2018 Buick Regal vs. Its Competition

2018 Buick Regal TourX
Kirk Bell Kirk Bell Senior Editor

Buick has long straddled the line between mainstream and upmarket with its Regal, but this car is a bit more mainstream.

With the introduction of the TourX, the Regal has two new rivals—the Volvo V60 Cross Country and the Subaru Outback.

The Volvo's a good bit smaller and more upmarket and has carved out a nice niche for itself.

The Outback is the segment's standard-bearer, but it's definitely lower-end, meaning there may be good room for the TourX to succeed.

The Nissan Maxima uses a CVT to get around town, which discounts its otherwise sporty, handsome styling.

The comparably equipped Ford Fusion offers terrific dynamics, and we voted it as our Best Car to Buy in 2013, but it's starting to show its age.

Finally, the Acura TLX offers clean but somewhat plain styling, and less-than-engaging handling, though its 4-cylinder engine and dual-clutch transmission is somewhat sporty.

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Quick Specs
7.0
Roomy and pleasant to drive, the 2018 Buick Regal is a crossover in car clothing.
6.8
A new grille and sporty A-Spec trim aren't enough to elevate the comfy and feature-laden 2018 Acura TLX.
7.3
The six-year-old 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid remains a handsome, comfortable mid-size sedan with good fuel efficiency and a plug-in hybrid option, but competitors now boast higher EPA ratings.
7.0
The 2018 Nissan Maxima is a zippier alternative to more traditional full-size cars, but we stop short of calling it a real sports sedan.
7.8
Unless you really need three rows of seats, the 2018 Subaru Outback is the sensible SUV alternative.
7.0
The 2018 Volvo V60 is the practical choice among small luxury cars—and it makes more sense than most SUVs.
MSRP From     
$24,990$33,000$22,215$33,420$25,895$38,250
Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Turbocharged Gas I4Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded H-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Large CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 4WDMid-Size Station Wagon
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan FWD2.4L FWDS FWDS 3.5L2.5iT5 FWD Dynamic
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedanSedanSport UtilityWagon
Transmission     
AutomaticAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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