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    October Consumer Reports Tests Regal

    I just got my October CR hardcopy. I can't link to the online article because that is an extra charge site.

    First, CR tested the V6 version of the Mustange vs the V6 version of the Camaro. Both manual. The V6 Mustang won handily. In a previous issue, the V8 Mustang shellacked the V8 Camaro, I'm sure that has already been discussed.

    But the Regal review is new. Curiously, they framed it as Regal vx Lacrosse CX, both with the 2.4L. The Regal was ranked behind the Acura TSX, Lexus HS, VW CC, and Suzuki Kiazashi, but ahead of the Lincoln MKZ in the Compact Family Sedans category. The Lexus and MKZ were, of course, 10K more than the others and are not really in the same category. The other cars were comparably priced, although the CC was somewhat more.

    I was pleased to see CR liked the driving dynamics of the Regal and the interior quality. They said the Regal has a taut, well-controlled ride and handles like a ports sedan. They said it is impressively quiet on the highway. This contrasts with the LA Times ridiculous review which panned the Regal on ride and interior quality.

    CR said the 182 hp engine was adequate but not outstanding. They got 15/37 mpg.
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    Of course they ranked it behind the HS. OF COURSE. It makes perfect sense!
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    Re: October Consumer Reports Tests Regal

    Quote Originally Posted by Dovetonsils View Post
    CR said the 182 hp engine was adequate but not outstanding. They got 15/37 mpg.
    Hmm... is that correct?

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    Re: October Consumer Reports Tests Regal

    That's a win for the Camaro. Always take the opposite of CR when it comes to sporting vehicles.

    I haven't sampled the Regal yet, but it would take a lot to overcome CR Honda/Acura bias.

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    Re: October Consumer Reports Tests Regal

    Ouch. Not good for either the Camaro or the Buick. The Camaro can fend for itself though- I'm sure GM won't let those stats go unchecked. The Buick is fresh out of the gates however and does not need mediocre reviews. It will sell well to the older folks, but Buick needs to attract younger drivers too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeetheUSA View Post
    Ouch. Not good for either the Camaro or the Buick. The Camaro can fend for itself though- I'm sure GM won't let those stats go unchecked. The Buick is fresh out of the gates however and does not need mediocre reviews. It will sell well to the older folks, but Buick needs to attract younger drivers too.
    I just saw a Regal 5 minutes ago on my street being driven by a woman in her 30s.
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    I just saw a Regal 5 minutes ago on my street being driven by a woman in her 30s.
    CR is on its way to irrelevancy. Slowly, yes - but trending. Gen X doesn't read it and uses a completely different method - the internet, and CR isn't free like everything else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goblue View Post
    CR is on its way to irrelevancy. Slowly, yes - but trending. Gen X doesn't read it and uses a completely different method - the internet, and CR isn't free like everything else.
    Agreed. Before, when people actually read magazines and such for information, CR had a ton of influence. Now, there are hundreds of car reviews on the internet.
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    I agree with you all. CR is on the road to irrelevance and the HS was ranked above the Regal, which also lost to the Kizashi? What a crock.

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    Re: October Consumer Reports Tests Regal

    I read CR but haven't seen this issue yet... I assume it'll be by in the next couple days.

    I'm interested to see what they have to think about the Regal. I've yet to be in a moving one myself; seems they sell faster than they can stock them out here.

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    So what did they like so much more about the HS/CC/TSX/Kisashi than the Regal?

    I'd never buy the HS, TSX, or CC based on the exterior aesthetics alone (or lack of them.) The Kisashi is interesting but I have no faith in Suzuki being in the US much longer and I'm not interested in either a 6 speed or CVT.

    An I4 with 15mpg city is pretty painful for sure.

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    Re: October Consumer Reports Tests Regal

    Hell, I can get 15 MPG in my Terrain if I drive it crazy too. Probably less.

    I never, ever put stock in these MPG ratings by magazines. They are always wrong.

    CR is done in 5 years unless they change stuff up. Its pointless to anyone under 35ish and their "magazines" are painful to read.

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    As one of four brands that survived GM’s bankruptcy last year, Buick is now undergoing its own metamorphosis. Long identified with large, cushy, but humdrum and ungainly cars, Buick is fighting to modernize its image in an era when drivers are looking for more responsive cars and better fuel economy. Two examples of that are the new Regal and redesigned LaCrosse sedans (both available to subscribers). Both are based on the same platform, share the same four-cylinder engine, and retail for $28,000 to $29,000. But they have distinctly different driving characters.

    The Regal is a European import with the type of agile handling, taut suspension, and solid feel that reminds us more of an Acura TSX or Audi A4 than, say, a Roadmaster. It’s essentially a rebadged Opel Insignia, from GM’s German subsidiary, that was intended to be the new Saturn Aura. When Saturn was discontinued, Buick adopted the car, resurrected a name that had been retired in 2004, and is using the Regal to test the waters in a category where no Buick has gone before.

    The LaCrosse is a larger but thoroughly modern cruiser with the roomy, quiet interior; comfortable ride; and low-effort steering that has appealed more to traditional Buick drivers. Earlier this year, we tested a 2010 LaCrosse CXS with a V6 engine (see the January 2010 issue, available to subscribers). For this issue, we tested the less expensive four-cylinder CX model, which delivers 3 mpg better fuel economy but is notably slower and less quiet.

    Because of the cars’ different personalities, we’ve listed them in Ratings categories that best reflect their direct competitors (see Ratings, available to subscribers). Although both cars achieved very good overall test scores, they still fall short of the best in these highly competitive classes. And both models are too new for us to have reliability data, so neither is recommended.
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    It says CR got 23 mpg with Regal and LaCrosse.
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    Re: October Consumer Reports Tests Regal

    IMHO it's the CC that's the stiffest competition for the Regal as far as the product itself, not necessarily sales.

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