• Jun 8, 2011
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Consumer Reports put four new sports sedans to the test, and the Buick Regal Turbo and Infiniti G25 came out on top. The G25 managed a score of "Excellent," as the consumer advocacy magazine gave the sedan high marks for ride and handling and well-weighted steering. The G25 now lags only the more powerful G37 on CR's list of the 13 best sports sedans in the mid-size segment.

Buick Regal TurboThe Regal Turbo finished right behind the G25 with a score of "Very Good." The boosted Buick also received high praise for handling, and the sedan's 2.0-liter turbo mill "brings much needed power while attaining the same fuel economy as the base four-cylinder model." CR now ranks the Regal Turbo just ahead of the naturally aspirated Regal. The post-jump press release claims the Regal Turbo now ranks in the middle of the pack of 13 sports sedans.

While the Regal and G25 received kudos, the 2011 Audi A4 and 2011 Volvo S60 didn't fare as well. The A4, which has been given the coveted "Recommended" nod from CR, now ranks 12th out of 13 vehicles, trailing only the Saab 9-3. Ouch. The Volvo S60 fared a bit better, with a ranking of 10th.

Hit the jump to read over the Consumer Reports presser. The release also includes info for the Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima, which were tested separately.
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YONKERS, N.Y., June 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Infiniti G25 and Buick Regal Turbo and scored "Excellent" and "Very Good" overall road test scores, respectively, in Consumer Reports' testing of a group of four sports sedans, outpointing competitors from Volvo and Audi.

The G25 now ranks second overall in Consumer Reports' recent tests of 13 sports sedans, behind the larger engine Infiniti G37. The G37 was CR's Top Pick in the sports sedan category in the Annual April Auto Issue.

Buick's Regal Turbo is now mid-pack in the rankings, slightly outpointing the less expensive and non-turbo Buick Regal.

Consumer Reports also tested the redesigned Volvo S60 and the updated Audi A4 for the July issue, which goes on sale July 7th. Separately, the turbocharged versions of the Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima mid-sized sedans were also tested. (CR had previously tested non-turbocharged versions of both vehicles.) All the reports are also available to subscribers of www.ConsumerReports.org. Updated daily, it's the go-to Website for the latest auto reviews, product news, blogs on breaking news and car buying information.

The new S60 now ranks 10th out of the 13 sports sedans rated. Still, the vehicle is much improved over its mediocre and outdated predecessor, helping it earn a road-test score that's almost 20 points higher than the previous generation model. The A4 currently ranks 12th, with the Saab 9-3 Turbo at the bottom of the rankings. The A4 now uses a super-smooth eight-speed automatic transmission to help it get an impressive 25 mpg overall, among the best in this class.

"The Regal is a well-honed sedan with a taut, steady ride, sporty handling, and excellent fit and finish," said David Champion, senior director of Consumer Reports' Auto Test Center in East Haddam, CT.

The G25 and A4 are the only vehicles tested this month that are Recommended. The Regal, S60, Sonata turbo and Optima are too new for Consumer Reports to have adequate reliability data to Recommend. The G25 is expected to have better than average reliability than average. Consumer Reports only Recommends vehicles that have performed well in its tests, have at least average predicted reliability based on CR's Annual Auto Survey of its more than seven million print and Web subscribers, and performed at least adequately if crash-tested or included in a government rollover test.

Prices for the tested vehicles ranged from $28,090 for the Regal Turbo to $35,895 for the A4.

The G25 provides an inviting balance of performance and comfort. It's agile and fun-to-drive, the ride is taut and composed, and it has quick, well-weighted steering. The Infiniti G25 Journey, ($34,225 MSRP as tested,) is powered by a 218-hp, 2.5-liter V6 engine that is smooth and provides 24 mpg overall. The seven-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly. Braking is Very Good. The interior is quiet and well-finished. The rear seatbacks don't fold to expand trunk space, but there is a small pass-through opening for long items, like skis.

