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Buick Regal: 2019 Motor Trend Car of the Year Contender

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 11/6/2018 Motor Trend Staff
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WE LIKE Impressive packaging, good-looking wagon

WE DON'T LIKE Cheap interior, lackluster GS model

The Regal TourX wagon and GS hatchback feature some clever packaging, but not much else stood out, with one exception: that beautiful wagon. It's hard not to ogle it, and most judges praised its attractive sheetmetal.

a car parked on the side of a road© Motor Trend Staff

Both Regals offer spacious rear seats, and the GS (a Sportback variant) can hold a surprising 60.7 cubic feet of cargo with the rear seats folded down and 31.5 with them up. That's more than some crossovers. Packaging a car is not easy, and Buick did an excellent job. Too bad the rest of the interior is a disappointment.

The quality of many interior components is plasticky, and style is nonexistent (save for the front seats). The blinker stalk, something drivers touch a lot, is one blatant example. Christian Seabaugh said it best: "These turn signals feel like they're going to crack off and turn to dust in my hand." We expect more at this price point. "If GM spent half as much time on interior materials and design as it does on engineering and exterior design, this could be the perfect package," he added.

Some judges didn't care for how the wagon handled on the winding road and complained about excess body roll and understeer.

We hoped for an engaging and confidence-inspiring GS model but were met with a semi-sporty driving experience. The front performance seats (heated, cooled, and massaging) are my favorite thing about the GS, which should tell you something.

The TourX and GS are both decent vehicles but fail to move the needle much, if at all.

READ ABOUT 2019 SUV OF THE YEAR CONTENDERS:

2019 SUV of the Year Introduction
• BMW X2
• BMW X3
• BMW X4
• Cadillac XT4
• Ford EcoSport
• Ford Edge
• Hyundai Santa Fe
• Infiniti QX50
• Jaguar E-Pace
• Jeep Cherokee
• Lexus RX L
• Mercedes-Benz G-Class
• Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
• Nissan Kicks
• Subaru Ascent
• Toyota RAV4

 

READ ABOUT 2019 SUV OF THE YEAR FINALISTS:

• Acura RDX
• Ford Expedition
• Hyundai Kona
• Jaguar I-Pace
• Jeep Wrangler
• Lincoln Navigator
• Range Rover Velar
• Subaru Forester
• Volvo XC40

 

READ ABOUT 2019 CAR OF THE YEAR CONTENDERS:

• 2019 Car of the Year introduction
• Buick Regal
• Ford Mustang
• Ford Transit Connect
• Honda Clarity
• Hyundai Accent
• Hyundai Elantra
• Kia Forte
• Lexus ES
• Lexus LS
• Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
• Nissan Altima
• Toyota Avalon
• Toyota Corolla Hatchback
• Volkswagen Jetta

    a red car parked next to a body of water© Motor Trend Staff
    2018 Buick RegalTourXGS
    Base Price/As tested $29,995/$39,810$39,995/$44,115
    Power (SAE net) 250 hp @ 5,500 rpm*310 hp @ 6,800 rpm*
    Torque (SAE net) 295 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm*282 lb-ft @ 5,200 rpm*
    Accel, 0-60 mph 7.0 sec5.8 sec
    Quarter-mile 15.3 sec @ 91.4 mph14.3 sec @ 98.6 mph
    Braking, 60-0 mph 124 ft119 ft
    Lateral Acceleration 0.82 g (avg)0.83 g (avg)
    MT Figure Eight 26.9 sec @ 0.65 g (avg)26.6 sec @ 0.67 g (avg)
    EPA City/Hwy/Comb 21/29/24 mpg19/27/22 mpg
    Vehicle Layout Front-engine, AWD, 5-pass, 4-door wagonFront-engine, AWD, 5-pass, 4-door hatchback
    Engine/Transmission 2.0L turbo DOHC 16-valve I-4/8-speed automatic3.6L DOHC 24-valve V-6/9-speed automatic
    Curb Weight (F/R Dist) 3,751 lb (58/42%)3,780 lb (58/42%)
    Wheelbase 111.4 in111.4 in
    Length x Width x Height 196.3 x 73.3 x 58.4 in192.9 x 73.3 x 57.3 in
    Energy Cons, City/Hwy 160/116 kW-hrs/100 miles177/125 kW-hrs/100 miles
    CO2 Emissions, Comb 0.81 lb/mile0.88 lb/mile

    2018 Buick Regal GS front three quarter in motion 3© Motor Trend Staff 2018 Buick Regal GS front three quarter in motion 3

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