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The Buick Regal is Finally Competitive with the BMW 3 Series

Not quite in the same league as the M3, but the Regal has definitely come a long way.

Who would have ever thought that just a few years ago not only would Buick be alive and kicking today, but also that its Regal sedan would be earning the praises of publications like Consumer Reports? Yet that’s exactly the case today. For those who remember Regals of the past, the sedan (and old coupe) was never much to write home about. It was a decent, semi-premium family car, but was never a match for the likes of the benchmark BMW 3 Series.

Jump forward to today and Buick has become a true success, and the Regal is a huge part of that. Even Consumer Reports has taken notice. In a recent comparison test, CR noted the Regal’s solid performance and handling, as well as its simple to use infotainment system. Paired against the likes of the BMW 328i and Volvo S60 in head-to-head road tests, the Regal came up just one point below the Bimmer. Heck, it actually tied the Mercedes C250 for second place. And yes, it beat the S60. CR specifically stated that “the Regal is a thoroughly developed and satisfying mid-sized sports sedan that’s more reminiscent of a German sports car than the softly sprung luxo-barges that Buick was once known for.”

A huge factor here is a revised 2.0-liter turbo four that allows the car to go from 0-60 mph in 7.4 seconds. Perhaps it’s best to think of Buick, as a whole, as what Acura really should be today. In fact, perhaps the brands’ roles are now reversed from just a few years ago.

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