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2011 Buick Regal

The Buick Regal is a four door, five passenger mid-size sports sedan, available in two trims, the Regal CXL and the Regal CXL Turbo. The Regal is a handsome car with American look and feel.


Stadard features in the Buick Regal includes keyless entry, 18-inch alloy wheels, foglamps, cruise control, heated sideview mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, full power accessories, OnStar, a power driver seat, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a trip computer, a 60/40-split rear seatback,

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a seven-speaker audio system with CD/MP3 player, iPod/auxiliary audio jacks, satellite radio, steering-wheel-mounted controls and Bluetooth connectivity. Upgrade option includes a sunroof, a hard-drive-based navigation system with digital music storage and a nine-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system.

The Regal CXL Turbo adds rear parking sensors and a 12-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, also available on the standard Regal CXL as optional Comfort and Convenience package. Options in the CXL Turbo include xenon headlights, 19-inch wheels and an Interactive Drive Control system.

Two engine option available in the 2011 Buick Regal either a 2.4liter four-cylinder engine that makes 182horsepower and 172lb-ft of torque, or a 2.0liter turbocharged variant that produces 220horsepower and 258lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic with manual shift capability is standard for both engines; the turbo is also offered with a six-speed manual transmission

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Standard safety equipment in the 2011 Buick Regal includes stability control, antilock brakes, traction control, OnStar, front seat side-impact airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. Rear-seat thorax airbags are an extra-cost option on all Regals, while brake assist is included only on the turbo model.

The cabin is quiet, luxurious and comfortable inside specially on the front row with comfortable seats. The back seats migh be little uncomfortable for tall passengers due the receding roofline. The Regal has a sizable trunk that measures 14.3cubic feet, and there is a wide opening to both the cargo area and into the cabin when the split backseat is folded.

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Buick Lucerne

The Buick Lucerne is one of Buick’s newest models. The Base Lucerne has Buick’s polished pushrod 3.8-liter V6 engine, which produces 197 horsepower and acceptable acceleration.

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The CX has 16-inch wheels and is available with front bucket seats or an optional front bench. The midrange Lucerne CXL V6 only comes with front bucket seats and leather seating material, along with 17-inch wheels. The Buick Lucerne has leather seats, 18-inch wheels and a more sophisticated suspension.

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The Magnetic Variable Assist steering in the CXS and CXL V8 is precise, with the right amount of firmness. Anti-lock brakes and traction control are standard on all Lucernes. The Buick Lucerne CXS also has standard Magnetic Ride Control, a StabiliTrak anti-skid system and Brake Assist, optional for the CXL V8. Estimated fuel economy is 19 mpg in the city and 28 on highways with the V6 and 17 and 25 with the V8.

The Lucerne’s interior is spacious, and features a comfortable ergonomic layout. The Lucerne seats five and with an optional front bench seat can seat six. Seats are comfortable for many but some might find them too flat. All Lucerne trim levels have a good amount of comfort, convenience and safety equipment, including six airbags.

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The Lucerne has Buick‘s traditional grille and a smooth modern look. Fit and finish of Lucerne body panels and trim pieces in the interior is good. Wide doors with large, elegant chromed handles allow easy entry to the church-quiet interior, which has understated elegance and limousine-style room in the rear. Buick Lucerne seats are comfortable and especially supportive when taking curves in the CXS.

The big trunk has a low liftover, but its lid uses old-style manual hinges instead of hydraulic struts. The hood raises easily on such a strut, and the trunk lid will be opened much more than the hood.

