2011 BMW
328i
vs. 2011 Buick
Regal CXL Turbo

2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo

10.0

starting from

$29,720
"It’s a visual knockout"
thecarconnection.com | talking about the Regal's external styling
"The turbo four spins out 220 horsepower, good but more than 50 hp shy of the upcoming Hyundai Sonata Turbo, which also outpaces it on price and room."
thecarconnection.com | talking about the Regal's engine

Reasons to buy the Buick Regal CXL Turbo

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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Power outlets
Standard
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Entertainment system
Optional
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Average-sized front seats
53.6 ft3
2011 BMW 328i

9.7

Runner-up

BMW 328i

starting from

$35,475
"Delivers a lot of style and performance at the entry level luxury price point of $36,575 for the model we tested."
bullz-eye.com | talking about the 3 Series's value
"The manual 6-speed combined with a 3.0-liter 230 horsepower, DOHC inline 24-valve 6-cylinder engine produced both power and efficiency"
bullz-eye.com | talking about the 3 Series's transmission

Reasons to buy the BMW 328i

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OK drivetrain traction
rear-wheel drive
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Good cornering ability
0.88 g
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Average 1/4 mile time
15.3 s @ 95 mph
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Average 0-60 time
6.9 seconds
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.2
2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo Winner: Regal CXL Turbo
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  • The Regal CXL Turbo's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the 328i
  • The Regal CXL Turbo's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the 328i
  • Almost the same, 53.6 ft3 vs 51.2 ft3
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.5
2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo Winner: Regal CXL Turbo
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  • The Regal CXL Turbo's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
  • It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Regal CXL Turbo; but it's not available at all on the 328i
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo Winner: Regal CXL Turbo
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  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Regal CXL Turbo's power seats; requires an optional upgrade on the 328i
Performance 9.7 vs 10.0
2011 BMW 328i Winner: 328i
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  • Rear-wheel drive provides better traction off-road and in poor weather, rear-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive
  • The 328i's power-to-weight ratio is more than 10% better, providing a sportier ride, 14.6 lb/hp vs 16.7 lb/hp
  • Almost the same, 36.1 ft vs 37.4 ft
Cost 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo Winner: Regal CXL Turbo
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  • The best price we've seen is $5,755 cheaper (around 20% less), $29,720 vs $35,475
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
Missing information
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Road Tests - vs -
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Overall 10.0 vs 9.7

Practicality

Buick
Regal CXL Turbo
2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 504 miles vs 451 miles Average highway range
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Cargo space 14.2 ft3 vs 12.0 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 53.6 ft3 vs 51.2 ft3 The Regal CXL Turbo has average-sized front seats, while the 328i is very cramped
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folding rear seats Standard vs Optional A standard folding rear seat on the Regal CXL Turbo is a great way to free up space for road trips; requires optional upgrade on the 328i
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power outlets Standard vs Not Available The Regal CXL Turbo's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the 328i
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Standard vs Optional The Regal CXL Turbo's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the 328i
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Cupholders 4 vs 4 OK number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

Buick
Regal CXL Turbo
2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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Number of speakers 7 vs 10 The 328i has more speakers and the Regal CXL Turbo is OK, too
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The Regal CXL Turbo's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the 328i does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Regal CXL Turbo; but it's not available at all on the 328i

Luxury Features

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Regal CXL Turbo
2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Optional Conveniently adjust your seat with the Regal CXL Turbo's power seats; requires an optional upgrade on the 328i
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Performance

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Regal CXL Turbo
2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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Horsepower 220 HP @ 5,300 RPM vs 230 HP @ 6,500 RPM Average power
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Manual transmission Both the Regal CXL Turbo's semi-automatic transmission and the 328i's Manual transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor Turbocharger vs None The Regal CXL Turbo's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 16.7 lb/hp vs 14.6 lb/hp Both have OK performance
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive The 328i has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.4 ft vs 36.1 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Cost

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Regal CXL Turbo
2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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MSRP $29,720 vs $35,475 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 18 mpg Very inefficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 50,000 mile Longer basic warranty
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 4 year Longer-lasting basic warranty

Safety Features

Buick
Regal CXL Turbo
2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system OnStar vs BMW Assist

Crash Test Ratings

Buick
Regal CXL Turbo
2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs 4 stars
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

Buick
Regal CXL Turbo
2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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0-60 mph 8.3 seconds vs 6.9 seconds Neither car's 0-60 time is remarkable
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Braking distance at 60mph 134 ft vs 130 ft The 328i's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Regal CXL Turbo is quite bad
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1/4 mile 16.5 s @ 90 mph vs 15.3 s @ 95 mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.83 g vs 0.88 g The 328i has good cornering abilities compared to the merely average Regal CXL Turbo
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 BMW 328i 2012 Acura TL 328i vs TL
2011 BMW 328i 2011 Lexus IS 250 328i vs IS 250
2011 BMW 335i 2011 Audi A5 Premium 335i vs A5 Premium
2011 BMW 328i 2011 Toyota Camry XLE 328i vs Camry XLE
2011 BMW 335i 2011 Infiniti G37 Sport 335i vs G37 Sport
2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo 2012 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ Regal CXL Turbo vs Cruze LTZ
2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo 2011 Chrysler 200 Limited Regal CXL Turbo vs 200 Limited
2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo 2012 Chevrolet Impala LT Regal CXL Turbo vs Impala LT
2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo 2012 Volkswagen Passat V6 SE Regal CXL Turbo vs Passat V6 SE
2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo 2011 Buick Lucerne CXL Regal CXL Turbo vs Lucerne CXL

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