The Regal is agile and responsive. The turbocharged version brings much needed power while attaining the same fuel economy as the base four-cylinder model. The Buick Regal CXL turbo, ($32,135 MSRP as tested,) is powered by a 220-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that provides decent performance and 23 mpg overall in CR's own fuel economy tests. The six-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly. Braking is Very Good. The fit and finish are excellent. The trunk is roomy and well trimmed.

With improvements to its ride and handling, the S60 is now a solid contender in this class. The S60 feels taut in corners and its well-weighted steering is responsive and provides good feedback. The Volvo S60 TS ($35,100 MSRP as tested, is powered by a 250-hp, 2.5-liter turbocharged five cylinder engine that delivers excellent performance and gets 23 mpg overall. The six-speed automatic transmission shifts very smoothly. Braking is Very Good. The interior is quiet and neatly finished. Rear seat space and trunk room is on the small side. The Volvo offers extensive electronic safety equipment, including an optional system that can automatically stop the car before it hits a pedestrian.

The A4 is a well-rounded compact sports sedan. Handling is agile, making it fun to drive. Steering is quick and communicative. The Audi A4 Quattro Premium is powered by a 211-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers excellent acceleration and gets 25 mpg overall. The eight-speed automatic transmission is excellent. Braking is Very Good. The interior is exquisite. The well-shaped trunk is spacious. Longer stopping distances and reduced grip at its handling limits cost this A4 some points compares to a 2009 A4 tested by CR.

The turbocharged Sonata offers sportier handling and a somewhat stiffer ride than the non-turbo versions. Even though the cars share the same basic platform, the Sonata is more refined than the turbocharged Kia Optima. The Sonata has modest body lean and decent tire grip in the corners. The Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T, ($28,090 MSRP as tested,) is powered by a 274-hp, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine that gets 25 mpg overall. The six-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly. Braking is Very Good. The interior is well-finished. Trunk space is generous.

The redesigned Optima has sportier styling than the Sonata, but that styling compromises visibility and rear -seat head room. It has less noise isolation and less-polished suspension tuning as the Sonata. The Optima handles well and has quick steering. The Kia Optima SX, ($29,050 MSRP as tested,) is powered by the same 274-hp, 2.0 liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine that is quick and gets 24 mpg overall. The six-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly. Braking is Very Good. The interior is well-finished with sporty detailing. Trunk space is generous.

With more than 7 million print and online subscribers, Consumer Reports is published by Consumers Union, the world's largest independent, not-for-profit, product-testing organization. It conducts the most comprehensive auto-test program of any U.S. publication or Website and owns and operates a 327-acre Auto Test Center in Connecticut. The organization's auto experts have decades of experience in driving, testing, and reporting on cars. To subscribe, consumers can call 1-800-234-1645 or visit www.ConsumerReports.org.


