2018 Regal

 

2018 BUICK REGAL 


Buick's sixth-generation Regal has the beautiful, European-influenced styling that will have you going out to the driveway just to admire it, along with the sharp handling and dynamics that come with years of development. For a car to be truly competitive in such a competitive marketplace, good simply isn't going to cut it; it needs to be great.



It is a genuinely handsome machine. Well-balanced in its proportions and cleverly designed to pack as much visual punch as possible, both the Sportback and AWD TourX are clearly penned by great, thoughtful designers with a focus not only on looks but practicality as well. For a long time, fastbacks and station wagons were treated as being a little too vanilla, a little too practical to be cool. Those days are well and truly gone, and it is only the Neanderthalic who would still view car designs with that sort of mindset. There's just not enough time to think about whether or not you have space in a car to live without compromise, so Buick has made sure you don't need to deal with that stress.



The Regal starts the race in good form, with such versatility affording generous amounts of interior room. Both models offer seating for five and, with the second row of seats folded flat, 60.7 cubic feet of cargo space in the Fastback and a cavernous 73.5 in the TourX, numbers at the very top of their respective classes. The cleverly designed coupe-like style of the Sportback means easy access for loading and unloading cargo, and the AWD TourX is not just any old bus; indeed it is more Lafayette than Walmart, but it comes with a reassuring solidity that says, yes I am ready for anything, but I won't be roughing it. Buying a wagon is not just a pragmatic choice any longer. America used to have a love affair with station wagons and that needn't change when they are as good looking as this. Be it a fastback or a wagon, both body styles are a statement of intent; both cars have a lot to offer and aren't shrinking violets.



Jump into the Regal's well-built and opulent interior and the first thing you notice is how it shrinks around you, in a way akin to cars with a sportier bent. The steering wheel falls into place and the comfortable seats are easy to adjust, so from the outset, you're comfortable and ready to go. There's, even more, to come from under the hood, too. Displacement isn't as important in this day and age as it was in the past, and the 2.0L turbo four in the Regal pumps out an effortless 250HP, with a syrupy smooth 9sp automatic easily managing it. Opt for the intelligent all-wheel-drive and you get the added security of four-wheel traction when you need it, without compromising on efficiency, harnessed to an 8sp auto that perceptibly changes gears with the foresight of a prophet. It's no surprise the Sportback lives up to its name, delivering a driving experience that is sure to leave a smile on your face. Thank the strong, torquey engine for that (260lb-ft, or 295lb-ft in the all-wheel-drive models). Whether accelerating onto the highway or tackling the serpentine roads off the interstate, there always feels like there is more than enough grunt in the Regal. It isn't a car to make you stressed though, and in that classic Buick way, it offers a ride more luxurious than Laguna Seca, without being a wallowing mess. You point the Regal, and it goes. 




The interior is a fine place to sit, for driver and passengers alike. An uncluttered dash offers keyless start across the range, a 7-speaker stereo mated to a 7" color touchscreen (or an 8" high-res screen on Preferred II and Essence trims), OnStar 4G LTE WiFi hotspot connectivity, power windows, cruise control, air-conditioning with vents for the rear, and Buick's QuietTuning with active noise cancellation for complete serenity. All for a low starting price of just $24,990 MSRP for the Sportback and $29,070 MSRP for the AWD TourX. Plump for the Preferred spec and you get a powered driver's seat with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and an auto-dimming rearview mirror, or the Preferred II to get a heated steering wheel, 18" alloy wheels and foglamps, and the added flexibility of a 40:20:40 split-fold rear bench. The Essence model includes leather seats, with the front pair being heated, offering that last bit of luxury to really set the Regal apart from the crowd. Safety is never compromised at Buick, so you get a plethora of airbags and standard driving aids to keep you out of harm's way. ABS, ESP, TPMS, and rearview camera; they're all standard as well.



The Buick Regal, in either Sportback or TourX guise, isn't just a one-size-fits-all prospect; it is a car that, like its owners, beats its own path and wont be pigeonholed against the opposition. It dares to be different and it succeeds.

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