A performance Buick? Yup!
Long rumored and long talked about, Buick has taken all the wraps off its 2018 Regal GS with 51 more horsepower than the model is replaces. That comes from a new 3.6 liter V6 with 310 horsepower and 282 lb-ft of torque. All this hooks up to a nine speed automatic and all-wheel drive.
Inside are “performance seats” that are heated and cooled and will also give the operator a back massage. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are compatible through the 8-inch touchscreen. There is also an 8-inch instrument cluster.
A full-color head-up display is available with an optional Driver Confidence II package that includes several safety features such as Front Pedestrian Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert and Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Automatic Braking.
Standard are Brembo brakes, while Continuous Damping Control can adjust the suspension damping up to 500 times per second. There is also a “sport turned” dual exhaust system. To add to the fun, operators can choose either a GS or Sport drive mode.
It will be interesting to see how customers react to the five door “Sportback Design” of the new car that will carry a starting price of $39,990, well under the price of rival Acura TLX A-Spec and the Lexus IS350 F-Sport.
Look for the Buick to hit the market later this year.
Car shoppers visiting a popular website are searching most for vehicles from domestic manufacturers, with nine out of the top 10 cars, trucks and SUVs on the list hailing from American auto companies. Four vehicles on the Auto Trader list are Chevrolets, three are Fords and two are Jeeps, with one Toyota model rounding out the list. Eight of ten vehicles, no surprise, are SUV’s.
Topping the list are the Ford F-150, Jeep Wrangler, Chevrolet Silverado, Ford Mustang and the F-250 pickup.
Washington residents think pet passengers pose a greater distraction for drivers than kids in the car. Still, about half of drivers across the Northwest admit they’ve driven with unrestrained animals, which can have serious consequences for pets, owners and fellow drivers alike, according to PEMCO insurance.
A total of 43 percent of drivers in Washington think it’s more distracting to drive with barking, licking and tail-chasing pets than it is to commute with rambunctious kids. That’s compared to 34 percent who think children are the greater distraction. The same sentiment isn’t true in Oregon – drivers there find kids and fur babies equally distracting.
PEMCO said pets and drivers are at risk of injury or worse if animals are unrestrained in an accident.
Leasing a new set of wheels has declined after a four year surge according to Edmunds.com. The number of vehicles that were leased in the first half of the year fell 4.4 percent – twice the rate of decline for overall sales which are down 2.2 percent year over year.