2012 Buick Regal vs. Its Competition

2012 Buick Regal GS
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The current Buick Regal has a narrow set of competitors, what with its premium price tag and less than huge interior room.

The Acura TSX is big in its targets, and the Regal has comparable space and handling, with the boost of turbocharging on its side, not to mention much better styling.

The VW CC is closest to it, spec for spec, but has even less sporting intent.

The Nissan Maxima has grabby styling, but it also has a CVT, an unappealing transmission with few virtues outside of simplicity and fuel economy.

Volvo's S60 is a wedgy Swedish delight, and offers all-wheel drive to go with its turbo boost.

Finally, much less expensive Hyundai Sonata and its close kin, the Kia Optima, offer even more space and better gas mileage than the Regal, but don't cut as finely honed a shape, and don't have the premium interior materials the Regal has, either.

2012 Buick Regal GS2012 Buick Regal
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2012 Acura TSX 5dr Sport Wagon I4 Auto Tech Pkg Angular Front Exterior View2012 Acura TSX
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2012 Hyundai Sonata 4-door Sedan 2.4L Auto Limited Side Exterior View2012 Hyundai Sonata
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2011 Nissan Maxima 4-door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 S Angular Front Exterior View2012 Nissan Maxima
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2012 Volkswagen CC 4-door Sedan Lux Angular Front Exterior View2012 Volkswagen CC
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2012 Volvo S60 AWD 4-door Sedan T6 Angular Front Exterior View2012 Volvo S60
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Quick Specs
A new GS flavor rounds out the 2012 Buick Regal menu, and leaves an even sweeter taste in our mouths.
With attractive designs and a light, efficient driving feel, the 2012 Acura TSX lineup strikes an ideal balance for a front-wheel-drive sport sedan or sport wagon.
After more than a decade on the market, the latest Hyundai Sonata's an overnight success--thanks to great gas mileage, grabby styling, and exceptional value for the dollar.
The 2012 Nissan Maxima is a great pick if you want a stylish, sporty, comfortable, and lavishly trimmed sedan; serious sport-sedan enthusiasts should look elsewhere, however.
Value-minded sedan shoppers who are willing to sacrifice a little practicality in the name of style will find a lot to like in the 2012 Volkswagen CC.
The 2012 Volvo S60 family shows that sport sedans can feel edgy without giving up their leading edge in safety, design, and interior interior comfort.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Gas/Ethanol I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I5
EPA Class     
MidsizeCompactLarge CarsMid-SizeCompactCompact
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan Base4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual GLS4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 S4-Door Sedan Manual Sport PZEVFWD 4-Door Sedan T5
Front Wheel DriveFront-Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Automatic w/manual shiftAutomaticManualContinuously VariableManualAutomatic w/Manual Shift
Detailed Spec Comparison
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