2011 Buick Regal vs. Its Competition

2011 Buick Regal
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

Buick points to the Volvo S60 and the Acura TSX as chief competitors.

In sales, those are pretty low hurdles to clear, but the S60 does have some of the finest front seats on the planet, and its wedgy look is entirely new this year.

The TSX has the awkward new Acura styling theme—the bottle-opener grille—as well as a heavier, pricier, and not much more powerful V-6 version to live down, while in truth it’s a comfortable four-door with good steering and lots of high-tech gear.

The Nissan Maxima and Volkswagen CC are both rebodied versions of stock family sedans.

The CC’s a little more clever in its look and its twin-bucket rear seats; the Maxima looks fine outside, but has a lower-rent interior and suffers with a CVT that turns the power band into a slurry of grunts and growls.

The car the Regal should fear most? The Hyundai Sonata, which carries a base price under $20,000, but adds Turbo and Hybrid versions this year for less than the normally aspirated Regal CXL’s $27,000 sticker price.

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2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon2011 Acura TSX
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2011 Hyundai Sonata 4-door Sedan I4 Auto Limited Angular Front Exterior View2011 Hyundai Sonata
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2011 Nissan Maxima 4-door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 S Angular Front Exterior View2011 Nissan Maxima
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2011 Volkswagen CC 4-door Sedan Lux Angular Front Exterior View2011 Volkswagen CC
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Quick Specs
8.6
We’ve always wanted a sedan as sleek and comfortable as this—but if the Regal’s going to wear a Buick badge, it probably needs more room and more power.
8.2
The 2011 Acura TSX is the essence of what the brand should be: compact, light, efficient, and user-friendly—not to mention fully equipped.
8.6
The 2011 Hyundai Sonata takes some smart styling and performance risks to raise its profile.
7.8
The 2011 Nissan Maxima is no longer primarily a sport sedan; think of it as comfortable and refined first, with its sportiness a bonus, and you’ll be happy.
8.0
The 2011 Volkswagen CC has performance that doesn't altogether match its sexy shape, and seating space is disappointing, but otherwise there's a lot to like.
8.4
Volvo is no longer just for those who want to play it safe; the new S60 is a stylish and well-designed sport sedan that's very enjoyable to drive - even if it trades off a bit of edginess for comfort and refinement.
MSRP From     
$26,360$29,610$19,395$31,750$28,200$37,700
Gas Mileage     
18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas L4Gas I4Gas I4Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I4Twin-Scroll Turbocharged Gas I6
EPA Class     
Midsize CarsCompactLarge CarsMid-SizeCompactCompact
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan CXL RL5 (Oshawa)4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual GLS *Ltd Avail*4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 S4-Door Sedan Manual Sport4-Door Sedan w/Moonroof
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront-Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555545
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/manual shiftAutomaticManual w/ODContinuously VariableManualAutomatic,
Detailed Spec Comparison
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