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The Buick Regal is a well-honed, pleasant sedan brought over from GM's German Opel subsidiary. As such it conveys a typically European driving experience, with a taut and steady ride, sporty handling, and excellent fit and finish. Firm, supportive seats and tight rear accommodations are another European hallmark. The base four-cylinder engine is underpowered, but agile handling tends to help make up for that.
Alerts
There are 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
2000
NA
2001
NA
2002
NA
2003
NA
2004
NA
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
NA
2013
NA
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
NA
Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
2000
NA
2001
NA
2002
NA
2003
NA
2004
NA
2005
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2007
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2011
2012
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2015
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
NA
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard until 2002, available thereafter, standard from 2011. Side air bags available from 2000, standard from 2011; rear available from 2011. Head protection air bags and ESC standard from 2011.
Road Test

The Buick Regal is a well-honed, pleasant sedan brought over from GM's German Opel subsidiary. As such it conveys a typically European driving experience, with a taut and steady ride, sporty handling, and excellent fit and finish. Firm, supportive seats and tight rear accommodations are another European hallmark. The base four-cylinder engine is underpowered, but agile handling tends to help make up for that. Overall fuel economy of 23 mpg is not all that impressive, however.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (220 hp)
  • 2.4-liter 4 (182 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2011 Buick Regal owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Headlights

“The internal part of the headlight connector on the passager side was burnt and the headlight did not light up. Not designed to be replaced, the connector had to be replaced, but at an elevated cost due to manpower for this job”

Anonymous, QC (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Turn signal warning that blub was out - failed”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Driver's seat heater failed. Repaired under warranty”

John M., IN (2011 Buick Regal CXL turbo 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“drivers seat heater will not stay activated; it turns itself off after about 30 seconds”

Donald M., TX (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Driver side of car failed to stay on - turned off after a short time”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Passenger side heated seat turns on but after 5 minutes turns off”

Anonymous, WI (2011 Buick Regal CXL turbo 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Electric seat heat failed”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Buick Regal CXL turbo 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Heating element burned out but was covered by warranty”

Bryan C., FL (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

“left rear direction light burned out”

Anonymous, OH (2011 Buick Regal Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

“Part of previously mentioned issue”

Malcolm G., CT (2011 Buick Regal CXL turbo 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Rotors

“Brakes needed complete replacement. I was never aware of a problem. Car system/On-Star diagnostic service never reported a problem”

Malcolm G., CT (2011 Buick Regal CXL turbo 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Have had to have front, back, and all four rotors replaced a total of five or six times since I bought my car. The rotors were first replaced about six months after I bought my car. Just had back rotors and brake pads replaced a few weeks ago. This should not be happening so often”

Sally S., OH (2011 Buick Regal Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Rotors easily become warped”

Alafia I., GA (2011 Buick Regal CXL turbo 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaking

“Corrosion in the rear calipers had caused a terrible squeaking noise upon applying the brakes”

Mitchell K., AB (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Master cylinder

“On hot days, the brake pedal stays down, the brakes drag, and the brake lights remain on”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Buick Regal CXL turbo 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Display screen goes blank

“Screen display turns on and off by itself. In car light does not work”

George F., ON (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“Locked up. Replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, CT (2011 Buick Regal CXL turbo 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Locked up. Replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, CT (2011 Buick Regal CXL turbo 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Bluetooth would not let go of phone, even when car was off and I walked away, and into house. Had to go to other side of house before I could use my cell phone”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Buick Regal Unsure Unsure)
Radio

“radio will change volume on its own, shut off...bluetooth has stopped working...may be amplifier or steering wheeel controls, dealer has no idea......amp is about $ 55 steering controls abour 300”

Anonymous, TN (2011 Buick Regal CXL turbo 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Radio stopped working. It was very expensive to fix”

Robert M., MA (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

“Covered by extended waurenty”

Anonymous, MA (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Plastic parts from the engine broke off into the fuel system, resulting in major damage and a full engine rebuild”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“theory was fuel pump went bad causing excessive oil consumption and dilution of oil so engine was rebuild new pistons and rings”

Anonymous, WA (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Timing belt or chain

“Noisy timing chain on 2.4L engine caused by prematurely wearing guides. Repaired at no cost by special warranty”

Robert B., BC (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The timing belt tension pulls broke. Destroyed the engine and turbo at 47000 miles”

Frederick H., NC (2011 Buick Regal CXL turbo 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

“Failed on startup one morning, without warning. Repaired at no cost to me under 100K mi. powertrain warranty”

John M., IN (2011 Buick Regal CXL turbo 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Problem with variable valve timing solenoids going bad. Car still ran fine but check engine light was on. Fixed under warranty”

Anonymous, NE (2011 Buick Regal CXL turbo 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Exhaust camshaft position sensor failed on holiday weekend. Enroute dealer find quickly on a Saturday afternoon. Bravo!”

