Buick Regal Sportback/GS
STATUS: Unchanged for 2020- The Sportback and its all-wheel-drive Regal GS subset look like four-door sedans, but they have liftgates. When they're cracked open and with the rear seat folded, Buick says there's more storage room than in the Audi A5 Sportback or the BMW 4-series Gran Coupe. Powertrain choices are somewhat convoluted, with the front-wheel-drive Regal getting a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 260 pound-feet of torque, hooked to a nine-speed automatic transmission. The torque value increases to 295 pound-feet for the all-wheel-drive model, which comes with one less gear for the transmission. The Regal GS has AWD, a 310-horsepower V-6, a nine-speed automatic transmission, sport-tuned exhaust, constantly adjustable shocks and Brembo-brand brakes. There are heated and ventilated sport-bucket seats with massage function, a flat-bottom sport steering wheel and an eight-inch instrument grouping that can be configured according to driver needs. An optional Driver Confidence package includes an assortment of dynamic-safety extras.
Base price (incl. destination): $26,000 (Sportback); $40,000 (GS)
Type: Midsize hatchback sedan
Engines (h.p.): 2.0-liter I-4, turbocharged (250); 3.6-liter V-6 (310)
Transmissions: Nine-speed automatic (FWD and V-6 AWD); eight-speed automatic (2.0 AWD)
Base mpg (city/highway/combined): 22/32/25
Base weight (lb.): 3,420