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Rankings & Research

The 2018 Buick Regal ranked #19 in Midsize Cars. Currently the Buick Regal has a score of 7.5 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 18 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 7.3
Safety: TBD
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2018 Buick Regal Review

Even with a full redesign, the 2018 Buick Regal sits toward the bottom of the midsize car class. Though it has more cargo space than the outgoing model, its interior quality, technology features, and predicted reliability rating trail the competition.

Pros & Cons

  • Spectacular cargo space
  • Swift acceleration in GS trim
  • Subpar interior quality for the price
  • Outdated infotainment system
  • Below-average fuel economy
  • Poor predicted reliability rating

Is the Buick Regal a Good Car?

The Buick Regal has loads of cargo space, but there are few other attributes that help it stand out in its class. Both the Regal Sportback (hatchback) and the all-new TourX (wagon) offer 60.7 cubic feet and 73.5 cubic feet of cargo space, respectively. That’s more than most competitors provide. Still, the Regal's so-so interior materials and dated infotainment system keep it from beating out other midsize cars. You'll also find several class rivals with better fuel economy and a more engaging drive.

Should I Buy the Buick Regal?

You should steer clear of the Regal. Though its voluminous cargo space is tempting, there are many other classmates that offer a much stronger value proposition. The redesigned Honda Accord boasts superior fuel efficiency and energetic handling, while the Buick LaCrosse has a nicer interior with more modern tech features.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Buick Regal?

The Buick Regal is fully redesigned for the 2018 model year, so the previous generation is vastly different. While previous model years suffer from a cramped trunk and rear seats, the 2018 Regal mends these issues with more space all around. Unlike the previous-generation Regal, the new model has a powerful engine lineup, a standard Teen Driver safety monitoring system, and an available Regal TourX (wagon) body style.

If upgrades like these aren't pertinent to you, you can save money by shopping the previous generation. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and incentives on used vehicles.

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How Much Does the Buick Regal Cost?

A new Regal starts at $24,990, which is higher than class leaders like the Toyota Camry ($23,495) and Honda Accord ($23,570). Notably, the Chevrolet Malibu shares many of the Regal’s underpinnings, yet it has a much more competitive starting price of $21,680. A top-tier Regal GS with all available packages will run you $42,390, which is more than some well-equipped luxury models, such as the Genesis G80 (starting at $41,750).

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Buick Regal Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Buick Regal or Honda Accord?

Despite having less standard features and a smaller cargo area, the Honda Accord is a superior choice to the Regal. The Accord's base price is roughly $1,400 less than the Regal's, and the Honda delivers sportier performance while still maintaining a comfortable, quiet ride. Compared to the Regal, it also has better fuel economy estimates, above-average reliability, additional rear-seat legroom, and a more refined interior. Though both the Accord and Regal were redesigned for 2018, the Accord is a better value.

Which Is Better: Buick Regal or Buick LaCrosse?

The Buick LaCrosse costs almost $4,600 more than the Regal, but that extra green gets you a much more luxurious vehicle. The LaCrosse's high-quality cabin has more standard equipment, including rear parking sensors and an easy-to-use infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen. In addition, the LaCrosse gets better gas mileage estimates thanks to its new-for-2018 eAssist base engine (a mild hybrid with a stop-start system). This new engine will save you hundreds in fuel costs per year compared to the Regal. The LaCrosse is part of the large car class and has more passenger space than the Regal. Surprisingly, the Regal bests the LaCrosse in terms of cargo capacity. Still, both Buicks deliver brisk, quiet acceleration. Unless you're in dire need of some extra cargo space, you'll want to choose the LaCrosse over the Regal.

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Regal Interior

How Many People Does the Regal Seat?

Both the Sportback (hatchback) and TourX (wagon) versions of the 2018 Buick Regal seat five. Each body style offers plenty of room in both rows. Compared to the Regal's previous generation, the rear seats provide much more head- and legroom.

Cloth upholstery comes standard. Leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats with memory settings, and a heated steering wheel are available. The Regal GS comes with heated, ventilated, and massaging performance seats in front.

Regal and Car Seats

There is a complete set of LATCH child-seat connectors in each of the rear outboard seats. The middle seat has a tether-only connection.

