAssist, and the more powerful, fully featured GS trim. The base Regal features 18-inch wheels, automatic headlights, fog lights, keyless entry, and heated mirrors. The Turbo and eAssist trims add keyless ignition. The GS trim adds Xenon headlights, 19-inch wheels, sport suspension, Brembo brakes, adaptive suspension dampers, and various styling accents.

Interior Features
Standard interior features on the Buick Regal include leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, power accessories that include an 8-way power driver's seat, Bluetooth connectivity, OnStar, and a 7-speaker sound system. The Turbo and eAssist include rear parking sensors and a power-adjustable passenger seat. The GS includes upgraded interior styling, Harman Kardon sound system, and front sport seats.

Optional Features
Many of the standard premium features on upper trims are available as packages for the base trim. The GS offers 20-inch wheels with summer performance tires, while all trims offer a sunroof and navigation system.

Under the Hood
The 2012 Buick Regal's standard power plant is a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 182 horsepower. The Regal with eAssist hybrid technology adds an electric motor and lithium-ion battery system that improves fuel efficiency by approximately 25%, Buick says. Both of these trims are fitted with a 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shifters. The Regal Turbo trim features a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers 220 horsepower, with an optional 6-speed manual transmission. The turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard on the GS, but additionally charged to deliver 270 horsepower. A manual transmission is standard on the GS, with an automatic transmission optional.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Buick Regal are:
- Regal with 2.4-liter engine: 19/31/23 mpg (city/highway/combined)
- Regal with 2.4-liter engine with eAssist: 25/36/29 mpg
- Regal Turbo trim with automatic transmission: 18/29/22 mpg
- Regal Turbo trim with manual transmission: 20/32/24 mpg
- Regal GS with manual transmission: 19/27/22 mpg

Safety
Safety features of note on the 2012 Buick Regal include anti-lock disc brakes, traction control, front-seat side air bags, and side curtain air bags. Rear-seat side air bags are optional.

To date, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has not conducted tests on the 2012 Buick Regal. In safety tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Regal received a \"Good\" rating--the Institute's highest--for all crash protection tests.


What's New for 2012:
- New sporty GS trim
- eAssist hybrid technology added to engine
- Upgraded electronics interface

Exterior Features
The Buick Regal is a sporty, midsize front-wheel-drive sedan that offers luxury features at a popular price. The Regal is available in four variations: base, Turbo, eAssist, and the more powerful, fully featured GS trim. The base Regal features 18-inch wheels, automatic headlights, fog lights, keyless entry, and heated mirrors. The Turbo and eAssist trims add keyless ignition. The GS trim adds Xenon headlights, 19-inch wheels, sport suspension, Brembo brakes, adaptive suspension dampers, and various styling accents.

Interior Features
Standard interior features on the Buick Regal include leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, power accessories that include an 8-way power driver's seat, Bluetooth connectivity, OnStar, and a 7-speaker sound system. The Turbo and eAssist include rear parking sensors and a power-adjustable passenger seat. The GS includes upgraded interior styling, Harman Kardon sound system, and front sport seats.

Optional Features
Many of the standard premium features on upper trims are available as packages for the base trim. The GS offers 20-inch wheels with summer performance tires, while all trims offer a sunroof and navigation system.

Under the Hood
The 2012 Buick Regal's standard power plant is a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 182 horsepower. The Regal with eAssist hybrid technology adds an electric motor and lithium-ion battery system that improves fuel efficiency by approximately 25%, Buick says. Both of these trims are fitted with a 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shifters. The Regal Turbo trim features a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers 220 horsepower, with an optional 6-speed manual transmission. The turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard on the GS, but additionally charged to deliver 270 horsepower. A manual transmission is standard on the GS, with an automatic transmission optional.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Buick Regal are:
- Regal with 2.4-liter engine: 19/31/23 mpg (city/highway/combined)
- Regal with 2.4-liter engine with eAssist: 25/36/29 mpg
- Regal Turbo trim with automatic transmission: 18/29/22 mpg
- Regal Turbo trim with manual transmission: 20/32/24 mpg
- Regal GS with manual transmission: 19/27/22 mpg

Safety
Safety features of note on the 2012 Buick Regal include anti-lock disc brakes, traction control, front-seat side air bags, and side curtain air bags. Rear-seat side air bags are optional.

