The Buick Regal Sportback comes in four familiar trim levels; base, Preferred, Preferred II, and Essence, while the TourX wagon comes in base, Preferred and Essence trims. Standard features in the base include start/stop engine technology, rearview camera, LED taillights, outside heated power-adjustable mirrors, 4G LTE with built in WiFi hotspot, a 7-inch touchscreen-based infotainment system and 17-inch aluminum wheels.
The Preferred adds power seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Preferred II upgrades a split-folding rear seat, 18" aluminum wheels, fog lamps, a heated steering wheel and an upgraded the infotainment system. Essence Regals add heated leather seats.
The TourX only comes with the 2.0L turbo engine and all-wheel drive combination. It features an impressive 33 cubic feet of cargo space, expandable to 74 cubic feet by folding the rear seatbacks down.
All trims save the GS receive a 2.0L turbo inline 4-cylinder engine producing 250 horsepower and 260 lb-feet of torque. When equipped with optional all-wheel drive torque is bumped to 295 foot pounds and an 8-speed transmission replaces the standard 9-speed automatic paired to the front wheel drive model.
The Buick Regal GS comes with a 3.6L direct-injected V6 and in all-wheel drive only. This combination produces 310 horsepower and 282 foot pounds of torque mated with a GS-specific 9-speed automatic transmission. The GS also includes driver-adjustable suspension, Brembo performance brakes and 19" wheels. The audio system features an 8-inch display, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and active noise cancellation.
Safety features across the lineup include park assist, Blind Zone Alert, Cross-Traffic Alert, Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning. Air bags include dual-stage front, side-impact, knee and curtain side-impact and Teen Driver Safety Mode.
The Buick Regal GS is a sportier take on the new , itself a pretty big departure from the automaker's recent crop of luxury cars. Available only with a 3.6-liter V6, a nine-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive, the GS is meant to attract a younger, more enthusiastic set of buyers.
The Regal GS definitely offers a more emotional design, and packs the latest and greatest onboard tech. But the area where it really needs to succeed -- driving dynamics -- is unfortunately the place where it ultimately misses the mark.
The GS' V6 produces a respectable 310 horsepower and 282 pound-feet of torque. With normal, Sport and GS driving modes (think of that last one as Sport+), I expect this Regal to have three different personalities. Yet the reality is a car that barely has any personality.
The Good Stunning good looks, massive cargo space and super-supportive front seats with heating, cooling and massage functions.
The Bad Doesn't have the sporty and aggressive driving character that its appearance suggests.
The Bottom Line The GS is a comfortable and competent everyday driver with more utility than your average sedan, just don't expect it to knock your socks off when the road gets twisty.
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