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2012 Buick Regal GS
by Dave Stall

As luck would have it the delivery service brought me a beautiful 2012 Buick Regal GS with a white diamond clear coat paint job that graced the outer skin of this beauty. The inside was accented with an ebony and piano-black treatment. This GS is gorgeous front to rear top to bottom.

At first I wasn’t all that excited. It sat in the driveway a full day without me climbing behind the wheel and seeing what my Grandpa’s car had for me. So I must start with an apology to Buick and their team of engineers.

When I got behind the wheel and pushed the start to go button… nothing happened. But I looked at the instrument panel and bright flashing words read “depress clutch pedal to start.” Really? A six-speed manual in Grandpa’s car! Yes, and it’s a fine six-speed manual. My excitement level shot through the roof as I was off to the back roads heading to Julian with all the happiness I could muster.

However, this is not your or my Grandpa’s Buick unless he is Richard Petty. In front of that sweet transmission is a potent 2.0-liter high output turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with about 270 horsepower and 295 foot pounds of torque and it’s turbocharged. The GS averages 19 MPG city miles and 27 on the open road.

The rest of the car is as good as the drivetrain. With 19-inch allow wheels, front and the rear fascia treatment, it’s all good.

2012 Buick Regal GSThe car has been redesigned to give it the appeal I have been looking for, and the interior is just as grand. GS specific interior with bucket seats, center console and a dash layout will keep everyone in the car informed and comfortable.

The XM Radio, Harmon Kardon Sound System pumps out 336 watts of power and a 5.1 Matrix Surround System has nine speakers. There’s also a simple Bluetooth system that hooks up with a snap to be fully connected.

Driver and passengers get plenty of connectivity throughout the Regal, front seat and back seat. If Buick keeps this up they will soar to the top of the vehicle food chain. There’s nothing I don’t like about this vehicle.

You can build the Buick of your dreams on Buick’s website, and the starting price is $34,450 plus tax, license and transportation for this model. Take one out and if you don’t come back with the biggest grin on your mug, stop driving.

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