To date, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has not conducted tests on the 2012 Buick Regal. In safety tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Regal received a \"Good\" rating--the Institute's highest--for all crash protection tests.


Available Trims for the 2012 Buick Regal
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name Base (4dr Sdn) Transmission Manual MSRP 27055.00 Engine 2.4L/145 City/Hwy MPG 25/36
Name Premium 1 (4dr Sdn) Transmission Manual MSRP 28490.00 Engine 2.4L/145 City/Hwy MPG 25/36
Name Premium 2 (4dr Sdn) Transmission Manual MSRP 29900.00 Engine 2.4L/145 City/Hwy MPG 25/36
Name Turbo Premium 1 (4dr Sdn) Transmission Manual MSRP 30260.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 20/32
Name Turbo Premium 2 (4dr Sdn) Transmission Manual MSRP 31670.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 20/32
Name Turbo Premium 3 (4dr Sdn) Transmission Manual MSRP 32920.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 20/32
Name GS (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic MSRP 34835.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 18/29
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INTERIOR
  • Seats, front bucket with seatback pockets
  • Seat trim, leather-appointed seating
  • Seat adjuster, driver 8-way power
  • Seat adjuster, driver 4-way power lumbar
  • Seat adjuster, passenger, 4-way manual, 2-way power vertical
  • Seats, heated driver and front passenger
  • Headrests, rear, outboard seats, adjustable (up/down)
  • Seats, rear split-folding
  • Armrest, center, rear with 2 integral cup holders
  • Console, floor, front, premium with armrest and covered storage
  • Floor mats, carpeted front with anchors
  • Floor mats, carpeted rear
  • Steering column, tilt and telescopic, manual
  • Steering wheel, leather-wrapped, 4-spoke
  • Compass display, located in the Driver Information Center
  • Display, driver instrument information enhanced, one color
  • Sensor, humidity and windshield temperature
  • Window, power with front passenger Express-Up/Down
  • Windows, power, rear with Express-Down
  • Window, power with driver Express-Up/Down
  • Retained accessory power, power windows, audio system and sunroof (where applicable) remain operational after ignition is switched off for 10 minutes or until a door is opened
  • Door locks, power programmable with lockout protection
  • Remote Keyless Entry, extended-range
  • Cruise control
  • Theft-deterrent system, content theft alarm
  • Theft-deterrent system, immobilizer, vehicle, PASS-Key III
  • Air conditioning, dual-zone automatic climate control with individual climate settings for driver and right-front passenger
  • Air vents, rear, heating/cooling
  • Air filtration system
  • Defogger, rear-window electric
  • Power outlet, front auxiliary, 12-volt, covered
  • Power outlet, front auxiliary, 12-volt, console
  • Cup holders, 2 front console, covered, 2 rear armrest
  • Mirror, inside rearview auto-dimming
  • Visors, driver and front passenger illuminated vanity mirrors, sliding
  • Assist handles, front passenger and rear outboard with coat hooks on rear passenger assist handles
  • Lighting, interior overhead courtesy lamp and dual reading lamps
  • Lighting, interior, roof, rear courtesy and dual reading lights
  • Lighting, interior, front floor, cargo and glovebox
  • Cargo net
  • Seat adjuster, front passenger 8-way power
  • Seat adjuster, front passenger 4-way power lumbar
  • E-Z Key Passive Entry System, extended range with (BTM) keyless start and automatic door lock/unlock features
  • Keyless start, push button
  • Remote vehicle starter system
  • Universal Home Remote includes garage door opener, 3-channel, programmable
  • Power outlet, 120-volt
  • Remote vehicle starter system (Not available with (MR6) 6-speed manual transmission)
  • Seats, front sport bucket
  • Steering wheel, leather-wrapped, 3-spoke, ergonomic
EXTERIOR
  • Wheels, 18" x 8" (45.7 cm x 20.3 cm) 13-spoke painted alloy (Not available with (LUK) 2.4L ECOTEC 4-cylinder engine with eAssist technology)
  • Tires, P235/50R18 V-rated all-season, blackwall (Not available with (LUK) 2.4L ECOTEC 4-cylinder engine with eAssist technology)
  • Tire, compact spare, 16" (40.6 cm) includes steel wheel and jack kit (Not available with (LUK) 2.4L ECOTEC 4-cylinder engine with eAssist technology)
