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 Buick RegalBrowse Used Listings||2011 Acura TSXBrowse Used Listings||2011 Hyundai SonataBrowse Used Listings||2011 Nissan MaximaBrowse Used Listings||2011 Volkswagen CCBrowse Used Listings||2011 Volvo S60Browse Used Listings|
|18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy|
|Gas L4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas V6||Turbocharged Gas I4||Twin-Scroll Turbocharged Gas I6|
|Midsize Cars||Compact||Large Cars||Mid-Size||Compact||Compact|
|4-Door Sedan CXL RL5 (Oshawa)||4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic||4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual GLS *Ltd Avail*||4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 S||4-Door Sedan Manual Sport||4-Door Sedan w/Moonroof|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front-Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive|
|Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
|Automatic w/manual shift||Automatic||Manual w/OD||Continuously Variable||Manual||Automatic,|
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