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.
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]