Buick Regal Turbo with Six-Speed Manual Reviewed

The Buick Regal Turbo is the first Buick to offer Columbia SC a manual transmission in over a decade.

GM Inside News was able to sample the 2011 Buick Regal Turbo, this one equipped with the available six-speed manual transmission.  (Yes, Columbia, you read that correctly–a Buick with a manual transmission.)  Their test car was a fully-loaded TO7 model, featuring a navigation system, Harman/Kardon premium sound, adaptive suspension with interactive drive control, sunroof, heated leather seats, and dual-zone climate control.

Having sampled the car before with the standard 2.4-liter naturally-aspirated engine and the 2.0-liter turbo with the standard six-speed automatic transmission, the reviewers were well-aware of the excellent underpinnings of the Regal.  The driving dynamics of its Epsilon II platform are improved further by the optional interactive drive control system, which allows the driver to select between normal, Tour, and Sport modes; the reviewer found a noticeable difference while accelerating down a fairly sharp on-ramp turn.

Another significant advantage to manual-equipped Regal Turbos is the increase in fuel economy, always on the mind of Columbia drivers as gas prices continue to climb higher and higher.  The US Environmental Protection Agency officially rates the Regal Turbo with the manual transmission at 20 city miles per gallon and 32 highway miles per gallon, up from both the automatic version’s 18/28 estimates and the standard 2.4L engine’s 19/30. GMI was “perplexed by how easy it was to get good fuel economy out of the 2.0-liter, even when driving more on the “enthusiastic” side,” with a peak run of 35.1 MPG on a highway trip.

Overall, the testers found the manual transmission to be good, with the shifter’s throws a little long for high-performance driving but livable in both city and highway driving.  They also praised the clutch’s linear feel and weight balance, along with the pedal placement that would allow a driver to use heel-and-toe shifting methods if they desired.  The Regal Turbo, like all Regal models, comes with an electronic parking brake rather than a conventional handbrake; they encountered no problems using the system even on hill-hold starts.

Buick Regal Turbo Available Now in Columbia SC

Jim Hudson Buick is the #1 Buick dealer in South Carolina and carries a great selection of Buick Regal Turbo models at their dealership located at 7201 Garners Ferry Road in Columbia.  Voted Best New Car Dealership ten years in a row and counting by readers of The State, Jim Hudson is committed to complete customer satisfaction and is one of the most trusted names in South Carolina.  In addition to sales, Jim Hudson features Buick Certified Service technicians skilled in everything from tires and oil changes using high-quality Dexos 1 oil to mechanical repairs. For more information on the Buick Regal Turbo, visit their Buick Regal Columbia SC website or call (888) 377-4971.

Buick Regal Turbo Compared to Volkswagen CC Sport

Buick Regal vs VW CC in Columbia SC

The Buick Regal Turbo offers many features not available on the VW CC.

Drivers in the Columbia, South Carolina area looking for a sporty mid-size sedan have many great options to choose from.  Shoppers looking at the Volkswagen CC, which made its debut in 2008, are especially wise to add the 2011 Buick Regal Turbo from Jim Hudson Buick in Columbia, South Carolina.

The Regal Turbo starts competitively priced compared to the Volkswagen CC Sport, with a Regal CXL Turbo TO1 starting at $29,495 compared to the CC’s $28,560 before any offers.  Regal’s turbocharged 2.0-liter engine makes 220 horsepower, which gives it the edge against the Volkswagen’s even 200.  The advantage in torque also goes to the Regal, which makes 258 pound-feet–nearly 25% more torque than the Volkswagen CC’s 207.  If a sport-infused drive is what you seek, look no further than the 2011 Buick Regal.

Conventional wisdom would say that since the Buick Regal Turbo makes more power than the Volkswagen CC, it must suffer at the pump.  Columbia drivers will be delighted to find that the Buick Regal Turbo equipped with the available (and, for true driving connoisseurs, desirable) six-speed manual transmission achieves an EPA-estimated 32 highway miles per gallon compared to the Volkswagen’s 31.  In addition, the Buick Regal Turbo’s engine is a FlexFuel model, meaning it can run on blends of gasoline and ethanol up to E85.  As ethanol is derived from plants, it allows the Regal driver to use less fossil fuels while driving.  And once the Buick Regal with eAssist arrives, Columbia drivers will see the fuel economy gap widen even further.

