2018 Buick Regal Sportback

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Key Specs

of the 2018 Buick Regal Sportback. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    22-26 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    250-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    9-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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2018 Buick Regal Sportback Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
The 2018 Buick Regal Sportback brings coupelike sportiness, enhanced cargo and safety offerings, and the promise of improved performance. This new body style for the premium mid-size sedan could breathe a bit of life into the Regal lineup, which is overdue for an overhaul. An all-wheel-drive SUV-like model, the Regal TourX, also joins the lineup.
 
Four trim levels will be available: Regal, Preferred, Preferred II and Essence. The TourX is offered in TourX, Preferred and Essence trims.
Exterior
Buick gave the Regal a sleek, sporty roofline and low-slung stance along with a stiffened and strengthened body structure that's 200 pounds lighter than the previous-generation Regal, all combining to portray athleticism and improved efficiency. Designers pushed the wheels -- 17- or 18-inch aluminum wheels are available -- further out toward the corners and stretched the wheelbase by 3 inches more than the outgoing Regal, which Buick says frees up passenger space.
 
The AWD-standard Regal TourX wears more body cladding and has a taller ground clearance. Compared to the 2018 Regal Sportback, the TourX is 3.4 inches longer. Eighteen-inch wheels are standard.
 
Interior
Cabin occupants will access multimedia functions via a standard 7-inch display or an optional 8-inch display with embedded navigation. The pilot-centric cockpit features a center stack that favors the driver, while Buick describes the interior design style as having "cle...
Vehicle Overview
The 2018 Buick Regal Sportback brings coupelike sportiness, enhanced cargo and safety offerings, and the promise of improved performance. This new body style for the premium mid-size sedan could breathe a bit of life into the Regal lineup, which is overdue for an overhaul. An all-wheel-drive SUV-like model, the Regal TourX, also joins the lineup.
 
Four trim levels will be available: Regal, Preferred, Preferred II and Essence. The TourX is offered in TourX, Preferred and Essence trims.
Exterior
Buick gave the Regal a sleek, sporty roofline and low-slung stance along with a stiffened and strengthened body structure that's 200 pounds lighter than the previous-generation Regal, all combining to portray athleticism and improved efficiency. Designers pushed the wheels -- 17- or 18-inch aluminum wheels are available -- further out toward the corners and stretched the wheelbase by 3 inches more than the outgoing Regal, which Buick says frees up passenger space.
 
The AWD-standard Regal TourX wears more body cladding and has a taller ground clearance. Compared to the 2018 Regal Sportback, the TourX is 3.4 inches longer. Eighteen-inch wheels are standard.
 
Interior
Cabin occupants will access multimedia functions via a standard 7-inch display or an optional 8-inch display with embedded navigation. The pilot-centric cockpit features a center stack that favors the driver, while Buick describes the interior design style as having "clean lines, uncluttered surfaces and premium seating materials."
 
With the second row in place, the Sportback boasts 31.5 cubic feet of space -- more than doubling that of the 2017 Regal sedan. Overall cargo space behind the first row, according to the automaker, is 60.7 cubic feet. A 60/40-split folding rear seat is standard; a 40/20/40-split rear seat is also available.
 
The TourX has 32.7 cubic feet in the rear hatch area with seats up and 73.5 cubic feet of cargo capacity with the seats folded.
 
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration are standard, as are push-button start and entry, hill start assist, a universal home remote and heated side mirrors. A Bose premium stereo system is optional, and while all Sportbacks are equipped with an OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot, the data plan comes at an extra cost after a designated trial period.
 
Under the Hood
The Sportback's engine carries over from the regular version: a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder making an estimated 250 horsepower, and 260 and 295 pounds-feet of torque on front- and all-wheel-drive models, respectively. The engine is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission on front-wheel-drive cars and an eight-speed gearbox on all-wheel-drive versions.
 
All-wheel-drive models also get a premium five-link suspension that Buick says reduces road noise.
 
Safety
Buick says the Sportback features a brand first in the active hood pedestrian safety system, which senses a pedestrian impact between 16 and 30 mph, and lifts the back of the hood up roughly 4 inches to reduce injury to the walker. Available with the Driver Confidence I package are lane change alert with blind spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert and rear park assist. The Driver Confidence II package adds front pedestrian braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, forward collision alert and adaptive cruise control with forward automatic braking.

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

REGAL SPORTSBACK

by Maggie/Paul VE from Cold Spring, NJ 08204 on October 5, 2018

We purchased this car to replace Paul's old Buick. He is delighted with the smooth, comfortable and quiet ride of this car. He thoroughly enjoyed his buying experience It was fun watching him enjoying ... Read full review

(5.0)

Wonderful Car!

by RegalLover from johnstown, PA on August 16, 2018

The car rides smoothly, it is good-looking, and handles well. The backup features are great! I purchased the two driver confidence packages and rely on them now. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2018 Buick Regal Sportback currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2018 Buick Regal Sportback has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

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New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    72 months / 70,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)

  • Powertrain warranty

    6 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Regal Sportback received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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