Anonymous, WI (2011 Buick Regal CXL turbo 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Dealer said I had debris in my engine and an oil leak. Recommend a new engine or rebuild. I took it to another mechanic who said it a new engine wasn't needed who told me to keep up on top of the oil changes”

Justin G., MI (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine goes thru oil”

Michael S., NY (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Coolers and lines

“The lines from the transmission to the oil cooler were leaking and had to have them replaced”

Jim M., CO (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“cooling lines leaked at fittings, replaced lines & fittings”

James H., MI (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Rough shifting

“At about 40 mph if not accelerating firmly it will create a rough shift but not all of the time, mostly when the car is not warmed up”

Laird M., MN (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission leaks

“transmission cooler lines leaking”

Anonymous, OK (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

“Heated seat unit replaced and computer system updated. Computer update made the temperature setting not match actual temperature”

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Driver heated seat failure. Turns on, then off by itself”

George F., ON (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

“Sometimes the fan develops a mind of its own and either super heats the car or over cools it”

Alafia I., GA (2011 Buick Regal CXL turbo 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Refrigerant leaks

“can not find where the leak is coming from”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“The transmission began to down shift, forcing me to exit the freeway. It then wouldn't engage and the car had to be towed. The transmission had to be replaced”

Kenneth M., CA (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Have had to put two transmissions in since bought car. Fortunately the second one was covered by GM”

Anonymous, CT (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission failed after transmission failure”

Michael S., NY (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“The check engine light has come on a number of times, I have had the dealer check it and replace parts with no satisfaction. GM and possibly all dealers are a waste of time and money”

Jim M., CO (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“check engine light came on”

Richard S., NY (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel injection system

“Fuel injection throttle body became soiled by moisture & the engines electronic control system limited top speed to 35 mph. It did not limit RPMs”

Anonymous, MI (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Stability control (ESC)

“The two indicator lights come on together. The sensor had to be replaced and a wheel bearing had failed. The indicator lights are coming on again, indicating another failure. Vehicle may be 5+ years old but mileage is low”

Anonymous, AB (2011 Buick Regal CXL Unsure)

“ESC warning came on. Engine reduced power. Needed to replace engine part. Was covered under warranty”

Anonymous, MI (2011 Buick Regal CXL turbo 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Driveshaft or axle

“both front drive axles were replaced due to CV noise”

Anonymous, WA (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Shocks or struts

“Not sure what exactly it was but suspension had to be replaced”

Anonymous, CT (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Broken and waited forever for replacement broken strut”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Buick Regal CXL turbo 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wheel bearings

“Turning manoeuvres at low speed triggered 'Service StabiliTrak' warning light. Replaced worn left front wheel hub”

Robert B., BC (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

“It's a loud engine engine even when running good. Also when the a/c is on there's a rattle coming from somewhere behind the vents”

Justin G., MI (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

“Wind noise for right mirror. sound like rattling. Nothing can be done to correct it”

Robert M., MA (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

“The resonator on the exhaust system was leaking and my Buick dealer told me that the whole exhaust system needed to be replaced at a cost of $2000 since no GM part is available for this system!!Therefore, I decided to ask to a small mechanic business to replace only the leaking resonator by cutting it at appropriate points on the exhaust system and soldering the new one. The cost for this job was only $200”

Anonymous, QC (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Pipes

“I needed to replace the resonator, which is found on mid-way of the tail pipes. This particular car does not have a part number for the resonator because the ENTIRE exhaust system is one piece. The dealer cost is $1100.00. I complained to Buick and they replaced the system at no charge”

Henry S., NY (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Windows

“It has to do with the entire electrical system this is the second time we have had it into the dealer.The windows and power door locks do not operate they had to replace the motors in both door windows”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Paint chipping”

Mark C., MI (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

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