Buick makes just one traditional sedan, a full-size car called the LaCrosse. Otherwise, the company’s lineup is comprised of crossover SUVs, a 4-seat convertible, and a 5-door hatchback. The hatch is the new 2018 Buick Regal Sportback. This is not a gamble. People simply aren’t buying cars anymore. And even when they were buying cars, they weren’t choosing the previous-generation Regal, which seemingly more often than not wound up sitting in a car rental lot near an airport. Based on the Opel Insignia, that resurrected Regal looked good and, thanks to a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and Germanic dynamics, drove well. But people have long memories. And memories of Regals past did the car no favors. Nevertheless, Buick is sticking with the Regal nameplate for this complete redesign. The new 2018 Regal continues as a rebadged version of the Opel Insignia, and it is even built in Germany. But in the U.S. market, a sedan is not a part of the mix. Instead, the Regal … [Read more...] about Ratings and Review: Delightfully unexpected, the 2018 Buick Regal Sportback thinks outside of the box
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Full Car Details More Reviews Jeans, sweatshirt, and Nikes, every single day. That was my high school outfit, an introvert’s attempt to blend into the background. Every once in awhile, I’d try something new, usually committing a fashion faux pas in the process that immediately put me back into my standard uniform to avoid further ridicule. Subaru’s approach to design is similar. Typically, the company’s cars and SUVs are vanilla flavored, and when Subaru attempts to add a little flair it often backfires in the direction of quirky. The BRZ sports car is a notable exception to this rule, perhaps because Subaru didn’t style it. The 2018 Subaru Legacy reminds me of jeans, a sweatshirt, and Nikes. There’s nothing wrong with it, but nothing to take note of, either. You buy this car (if you’re still interested in a car and not an SUV) for its standard all-wheel drive and top-notch safety ratings. Otherwise, it lands on the … [Read more...] about Ratings and Review: Affordable AWD, class-leading safety make the 2018 Subaru Legacy compelling
► CAR reviews new BMW i3 REX► We live with i3 Range Extender► 94Ah EV battery range on test Almost exactly one year after it arrived on CAR’s fleet, the slate grey BMW i3 has gone, leaving me with pangs of loss. It didn’t set my trousers on fire dynamically, nor can I fondly recall individual drives, but the i3 fostered a new type of connection.It’s the modernism at the heart of the i3 where the magic happens. When you open the pillarless doors and sink into the minimalist cabin you feel good – it’s decluttered, and roomy with that lack of central transmission tunnel. Optional £780 twin sunroofs bathe the recycled dashboard in daylight, while the suicide rear doors draw more interest than ire (the fronts must be open before the rears).We regularly carried four passengers – this is a roomy car for something less than four metres long. A practical small electric car? Nearly. There’s no fifth … [Read more...] about A year-long test of a BMW i3 Range Extender: what did we learn?
► CAR reviews new BMW i3 REX► We live with i3 Range Extender► 94Ah EV battery range on test Our stint with the i3 is nearly at an end. It’s facelift time, see, though you’d be hard pressed to tell from the car (above) unveiled in Frankfurt. Blacked-out A-pillars and roof lines, some fresh paint choices, reprofiled bumpers and a chrome strip running across the rear are about your lot.What is new is the i3 S, a warm hatch with 10mm lower suspension, 20mm wider tyres and 0-62mph in 6.9sec. Count us as interested…You can read our full BMW i3 S review here. By Tim PollardThis month's big picture (above) is what the i3 is all about: it's a reminder that electric cars can be fun to drive! This is heartening news in an age where it's easy to be sucked into a vortex of negativity about the future of motoring, automotive pleasures as know them crippled by taxation, emissions, congestion and headline-grabbing ministers pledging to eradicate … [Read more...] about Our BMW i3 has been superseded by a facelift