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FEATURES | 9 out of 10
The Regal's navigation system works pretty simply, with a beautiful display. Entertainment functions are equally well-displayed, and they operate via a control dial similar to BMW's iDrive.
Nobody to talk to? Turn up the optional Harman-Kardon audio system and plug into the USB jack, or go wireless with Bluetooth.
Road & Track
The car comes with all the latest gadgets like Bluetooth, satellite radio, navigation, and other widgets people seem to like.
The Regal will be available only in CXL trim at launch, with standard leather seating surfaces, a power driver’s seat, a standard six-speed automatic transmission, heated front seats, and satellite radio.
Car and Driver
Since we’ve only tested the $26,995 Regal CXL and the $29,495 CXL turbo, it’s a little more difficult to assess its standard and optional features. Again, we’ll revisit the scores when we learn more about the base Regal; until then, the Regal’s score of 9 out of 10 is based on a great set of useful features.
The standard-equipment list on the Regal CXL shows 18-inch wheels; climate control; power windows/locks/mirrors; an AM/FM/CD/XM/MP3 audio system; leather upholstery; power heated front seats; Bluetooth; and a USB port for audio players.
The options list is set to include a premium sound system with a 10GB hard drive and a 1GB flash drive for music storage. There’s also an available navigation system, which other reviewers found easy to use. In our hands, the unit seemed a little clunky; some commands require you use both a controller wheel and then press a separate button to lock in instructions. Take it to heart, GM—and Audi, and BMW, and Mercedes. Touchscreen units are vastly easier to use. If it works for Apple, it has to be okay for cars. A touchscreen version has been confirmed for the 2012 model.
The 2011 Buick Regal wears its luxury mantle of tech features well; we’d give the navigation system a pass.