Hands Down, The Buick Regal Is GM's Best Front-Wheel-Drive Sports Sedan

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Then again, it's GM's only FWD sports sedan.

Not since the old Buick Regal Grand National has a Regal been this much fun. And there’s a pretty good reason why. Today’s Buick Regal originally started out as the Opel Insignia, one of the best and most popular sedans in Europe. When Buick was reorganizing in the wake of GM’s bankruptcy, it realized that Opels would also make fine Buicks. A simple badge swap did the trick, and now Americans are blessed with a sporty front-wheel-drive mid-size family sedan (in case the Chevrolet Malibu is too boring, which we can understand).

We recently spent some time with the 2017 Regal and thoroughly enjoyed its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 259 hp and 259 lb-ft of torque. Power goes to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic. Want all-wheel drive? Add $2,425 to the price tag.

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This is also the same engine that powers the more performance oriented Regal GS, which adds Brembo brakes and a sport-tuned suspension. But our $31,430 Regal Sport Touring was an absolute pleasure (the GS begins at just a hair over $40k). Want to know why Buick is doing so well these days? The Regal is one of the reasons. Special thanks to Woodland Motors for letting us film the car.

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