While it’s likely not the only factor buyers will look at when shopping for a mid-size sedan, it’s worth noting the 2018 Buick Regal Sportback is by far the less expensive option to net General Motors’ 2.0-liter LTG turbocharged four-cylinder engine under the hood.
The most comparable vehicle, the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu, only offers the 2.0-liter turbo engine with the range-topping Premier trim. At that point, buyers will be facing a sales price over $30,000. The 2018 Regal Sportback arrives with the 2.0-liter turbo engine standard and starts at $25,915.
As mentioned, it’s not a true apples-apples comparison. With the Malibu Premier, the $30,000-plus price tag earns buyers lots of niceties such as heated and ventilated seats, an eight-inch infotainment system, 19-inch wheels, dual-zone climate control and more. The base Buick Regal Sportback doesn’t feature any of the previously listed features.
But, if 2.0-liter turbo power is necessary—other Malibus feature the 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine—the Regal Sportback is a compelling option.