The 2012 Buick Regal comes in three levels of trim. They are the base, Turbo, and GS (reviewed separately) and do a good job of covering the spectrum that you would expect a carmaker to cover. The base model comes standard with heated mirrors and seats, leather interior, Bluetooth and OnStar, cruise control, fog lights, heated mirrors, remote keyless entry, front and rear climate control, automatic headlights, 18 inch alloy wheels, adjustable power driver seat with eight settings, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, rear view mirror that dims automatically, power everything, and driver seat lumbar support with power adjustments. The stereo system has seven speakers and comes with a CD player, smartphone integration, satellite radio, and jacks for auxiliary and iPod connectivity. There is no question that the Regal is laden with standard features and that is one of its appeals to buyers. There are three different packages you can add to the base model with the first being Premium 1 Group (standard on Turbo model). With this comes power front passenger seat, 120 volt power outlet, keyless ignition and entry with remote start, and rear parking sensors. Moving up to Premium 2 Group adds a Harman Kardon audio system with surround sound and nine speakers, side airbags for rear passengers and xenon headlights with an automatic on feature. Stepping up to the top tier Premium 3 Group, available only on the Turbo, adds a few more goodies including changeable driving modes, suspension with adaptive dampers, and 19 inch wheels.
As mentioned previously, the Buick Regal Sedan base model comes with a rather wimpy 2.4 liter four-cylinder engine that only manages to turn out 182hp and 172lb ft of torque. This motor gets so-so fuel mileage with an average of 19 mpg city and 31 mpg highway which averages out to 23 mpg overall. The Turbo model puts out 220 hp and 260lb ft of torque which definitely helps improve performance. While the four-cylinder comes standard with a manual transmission the turbo offers the manual as an option. Drivers can expect 18/29/22 in the standard automatic variant and 20/32/24 with the optional six speed manual. There will definitely be no flames left in the tracks of the base model because quite frankly the zero to 60 mph time of 9.9 seconds is rather dismal especially in a vehicle that calls itself a sport sedan. Thankfully the more capable Turbo shaves about a second and a half off of this time but at 8.4 seconds is still not anywhere near the top of its class. Buick needs to work on this tremendously if it wants to be taken seriously in this very competitive class.