Charting the changes for 2018.

By Car and Driver


Are you in the market for a new SUV? There are a ton of choices out there for you. One of the more popular options in the market is Buick. We’ve chosen three Buick models to highlight design/feature changes for 2018. Take a look and compare.

Enclave: Buick’s second-generation three-row SUV arrives this fall on the enlarged bones of the similarly fresh 2018 Chevrolet Traverse. More than two inches longer than before, the Enclave comes only with a 3.6-liter V-6 mated to a nine-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard, and an all-wheel-drive system will be available. While all Enclaves will be lavishly equipped, this one also ushers in Buick’s range-topping Avenir sub-brand, which brings fancier detailing and additional standard kit. Enclave Avenir transaction prices start at $54,340.

LaCrosse: The 2018 LaCrosse gets a 2.5-liter four-cylinder for its base engine, which is backed by a six-speed automatic and features a small motor/generator teamed with a 0.5-kWh lithium-ion battery. With a total output of 194 horsepower and 187 lb-ft of torque, this front-drive eAssist system will harness energy via regenerative braking, provide a slight assist under acceleration, and lower the car’s base price to $30,490. Versions with the 3.6-liter V-6, which is the only way to get the available all-wheel drive, receive a nine-speed automatic in place of last year’s eight-speed.

Regal: The Opel Insignia–based Regal Sportback fastback/hatchback (a beast with three backs! Kinky!) arrives late this year with a longer wheelbase and a more capacious interior than its sedan predecessor. A 250-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four is the only mover, with front-drive cars using GM’s nine-speed automatic. Versions with all-wheel drive—which employs a torque-vectoring rear axle—launch with an eight-speed gearbox. The sportier GS model will be powered solely by the 310-hp V-6 from the bigger LaCrosse. Additional GS fare includes big wheels, Brembo brake hardware, adjustable dampers, aggressive bodywork, and sport seats. Sportback pricing should start under $27,000, with GS models costing an extra $13,000. Joining the butch-wagon category is the TourX variant of the new Regal. While it shares the non-GS Sportback’s engine, the all-wheel-drive-only TourX has greater ground clearance, is 3.4 inches longer, and can hold a whopping 74 cubic feet of cargo with the seats folded. Additional body cladding completes the buffed-out look. A load of amenities and GM’s latest safety features will be available. On sale in the fourth quarter, the TourX starts at $29,995 and approaches $40K fully loaded.

Minor trim changes: Encore

Unchanged: Cascada, Envision

Dead: Verano

The Cost of Going Butch

It’s not easy being a wagon lover in this market. It will help if you like plastic wheel-well trim and fascia molded to look like skidplates. And that stuff doesn’t necessarily come cheap. Here are the base prices (for 2017 models, except where noted) for the currently available dress-up wagons.

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