Buick Regal Offers Better Warranty Than VW CC

Beyond power and fuel economy, the Buick Regal Turbo offers additional peace of mind that the Volkswagen CC Sport simply can’t offer.  The Buick Regal’s bumper-to-bumper limited warranty lasts for four years or 50,000 miles (whichever comes first), significantly better coverage than Volkswagen provides with its 3-year/36,000-mile warranty.  The same goes for the two vehicles’ powertrain warranties; while both last for five years, the Regal’s goes up to 100,000 miles while Volkswagen only offers protection for 60,000 miles.  Should you need roadside assistance, Volkswagen will assist you for the length of the 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, but Buick offers roadside assistance for five years or 100,000 miles (whichever comes first).  In addition, Volkswagen doesn’t offer the safety and convenience of OnStar service, which comes standard on the Regal for six months offering features like Automatic Crash Response that will attempt to contact OnStar when an accident is detected to have an OnStar Advisor summon emergency services.

Buick Regal Turbo Trumps Volkswagen CC Sport in Luxury Amenities

Luxury amenities abound in the Regal that the Volkswagen CC Sport doesn’t even offer.  The first you’ll notice the moment you get behind the wheel of each vehicle, as the Buick Regal Turbo offers standard leather-appointed seating, which is not even available on the CC Sport. Buick Regal CXL Turbo sedans in Columbia offer ultrasonic rear parking assist as standard equipment for added peace of mind while backing up, an option not even available on the Volkswagen CC.  Cold-natured front passengers in the Buick Regal will enjoy dual-zone automatic climate control; the Volkswagen only offers single-zone climate, nor does it offer heating ducts for the rear seats.  With your passengers comfortable in the Regal, you’ll be able to enjoy the variety of XM Satellite Radio (with a three-month trial included), a service not available on the CC Sport.  And for those occasions you have to store long items in the trunk, Regal offers a rear-seat pass-through for convenience, a feature you won’t find on the Volkswagen.

Visit Jim Hudson Buick for your Buick Regal Turbo in Columbia SC

Jim Hudson Buick is the premier Buick dealer in Columbia, South Carolina serving the entire midlands of South Carolina including Newberry, Sumter, and Newberry.  Jim Hudson has been voted Best New Car Dealership in Columbia an unmatched ten years running by readers of The State, which only underscores Jim Hudson’s commitment to complete customer satisfaction.  Jim Hudson Buick is located at 7201 Garners Ferry Road in Columbia, South Carolina, and can be reached by phone at (888) 377-4971.  For more information, visit their Buick Regal Columbia SC page on their website.

Buick Regal in Columbia SC Receives 1.9% APR Financing Offer

Buick Regal in Columbia, South Carolina

Sales of the 2011 Buick Regal have shot up nationwide.

Jim Hudson Buick, the premier Buick dealership in Columbia, South Carolina, is pleased to announce special low financing rates on the 2011 Buick Regal premium sport sedan. Customers who take delivery of a new Buick Regal before May 2, 2011, can take advantage of low 1.9% APR financing for up to 60 months with approved credit when they finance through Ally Bank.  Columbia drivers that prefer to finance for longer terms can also take advantage of low 3.9% APR financing for up to 72 months with approved credit.


Buick Regal Sales Skyrocket in 2011

National sales figured for the new Buick Regal show that it is fast becoming a popular choice in the premium sedan segment, a more than worthy alternative to cars like the Acura TSX, Audi A4, and Volkswagen CC.  Regal has the highest conquest rate of of any Buick thus far this year, with 46 percent of its buyers coming from outside the GM family.  February national sales for the 2011 Buick Regal were up 55 percent compared to January despite a shorter month, an increase attributed to the availability of the 220-horsepower Buick Regal Turbo.  Beyond the additional power offered by the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, Regal Turbo offers impressive fuel economy with an EPA-estimated 32 highway miles per gallon when equipped with the available six-speed manual transmission.  (Yes, it’s true–a manual transmission in a Buick!)  Sales are expected to increase through the second half of the year thanks to the pending arrivals of the 255-horsepower Buick Regal GS and the 37-MPG Buick Regal with eAssist featuring Buick’s powerful light electrification technology and exclusive aerodynamic tweaks to improve fuel economy even further.

