Let’s face it. You probably spend a lot of time in the car. The average commute time in America today is 24.3 minutes, or over 200 hours per year, according to the US Census Bureau. Here in Charlotte, we actually average 26 minutes according to the Charlotte Chamber. This works out to more than the average American’s two week vacation! You certainly don’t want to feel as if you’re losing two weeks out of your life every year. Being productive seems to make this time feel less of a waste; however, if you are driving (which, also according to the census, most of us are) checking your email or texting the office is certainly NOT an option. So, if you’re going to be in the car for what amounts to your two week vacation anyway, and you can’t utilize this time getting any work done, how about feeling a little like you’re on vacation? Liberty Buick GMC has the solution for North and South Carolina commuters with the 2012 Buick Regal.
According to Scott McCorkle, of Liberty Buick GMC Truck in Charlotte and Monroe, the 2012 Buick Regal offers the commuter an experience in luxury with its buttery, leather appointed interior and premium, nine speaker Harman Kardon surround sound system. The seating rivals the pampering that you might expect from a top resort or spa; while the sound system is sure to impress even the most particular audiophile. The experts at Edmonds.com and About.com.Cars seem to agree.
In describing the Regal GS’s standard leather heated front seats, Jason Fogelson, of About.com.Cars raves: “…Imagine a sport seat, only slightly softer, with slightly more generous ‘American’ proportions. Give that seat rich, thick textured leather and contrasting stitching, and you’ll have the standard heated front seats of the Regal GS. Seating is a highly personal matter of taste, but I think Buick got this right, and 12-way power adjustment (including a 4-way lumbar) for both driver and passenger feels like luxury. After hours in the driver’s seat, I was still impressed.”[i] (Jason Fogelson, 2011)
About the Premium nine speaker, 320 watt, Harman Kardon surround sound system, Doug Newcomb, Senior Technology Editor for Edmonds.com writes: “…Harman Kardon has been offered before in Buicks, most recently the 2010 LaCrosse. A well-known logo on the speakers or radio doesn’t always assure quality. But as with other attributes of the new Regal, the H/K sound system can more than hold its own compared to other offerings in the segment.
…As with every sound system we test, I listened to 10 musical tracks that I’ve heard in literally hundreds of vehicles to gauge clarity/lack of distortion, tonal balance, timbre, tonal accuracy, soundstaging, imaging and dynamics. The music on these tracks ranges from jazz to folk to rock and rap. I also use several non-musical tracks to further test soundstaging, imaging, linearity and absence of noise. … The system reproduced the test tracks in great detail and with a sense of spaciousness and lifelike dynamics. The soundstage was sizable and imaging realistic if not pinpoint accurate. In the mostly instrumental jam “Shoo Fly Don’t Bother Me” by Bluesiana Triangle, cymbals and drums floated above the dash and a flute solo that starts at about two minutes into the track was centered the way it should be.
GM deserves credit for making many great decisions with the new Regal. Part of our job is to nitpick the vehicles in our long-term fleet, but I found few major flaws with the 2011 Regal CXL Turbo’s Harman Kardon sound system.” [ii] (Newcomb, 2011)
So– are you ready to actually look forward to your daily commute? If you live anywhere in the Charlotte area– from Concord, Lake Norman and Huntersville, to Matthews, Mint Hill, and Monroe, Come see Scott McCorkle and his top notch team at Liberty Buick GMC Truck to test drive the 2012 Regal. But be prepared—your living room and home sound system may just feel snubbed!
Jason Fogelson. (2011). About.com Cars. Retrieved 10 18, 2011, from About.Com: http://cars.about.com/od/buick/fr/2012-Buick-Regal-Gs-Review.html
Newcomb, D. (2011, 04 29). 2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo: Audio Review. (D. Newcomb, Editor) Retrieved 10 10/18, 2011, from Edmonds.com: http://www.edmunds.com/car-technology/car-audio/2011-buick-regal-cxl-turbo-audio-review.html