The Buick nameplate may be as American as baseball, but the 2018 Buick Regal Sportback has a European heritage. Like its predecessor, the 2018 Buick Regal Sportback is based on Opel Insignia, a car designed by and for Europeans. Unlike its predecessor, the Regal Sportback has a more European touch. Despite the shape like a sedan, it’s really a hatchback, with a large trunk opening that makes cargo load easy. This is a space-saving model that European buyers prefer more than traditional sedans, and that also makes sense in the United States.
That’s not to say that the 2018 Buick Regal Sportback lacks American character. The luxury interior is exactly what American buyers expect from Buick, and the ride is quiet and smooth. The turbocharged four-cylinder engine also provides sufficient power. This is an American luxury car with European practicality, and those who test the 2018 Buick Regal Sportback will find it very useful.
The 2018 Buick Regal Sportback is a four-door luxury sedan sold in four trim levels: Regal 1SV, Preferred, Preferred II and Essence.
The 2018 Buick Regal Sportback gets its power from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 250 horsepower. It’s available with either front or all-wheel drive. Front-wheel-drive models come with a nine-speed automatic, while the all-wheel-drive models get an eight-speed automatic transmission. Engine tuning is also slightly different, with front-wheel-drive generates 260 lb-ft of torque and all-wheel-drive versions getting 295 lb-ft of torque.
In performance testing, 2018 Buick Regal Sportback with AWD hit 60 mph in 6.2 seconds. EPA fuel economy rating at 26 mpg combined (22 city/32 highway) with front-wheel drive and 24 mpg combined (21 city/29 highway) with all-wheel drive.