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Consumer Reports says: Skip BMW and Mercedes, buy a Buick

3-Series | July 26th, 2014 by 30
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Highly respected and longtime reviewer of products, Consumer Reports, makes a bold claim by saying the latest Buick Regal is about the equal of the …

Highly respected and longtime reviewer of products, Consumer Reports, makes a bold claim by saying the latest Buick Regal is about the equal of the much more expensive BMW 328i and Mercedes-Benz C250.

Consumer Reports says “Regal beat the Volvo S60 in a head-to-head road test. Ultimately, the Regal wound up finishing just one point shy of the class-leading BMW 328i and tied the Mercedes-Benz C250 for second place in the organization’s overall ratings of upscale sport sedans — while costing thousands less.”

The main selling point for the Buick seems to be the significant lower price point which might lure new buyers to the brand.

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Jake Fisher, the publication’s director of automotive testing, says, “The Regal is a thoroughly developed and satisfying midsized sports sedan that’s more reminiscent of a German sports car than the softly sprung luxo-barges that Buick was once known for.”

Furthermore, the Regal has done better in their reviews than the also GM-owned Cadillac ATS. The ATS did well overall, though, only a few points behind the Buick, and earned a “recommended” rating from CR.

Earlier this year, the BMW 328i won Consumer Reports Top Picks 2014 Award for the Sport Sedan Category.

Recommended models are shown with “R.”

•BMW 328 xDrive all-wheel drive, $50,470 as tested, 86 of a possible 100 points.

•BMW 328i, rear-wheel drive, $43,195 as tested, 84 of 100, R.

•Buick Regal Premium 2-liter, four-cylinder turbo, front-wheel drive, $34,485 as tested, 83 of 100, R.

•Mercedes-Benz C250, rear-wheel drive, $40,750 as tested, 83 of 100, R.

•Volvo S60 T5 2-liter four-cylinder turbo, front-wheel drive, $39,920.

[Source USA Today]

  • CDspeed

    I can’t buy a Buick yet, I’m not even remotely close to being between the ages of 65 to 95….. : )

    • xorgh

      What if I tell you it’s not a Buick but a relabeled german car?

      http://www.opel.de/fahrzeuge/opc/modelle/insignia-opc.html

      • CDspeed

        I do know that some of them are rebadged Opels, still over here they’re on the list with Cadillac, Lexus, and Lincoln as the top three brands bought by older people. All three brands are or were know for there soft mushy feel, which older people seem to think they need, but their reputations have yet to recover.

      • http://www.tumbler.com/ Dave Y

        Yes I know it’s an Opel, Wow! Still a great car and I’m really impressed with it.
        Thanks

      • Reuben Netzer

        Even the Opel is nicer than that Buick…Consumer Reports is Grandpa’s auto referral magazine.

    • http://www.tumbler.com/ Dave Y

      It’s so typical how people talk and have absolutely NO knowledge of what they are talking about. That would be you “CDspeed “. I’m about 30 years from 65. I’ve had the pleasure of owning a 2008 Volo S60R, which was Awesome and a Range Rover HMS, also incredible , when I saw the Buick I was shocked! It was hour gorgeous and very sporty looking. After doing research on it I decided to test drive one. I was shocked. What fun it was to drive ! The Turbo really throws you back in the seat. It also has 3 driving modes. In Sport mode the car doesn’t even sway. The 287 HP even gets 30 miles to the gallon. I loved the Volo and would compare the Regal T to the Volo. I’ve had it a year this coming December and have had no problems . I travel HWY 5 that goes down the middle of California often and Blow away BMW 3 Series all day long. So , maybe before you speak maybe try a little research 1st.
      Look, I’m not saying it’s a Beamer or a Cadillac ASX or anything like that but, it’s a Great car and Kudos to GM.

      My next car I hope will be the Tesla Model X. That should be Awesome. Sorry this is 2 months after your post, I haven’t checked Disquis for a while.

      • CDspeed

        Note the smiley face at the end of my comment, it was a joke. Still Buick does have an elderly image associated with their name, it may not be true of their new cars, but they know they still have work to do to clear their image. And Buick isn’t exactly on the shopping list for the type of person who is looking for a BMW or Mercedes-Benz.

        • http://www.tumbler.com/ Dave Y

          Hey CD,
          How goes? Ya your right. In the past all we heard was it’s your Grandfather’s car. But, not anymore! It’s mine, for a while.
          You have a great day,
          Dave

    • Reuben Netzer

      LOL! RIGHT!

