9 Best Midsize Cars for the Money in 2018

Buick Regal
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9) 2018 Buick Regal

$24,990 | U.S. News Score: 8.0/10

Value: The Regal’s higher-than-average initial cost and high total cost of ownership ($10,000 more than the winner of the Best Midsize Car for the Money award) relegate it to ninth place in our award rankings. Its higher initial cost is the main component of its high cost of ownership, as that carries over into a higher insurance rate, higher interest payments, higher depreciation, and higher taxes. Blame also its higher fuel and maintenance costs.

Quality: All 2018 Buick Regals have a turbocharged 250-horsepower engine, but some Regals have all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic (instead of the standard nine-speed). If you want to have some fun in your Regal, the GS is the one to pick.

Whichever trim you choose, you get a massive amount of cargo space. The hatchback version has 60.7 cubic feet, and the wagon has 73.5. That’s far more than the competition has, helping offset poor fuel economy and a substandard interior.  

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