Features

2011 Buick Lucerne Features

CX

Exterior, Design, Paint & Finish
– Front and Rear Color-Keyed Bumpers
– Front Air Dam
– Metallic Paint (If Selected)
– Chrome Grille

Seats
– Driver Power Seat Adjusts 6 Ways Total
– Front Dual Reclining Bucket Seats With Adjustable Seat Height and Adjustable Headrests
– Cloth Seats
– Rear Bench Seat With Fold Down Center Armrest
– Rear Seat Pass Through
– Front Passenger Power Seat Adjusts 6 Ways Total

Instrumentation
– Tachometer
– Tire Pressure Monitor
– Voice Activated Controls For Phone
– Compass
– Steering Wheel Mounted Controls For Audio, Cruise Control and Wireless Enabled Devices
– Trip Computer With Instantaneous Fuel Consumption
– Digital Clock
– Cruise Control
– Service Interval Indicator For Oil Quality

Storage
– Rear Armrest Storage
– Illuminated Glovebox
– Front Dual Door Mounted Storage
– Front Dual Seatback Storage Pockets
– Front Covered Lower Console Storage Located On Floor
– 2 Front and 2 Rear; 4 Cupholders Total
– Coinholder

Interior, Design, Decor & Floor Covering
– Carpet Located In Passenger Cabin and Trunk
– Leather Steering Wheel
– Rear Carpeted Floor Mats
– Front Carpeted Floor Mats

Exterior Lighting
– Front Halogen Foglights
– Daytime Running Lights
– Automatic Headlights With Automatic On/Off and Dusk Sensor
– Halogen Headlights
– Cornering Lights

Safety
– Front Seatbelt Height Adjusters
– Rear 3-Point Center Seatbelt
– Front and Rear Pretensioners
– Front and Rear Side Head Curtain Airbags
– OnStar(R) Telematics System With 6 Months Directions and Connections Plan. Includes Automatic Crash Response, Emergency Services, Crisis Assist and Roadside Assistance
– Front and Rear Automatic Locking Retractors
– Side Guard Door Beams
– Passenger Airbag Cutoff Sensor Activated By Weight
– Driver Airbag With Dual Stage Deployment
– Trunk Anti-Trap Device
– Front Side Airbags
– Front and Rear 3-Point Seatbelts
– Passenger Airbag With Dual Threshold Deployment
– L A T C H
– Crash Sensor Sends GPS Signal
– Crumple Zones

Braking & Traction
– All-Speed Traction Control
– Brake Assist
– 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
– StabiliTrak(R) Vehicle Stability Control System Measures Steering Wheel Angle/Direction, Yaw Rate and Lateral Acceleration
– Front Power 303-mm X 30-mm Vented Disc and Rear Power 292-mm X 12-mm Solid Disc Brakes

Steering
– Tilt Steering Column
– Power Rack and Pinion Steering

Engines & Emissions
– Extended Service Interval For Platinum Tipped Spark Plugs, Distributorless Ignition and Transmission Fluid
– Flexible Fuel 3.9-Liter, V6, VVT 12-Valve, OHV, SEFI Engine; Front Mounted With Horsepower Of 227@5700, Torque Of 237@3200, Cast Iron Block and Alloy Cylinder Heads; Runs On Ethanol/Gas Mixture With Up To 85 Percent Ethanol (Primary Fuel Economy With 100% Gasoline Is 17-City, 27-Highway and 21-Combined; Secondary Fuel Economy With 85% Ethanol Is 13-City, 20-Highway and 15-Combined)
– Roadside Assistance Warranty For 100000-Miles, 60-Months

Suspension
– Independent Multi-Link Rear Suspension With Coil Springs, Shock Absorbers and Ride and Handling Ride Type
– Automatic Load Leveling
– Independent MacPherson Strut Front Suspension With Coil Springs, Shock Absorbers and Ride and Handling Ride Type
– 29-mm Front Stabilizer Bar
– 18-mm Rear Stabilizer Bar

Remote Controls & Remote Releases
– Keyless Entry Operated Via Key Fob
– Power Remote Trunk Release

Anti-Theft & Locks
– Child Safety Door Locks Located On Rear Doors
– Vehicle Anti-Theft Via PASS-Key III Engine Immobilizer
– Programmable Power Door Locks
– OnStar(R) Stolen Vehicle Assistance With Vehicle Slowdown
– OnStar(R) Remote Ignition Block
– Theftlock(R) Radio Anti-Theft
– Vehicle Anti-Lockout
– Valet Lockout

Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning
– Manual Air Conditioning
– Interior Air Filter

