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2018 Buick Regal Sportback Overview

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The Buick Regal Sportback is a more performance-focused take on the Buick Regal, with a more powerful turbocharged engine and a sleek, eye-catching exterior. The new hatchback offers a tech-centric cabin, comfort throughout, and groundbreaking Buick safety features.

The 2018 Buick Regal Sportback is available in five trims: Sportback 1SV, Preferred, Preferred II, Essence, and GS.


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2018 Buick Regal Sportback

What’s New for the 2018 Buick Regal Sportback?

The Regal Sportback is a new addition to Buick’s lineup for the 2018 model year. It functions as a sportier option for those who love the Buick Regal, but are looking for something with a little more pep in its step. The Regal Sportback is being introduced this year alongside the Regal TourX.

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2018 Buick Regal Sportback Exterior

This year’s Buick Regal Sportback takes a strong athletic stance in a hatchback body configuration. It employs a sporty vibe at all trim levels, with standard 17-inch five-spoke aluminum wheels and all-season blackwall tires. The Regal Sportback also offers available 19-inch aluminum wheels on the GS for an even stronger, intimidating look. A solar-absorbing glass and windshield helps keep the interior cool, while LED Daytime Running Lamps and LED-accented tail lamps light up the outside.

The 2018 Buick Regal Sportback is available in eight exterior colors: Summit White, Sport Red, Ebony Twilight Metallic, Quicksilver Metallic, Smoked Pearl Metallic, Dark Moon Blue Metallic, Rioja Red Metallic, and White Frost Tricoat.

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Exterior features available on the 2018 Buick Regal Sportback 1SV

  • Available front license plate bracket, 17-inch five-spoke aluminum wheels, LED Daytime Running Lamps, Tire Inflator Kit, P225/55R17 all-season blackwall tires, Laminated acoustic front and side glass, Integral rear antenna, Headlamp control, LED-accented tail lamps, Solar-absorbing glass and windshield, Halogen composite headlamps with flash-to-pass features and automatic on/off and delay

Exterior features available on the 2018 Buick Regal Sportback Preferred
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  • Available LED headlamps and automatic leveling system and cornering lamps, Available Wheel Lock Kit, 17-inch compact spare tire, Available power moonroof, 17-inch compact spare steel wheel, Available front and rear molded splash guards, Variable intermittent front windshield wipers

Exterior features available on the 2018 Buick Regal Sportback Preferred II
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  • 245/45R18 all-season blackwall tires, Rear integrated diversity antenna, 18-inch machine-faced aluminum wheels with painted pockets

Exterior features available on the 2018 Buick Regal Sportback Essence
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  • Same as previous trim

Exterior features available on the 2018 Buick Regal Sportback GS
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  • Outside heated power-adjustable mirrors, P245/40R19 all-season blackwall tires, Available Appearance Package, 19-inch aluminum wheels with Technical Gray accents

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2018 Buick Regal Sportback Performance

The 2018 Buick Regal Sportback is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged DOHC engine with Variable Valve Timing (VVT). This engine is standard across all trim levels and produces 250 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. A nine-speed automatic transmission comes standard on all FWD models and the GS trim. while the Preferred II and Essence AWD models are equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

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2018 Buick Regal Sportback Efficiency

The base trim level, equipped with a 2.0-liter and a nine-speed automatic, earns an estimated 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The Preferred shifts its performance slightly to 21/29 mpg city/highway, and this efficiency level remains standard on the remainder of the FWD models. The rest of the AWD models earn an estimated 19/27 mpg city/highway (fuel efficiency ratings for the GS are not yet available).

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2018 Buick Regal Sportback Interior

The interior of the Buick Regal Sportback is as sleek and sporty as the exterior, with standard front bucket seats and available features like sport pedals and leather-appointed seating. Infotainment also makes its way into the cabin with a standard 7-inch diagonal Color Touch Screen Buick Infotainment System. You can also upgrade your audio to an 8-inch Color Touch Screen on the Preferred II.

