The old Buick Regal is no more. It has gone through major changes and is now actually two different Regals. These new Regals should be more appealing to the CUV crowd, with more cargo space and easier accessibility. Oh, and they got a new, sportier look, too. Buick also made some big changes to the Enclave SUV, giving it a nice facelift, a new transmission, and a brand new, more luxurious trim level.
Has Buick changed the Regal?
Buick has actually done away with the old Regal sedan altogether. They've created two new, different Regal models for 2018. You can now get a Regal Sportback or a Regal TourX.
The new Regal Sportback is a sport sedan that looks like a four-door coupe and has a hatchback opening. On top of that, the back seats fold down to give you 60.7 cubic feet of cargo space. It has 31.5 cubic feet of space with the back seat in the upright position.
The Regal TourX is a sporty-looking station wagon. This new regal offers 73.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the back seat.
How many trim levels are there for the new Regal?
The Regal Sportback comes in five different trim levels: the basic Regal, the Preferred, the Preferred II, the Essence and the high-performance GS.
The Regal TourX only comes in three different trim levels: the basic TourX, the Preferred and the Essence.
What type of engine did Buick put in the 2018 Regal?
The lower four Sportback trims all come with Buick's 2.0-L Turbo engine with Stop/Start technology that shuts the car off when you come to a stop to save gas. The Regal GS, which is the highest trim level, comes with a 3.6-L V6. It also has Stop/Start technology.
All three TourX trim levels come with the 2.0-L Turbo engine with Stop/Start technology.
Is the 2018 Regal expensive?
Base MSRP for the lowest Sportback trim level is $25,915. The high-performance GS trim level starts at $39,990.
The Regal TourX base MSRP ranges from $29,995 to $35,945.
Does the new Regal come with a nice infotainment system?
All of the Sportback trim levels come with OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi Hotspot and a 7" infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. All but the lowest trim level come with SiriusXM Radio. If you buy the available Sights and Sounds Package, you will also get a Bose eight-speaker premium audio system, HD Radio and a Color Driver Information Center.
The Regal TourX comes with OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi Hotspot and Bluetooth Technology. The top two trim levels come with SiriusXM Radio. The top trim level, the TourX Essence, comes with an 8" Color-Touch Radio and the Buick Infotainment System. You can also buy the Sights and Sounds Package for the top two TourX trim levels.
What type of hi-tech safety features will the 2018 Regal have?
All Sportback and TourX trim levels come with anti-lock brakes with Brake Assist, Halogen headlamps with LED daytime running lamps, a rear vision camera, Stabilitrak and Traction Control and a theft deterrent system. The Sportback GS also comes with Rear Cross Traffic and Lane Change with Side Blind Zone Alert. Buick is offering a couple of Driver Confidence Packages that include various safety add-ons like Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert for the lower trims, Rear Park Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Forward Collision Alert, Following Distance Indicator and Forward Automatic Braking.
Did Buick make any changes to the 2018 Enclave?
Buick has made sweeping changes to the Enclave for 2018 and added a new high-end trim level - the all-new Avenir. There are three trim levels below the Avenir. They are the basic Enclave, the Enclave Essence, and the Enclave Premium. Prices for the all-new Enclave range from $39,995 for the base trim level to $53,415 for the Enclave Avenir.
The Enclave is a full-size SUV that seats seven in three rows of seats. The all-new 2018 Enclave comes with the same 3.6-L V-6 engine that the 2017 had, but it has a new nine-speed transmission this year. The 2017 model had a six-speed transmission. This new combination is rated for 302 hp and 260 lb-ft torque. It is a front-wheel-drive vehicle, although you can get it with Intelligent all-wheel-drive.
Does the new Enclave come with any good hi-tech features?
Buick has loaded the 2018 Enclave with plenty of bells and whistles. All four trim levels come with OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot, remote start, SiriusXM Satellite Radio. The Premium and Avenir trim come with a Bose performance-enhanced ten-speaker premium stereo system.
Hi-tech safety features in the new Enclave include Rear Park Assist, a Rear Vission Camera, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and the StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control system. The higher trim levels come equipped with Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning and Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking. The Avenir also comes with Surround Vision, which is an available add-on option on the Essence and Premium trim levels.