14 reviews
2012 Buick Regal
2012 Buick Regal
Available Price Range $8,576-$19,304 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 23-24 SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2012 Buick Regal

Our Take

Buick brings back one of its well-known nameplates — Regal — for its newest entry-luxury midsize sedan. Based on the Opel Insignia from Europe, the Regal has a striking resemblance to that model. It's offered with a choice of four-cylinder engines, one of which is turbocharged, ... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Modest acceleration in GS
  • Choppy ride in GS
  • Center controls hard to sort through
  • Handling in base model
  • Backseat headroom

Notable Features

  • New high-performance and mild-hybrid versions
  • Platform hails from Europe
  • Choice of four-cylinder power, including turbo engine
  • Manual or automatic
  • Optional adaptive suspension


Our Expert Reviews

A year into its rebirth, the Buick Regal adds two versions for 2012. The mild-hybrid Regal eAssist is EPA-rated at 36 mpg on the highway, while the Regal GS reincarnates Buick's Gran Sport performance label in a car with 270 horsepower and a manual transmission. I evaluated both, and I've also driven the mainstream, four-cylinder Regal. Compare all these versions and the 220-hp Regal ... Read full review for the 2012 Buick Regal

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Love my Regal GS

by Dad from Indiana on October 7, 2012

Hadn't bought a new car in fifteen years and needed to step up a little with my job. Did a lot of research and waited until automatic transmission GS came out in April 2012. + exterior styling gets c... Read Full Review


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There are currently 4 recalls for this car.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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