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Interior features available on the 2018 Buick Regal Sportback 1SV

  • Interior: Air filtration system, Driver and front passenger visors with illuminated vanity mirrors, Rear split-folding seat, Rear heating and cooling air vents, Cloth seats, Power windows with driver and front passenger express-up and express-down, Front bucket seats, Six-way manually-adjustable driver seat, Tilt and telescopic steering column, Manual-tilt rearview mirror, Two-way manually-adjustable front passenger seat, Two-way manually-adjustable front head restraints, Three-spoke steering wheel, Carpeted front and rear floor mats, Cabin humidity
  • Radio and Technology: Rear vision camera, Remote control, Digital compass display, USB charging port in console, Buick Infotainment System with 7-inch diagonal Color Touch Screen, Teen Driver, OnStar 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, OnStar Basic Plan for five years, Keyless open and start, OnStar Guidance Plan Limited Trial Service, Premium seven-speaker audio system, USB port

Interior features available on the 2018 Buick Regal Sportback Preferred
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  • Interior: Available Highway Safety Kit, Available Buick Interior Protection Package, Available premium all-weather floor mats, Three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel, Available cargo net, Available first aid kit, Rear fold-flat 40/20/40 tri-folding seats, Available sport pedals, Available seat back organizer, Available cargo tray, Two-way power-adjustable lumbar seat control for driver, Available illuminated door sill plates, Eight-way power seat adjuster for driver and front passenger, Available collapsible cargo area organizer, Automatic-dimming rear view mirror, Four-way manually-adjustable front passenger seat
  • Radio and Technology: Available Buick Infotainment System with Navigation and 8-inch diagonal Color Touch Screen, Available Bose premium eight-speaker audio system, Available Universal Tablet Holder, Available Rear Park Assist, Available SiriusXM and HD Radio

Interior features available on the 2018 Buick Regal Sportback Preferred II
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  • Interior: Heated steering wheel, Interior ambient lighting, Dual-zone automatic temperature control
  • Radio and Technology: Remote start, 4.2-inch multi-color Driver Information Center, SiriusXM Satellite Radio with three trial months, Available wireless charging, Buick Infotainment System with 8-inch diagonal Color Touch Screen

Interior features available on the 2018 Buick Regal Sportback Essence
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  • Interior: Leather-appointed seating, Available memory settings, Heated driver and front passenger seats, Front passenger power lumbar control, Active Noise Cancellation, Eight-way passenger power seat adjuster
  • Radio and Technology: Enhanced speaker system, Available Forward Automatic Braking, Available Following Distance Indicator, Available Adaptive Cruise Control, Available Forward Collision Alert, Available Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Available Front Pedestrian Braking

Interior features available on the 2018 Buick Regal Sportback GS
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  • Interior: Memory Package, Four-way power-adjustable lumbar and massage driver seat control, Driver and front passenger manual cushion extension, GS-specific alloy pedals, Four-way power front passenger seat adjuster, High-performance front bucket seats, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Ventilated driver and front passenger seats, Leather-wrapped three-spoke Sport steering wheel, Driver power bolster
  • Radio and Technology: Available Head-Up Display, Front and Rear Park Assist, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert

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2018 Buick Regal Sportback Safety

Visibility behind the wheel is important to the safety of any vehicle. To improve visibility, the Regal Sportback employs a standard rear vision camera and LED Daytime Running Lamps. The Buick also comes with GM‘s Teen Driver mode, which allows parents to regulate and monitor their teen’s driving, even when they’re out on their own. The 2018 Buick Regal Sportback is also the first Buick vehicle to come with a standard active hood pedestrian safety system.

Standard Safety Features on the 2018 Buick Regal Sportback

  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • LED Daytime Running Lamps
  • StabiliTrak stability control system
  • Three-point, height-adjustable driver and front passenger safety belts
  • OnStar Basic Plan for five years
  • Teen Driver
  • Three-point rear safety belts
  • Air bag system
  • LATCH system
  • Rear vision camera
  • Trunk emergency release handle

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    After four years in The Marine Corp, Rod formed a career at Hatfield Buick GMC that has spanned more than 25 years. He is married to Lori, has one daughter, Staci, and two grandkids, Kimberlyn and Kaden. He's an avid golfer and past president and active member of the Redlands Optimist Club.