The All-new 2018 Buick Regal
Buick has retired the old Regal and replaced it with two new Regals. You can now buy either a sporty-looking Regal sedan or an equally sporty-looking station wagon. Now, before you dismiss the new station wagon, you should take a closer look. It doesn’t look like your run-of-the-mill station wagon. There is a definite CUV flair. The Regal sedan is not just your average sedan, either. If you need a new vehicle that can haul cargo and more than two people, you owe it to yourself to take a look at these new Regal models.
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One of the new Buick Regal models is a station wagon. It is designed to appeal to the CUV crowd, though, and even looks a little like an elongated CUV. The TourX seats five and has 73.5 cubic feet of cargo space.
You can still get a Regal sedan-type coupe with a hatchback opening in the back. It is called the Regal Sportback. It still looks very much like a sedan, in spite of the hatchback. It is designed for five, too, including the driver. The Sportback also has lots of cargo space, with 31.5 cubic feet behind the back seat or 60.7 cubic feet, if you fold the back seat down.
That depends on which Regal you want. The new Regal Sportback sedan starts at $24,990 for the cheapest trim. If you want the high-performance Regal Sportback GS, it will cost you at least $39,065. The Regal TourX wagon has a base price of $29,070 for the lowest trim. The highest trim level starts out at $35,020.
There are three trim levels for the Regal TourX and five for the Sportback. You can get a basic TourX model, which is called the TourX 1SV, a TourX Preferred or a TourX Essence. The Sportback comes in the 1SV base trim, the Sportback Preferred, the Sportback Preferred II, the Sportback Essence or the high-performance Regal Sportback GS.
There is only one engine available for all of the 2018 Regals except the Sportback GS. A 2.0-L Turbo engine with Stop/Start technology is what powers the TourX and the lower four Sportback trims. The high-performance Regal Sportback GS model has a 3.6-L V6 with Stop/Start technology.
The 2018 Regal TourX is only available with all-wheel drive. The lower four Regal Sportback trims come with front-wheel drive. You can get the Sportback Preferred II and Essence with all-wheel drive. The Sportback GS is only available with all-wheel drive.
Buick has equipped the new Regals with some hi-tech safety equipment. All of the trims for both Regal models include Stabilitrak and Traction Control, anti-lock brakes with Brake Assist, an anti-theft system, rear vision camera and Halogen headlights with LED running lights for day driving.
Lane Change with Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic systems come standard on the Regal Sportback GS trim.
Additional hi-tech safety equipment can be added to any of the trims for both models with the purchase of one of their Driver Confidence Packages. These packages include features like Forward Collision Alert, Rear Park Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Forward Automatic Braking and a Following Distance Indicator.
The 2018 Regals are not the most fuel-efficient vehicles in their classes. The Sportback gets 19-21 in the city and 27-30 mpg on the highway, depending on the drivetrain. The TourX gets 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi Hotspot, a 5-year OnStar Basic subscription and a limited trial Onstar Guidance plan are included in the Buick infotainment system for the Sportback. It also includes a 7-speaker stereo system. A 7" color touchscreen and AM/FM radio with a USB port are standard in the lowest trim level. The higher trim levels have an 8" hi-resolution touch screen, AM/FM/Sirius XM Satellite Radio with a three-month free trial subscription, Bluetooth streaming for certain phone types as well as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.
OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi Hotspot and Bluetooth technology are standard in the Regal TourX. The two higher trim levels come with SiriusXM Radio. The Buick infotainment system with the 8" touchscreen is standard in the TourX Essence. The Sights and Sounds Package can be added to the two higher TourX trim levels.