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Traded my iM for 2018 Buick Regal

I always thought of Buick as a car for 80 year old people. But when I was in Europe I had an Uber ride in 2018 Opel Insignia and I really loved it. When I returned I went to test drive our version of it called Buick Regal Sportback. I really loved it. It has a hatch, but it looks like a modern sedan. It is powerful: 250 hp twin-scroll turbo. It has instant kick, no turbo lag that I can feel. New GM 9-speed auto transmission is surprisingly smooth. Bose premium sound system is just amazing compared to iM stock audio, but my custom Morel speakers had better lively vocals. I have stock navigation that I don't really care about, but it works great. Voice commands work great. Bluetooth calls are crystal clear. Fuel economy: I get around 23 mpg city and up to 42 mpg highway, which is amazing for a heavy car with a turbo engine. It has LED interior lights all around, even plates have stock LEDs. There is also LED ambient light stripe up front. It looks really nice.

LED headlights are probably some of the best in the business for entry level luxury market. You can google Opel Intellilux technology. They beat my previous Acura RDX HIDs.
General Motors IntelliLux LED Lights Info | GM Authority


This is my first American and German car, since it is made in Russelsheim, Germany. I believe 2018+ Buick Regal is the cheapest German-made car available in the US right now considering huge discounts.

Where it lacks: 2018 Buick Regal does not corner easily. It feels heavy and refined, so you have to slow down for tight curves or corners. Some navigation features are glitchy, but nothing too serious. Interior is upscale, but still far from Lexus/Acura level.

The best part: price. I got my 2018 Regal Sportback Preferred II with Bose and LED packages for $20k brand new. MSRP is around $34k, so I saved $14k. This car is cheaper than new Toyota Corolla or Civic, but it is almost on the level of new Toyota Avalon or Acura TLX.

GM failed to market this car properly. It is a hidden gem. Dealers nationwide still have around 1,500 2018 Regals left, so if you need another car or want to get something better check it out. AWD is optional for Sportback, but it is standard on the Regal wagon.
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Current:
2018 Buick Regal Sportback FWD

Past:
2016 Scion iM 6MT
2016 Honda Accord EX 6MT
2014 Acura RDX Tech AWD
2014 Acura TSX Tech
2007 Honda Accord SE
2004 Honda Element EX

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Looks nice but I've been fooled before by GM and I'll never go back and get tricked again. I would never want to give up my 6MT for a 9AT either. I have my 2017 RAV4 for AWD and more room when needed.

You have been taking a bath on trading up to newer cars so often. I just buy what I love, pay it off and keep it. I like to drive different flavors so it's nice owning multiple cars.
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Looks nice but I've been fooled before by GM and I'll never go back and get tricked again. I would never want to give up my 6MT for a 9AT either. I have my 2017 RAV4 for AWD and more room when needed.

You have been taking a bath on trading up to newer cars so often. I just buy what I love, pay it off and keep it. I like to drive different flavors so it's nice owning multiple cars.

Agreed. My last car I took a swing on an American brand and really loved it up to about 95,000 miles. And then the engine was falling apart. I spent $2000ish to get it running only to have it down again the next month and facing another $1000. I should have never strayed from Toyota/Honda.
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