Buick has been busy making extensive changes to their line of vehicles for 2018. There are two new Regal models this year. They are bigger and roomier than the old Regal sedan, as is one of Buick's SUVs. A new, high-end trim level has also been added to the Buick menu for 2018. Another welcomed environmentally-friendly change in the Buick line-up for 2018 is a newly resuscitated hybrid model that has been absent for a year. Find out exactly what Buick has been up to. We've got the answers to questions you may have if you are looking for a new vehicle.
Is there anything new about Buick's small crossover SUV?
The Buick Encore, which is basically a mini-Enclave, got a few small changes. It is no longer available in River Rock Metallic paint. Coppertino Metallic is the new exterior color for 2018. Buick also added an ionizing air cleaner, capless fuel fill, and custom-molded and painted splash guards.
Did Buick make any changes to the Verano compact car?
Buick didn't make any changes to the Verano; they did away with it entirely.
What's new for 2018 on Buick's mid-size SUV?
Buick's mid-size SUV, the Envision, didn't get any changes for 2018.
Did Buick give the Cascada any updates?
No, the Buick Cascada remains unchanged for 2018.
What's new on the 2018 Buick Regal?
The Regal sedan is gone. It has been replaced with two new Regals: the Regal Sportback and the Regal TourX.
The Regal Sportback is a roomy, four-door coupe-hatchback with a slightly longer wheel-base than the old Regal sedan. It looks like a coupe, but it has a hatchback opening. The back seats fold flat to create 60.7 cubic feet of cargo space. If you leave the back seats in place, there are 31.5 cubic feet of cargo area in the back. The starting price on the Sportback ranges from $25,915 to 39,990.
There are five trim levels available for the Regal Sportback. They are the basic Regal, the Preferred, the Preferred II, the Essence and the high-performance Regal GS. The first four trims are powered by a 250-hp turbocharged 2.0-L engine with fuel-saving Stop/Start technology. The GS has a 310-hp 3.6-L V6. You can get the Sportback with either an all-wheel-drive or front-wheel-drive drivetrain.
The Regal TourX is a station wagon that is a full 3.4" longer than the old sedan. With the rear seats folded flat, the TourX has 73.5 cubic feet of cargo area. It is available in the basic TourX, Preferred and Essence trims. The TourX is powered by the same turbocharged 2.0-L engine as the lower Sportback trims. Base price for the TourX ranges from $29,995 to 35,945.
What's new with the 2018 Buick Enclave?
The Enclave has been redesigned for a more aggressive, athletic look and better aerodynamics. Buick also made it larger, giving it a 10% increase in interior room, and they added a storage compartment under the floor in the back.
The only engine choice for the Enclave is a 3.6-L V-6, but you can get the Enclave with an FWD or AWD drivetrain. The base Enclave, Essence and Premium remain as the three lower Enclave trims. A brand new, high-end, luxury trim level called the Avenir was added for 2018. MSRP for a base FWD 2018 Enclave is $39,995. The luxurious Avenir starts out at $53,500 for the FWD model or $55,800 if you opt for an AWD model.
Is there a new Buick hybrid for 2018?
Buick resurrected the LaCrosse eAssist hybrid sedan for 2018. It was in production from 2012 through 2016, but they didn't produce the eAssist hybrid model for 2017.
The LaCrosse eAssist hybrid is a full-size sedan with room for five. It comes standard with a 2.5-L 4-cylinder gas engine and an electric motor paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. It is available with a more powerful 3.6-L V6 that produces 310 hp with a nine-speed automatic transmission for the FWD models or an eight-speed automatic for the AWD models. The LaCrosse eAssist hybrid gets 25 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.
Five trim levels are available for the LaCrosse: the base LaCrosse, Preferred, Essence, Premium, and Avenir. Starting price for the base trim is $29,565. If you want the more luxurious LaCrosse eAssist Avenir, it will cost a minimum of $45,795.