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  • 36 Comments
      Corey Allen
      • 3 Years Ago
      My G37 6mt S Coupe puts a smile on my face every time I turn it on. I'd really like to see Nissan bring a direct injection upgraded vq25vhr turbo here(they make a turbo of the motor just not DI). It would more then compete for mileage and power with the ecoboost.
      nate0123
      • 3 Years Ago
      "The A4 ... now ranks 12th out of 13 vehicles, trailing only the Saab 9-3. Ouch." If the A4 only trailed one vehicle, it would be in second place, not second to last. I think you meant "... trailed only by the Saab 9-3" ... Might I suggest proofreading before posting?
      brian
      • 3 Years Ago
      "The A4, which has been given the coveted "Recommended" nod from CR, now ranks 12th out of 13 vehicles, trailing only the Saab 9-3." You mean the A4 was trailed by the Saab 9-3... ...Yes, syntax matters.
        Rick
        • 3 Years Ago
        @brian
        Not only that, they should read the OP.I read the article and CR seems to LOVE the A4, yet the tone of this article seems to imply that the A4 got a smack down. Regardless of the ranking, it's only 1 of 2 to be recommended.
      Sukairain
      • 3 Years Ago
      The new face lift G is very appealing looking and that 3.7L motor is killer. The car drives like a muscle car, handles borderline like a sport car, roomy enough to be a midsize luxury sedan. Gas milage is still an issue, that's why I am going to wait for the next G hybrid. ; ) Throw the M35 hybrid drivetrain in there and it'll be a near perfect car for me.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      RJC
      • 3 Years Ago
      The only thing those bozos should be testing is reliability. Leave the driving impressions to others.
        Rick C.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @RJC
        I dont like there past record on testing cars. right now all I care about is relibilty and mileage from them. I'll test the vehicle myself at a dealer and figure out if I like or not.
      Mercennarius
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Infiniti G is a great platform...
        Soul Shinobi
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mercennarius
        Well, they didn't use a modified version of that chassis for the GT-R for no reason! :)
      B
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd hardly call CR's Recommended tag "coveted." Basically, anything with a decent score and average reliability gets it--and most cars have been getting it these days (keep in mind, new models aren't eligible for it). You have to build a turd or a lemon to not get "Recommended" by CR.
      thepennyracer
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can't get over the 0-60 numbers on these "sport sedans." I'm not waiting 7.5 seconds with a car that costs over 30k. I love my older G35, and I feel great about buying used because the VQ is so acclaimed. It feels bulletproof even with plenty of miles on it. The only option would be to turn the G25 into a cruiser. Those interested in "dubs" and whatnot would find it right at home with a set of 22s. If you can't go that fast with a slammed car, might as well save the cash and roll slow with a nice set of rims.
        thepennyracer
        • 3 Years Ago
        @thepennyracer
        i'm going to assume that +1 means you own a car that's quicker than 7.5 and -1 means you don't. hatorade.
      Snark McGee
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have a sub. The G37 got a 95/100, one of the highest scores ever from CR, the G25 got an 86/100. The regal turbo got a 79/100. While this is ok, it's not exactly great. The bmw 335d, acura tsx, lexus is, and vw cc all scored above the regal.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Snark McGee
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          Sukairain
          • 3 Years Ago
          My local SOLO club is full of women who can probably drive better than you ever will.
      Mark_H
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think a pre-owned G25 might make a good buy in 2-3 years as they start coming off lease.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mark_H
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          jtav2002
          • 3 Years Ago
          How about keeping the comparisons relevant.You could make that statement about any car really if you're going to try and compare a luxury car to a non-luxury car in a completely different segment.
          jbm0866
          • 3 Years Ago
          Assuming that the G was fairly low mileage (under 60k) I would take it hands down over a cheap feeling Mazda 3. The G is so much more car than the 3 that it really isn't a fair comparison...unless MPG is the most important thing.
          • 3 Years Ago
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        brian
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mark_H
        Most any pre-owned car in good condition is a better buy than a brand new one...
      legacyb442
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'll be interested to read where the Regal GS lands with CR, that trim level is going to be very telling to see if Buick (GM) has figured out what they have and where it fits in the near lux market. I'm going to buy a used GS in 4-5 years. If it is well done and sales are strong that will set the stage for the GSX with AWD and more HP!
        kcroc10077
        • 3 Years Ago
        @legacyb442
        Agreed. The CXL Turbo gets pretty pricey. Is the GS going to be the top of the line Regal or the performance oriented Regal. Besides the more powerful engine what other upgrades are being done to the GS and does anyone have a proposed price point? The CXL, all gussied up, comes in at about 35 large. If the GS comes in at much more than this it starts competing (in price) with cars like the G37 Sport.
          Chase
          • 3 Years Ago
          @kcroc10077
          Personally, I like the lower equipment levels of the Regal, since they are well equipped standard. Leather/heated seats/automatic lights and so on are all standard. The 32k Regal turbo with the HIDs is what I'd get out of all the packages. ... Oh, and the lease deals are nuts on the Regal.
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