Electrical
– Audio Pre-Wiring
– Battery Saver
– Drive-By-Wire Control For Throttle
– Battery
– Remote Ignition Pre-Wiring
– Front Power Outlet
– Delayed Power Retention Operates Audio and Power Windows For 10-Minutes

Interior Lighting
– Engine Compartment Light
– Front and Rear Map Lights
– Illuminated Entry Footwell Lights
– Trunk Light
– Delayed Courtesy Lights

Entertainment, Communication & Navigation
– AM/FM Radio With Seek, Scan, Speed Sensitive Volume and 6 Speakers Total; CD Player; MP3 Player; XM(R) Satellite Radio (Includes 3 Months Of Service, Unavailable In Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico or US Virgin Islands)
– Radio Data System
– Pre-Programmable Equalizer
– OnStar(R) Telematics System With 6 Months Directions and Connections Plan. Includes Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Remote Door Unlock, Roadside Assistance, Remote Horn and Lights, Turn-By-Turn Navigation, Hands-Free Calling, Vehicle Diagnostics and Low Mileage Discount
– USB Port
– OnStar(R) Hands-Free Calling With Telephone
– In-Glass Radio Antenna
– Front Auxiliary Audio Input Jack
– Telephone Antenna
– Vehicle Location System

Transmission
– 4-Speed Electronically Controlled Adaptive Automatic Transmission With Overdrive
– Adaptive Automatic Transmission

Specifications

2011 Buick Lucerne Specifications

CX

Engine
Standard Engine 3.9L V6
Standard Transmission 4 Speed Automatic
Cylinders 6
Horsepower @RPM 227@5700
Fuel Economy Cty/Hwy 17 / 27
Combined Fuel Economy 20
EPA Class Large
Number of Valves 12
Torque @RPM N/A
Fuel Type System Flexible Fuel Vehicle / Multi-Port Fuel Injected
Turbo (Yes/No) No
Overdrive Transmission Yes
Battery Output N/A
Compression 9.8:1
Displacement 3900 / 238
Bore X Stroke 3.90×3.31
Cruising Range 360 miles
Final Drive Gear Ratio Opt N/A
Power to Weight Ratio 16.7
Final Drive Ratio No
Valves Configuration Overhead Valve
Supercharged No
Electric HorsePower RPM N/A
Electric Torque Feet Per Pound N/A (foot-lbs)
Electric Torque RPM N/A
Electric HorsePower BHP N/A

Interior Dimensions
Seating (Standard) 5
Seating (Optional) 6
Tow Capacity (Standard) 1000
Tow Capacity (Maximum) 1000
Headroom (Front) 39.5
Headroom (Row 2) 37.7
Hiproom (Front) 56.1
Hiproom (Row 2) 57.0
Legroom (Front) 42.5
Legroom (Row 2) 41.4
Shoulder Room (Front) 58.0
Shoulder Room (Row 2) 57.0
Seating (Maximum) 6
Headroom (Row 3) N/A
Hiproom (Row 3) N/A
Legroom (Row 3) N/A
Shoulder Room (Row 3) N/A

Brakes, Steering, Suspension and Tires
Brakes (Front) Disc
Brakes (Rear) Disc
Driveline Front Wheel Drive
Driveline (Opt) N/A
Steering Rack & Pinion
Steering Diameter Left 42.2
Steering Diameter Right 42.2
Suspension (Front) Independent
Suspension (Rear) Independent
Tire Type Passenger
Tire Width 235 mm
Tire Aspect Ratio 55
Tire Construction Radial
Tire wheel Diameter 17 in.

Capacity and Volume
Cargo Volume (EPA) 17 cu. ft.
Cargo Volume (MFR) 17 cu. ft.
Fuel Capacity 18.0
Passenger Volume (EPA) 104
Passenger Volume (MFR) 108.0 cu. ft.
Box/Cargo Height N/A
Box/Cargo Length N/A
Box/Cargo Width (Wheel) N/A
Box/Cargo Width (Wall) N/A
GVWR Standard N/A
GVWR Maximum N/A
Payload Standard N/A
Payload Maximum N/A

Exterior Dimensions and Weight
Curb Weight MT N/A
Curb Weight AT 3735
Ground Clearance N/A
Height 58.0
Length 203.2
Top Type (Standard) Hard Fixed
Top Type (Optional) N/A
Track (Front) 63.0
Track (Rear) 62.5
Weight Distribution AT (Front) N/A
Weight Distribution AT (Rear) N/A
Weight Distribution MT (Front) N/A
Weight Distribution MT (Rear) N/A
Wheelbase 115.6
Width 73.8
Doors (Standard) 4
Doors (Maximum) 4

Crash Test Ratings, Sales and Origin
Crash Test Rating N/A / N/A
Sales Volume N/A
Where Built U.S.A.

