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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
Nobody to talk to? Turn up the optional Harman-Kardon audio system and plug into the USB jack, or go wireless with Bluetooth.
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The car comes with all the latest gadgets like Bluetooth, satellite radio, navigation, and other widgets people seem to like.
Buick wants shoppers to see the 2012 Regal as a premium choice in its size class, so it supplies a lot of standard equipment in each model.
Every Regal includes standard power features; air conditioning; an AM/FM/XM audio system with a flash drive for music on the go; a USB port; Bluetooth; leather front seats and steering wheel; heated front seats; and on the way, Buick IntelliLink, which connects smartphones to the car's systems and allows drivers to use apps like Pandora on the go.
Options on the base model include pushbutton start; rear parking sensors; a power passenger front seat; a Harmon Kardon surround-sound system; rear side airbags; and a garage remote.
Turbo Regals include this equipment, and offer the adjustable Interactive Drive Control System as an option, along with 19-inch wheels. On top of this, the Regal GS has standard IDCS and its own 19-inch wheels; 20-inch wheels and summer tires are an option, as is a sunroof.
Buick's new navigation system, an option on the Regal, eliminates our biggest complaint with last year's model. The old knob-driven controls are still there, but the display is now a touchscreen, which makes entry of destinations much easier.
All told, a Regal GS can push the sedan's base price from the $27,000 range up to nearly $40,000. That's in line with competition like the Acura TSX, Volvo S60 and Lincoln MKZ, but a noticeable jump from less luxurious family four-doors.
With its new touchscreen navigation option, the 2012 Buick Regal fixes the only big bug in its features list.