Regal Interior Quality

The Regal’s classy interior styling fits its price tag. Look closer, however, and you’ll find evidence of cost cutting. From the fake stitching to the hard plastic surfaces, the Regal’s cabin materials are outmatched by competitors with much lower starting prices, like the Mazda6 and Subaru Legacy.

Regal Cargo Space

It’s hard to find a roomier midsize car than the Regal Sportback or a roomier wagon than the Regal TourX. With the seats folded down in either model, you can fit a bicycle without removing the front wheel. The Sportback has 31.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, which increases to 60.7 after collapsing the split-folding rear seats. That’s more space than both the Honda Accord and Hyundai Sonata offer. Regal TourX models have 32.7 cubic feet, expanding to 73.5 once you fold down the seats. That's more than the Audi Allroad and Volvo V90 provide.

Regal Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Regal comes standard with push-button start, proximity keyless entry, a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system, and a USB port. The infotainment system feels outdated compared to rival systems. Still, standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto allow smartphone users to bring up their phone’s interface on the Regal’s touch screen, and with the standard Wi-Fi hot spot, you can avoid using your phone’s data plan. Overall, audio and climate controls are easy to use.

Available infotainment upgrades include an eight-speaker Bose audio system, navigation, an 8-inch touch screen, satellite radio, HD Radio, and a 4.2-inch driver information display. You can also equip the Regal with remote start, dual-zone automatic climate control, and wireless device charging.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? Then, see the Best Cars With AppleCarPlay and Best Cars With Android Auto.

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Regal Performance

Regal Engine: Sprightly Acceleration, Slick Transmissions

The 2018 Buick Regal comes standard with a 250-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission – in front-wheel-drive models. When equipped with all-wheel drive, the turbo-four Regal comes with an eight-speed automatic. Both transmissions provide quick, precise shifts. Acceleration is brisk from a stop, and highway power inspires confidence while passing or merging. As a bonus, the Regal’s exhaust note sounds great.

A performance-oriented trim called the GS comes with a V6 engine. It generates 310 horsepower and 282 pound-feet of torque, and it comes with the nine-speed twin-clutch automatic transmission. Compared to the already capable base Regal, the GS has quicker acceleration and more highway passing thrust. Still, it’s no sports sedan like some of its rivals are. Unlike the last generation of the Regal, this year’s GS trim doesn’t offer a manual gearbox or paddle shifters for the automatic transmission.

Regal Gas Mileage: Not So Regal

Although the Regal offers plenty of power, its fuel economy is below average for the midsize car class. With the base engine and front-wheel drive, expect 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. Other Regal models yield 19-21 mpg in the city and 27-29 mpg on the highway. Nonhybrid rivals like the Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima deliver better gas mileage, saving you hundreds of dollars per year in fuel costs.

Regal Ride and Handling: Not a Sports Sedan

Regal Sportback models absorb roadway imperfections nicely. The ride feels smoother in Buick Regal TourX models, but these wagons tend to wallow a bit more over large bumps.

Overall, the Regal strikes a good balance between handling ability and ride quality. In both body styles, the Regal handles corners confidently, but steering is light. Some class rivals feel more engaging to drive, like the Ford Fusion and Honda Accord. In the Regal, front-wheel drive comes standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

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Regal Reliability

Is the Buick Regal Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2018 Buick Regal a poor predicted reliability rating of two out of five. That’s the lowest score a car can receive.

Buick Regal Warranty

Buick covers the Regal with a four-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a six-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty. Some rivals, like the Kia Optima and Hyundai Sonata, have longer warranties.

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Regal Safety

Regal Crash Test Results

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2018 Buick Regal.

Regal Safety Features

A rearview camera comes standard in the base Regal. You’ll also get Teen Driver, which allows you to do things like set speed and volume limits for other drivers of your car. Blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, rear parking sensors, and LED cornering headlights are available for all but the base trim.

Unlike many competitors, the Regal reserves some of its advanced safety features in a package on the top-tier Essence and GS trims. The Driver Confidence II package gives you adaptive cruise control, a following distance indicator, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, and lane keep assist.

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Which Buick Regal Model Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Buick Regal Sportback comes in five trims: 1SV, Preferred, Preferred II, Essence, and GS. A wagon variant, called the TourX, has three trims: 1SV, Preferred, and Essence. A turbocharged four-cylinder engine comes standard in all but the GS, which is equipped with a V6. For Sportback models, front-wheel drive comes standard, and all-wheel is available in the Preferred II and Essence. All-wheel drive is standard in the GS and all TourX trims.

