2018 Buick Regal Sportback / Regal GS
The new Buick Regal Sportback is a car that defies expectations. It looks like a stylish Sedan, but it’s actually a hatchback with an SUV-rival amount of cargo space. It carries the All-American Buick badge, but it is based on the Europe market Opel Insignia. Not all surprises are good but-the V-6-powered Regal GS is not as sporty as the cans suggest, for example-but this value-PACKED Buick still takes an interesting middle ground between mainstream family sedans and European luxury hatchbacks. Its price and interior designations are more like the former, but its looks and performances imitate the latter.
What’s New for 2018?
Not only did the Buick Regal lineup receive a wholesale makeover this year, it also benefited from an adjustment layer, as the old sedan body style was in favor of a new, sleek hatchback layout-hence the sport back name (there’s a new TourX Wagon version that we check separately). The performance-oriented regal GS is back, this time packing a V-6 engine, standard four-wheel drive, an upgrade chassis, and more aggressive looks.
Trims and Options We’d Choose
Buick will new-car shoppers who are shelving in addition to entry-luxury cars from the likes of BMW and Audi, but the base price of $25,915 falls in line with mainstream sedans like the Honda Accord. It is not very well equipped at this price, but so we would step up to the top $32,695 essence trim level to get equipment like:
• Heated front seats and a heated steering wheel
• Automatic air conditioning with two zones
• A 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
• Leather Upholstery
Base Price Comparison
After adding the $1580 drivers confidence I package, the LED headlights, blind spot monitoring, tail-cross-traffic alarm, a power-adjustable passenger seat and memory settings for the power-adjustable driver’s seat, we let ourselves on a Price of $34,275, or a few thousand dollars less than a fully loaded Honda Accord 2.0 T. Any color other than white will cost extra. All-wheel drive is on the Preferred II and essence trims for an additional $2000, but it brings with it an eight-speed automatic transmission, which is slower than the front-wheel-drive model nine-speed. We would pass on the more athletic, V-6-powered Regal GS because its performance advantage is not significant enough to ensure its higher price of $39,995.