The 2018 Buick Regal GS rounds out the three separate variants of Regal for the car’s latest generation. Joining the 2018 Buick Regal Sportback and Buick Regal TourX wagon, the Regal GS offers something the car hasn’t in a long time: a V6 engine.
There’s a lot to like this time around, so without further ado, we’ve compiled what we like about the 2018 Buick Regal GS.
The 3.6-liter V6 engine
Finally. We said for a long time the Buick Regal deserved a V6 engine option. Although it’s not available on any other Regal, the fact it’s now the Regal GS’ powertrain is fine by us. 310 horsepower and 282 pound-feet of torque are on tap from the 3.6-liter LGX V6 engine with shifting duties performed by a standard nine-speed automatic transmission.
It looks pretty darn good
We think it’s safe to say the 2018 Buick Regal GS sports an eye-pleasing design. It’s not over the top, but it definitely won’t be confused with a regular Regal Sportback. The aggressive front and rear fascias play really well with the more dramatic side skirts. And bright red has never looked so good on a Buick.
The AGR-certified front seats
Upon plopping into the 2018 Regal GS, one of the first thoughts to enter our minds was how comfortable the seats are. That’s because they hail from Germany and are AGR certified. AGR (Campaign for Healthier Backs) seats are used in a variety of Opels overseas, but the 2018 Regal GS is the first and only North American GM vehicle to feature them. They’re also heated, cooled and feature a massage function. More of this, please.
There’s a flat-bottom steering wheel
Sometimes, it’s the little things. Buick means business this time around, and the Regal GS’ interior proves it. This time, instead of a standard parts bin steering wheel, Buick has outfitted the car with a true flat-bottom steering wheel. It looks good and reminds the driver this isn’t your grandfather’s Buick sedan—it’s a hot hatch for young adults.