2011 BMW
328i
vs. 2011 Buick
Regal CXL

2011 Buick Regal CXL

9.8

starting from

$27,220
"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

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Good range on the highway
540 miles
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Power outlets
Standard
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Average highway fuel efficiency
30 mpg
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Average range in the city
342 miles
2011 BMW 328i

9.6

Runner-up

BMW 328i

starting from

$37,475
"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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Better drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Fast 0-60 time
6.3 seconds
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OK performance
15.7 lb/hp
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Average 1/4 mile time
16.0 s @ 91 mph
Performance 9.1 vs 10.0
2011 BMW 328i Winner: 328i
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  • All-wheel drive provides better traction off-road and in poor weather, all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive
  • The 328i's power-to-weight ratio is more than 20% better, providing a sportier ride, 15.7 lb/hp vs 19.8 lb/hp
  • Around 30% more powerful, 230 HP @ 6,500 RPM vs 182 HP @ 6,700 RPM
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.2
2011 Buick Regal CXL Winner: Regal CXL
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  • The Regal CXL's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the 328i
  • A single tank lasts more than 30% longer, 540 miles vs 403 miles
  • The Regal CXL's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the 328i
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.5
2011 Buick Regal CXL Winner: Regal CXL
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  • The Regal CXL's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
  • It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Regal CXL; but it's not available at all on the 328i
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Buick Regal CXL Winner: Regal CXL
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  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Regal CXL's power seats; requires an optional upgrade on the 328i
Cost 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Buick Regal CXL Winner: Regal CXL
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  • The best price we've seen is $10,255 cheaper (around 30% less), $27,220 vs $37,475
  • Gets more than 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 19 mpg vs 17 mpg
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 9.8 vs 9.6

Performance

Buick
Regal CXL
2011 Buick Regal CXL
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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Horsepower 182 HP @ 6,700 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'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 None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 19.8 lb/hp vs 15.7 lb/hp The 328i has OK performance while the Regal CXL gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The 328i's drivetrain is well-equipped for driving off-road or in poor weather, but the Regal CXL is not
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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

Practicality

Buick
Regal CXL
2011 Buick Regal CXL
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 540 miles vs 403 miles The Regal CXL has great highway range, but the 328i is very limited
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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 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 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'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'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

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Regal CXL
2011 Buick Regal CXL
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328i
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Number of speakers 7 vs 10 The 328i has more speakers and the Regal CXL is OK, too
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The Regal CXL'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; but it's not available at all on the 328i

Luxury Features

Buick
Regal CXL
2011 Buick Regal CXL
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'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

Cost

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Regal CXL
2011 Buick Regal CXL
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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MSRP $27,220 vs $37,475 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 19 mpg vs 17 mpg The Regal CXL has OK city mileage, while the 328i is very inefficient
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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
2011 Buick Regal CXL
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
2011 Buick Regal CXL
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs Unknown
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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
2011 Buick Regal CXL
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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0-60 mph 9.9 seconds vs 6.3 seconds The 328i can accelerate to 60mph quickly, but the Regal CXL is pretty bad
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Braking distance at 60mph 131 ft vs 134 ft The Regal CXL's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the 328i is quite bad
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1/4 mile 17.5 s @ 82 mph vs 16.0 s @ 91 mph The 328i's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Regal CXL's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.88 g
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 BMW 328i 2011 Mazda 3 s Grand Touring 328i vs 3 s Grand Touring
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2011 Buick Regal CXL 2011 BMW 335is Regal CXL vs 335is

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