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The Buick Regal isn't like the Buicks of old, or even of old people. The four-door sedan is a version of GM's global mid-size cars, and sports European looks and tuning, and this year, a new GS edition that goes a long way to making the Regal one of the best cars in the near-luxury class.

We're giving the Regal a rating of 7 here at MotorAuthority, with special honors for the Regal GS, new for 2012. All Regals are comfortable cruisers, with a taut ride and great looks, but the GS cranks up the power to its highest output yet, and screws down the handling to a newly agile level.

The V-8 is history at Buick, and the Regal takes the downsizing a step further. It's four-cylinder only, with a normally aspirated base car turning in 182 horsepower, and the mid-level four with turbocharging doling out a healthier 220 horsepower. Both of these engines team up with a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle controls, and they give a hint of sporty feel, even if straight-line performance and...

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