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Day by Day Review: 2012 Buick Regal eAssist daily car reviews buick
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It certainly is hard to shake a stereotype, and the Buick name is no exception. Today, five people asked me, “How is the old man’s car?” Ouch! But, really this Buick is not an old man’s car — not that there is anything wrong with that, in any event. Certainly Buick will sell this car to as many “old men” who want to buy it. But the typical stereotype floaty suspension, lazy acceleration and large dimensions no longer apply, at least not for the Regal. In fact, the Regal is much less “old man” car than the Toyota Camry I had a few weeks ago. Although that sedan does come with its own stigmas, “old man” car is not one of them.

Trying to stuff my curling broom into the trunk today was much like a game of Tetris. I did manage to fit it in, but barely as the Regal is on the narrow side.

Day by Day Review: 2012 Buick Regal eAssist daily car reviews buick
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The battery compartment behind the rear seat does not help the cargo space, although as mentioned yesterday, one side of the rear seat does fold to offer a large ski passthrough. The rest of the interior isn’t “old” either, whatever that means. The interior finishings are modern and stylish, with a sporty flair, including aluminum door pulls on the interior and piano-blackaccent pieces — no stuffy wood trim here.

All the buttons and controls are located ergonomically, although the seat heater buttons are small and difficult to use. Interior lighting is top-notch, with every single button or switch lighting up, and the Bi-Xenon HIDs are also superb for nighttime driving.

The interior feels like quality. In fact, if you go by the old “door test,” the Regal feels fantastically solid and well put together. The most difficult part to wrap one’s head around is the price tag for a car equipped with an adequate but not super-potent four-cylinder engine. Buyers in the luxury segment are generally looking for more power, but maybe Buick knows something we don’t.

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