Auto Show notes: 2018 Buick Regal

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Another car I was actually curious about was the new Buick Regal. The US version of the Opel Insignia.
As I have always been a big fan of the previous generation.

In person, it seems to be a nice upgrade. The interior feels and looks great. (They should put that dashboard in the Cascada pronto)
The hatchback is pretty fantastic, with a huge trunk.
I just wished the exterior design was a bit more distinctive. It actually feels pretty invisible in person.
It is a car that wants to be different than your average Camry/Accord crowd. And it should look the part.

But. The pricing is actually pretty amazing. As it starts at $25 000.
For pretty much the same price as a base Accord or Camry, you get a German made sedan with a 250HP Turbo engine and 9 speed auto transmission. And the hatchback!
A very good looking car on top of that, even if a bit generic.

I just hope GM advertises the hell out of this car. I think this is a real contender. 

Conversation 3 comments

  1. This does look bland and uninteresting inside and out. Look to the Mazda6 for how to do it right, and the new Camry for how to do it wrong – at least both stand out.

    It is interesting that the new Regal is priced so aggressively, since GM is famous for over pricing its new cars. Who in God's name wants a crappy little Encore for the same money or the Envision for much more money?

  2. I think this is going to suffer from “Great car that gets ignored” syndrome. Nothing else is available in that class with those standard features for that price. It’s a Premium package priced like a value midsize sedan in a lower tier. If I were in the market and looking at this and the Stinger, this may be the better value, even counting all the standard equipment on the base Stinger.

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