2011 Audi A4

2011 Audi A4
2011 Audi A4 - Automobile Magazine
A worthy 3-Series competitor.

No matter how many times I drive an Audi A4 2.0T, I still wind up double-checking to confirm that I am, in fact, sitting behind a four-cylinder engine and not some excellent six-cylinder. Indeed, the words and numbers on the spec sheet — 211 horsepower, four-wheel-drive, 31-mpg on the highway, and 3600 pounds — simply do not jive with how spirited and fun the A4 is to drive. Mash the throttle, and the 2.0-liter responds instantly, emitting a throaty howl and propelling this heavy, leather-lined sedan more briskly than it has any business doing. It’s not merely a smoke screen of low-end torque and short gearing, either. Snap the precise stick shift into second, and it keeps on pulling.

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2011 Buick Regal CXL

2011 Buick Regal CXL
2011 Buick Regal CXL - Editor's Notebook - Automobile Magazine
Not astoundingly awesome, but quite impressive nonetheless.

Germany supplies 40% of the parts in a Buick Regal, and the cars are assembled in Opel’s Russelsheim, Germany plant. This Regal was originally intended to be a Saturn Aura, but then Saturn was put out to pasture during the bankruptcy and even GM’s control of Opel was uncertain last fall. Thankfully, GM found a way to hang onto Opel after bankruptcy and the complicated restructuring process.

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