The week I swapped my minivan for a test drive of the 2012 Buick Regal (Premium II Equipment Group) my neighbor asked me if I won the lottery, a mother at my children’s school asked if I received a “fat new job” and I received a whole lot of admiring glances.

I enjoyed a smooth ride, a powerful engine, a gorgeous interior and console, and crazy-low gas mileage (four hours of family highway roadtripping + my daily two hours doing school runs and errands = one tank of gas!). The built in navigation system was sure easier than my annoying portable Garmin or fumbling on my phone for an address or directions.

I really should drive a luxury car (specifically a luxury sport sedan) more often.

I didn’t miss any of the features that compelled me to buy my minivan back in 2006. My three children chilled roomily in the backseat, where one full-size convertible carseat and two boosters fit with room to spare. (True, with three children I was not able to chauffeur any additional kids around last week, but um, I have to say that I didn’t mind.)

The kids’ favorite features of the Buick Regal? The sunroof, the high tech keyless start (I loved that too — I kept my keys zipped in my handbag all week, no scrambling and searching!) and non-stop cool kids’ music on the XM Radio.

The trunk was surprisingly huge. Although the Regal is not bulky or boatlike, it easily accommodated a full-size stroller, an extra car seat, groceries, planting soil and a flat of flowers.

 

Each day when I climbed into the Buick Regal, I felt a little more attractive, hip and groove-backish. Just because I am a stay-at-home mom and mom blogger doesn’t mean I have to drive, or look, like one.

 

OK, maybe I still look like one.

I am definitely putting the Buick Regal at the top my list for cars when it’s time to trade in the minivan. I love how the Regal’s base price is $27-29K, a good deal less than its competitors in the luxury sedan market such as the Acura TSX, Lexus IS and the Audi A4. To my surprise, it’s base price is also less than the 2012 version of my van.

It was hard to say good-bye, but my week with the Buick Regal was wonderful while it lasted. Read more about GM vehicles on the blog Driving the Northeast.

Disclosure: General Motors provided me with the luxurious loan of a new Buick Regal (Premium II trim level) for one week, plus a full tank of gas. No other compensation was received. All opinions expressed are my own.