Buick will shake things up with the 2018 Regal, which will come in a four-door liftback Sportback model, four-door wagon TourX variant and, of course, the high-performance GS variant. Buick’s configurator for all models is officially live and we played around with it to see how much value is packed into the cars.
First up is the 2018 Regal Sportback, which will likely be the bread-and-butter option for many dealers, unless the TourX wagon becomes a surprise success. The Sportback starts at $25,915 and comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, 17-inch wheels, seven-inch touchscreen and cloth seats. It’s likely the Preferred or Preferred II trim will be more prevalent on dealer lots, which adds a driver’s power seat, much more stylish 18-inch wheels with the II package, eight-inch touchscreen, and a heated steering wheel. The Preferred trim starts at $28,590, and the Preferred II trim starts at $30,655.
We do think it’s a tad strange the latest Buick sedan can’t be had with heated or leather seats unless a buyer chooses the $32,655 range-topping Essence trim. All-wheel drive is optional on the Preferred II trim for $1,950 and $2,050 on the Essence trim. The most expensive regular Sportback sedan we cooked up was a $39,315 Essence with all-wheel drive and the Driver Confidence II package with a suite of active safety features.
As for the 2018 Regal GS, the sport sedan starts at $39,990 and comes very well equipped. It features standard all-wheel drive, 19-inch wheels and exclusive AGR front seats that are heated, ventilated and massaging. The 2018 Regal GS quickly climbs to $44,105 every optional package selected, which includes a Bose stereo system, navigation, the Driver Confidence II package, and other items.
Moving along to the Regal TourX, the wagon seems to represent the better value since all-wheel drive is standard. Starting at $29,995, the Regal TourX packs cloth seats, 18-inch wheels and a seven-inch touchscreen display. The Preferred trim, which starts at $33,575, notably adds a power driver’s seat and a heated steering wheel, but once again, leather and heated seats are only available with the top Essence trim for $35,945. No, there won’t be a Regal TourX GS, unfortunately.
You can visit the configurator here and let us know what you come back with as your first impression down below.