2018 Buick Regal GS: The GS Stands for Gran Sport and It Is

Published: Friday, November 2, 2018 | 8:45 PM

2018buickregalgs475“That’s a Buick?” is not just a tagline it’s true. The 2018 Buick Regal GS is a prime example. With a more powerful engine, sports suspension, adaptive dampers, and sleek bucket seats, the Regal GS adds a sporty edge to Buick choices. Exterior enhancements like new exhaust enclosures, revised front and rear and a trunk lip spoiler add to the sporty vibe.

The GS comes standard with goodies such as blind-spot monitoring, driver-seat memory settings, and auto-dimming exterior mirrors. Extras like the Sights and Sounds package, Appearance package, and Driver Confidence 2 package (which were included on my model) add navigation, HD radio, a Bose audio system, LED headlights, wireless device charging, adaptive cruise control and a head-up display.

A 3.6-liter, V6 powers the Regal GS with 310 horses and 282 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission that glides through the gears. Expect to get 19/city, 27/highway, and 22/combined mpg.

2018buickregalintThe focal-point of the interior are the front sport seats. These “regal” seats are certified by AGR, a German group that promotes healthy back support. You’ll get thigh adjustment, four-way power lumbar support, adjustable side bolsters, heating, ventilation and massaging functions. They are plenty comfy. Backseat passengers don’t get such a good deal with seating, but there is plenty of legroom for even 6 footers. Cargo space is plentiful at 31.5 cubic feet. The back seats fold down flat to provide more room.

Around town the Regal GS is plenty powerful and steering is good around corners, but take it out into the wide open and slip it into Sport or GS mode and the car turns into a road-eating machine that roars into life. Cornering is more responsive and gearing nimbler. This ain’t yo mama’s Buick.

Want to put life into your drive and luxury in your seats? Give the 2018 Buick Regal GS a test drive.