Hatchbacks were once the pariah of automotive body styles, but manufacturers have developed a new breed that deliver both handsome looks and utility. The 2018 Buick Regal Sportback offers a sporty, coupe-like design to take on some of the best premium models on the market.
What's New for 2018
The Buick Regal Sportback is a new model. It replaces the previous Regal sedan.
Choosing Your Buick Regal
Buick offers the 2018 Regal Sportback in Sportback 1SV, Preferred, Preferred II, Essence, and GS trims. Front-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive is available. The Regal Sportback seats up to five. Standard cargo volume measures 31.5 cubic feet or 60.7 cubic feet with the rear seat folded.
Two engine choices are available, including a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, generating 250 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque (295 lb-ft of torque with all-wheel drive). Front-wheel drive models work with a nine-speed automatic transmission, while all-wheel drive versions have an eight-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy ratings come in at 22 miles per gallon in the city and 32 mpg on the highway for the front-wheel drive model and 21/29 mpg city/highway with all-wheel drive.
Buick Regal Sportback GS models are powered exclusively by a 3.6-liter V6 engine with 310 hp and 282 lb-ft of torque. This all-wheel drive model comes with a nine-speed automatic transmission and makes an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
The 2018 Regal Sportback offers eight exterior colors, including five metallic ($395) and one tri-coat ($995) paint choices. Buick doesn't offer any factory options.
The Preferred II trim gives shoppers the option of all-wheel drive and two package options we think customers want. That brings your final cost to about $35,000, or within the range of the competing Acura TLX.