      • Reuben Netzer

        My BMW is 3seconds faster than that Buick…stock…got a 0-60sec time of 4,4 … in SportPlus/manual

    • Reuben Netzer

      LOL! Right!…My 328xi is 3 seconds faster…

      • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

        Even then…would still buy a Lexus

  • roadkillrob

    They forgot that it is made by the same company that just recalled almost every car it has ever built!

    • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

      True that also

  • CDspeed

    I’ve seen new Buicks just like this Caddy I saw.

  • Mykeljon

    BMW 328 and Mercedes C250 are top notch German sport sedans. They are anything but soft and mushy and definitely not targeted at 95 year olds. This new Buick is definitely not your grandfather’s Buick.

  • jrx556

    That Buick…FWD…ugh

  • PHZ

    The problem with current Opels (Buick) is their heavy weight. The Regal’s curb weight is 200 pounds more than the above listed competitors.

  • Don

    I have driven 3 of the 5 cars tested and I have to say the volvo is getting a bum rap. The build quality of the s60 seems way above its class. I think what hurts it is the front wheel drive, but for some reason the awd version wasn’t tested

  • FA

    Thats ridiculous! No way to compare between American and Germany cars!!

    • Dave Y

      Funny thing, I was told that my car and the one next to it (on the show room floor) were in fact made in Germany. There Opels in Europe.

  • jason bourne

    Bold claim, yes.

    But will most people follow it?

    No.

  • bgdc

    I’ve owned 4 BMWs in the last 11 years. At this point I’m tired of the constant problems with them and must say the Japanese have my eye. Haven’t touched a Buick since my grandfather’s park avenue in the 90s. Willing to take a look at them too. Hell even Subaru has made it to my list because honestly, BMW can’t build a car that is problem free from the factory…

    • Guest

      Probably should not drive your cars into the ground, There’s care care(which the dealership does) and then there is caring for your cars(not just driving them and running them down).

      • bgdc

        Problem free from the factory was key part. Every BMW I’ve owned – 4 – has come loaded with problems on day 1.

    • Reuben Netzer

      It must be the driver..because most of my friends have had their BMWs for decades…Americans are hard on cars. Luxury doesn’t mean you can drive it like a tank. BMWs are not for the kid with a messy room.

      • bgdc

        Oh, nice ad hominem. It must not be brand when you receive 4 different BMWs with factory defects.

        1. 2003 arrived with a broken ebrake and an engine stutter that they could never resolve.
        2. 2006 arrived with a broken AC
        3. 2007 arrived with an N54… kinda all that needs to be said about that car and why BMW bought it back in 2008?
        4. 2013 – another broken AC and fritzy iDrive that goes out for days at a time.

        FWIW, BMW is a common brand. In socal they hand out a 3 series with 10 lattes at Starbucks. Nothing very luxurious about it. Love the track performance and drive feel but let’s not kid ourselves.

  • Dave Y

    I am 1 of the lucky ones to have purchased the Regal T. I do understand the GM recall issues but, I did purchase a new 2012 before I started hearing GM’s recall issues. Which by the way probably would have swayed me against my decision. I really do think GM is headed by conivers and ruthless people. Shameful really, not reporting a fault that caused loss of life.

    That said, my Regal to be quite frank, is a great, fun and exhilarating car. I’ve owned a
    Volvo S 60 “R”, which at the time I thought I’d died and gone to Heaven. I even put mountain racing tires on it as a it was just incredible on mountain roads, especially with that All wheel drive. That was back in 2008 and the Volvo was very reasonably priced for what that car was. So, my Regal T, a 4 cylinder Turbo has just blown me away. It’s so quick, especially at about 2000 to 2300 RPM. It is front wheel drive though and pulls a bit to the right when you jump on it, but I even took a Harley Davidson due to (threatening circumstances) off the line in the dust. The handling is very impressive, with it’s 3 different driving modes. Sport mode is incredibly impressive. I can take 20 MPH at 50 easily, I swear. What I really like is how flat the car stays during fast turns. No sway at all, really Impressive. There’s a HUGE trunk with tie downs and a Cargo net. The inside is perfectly set up for me and so luxurious. Of course, what got me at first was it’s beautiful looks. I really was like “this is a ” Buick? ” are you kidding?

    • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

      Thanks for great insight. I do agree that new buicks are so far away from the old car image.

      • Dave Y

        Thanks Horatiu, Volvo’s are really great cars and reasonably priced. I do love my Regal and wouldn’t trade it in, at least for now.

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