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2011 Buick LaCrosse

General Motors calls the 2010 LaCrosse the second chapter in Buick’s renaissance. The Enclave midsize crossover utility vehicle was the

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first. It brought a younger buyer into the brand, and Buick is hoping the LaCrosse can do the same. It certainly has the looks inside and out to appeal to a wider audience, but is the LaCrosse enough to help

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GM survive? Well, after a day behind the wheel, we think the LaCrosse’s brand of luxury stacks up nicely with the likes of the Lexus ES 350. Now, all younger luxury customers need to do is rediscover Buick. That might be easier said than done.

The 2010 Buick LaCrosse is offered in CX, CXL and CXS trim levels. Front-wheel drive is standard; the CXL is offered with all-wheel drive (AWD). Notable standard features of the CX include cloth upholstery, automatic climate control, XM Satellite Radio and 17-inch steel wheels. The CXL adds leather heated seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, fog lamps and 18-inch alloy wheels. The CXS trim gets heated and ventilated leather seats and chrome-plated 18-inch wheels. The CXS

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can be ordered with a Touring package that includes real-time suspension damping and 19-inch wheels.

Standard safety equipment includes dual threshold front airbags, side-curtain airbags, a tire-pressure monitor, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, traction control and GM’s StabiliTrak electronic stability control.

There are three engines to choose from here, two of which are new to the LaCrosse. For the first time, CX and CXL trims are offered with an updated version of GM’s Ecotec 2.4-liter 4-cylinder. Previously offered in other GM vehicles, the engine now features direct-injection technology that improves both power and fuel efficiency. Output is 182 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque. A new 3.0-liter V6, which is a version of the 3.6-liter V6 that had been offered in the last model, also has direct injection and produces 255 horsepower and 217 lb-ft of torque. The top engine, offered only in the CXS, is a 3.6-liter V6 that adds direct injection as well, increasing horsepower from 240 to 280 and torque from 225 to 259 lb-ft. All engines are mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift gate.

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This CXL’s available all-wheel-drive system can send 85 percent of the power to the rear wheels. It also comes with an electronic limited-slip differential to apportion the power between the rear wheels for optimal traction.

Now this is more like it. The LaCrosse interior was designed in China, where Buicks are status symbols and owners often have chauffeurs. As a result, the LaCrosse has one of the best cabins in the General Motors lineup. It is attractively designed, carefully assembled and has an abundance of soft-touch surfaces. Standard “ice blue” ambient lighting adds a quality touch and helps illuminate various controls at night.

Like most sedans today, the LaCrosse’s coupe like rear pillars limit the size of the trunk opening. The trunk is spacious, though, with 13.3 cubic feet of cargo room. That space can be enhanced by standard 60/40 split-folding rear seats. Buick also includes a rear-seat pass-through, so the car can accommodate four passengers carrying long cargo, such as skis.

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The CXS is the closest to a sports sedan, especially when equipped with the Touring package, which comes with real-time damping and 19-inch wheels. While the CXS Touring may turn more willingly than the others, the wheels and low-profile tires tend to slap over pavement joints and highway tar strips. If you live in an area with rough roads, try the Touring suspension before you buy. On any version, the brakes are strong and easy to modulate, and the steering is light and a bit slow, but with decent road feel.

All engines come with a 6-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift gate. The CXS has a Sport mode that allows for manual shifting and also changes shift points, steering resistance and suspension firmness. Even in Sport mode, however, the CXS doesn’t feel particularly sporty.

Kirk Bell

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