Buy A Buick Regal over a BMW 328 or Mercedes C250? Consumer Reports Say’s Yes!


By CityFella

Wouldn’t you really want to have a Buick?   If you under 75 the answer is usually no or your kidding right?   When the average American thinks about a Buick , they remember Grandpa’s car, big powerful and floaty.

The last big floaty Buick , the Lucerne was sent to the farm in 2011.

Float, Float On…………

If your looking for float, you’ll have to look towards Toyota.  Buick’s are European firm and offers a choice of an automatic or a stick.   Yes, a 6-speed manual in a Buick.   The last Buick with a you-shift-it, was the 89 Skyhawk.    Positioned between the Verano and LaCrosse ,the 2011 Regal is marketed  as an upscale midsize sport sedan.  Instead of building an car from the ground up, GM reached into its sizable bin and called on its very popular German division, Opel.   The Opel Insignia (sold as the Vauxhall Insignia in Britain-and as the Regal in China )  was re-badged as the Buick Regal. ( Early models where  built in Germany)

Consumer Reports says Skip the Bimmer and the Benz and buy the Buick!

The Buick Regal beat the Volvo S60 in  Consumer Reports  head-to-head road test. The Regal wound up finishing just one point shy of the class-leading BMW 328i and tied the Mercedes-Benz C250 for second place in the organization’s overall ratings of upscale sport sedans — while costing thousands less.”

Recommended models are shown with “R.”

•BMW 328i, rear-wheel drive, $43,195 as tested, 84 of 100, R.

•Buick Regal Premium 2-liter, four-cylinder turbo, front-wheel drive, $34,485 as tested, 83 of 100, R.

•Mercedes-Benz C250, rear-wheel drive, $40,750 as tested, 83 of 100, R.

•Volvo S60 T5 2-liter four-cylinder turbo, front-wheel drive, $39,920.

Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports director of automotive testing, says, “The Regal is a thoroughly developed and satisfying midsized sports sedan that’s more reminiscent of a German sports car than the softly sprung luxo-barges that Buick was once known for.”

Good Bones (Via Wiki)

The current  Opel (Buick Regal) Insignia was introduced in 2008.  This model is no stranger to awards.

Since making its debut, the Opel Insignia has won more than 50 national and international awards, including Best Executive Car in the UK and Slovenia  Best Family Car in Ireland twice and best car for fleet customers in the UK, Austria, Denmark and Portugal.[

  • The Insignia was voted 2009 European Car of the Year.
  • The Insignia scored a 5-star rating in EuroNCAP
  • In 2011 German institute DEKRA give Opel award for The Insignia as a car with the fewest flaws in class.[21]
  • In 2012 GTÜ (Gesellschaft für Technische Überwachung mbH/Association for Technical Supervision) evaluated Opel Insignia as number one in terms of used car quality.[22]

Published by CityFella

Big city fella, Born and Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lived in New York (a part time New Yorker) for three years . I have lived in the Sacramento area since 1993. When I first moved here, I hated it. Initially found the city too conservative for my tastes. A great place to raise children however too few options for adults . The city has grown up, there is much to do here. The city suffers from low self esteem in my opinion, locals have few positive words to say about their hometown. visitors and transplants are amazed at what they find here. From, the grand old homes in Alkali Flats, and the huge trees in midtown, there are many surprises in Sacramento. Theater is alive is this area . And finally ,there is a nightlife... In.downtown midtown, for the young and not so young. My Criticism is with local government. There is a shortage of visionaries in city hall. Sacramento has long relied on the state, feds and real estate for revenue. Like many cities in America,Downtown Sacramento was the hub of activity in the area. as the population moved to the suburbs and retail followed. The city has spent millions to revive downtown. Today less than ten thousand people live downtown. No one at city hall could connect the dots. Population-Retail. Business says Sacramento is challenging and many corporations have chosen to set up operations outside the cities limits. There is vision in the burbs. Sacramento has bones, there are many good pieces here, leaders seem unable or unwilling to put those pieces together into. Rant aside, I love it here. From the trees to the rivers. But its the people here that move me. Sacramento is one of the most integrated cities in America. I find I'm welcome everywhere. The spices work in this city of nearly 500,000 and for the most part these spices blend well together. From Ukrainians to Hispanics and a sizable gay community, all the spices seem to work well here. I frequently travel and occasionally I will venture into a city with huge racial borders, where its unsafe to visit after certain hours. I haven't found it here. I cant imagine living in a community where there is one hue or one spice. I love the big trees, Temple Coffee House, the Alhambra Safeway, Zelda's Pizza, Bicyclist in Midtown, The Mother Lode Saloon, Crest Theater, and the Rivers. I could go on and I might. Sacramento is home.

4 thoughts on “Buy A Buick Regal over a BMW 328 or Mercedes C250? Consumer Reports Say’s Yes!

  1. I looked at a Regal after reading your blog. Its a very nice looking car but I’m not ready to buy an american car. They say american cars are better but everytime you turn on the TV ,GM is recalling a car. What do you think about the new Acura?

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