Like wife's Regal so much, I bought one for myself
November 9, 2018
Had a manual trans Elantra no one else in the family could drive, so was on the prowl for a second vehicle all could share. We researched and test-drove a couple of cars and SUV's. Weren't focusing at all on the Regal, but kept being drawn back to it. In this instance, this unit had the 2.4L with E-Assist (wife's car has 2.0L Turbo), but, given my driving style, has plenty of power with better gas mileage than the Turbo. The engine is designed to shut off at full-stop (e.g., a red light) but there is no re-engagement lag once my foot moves from the brake to the accelerator. (The engine restarts once the brake is released -- does not wait for gas pedal to be pressed.) Gas mileage hits mid-30's on mostly highway jaunts. Love the exterior styling of the car -- even the aggressive waterfall front grille that seems to turn off some others. The interior is well-appointed, with good layout for the controls. Some of the plastic is a little hard (summers in North Carolina may have contributed to drying it out), but is not a huge deterrent. Trunk space with the E-Assist is a bit compromised, but we rarely take long trips requiring loads of luggage, so all good. I was able to negotiate $350 off the price because the car only has an air pump -- no spare tire kit. Have sourced that locally for a fraction of the $350 savings. Be aware not all units have full-sized spares. Only downside right now is that I work from home 100% of the time -- I find myself inventing excuses to run errands just to enjoy driving the car. These aren't your grandfather's Buicks -- drive one and experience the fun!