Regardless of whether you choose the Sportback or TourX body type, the Essence is the trim to go for. Its luxury amenities include leather upholstery and heated front seats. You’ll also have access to a host of advanced safety features, multimedia upgrades, and other convenience niceties.

Buick Regal 1SV

The base trim starts at $24,990 for the Sportback body style and $29,070 for the TourX wagon body style. It comes with a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a USB port, a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot, push-button start, proximity keyless entry, a rearview camera, Teen Driver, and heated exterior mirrors. There are no available packages with this trim.

Buick Regal Preferred

The Regal Preferred ($27,670 for Sportback, $32,670 for TourX) adds power-adjustable front seats with driver lumbar support and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Unlike the base trim, the Regal Preferred offers several packages. The Driver Confidence Package I costs about $1,245 and gives you blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, rear parking sensors, and LED cornering headlights. The Sights and Sounds package adds remote start, an eight-speaker Bose audio system, navigation, an 8-inch touch screen, satellite radio, HD Radio, and a 4.2-inch driver information display.

Buick Regal Preferred II

Starting at $29,770, the Regal Preferred II is only available as a Sportback. It has an 8-inch touch screen, satellite radio, a 4.2-inch driver information display, dual-zone automatic climate control, remote start, a heated steering wheel, fog lights, ambient lighting, and 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats (replacing the 60/40 split found in the lower trims).

Like the Preferred trim, the Preferred II offers the Driver Confidence Package I. In the Preferred II, it costs $1,080 and comes with wireless device charging. For the Preferred II, the Sights and Sounds package includes an eight-speaker Bose audio system, navigation, and HD Radio.

Buick Regal Essence

The Buick Regal Essence starts at $31,770 for the Sportback and $35,070 for the TourX wagon. It comes with leather upholstery and heated front seats.

For an extra $1,580 (Sportback) or $1,725 (TourX), the Driver Confidence Package I adds all the same optional safety features from the lower trims plus memory settings for the driver’s seat. Alternatively, the Driver Confidence Package II ($1,090 in Sportback, $1,190 in TourX) gives the Regal a slew of safety features not available in the lower trims. They include adaptive cruise control, a following distance indicator, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, and lane keep assist. Contents and pricing of the Sights and Sounds package remain the same as in the Preferred II trim.

Buick Regal GS

Building on the Essence trim, the naturally aspirated Buick Regal GS ($39,070) comes standard with a V6 engine, all-wheel drive, and Brembo brakes. You’ll get many of the safety features from the lower trims, including lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and front and rear parking sensors. The GS-specific sport seats are heated and ventilated. They also have memory settings and a massaging function. You’ll also get a flat-bottom sport steering wheel and metal gas and brake pedals.

For $485, the Appearance package adds wireless device charging and LED cornering headlights. The Driver Confidence Package II is $1,690 in the GS. Contents and pricing of the Sights and Sounds package remain the same for this trim.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Buick dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Buick deals page.

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The Final Call

Because the redesigned 2018 Buick Regal shares its platform with the highly ranked Chevrolet Malibu, you might expect the Regal to be a hit. That’s not the case. It has a massive cargo bay in both body styles, but that’s not enough to make the Regal competitive in the midsize car class. It has a high price tag and doesn’t offer as much value for the money. Plus, it has a bottom-of-the-barrel predicted reliability rating.

The Honda Accord is shaking up the segment with engaging performance, a competitive price, and good fuel economy. If you’re a Buick loyalist, consider the larger Buick LaCrosse instead. It has a more refined cabin and a better infotainment system than the Regal.

  • "While the new Regal is not quite as sharp as the outgoing model—nor, for that matter, the new Honda Accord, which we consider the benchmark in this price range—it is remarkably composed and still quite mannerly." -- Car and Driver
  • "Buick is at the tail end of a large lineup shift. Every car in its stable has been recently refreshed, and the Regal is the final piece of that puzzle. The Regal Sportback is a fine car, but being just OK is a hard sell in a price category where there are so many good vehicles." -- CNET
  • "The disjunctive feeling of a technically competent package surrounding so-so interior quality is reminiscent of the first Cadillac CTS." -- Autoblog
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