As a follow-up to what we like about the 2018 Buick Regal GS, it’s now time to list a few of our dislikes. While we haven’t spent nearly enough time with the car—let alone really drive it—there are a handful of oddities. Let us know if you agree or disagree with us in the comment section below.
No paddle shifters
Buick says customers of the previous-generation Regal GS never used them, so they’re not present in the 2018 Regal GS. While it’s likely a savvy way to cut costs, we do find it odd this is a sport sedan without a set of paddle shifters. Many less-sporting nameplates offer them as standard with automatic transmissions, and the fact they’re missing here is kind of a letdown. Drivers can, however, shift the car via the gear selector.
The manual transmission is dead
To be fair, the manual transmission died with the last Buick Regal GS, but we still miss it. It may not have improved performance, but the fact a Buick sport sedan could be equipped with a manual gearbox really solidified Buick’s old days were behind it. Plus, rowing your own gears is simply more fun.
The naturally-aspirated V6 engine
This landed on our “What We Like” list as well, but we think there’s a case to dislike it, too. The 3.6-liter LGX V6 is a very good engine, but we hope once we’re given extensive drive time with the car that it doesn’t turn out to be more of a dud. 310 horsepower outdoes the old Regal GS’s turbocharged four-cylinder engine, but it’s actually down on torque. The engine finds a home in so many different GM cars, crossovers and even trucks, so we hope Buick’s engineering team ensured the engine feels at home in the 2018 Regal GS. And we’ll say it: some of us will miss the turbocharged engine.