Buyers may miss that the stylish new 2018 Buick Regal Sportback is a hatchback, not a sedan, at first glance. (It is also available as a wagon, called the TourX.) Under that exterior, drivers will find a competent and versatile car. The new car is roomier than the previous generation Regal, and it boasts a nicer interior. However, Buick dialed back on the sporty handling that made the previous car fun to drive.
The Regal’s handling is responsive and capable, but while the old version chewed up twisty roads, the new model is happier on straightaways. Excitement is not part of the equation.
The Regal’s ride is comfortable thanks to a suspension that soaks up road imperfections. This is an impressively quiet car, with well-muted wind, road, and engine noises.