The “Is That a Buick?” advertising campaign has come and gone, along with the stodgy vehicles of the past. Now Buick is letting its vehicles speak for themselves. The LaCrosse, Encore, and Enclave have all been completely redesigned under a modern and elegant aesthetic. But the 2018 Buick Regal is set to really push the envelope. Its exterior design is fluid and graceful and Buick is even offering a few performance variants.
The 2018 Buick Regal (Starting MSRP $31,945)
The Encore may be Buick’s best-selling model, and the LaCrosse may be the de facto flagship, but that should not overshadow the achievements of the 2018 Buick Regal. Just look at the thing! Instead of a sedan, Buick is calling the Regal a sportback, which means that the roof slopes downward from the mid-cabin to the rear. That architecture, combined with the sharp new headlights make the Regal look like a distant cousin of the Jaguar. Finally, with the new recessed grille and split-wing badge, drivers will be proud parking in front of the office.
On lower trims, the interior remains conservative with a clear priority of comfort. That is by no means a bad thing. But it is safe – something you wouldn’t expect given the aggressive nature of the exterior redesign. And with Buick’s QuietTuning and available Active Noise Cancellation your cabin is supremely quiet, making it a joy on the highway. Of course, when you move to the more sport-oriented trims, you can still hear the engine growl.
Buick Regal GS (Starting MSRP $43,945)
This is where things get really exciting. Inarguably, the sports sedan market has been languishing. So, when an entry like the 2018 Buick Regal GS enters the field, people take note. When you wring out the standard 3.6L V6 and its 310 horsepower, it’s easy to get in tune with the road. The engine is confident, powerful, and even fun. Buick also includes standard Intelligent All-Wheel Drive in the 2018 Regal GS. By constantly monitoring the grip of each wheel, Intelligent AWD keeps the sportback tight and confident in the corners – in all conditions.
- Brembo Performance Brakes
- 9-Speed Automatic Transmission
- 19” Technical Grey Aluminum Wheels
Buick Regal TourX
For 2018, the Sportback is not the only new face the Buick Regal will be wearing. Early next year, the Buick Regal TourX will be hitting showroom floors. The North American equivalent of the Opel Insignia is clearly a station wagon, but Buick would like us to all pretend that it’s a crossover, so shhhh!
Of course, Buick’s reluctance to use the words station and wagon in succession is understandable. The whole continent is SUV is crazy, and while there is no discernible performance difference between a station wagon and a small crossover, buyers have abandoned the former (cars in general, really) in favour of the latter. And while taste is subjective, it’s hard not to believe that the 2018 Regal TourX is far more handsome than the Buick Encore, for example.
Plus, its Intelligent AWD, increased cargo space, and long roofline make it an all-season warrior for weekend getaways. Pound for pound (or dollar for dollar) the Regal TourX puts high-priced competitors like the BMW 3-Series Touring wagon to shame. It’s engine has more horsepower and torque and it has an MSRP roughly $15,000 lower!
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