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Somebody will always complain about something..............
 

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Isn't that what an Auto Critic is supposed to do? ;)
 

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Oh, good grief!

The current tires aren’t dangerous or inefficient, but the amount of road noise they transmit to the cabin is unpleasant on long drives, and a far cry from Buick’s famously hushed interiors.

The right tires have Continental’s innovative new ContiSilent feature, a strip of foam glued to the inside of the tire dampen road noise. A simple idea, but one that reduces noise in the cabin a whopping 2 dB.
1 dB is about the smallest change in sound level that can be detected by a person with normal hearing, usually under controlled conditions. 3 dB represents a doubling in power, and is detectable by most people as a distinct change in level under ordinary conditions. "A whopping 2 dB"? LOL.

If the cars unpleasantly noisy on long drives, but that 2 dB improvement provided by a specially-designed tire makes all the difference, does that mean the vehicle is acceptable only with one, and only one, tire selection? It seems like there's a bigger problem with the design than just tire selection.

Continental can’t make enough ContiSilent tires to supply all Regals yet. Buick decided to put them on less expensive, higher selling, front-wheel-drive versions of the Sportback. The more expensive AWD TourX and Sportback get louder tires until the supplier catches up with demand.

That means the most eager Regal buyers, the ones paying top dollar for all the bells and whistles, are being shortchanged on Buick’s legendary – and heavily promoted – “quiet tuning” because GM figures they’re so excited about the car they’ll buy it anyway.
It sounds like they're meeting demand the best they can under the circumstances, and tires are wear items. Those "eager buyers" can replace the stock tires when they wear out (or sooner, if they like) if they want something marginally quieter. Meanwhile, they get to drive the car they're eager for.

Good grief!
 
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