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2018 Buick Regal Sportback

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$24,990 — $39,070 MSRP
5 Seats
22-26 MPG
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Our Take

from the expert editorial team

By Aaron Bragman

CARS.COM — Buick's rising sales in the United States are no accident — GM's "premium" brand has benefited from updating its SUVs right when the market is super-hot for them. But the brand isn't letting its more traditional sedan offerings get stale: The Lacrosse full-size sedan was redesigned last year, and this year the Regal is all-new, as well.

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The 2018 Regal is bigger, smoother, dramatically better looking and meant to go toe-to-toe with premium mid-size sedans from brands like Acura, Audi and Lincoln. While their market may not be as hot as crossovers, these are still important cars for their brands, which makes the mediocrity of the new Regal Sportback all the more confusing.

Hot Looks

The new model made a splash when it arrived at the 2017 New York International Auto Show earlier this year, with its dramatically low, swoopy styling that impressed everyone who laid eyes on it. And it does indeed look fantastic — there isn't a bad angle viewed from the outside. The hatchback design allows for an interesting combination of utility and style, preserving the backseat airspace for passenger headroom while allowing owners to drop the rear seats and open up a cavernous floorspace that can swallow an entire bicycle with the front wheel still attached. It's a sharp design, modern and sophisticated, and it's sure to turn more than a few heads.

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

8 reviews — Read All reviews
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Sharp looking car

by Barbara expert shopper from Prospect, CT on November 14, 2018

Car is really sharp looking both interior and exterior and fully loaded. I love the design of the dashboard. Computer system is fantastic and easy to use. Car performs great. Read full review



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


Recalls and crash tests


The 2018 Buick Regal Sportback currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2018 Buick Regal Sportback has not been tested.


New car and certified pre-owned programs by Buick

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

    6 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance


  • View All CPO Program Details

Latest 2018 Regal Sportback Stories

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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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