Buick Regal Dealers in Columbia, South Carolina

Jim Hudson Buick is the oldest Buick dealership in Columbia, South Carolina, and carries a great selection of 2011 and 2012 Buick Regal models.  Jim Hudson was among the very first in the United States to receive the new Buick Regal, and will be among the first to receive the new GS and eAssist models once they begin production.  Jim Hudson prides itself on complete customer satisfaction before, during, and after the sale, a commitment noted by the public voting Jim Hudson Best New Car Dealership an unmatched ten years in a row in The State’s annual Readers’ Choice poll.  For more information on the 2011 Buick Regal, visit the Buick Regal Columbia SC page on Jim Hudson’s website, or visit them at 7201 Garners Ferry Road in Columbia to test-drive a Regal of your own.

Buick Regal in Columbia SC Hailed by US News and World Report

Jim Hudson Buick, the premier Columbia Buick dealer, is proud to announce yet another accolade for the 2011 Buick Regal premium sport sedan.  U.S. News & World Report has named the 2011 Regal its annual “Best Car for the Money” in the Upscale Sedan category, beating competitors from BMW and Infiniti. The ranking was based on the magazine’s analysis of 27 published reviews and test drives of the Buick Regal, as well as analysis of reliability and safety data.

The 2011 Buick Regal for sale in Columbia SC, which starts at $26,245, was praised for “performance that balances fuel economy and power, handling and ride comfort.” U.S. News & World Report noted that reviewers are impressed with the Regal’s “handsome exterior and comfortable interior” and encourage Columbia drivers shopping for a premium mid-size sedan to add the 2011 Regal to their consideration list.

“This award confirms what many Buick Regal buyers have already found out,” said Tony DiSalle, U.S. vice president of Buick Marketing. “The Regal delivers a dynamic driving experience that competes with the best import sport sedans in the mid-size car segment. Just as importantly, this sleek, smart, top-safety-rated car is attracting new customers to the Buick brand.”

The well-equipped Regal CXL and CXL Turbo models include the following as standard or available equipment:

  • Ecotec 2.4L direct injected engine rated at an estimated 182 horsepower (136 kW)
  • Ecotec 2.0L turbocharged and direct injected engine rated at 220 horsepower (164 kW), which can be paired with an available six-speed manual transmission and driver-selectable Interactive Drive Control that automatically recalibrates the suspension settings
  • Standard six-speed automatic transmission with driver shift control
  • EPA-rated 30 mpg on the highway with the 2.4L and 32 mpg highway with the 2.0L turbo engine
  • MacPherson strut front suspension and four-link independent rear suspension
  • All-new Interactive Drive Control available with the 2.0L turbo, offering driver-selectable suspension settings and automatic driver suspension setting adaptability
  • Four-wheel disc brakes with four-channel anti-lock braking system, brake assist and electronic parking brake
  • Standard StabiliTrak stability control system and full-function traction control
  • Dual-stage frontal air bags, side-curtain and front seat thorax air bags and pedal-release system
  • Rear-seat thorax air bags
  • Navigation system, Harman Kardon premium sound system, hard drive with 10GB for music, and 20 minutes of time shift audio capability to pause, rewind and playback radio programs
  • 18-inch alloy wheels (19-inch alloy wheels on turbocharged models equipped with Interactive Drive Control)
  • 12-way power, leather and heated driver seat; leather and heated passenger front seat; Bluetooth for phone; XM Satellite Radio and OnStar, along with a USB port for iPods and other audio devices.