  • Moldings, bright, window surround
  • Sill plates, front, bright
  • Fascias, front and rear body-color
  • Grille, Black chrome/spectre Gray waterfall premium finish with bright chrome surround and Buick tri-shield
  • Headlamps, halogen composite with flash-to-pass feature , automatic on and off, automatic delay and warning buzzer
  • Fog lamps, front, halogen
  • Lamp, center high-mounted stop/brake (CHMSL)
  • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, body-color, manual-folding with integrated turn signal indicators
  • Glass, Solar-Ray light-tinted
  • Windshield, solar absorbing
  • Wipers, front intermittent
  • Door handles, body-color
  • Door handles, body-color with chrome strips
  • Headlamps, high intensity discharge (HID), Bi-Xenon projector lamps flash-to-pass feature, automatic on and off, automatic delay and warning buzzer
  • Wheels, 18" x 8" (45.7 cm x 20.3 cm) 13-spoke painted alloy
  • Tires, P235/50R18 V-rated all-season, blackwall
  • Tire, compact spare, 17" (43.2 cm) includes steel wheel and jack kit
  • Wheels, 19" (48.3 cm) 9-spoke painted, machined alloy
  • Tires, P245/40R19 all-season, blackwall
  • Wheels, 19" x 8.5" (48.3 cm x 21.6 cm) 5-twin spoke alloy
  • Tire repair kit
  • Moldings, Satin chrome, window surround
  • Moldings, body-color lower rocker, unique
  • Fascias, front and rear body-color, unique
MECHANICAL
  • Engine, 2.4L ECOTEC DOHC, 4-cylinder SIDI (Spark Ignition Direct Injection) with VVT (Variable Valve Timing)and E85 capability (182 hp [135.7 kW] @ 6700 rpm, 172 lb-ft of torque [232.2 N-m] @ 4900 rpm) (On Retail orders, built-out for the model year)
  • Transmission, 6-speed automatic, electronically controlled with overdrive includes Driver Shift Control (Not available with (LUK) 2.4L ECOTEC 4-cylinder engine with eAssist technology)
  • Axle, 3.23 final drive ratio (Not available with (LUK) 2.4L ECOTEC 4-cylinder engine with eAssist technology)
  • Front wheel drive
  • Battery, maintenance free with rundown protection, heavy-duty 512 cold-cranking amps (Not available with (LUK) 2.4L ECOTEC 4-cylinder engine with eAssist technology)
  • Alternator, 120 amps (Not available with (LUK) 2.4L ECOTEC 4-cylinder engine with eAssist technology)
  • Suspension, front MacPherson strut
  • Suspension, rear 4-link
  • Steering, power, electric
  • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc with Brake Assist
  • Brake, parking, electronic
  • Tool kit, road emergency (Not available with (LUK) 2.4L ECOTEC 4-cylinder engine with eAssist technology)
  • Exhaust, dual stainless-steel with hidden turned down tips (Not available with (LUK) Engine, ECOTEC 2.4L DOHC 4-cylinder DI (Direct Injection), 4-cylinder with eAssist technology.)
  • 2.0L ECOTEC DOHC 4-cylinder SIDI (Spark Ignition Direct Injection), VVT (Variable Valve Timing) intercooled turbo and E85 capable (GS is not E85 capable) (Turbo - 220 hp [164.0 kW] @ 5300 rpm and 260 lb-ft of torque [348.3 N-m] @ 2000 rpm.)
  • Transmission, 6-speed automatic, electronically controlled with overdrive includes Driver Shift Control
  • Axle, 3.23 final drive ratio
  • Battery, maintenance free with rundown protection, heavy-duty 512 cold-cranking amps
  • Alternator, 120 amps
  • Steering, power, variable effort
  • Tool kit, road emergency
  • Exhaust, dual-outlet stainless-steel with bright tips
  • Axle, 3.23 final drive ratio (Not available with (MR6) 6-speed manual transmission)
  • Chassis continuously variable real time damping
  • Interactive Drive Control System with Sport, Tour and Standard modes (GS replaces Tour mode with GS mode)
  • 2.0L ECOTEC DOHC 4-cylinder SIDI (Spark Ignition Direct Injection), VVT (Variable Valve Timing) intercooled turbo and E85 capable (GS is not E85 capable) (GS estimated at 270 hp [201 kW] @ 5300 rpm and 295 lb-ft of torque [400 N-m] @ 2500-4000 rpm.)
  • Transmission, 6-speed manual
  • Axle, 3.76 final drive ratio
  • Suspension, front, HiPer Strut
  • Brakes, antilock, disc, Brembo with Brake Assist
  • Exhaust, dual-outlet stainless-steel integrated in fascia
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • Head restraints, 2-way adjustable (up/down), front
    • StabiliTrak, stability control system with Traction Control
    • Daytime Running Lamps, switchable
