There are some cars consumers will likely never cross-shop against one another. The Buick Regal GS and the Mazda 6 is one example of this. Those looking for a piece of the “zoom-zoom” and “Driving Matters” life may not step foot into Buick’s territory. Though, that’s certainly something that could change as the brand continues to reinvent itself.
However, Jalopnik argues for Buick in a new piece, urging those shopping the 6 sedan to skip it and check out a Buick Regal GS. It’s not a terrible argument either. The Regal GS is born from the racy, previous-generation Opel Insignia OPC, though Europe was graced with the 2.8-liter turbocharged V6 engine. North America makes do with the 2.0-liter LTG turbocharged four-cylinder.
For the price of a new Mazda 6 Sport, complete with a manual gearbox and 184 horsepower, a used Regal GS, with a manual gearbox and 260 hp, can be had for the same $22,500 ballpark price. The Regal GS also gets Brembo brakes, leather seats, navigation and other premium appointments. The 6 may offer good looks, but its option sheet pales in comparison.
Even if you’re not a used car buyer, if you’re looking for actual performance from a midsize sedan, the Buick delivers. A new Mazda 6 Grand Touring, loaded to the gills with everything Mazda has to offer, will run around $34,000. A new Regal GS? Around $30,000. Though a manual transmission is not available with the GS any longer, and Mazda doesn’t offer the row-your-own option on the Grand Touring trim.
It may be even better to wait it out, though. The 2018 Buick Regal is slated to debut tomorrow. And from what we’ve seen with the new Opel Insignia Grand Sport, it’s looking like an excellent basis for a new Regal GS.