Last month we attended the Canadian media launch of the all-new 2018 Buick Regal Sportsback and Regal GS in Tofino, British Columbia. For three days, we got to experience the town and drive through Vancouver Island behind the wheel of both new cars.
The Buick Regal line of cars is focused on athletic performance; sporty cars for sports enthusiasts. With this in mind, Buick ensures the trunks of the new 2018 line-up is spacious with a flexibility of the back seats to fold down in multiple ways to fit any other sporting equipment. At one of our pitstops along our road trip from Nanimo to Tofino, we put this to the test by easily fitting two foldable bikes in the trunk with the seats folded down.
The infotainment system in the centre felt like every other infotainment system but slightly larger with an interesting twist; an 8-inch built-in touchscreen with 4G LTE WIFI, navigation, android and apple connectivity and access to the MyBuick app. By connecting the app to your smartphone, you will be able to start your car or lock and unlock your car all from the palm of your hand wherever you are. Your phone apps like messages, podcasts, and phone calls also appear on the screen with access to voice control.
These features exist in both the Buick Regal Sportback and Regal GS. So what’s the difference between the two? Additional features exist in the GS like sleeker designed seats with flexibility in adjustments and back massagers, an exclusive V6 engine, and Brembo brakes. The cost difference ultimately distinguishes the two the most with the Sportback starting at $31,845 CAD and the GS at $43,845 CAD.
For an urban driver and occasionally a distance driver for travel, these cars definitely do the job. They feel luxurious for its mid-priced range, comfortable for long distances, spacious for friends or any luggage, with a reliable infotainment system.
Disclosure: General Motors provided the trip for the launch event. All opinions are my own.
Featured image: Lucas Scarfone
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