    • Air bags, dual-stage frontal and side-impact, driver and right-front passenger and head curtain side-impact, front and rear outboard seating positions (Head curtain side air bags are designed to help reduce the risk of head and neck injuries to front and rear seat outboard occupants on the near side of certain side-impact collisions. Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your child's age and size, even in vehicles equipped with air bags. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate infant, child or booster seat. See the Owner's Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)
    • Air bag Passenger Sensing System, sensor indicator inflatable restraint, front passenger/child presence detector (Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your child's age and size. Even in vehicles equipped with air bags and the Passenger Sensing System, children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate infant, child or booster seat. Never place a rear-facing infant restraint in the front seat of any vehicle equipped with an active frontal air bag. See the Owner's Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)
    • OnStar, 6 months of Directions and Connections plan includes Automatic Crash Response, Emergency Services, Crisis Assist, Stolen Vehicle Assistance including Remote Ignition Block, Remote Door Unlock, Turn-by-Turn Navigation with Destination Download (requires navigation radio) and OnStar eNav (where available), OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, Roadside Assistance, Remote Horn and Lights, and Hands Free Calling (Visit onstar.com for details and system limitations.)
    • Automatic Crash Response
    • Stolen Vehicle Assistance
    • OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation
    • Safety belts, 3-point, driver and front passenger, height-adjustable includes pretensioners and load limiters
    • Safety belts, 3-point, rear, all seating positions
    • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren), for child safety seats in all rear seating positions
    • Door locks, child security rear
    • Trunk latch, safety
    • Tire Pressure Monitor System
    • Horn, dual-note high and low
    • Rear Parking Assist, Ultrasonic with audible warning
    • Air bags, dual-stage frontal and side-impact, driver and right-front passenger, head curtain side-impact, front and rear outboard seating positions and rear seat mounted thorax (Head curtain side air bags are designed to help reduce the risk of head and neck injuries to front and rear seat outboard occupants on the near side of certain side-impact collisions. Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your child's age and size, even in vehicles equipped with air bags. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate infant, child or booster seat. See the Owner's Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)
    • Parking assist, front and rear, Ultrasonic with audible warning
    ENTERTAINMENT
    • Audio system, AM/FM/SiriusXM stereo with MP3 CD player, USB and AUX port IntelliLink with 7" color LED touch screen display, MP3/WMA playback, iPod support and upgradeable software
    • Audio system feature, 7-speaker system
    • Audio system feature, USB port with iPod connectivity
    • Steering wheel controls, mounted audio and cruise controls
    • SiriusXM Satellite Radio is standard on nearly all 2012 GM models. Enjoy a 3-month trial to the 'XM Select' package, with over 170 channels including commercial-free music, all your favorite sports, exclusive talk and entertainment. And now add premium channels to your trial at no-cost. Welcome to the world of satellite radio. (Requires a subscription sold separately by SiriusXM after the first 90 days which is continuous until you call SiriusXM to cancel. Available only in the 48 contiguous United States and D.C. Visit siriusxm.com for details.)
    • Bluetooth for phone and music, personal cell phone connectivity to vehicle audio system HMI (Human Machine Interface), phonebook access, voice recognition for audio, phone, phonebook and music selection, Pandora and Stitcher Smartphone compatible, SiriusXM weather and data services, and software Bluetooth and Smartphone interface upgradeable
    • Antenna, integral rear, roof-mounted, body-color
    • Audio system feature, Harman/Kardon 336-watt, 5.1 Matrix Surround, 9-speaker system

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