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The Buick Regal Sportback has coupelike styling that artfully masks its hatchback configuration. Most versions use an energetic 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine; the sporty GS gets a 3.6-liter V6.
Front- and all-wheel-drive versions are available. The Regal has a comfortable ride. Road, wind, and engine noise are well-muted. Handling is capable and responsive. We found the seats to be comfortable and the cabin well-constructed, though a bit plain. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility is standard, and the infotainment system is easy to use. Most advanced safety features are optional and are typically found on versions costing close to $40,000. The Regal TourX version is a raised all-wheel-drive wagon, similar in concept to a Subaru Outback.
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2018-2019
2018 Redesign Year
The redesigned Buick Regal takes on a striking profile, as it adopts coupe-like styling and a convenient hatchback. It weighs in at about 200 pounds less than the previous-generation sedan.
With the wheelbase extended more than 3 inches, the proportions provide more passenger and cargo space. This new car will be offered in front and all-wheel drive, with each configuration powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. AWD versions benefit from a five-link rear suspension and increased torque. A 7-inch infotainment system is standard, while an 8-inch will be offered. Both get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a five-year subscription to OnStar Basic, and they are equipped with OnStar 4G LTE WiFi capabilities. Most advanced safety features are optional, with the notable exception of a pedestrian-protecting active hood.
$18,100 - $27,225
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$17,100 - $25,675
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2011-2017
2011 Redesign Year
Before 2011, the Regal was a humdrum car with a floaty ride and rubbery steering. Buick revitalized the Regal nameplate in 2011, basing the model on Germany's Opel Insignia.
As such, it conveys a typically European driving experience, with a taut ride, sporty handling, and excellent fit and finish. Firm, supportive seats and tight rear accommodations are another European trait of Buick's mid-size model. Changes for 2014 included more horsepower for the turbocharged engine, a revised interior treatment with simpler controls, more available contemporary electronic safety features and optional all-wheel drive.
$15,575 - $23,150
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$13,600 - $20,525
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$11,300 - $17,150
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$9,900 - $14,750
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$8,250 - $11,625
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$7,475 - $8,625
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$7,000 - $7,200
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1997-2004
This sedan provided a smooth ride and responsive routine handling in our tests in the early 1990s, but was not very competent in emergency maneuvers. Regals of this vintage have a split-bench front seat and an uncomfortable rear seat.
The car was redesigned for 1997, but retained an old-fashioned floaty ride and rubbery steering. Handling is improved somewhat with the Gran Touring suspension package. Acceleration is good with the base 3.8-liter, 200-hp V6, and quicker with the supercharged version, which pumps out 240 horses and makes the Regal quick but not sporty.
$3,750 - $4,100
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$3,500 - $3,950
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$3,300 - $3,500
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$3,175 - $3,300
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$2,675 - $2,800
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