Coming later this year is the 2012 Buick Regal GS in Columbia SC, an even sportier expression of the already sport-injected Regal. The GS is powered by a high-output, exclusive Ecotec 2.0L turbocharged engine derived from the departed Pontiac Solstice GXP performance roadster mated to a six-speed manual transmission, expected to deliver an estimated 255 horsepower (190 kW) and 295 lb.-ft. of torque for a 0-60 mph performance of less than seven seconds. GS also will be available with an automatic transmission later in the 2012 model year.

“The Regal GS will set a new benchmark for performance and value in the midsize segment,” DiSalle said. “It represents the next entry in Buick’s product renaissance.”

Visit Jim Hudson Buick for your Buick Regal in Columbia SC

Jim Hudson Buick is the premier source for the 2011 Buick Regal in Columbia, South Carolina.  Jim Hudson carries a great selection of Regal sedans, both with the standard 2.4L engine and the turbocharged 2.0L engines.  Jim Hudson has carried the Regal since its launch in the middle part of 2010 as a 2011 model, and its Buick certified technicians are here to provide service after the sale.  For more information on the 2011 Buick Regal, visit Jim Hudson’s Buick Regal Columbia SC page on their website or call (888) 377-4971.

2011 Buick Regal Turbo On Sale Now in Columbia, South Carolina

2011 Buick Regal Turbo for sale in Columbia, SC

The 2011 Buick Regal Turbo is now available in Columbia, SC at Jim Hudson Buick.

The first 2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo sport sedans have arrived at Jim Hudson Buick, the premier Columbia Buick dealership, providing Columbia drivers with an extra shot of adrenaline in their premium sedan options.

The Buick Regal for sale in Columbia, SC was reborn in 2010 for the 2011 model year, and comes standard with a 2.4L ECOTEC engine putting out 182 horsepower.  Opting for the 2011 Regal CXL Turbo subsitutes a 2.0L turbocharged ECOTEC engine making 220 horsepower.  For the first time in over a decade, a true manual transmission is available in a Buick–in the Regal Turbo’s case, a six-speed manual transmission designed for smooth shifting and maximum control on the road.  For sportier handling, available Interactive Drive Control System allows the driver to dial in a preferred suspension setting–Standard, Sport, or Tour–at the press of a button.  Added assurance comes from the available Bi-Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps, a feature exclusive to the Regal Turbo.

Columbia Drivers Love Buick Regal Turbo’s Premium Features

2011 Regal CXL Turbo models come well-equipped, with standard features including leather-appointed seating with 12-way power heated front seats, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, USB hookups for an iPod, six-speed automatic transmission with driver shift controls, ultrasonic rear parking assist, automatic dual-zone climate control, dual stainless steel exhaust with dual bright exhaust tips, StabiliTrak with traction control, and six airbags–two front impact airbags, side impact airbags for the driver and front passenger, and head side curtain airbags for both front and rear outboard passengers.  Side impact airbags for the outboard rear passengers are also available, bringing the total number of airbags to eight.

Regal offers Columbia drivers a host of available features befitting a premium sport sedan, including:

  • Voice-activated navigation system with 40 GB hard drive, with 10 GB set aside for music storage
  • 19-inch machined alloy wheels
  • Interactive Drive Control System
  • Power tilt-sliding sunroof with sunshade
  • Premium 9-speaker Harman/Kardon audio system
  • Rear-seat thorax airbags
  • Bi-Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps

MSRP on the 2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo starts at $28,745 before destination freight charges, taxes, fees, and optional equipment.

Visit Jim Hudson Buick in Columbia, SC for your Regal Turbo

Jim Hudson Buick is the premier Buick dealer in Columbia, serving old and new Buick customers alike since its purchase of Hancock Buick in 2007.  Buick owners love Jim Hudson for its total commitment to complete customer satisfaction before, during, and after the sale, a commitment noticed by its customers as Jim Hudson been voted Best New Car Dealership by readers of The State an unmatched ten years running, and multiple times by readers of Columbia’s Free Times weekly.  Jim Hudson Buick is located at 7201 Garners Ferry Road in Columbia, South Carolina, and can be reached by phone at (803) 783-0110.  Visit their website for the current selection of Buick Regal sedans in Columbia, SC.

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